Labor Council
Friday, January 15, 2021
On Wednesday, January 6, the U.S. Congress gathered, with Vice President Mike Pence presiding. The Constitution of the United States says that on Jan. 6, after a presidential election, Congress shall meet to count the electoral votes cast for the president and vice president of the United States. It is a solemn ritual of democracy—conducted in the grand halls of our Capitol, with the ballots in hand-tooled leather boxes. But it is only that—a ritual. 

This ceremonial custom is not how our president and vice president are chosen. They are chosen by the people—voting state by state on the first Tuesday in November. And that custom, and the people who conduct it, good people though they may be, are not our democratic republic, and they are not our country.  

So when a mob of a few thousand rioters—encouraged by President Donald Trump, U.S. senators like Josh Hawley (Mo.) and Ted Cruz (Texas), representatives like Mo Brooks (Ala.), and a slew of state-elected officials, including some who participated in the act itself—attacked our Capitol, attacked our Constitution, killed a police officer, and vandalized and looted the citadel of democracy—many things in our country were in danger. The lives of our elected officials and their staff were in danger, the lives of the U.S. Capitol Police who tried to do their job and protect our country were in danger, our beautiful Capitol building itself was in danger, and America’s reputation in the world was in danger.  

But while that mob and its organizers and enablers were intent on destroying our democracy—they were trying to put democracy in play—the truth is that the democratic republic that is the United States of America is safe so long as working people are ready to defend it—so long as it lives in the hearts of our people—and so long as the labor movement defends it.

Because had that mob accomplished its task—murdered or kidnapped our nation’s democratically elected leaders, used the outdated and undemocratic Electoral College process to stop the counting of the ballots in those leather boxes, even burnt the Capitol itself to the ground—we know what would have happened next. Working people would have stood up, as we always have, to defend the democracy we make possible. The mob had no chance of succeeding in what it was trying to do. 

BECAUSE OUR DEMOCRACY WAS NOT IN DANGER. Our democracy, like our labor movement, is not a building, nor is it the politicians we elect, nor is it even a piece of paper, even a grand and noble piece of paper like our Constitution.  

Our democratic republic—our precious freedom—lives not in a building, or a piece of paper, or in a ritual or in the individuals we elect to lead us. It lives in us. In the hearts and minds of working people, in the loyalty and courage of our armed forces who have sworn to defend it, in the conviction of our election officials in every state and county of this country that the votes must be counted fairly and honestly. And as we said in the days before and after the November election, our democracy’s survival depends ultimately on the determination of working people to defend it.

Democracy and the labor movement are one and the same. Without the labor movement, there would be no democracy—in every country on this Earth, working people only have the vote because we organized as working people and fought for it. And democracy defines what the labor movement is—a union is run, like our country, by voting, and all members get to vote, and each vote counts the same.  

And so when a mob attacked our Capitol, the seat of our democracy—that mob was attacking us, the labor movement. When the mob chanted “Hang Mike Pence,” they were really chanting “Kill the labor movement.” Whether they knew it or not, and clearly many did not, Donald Trump was using them to try to create an America where only the rich and powerful have any say in what happens. Because without democracy, that is what happens. And working people go from being citizens to being subjects.

Let’s be clear. Every aspect of the attack on our Capitol on Wednesday was shot through with racism. The mob brought Confederate flags and Nazi symbols and wore sweatshirts celebrating Nazi death camps. The mob had been organized by a right-wing faction, which extended all the way to the White House, whose real problem with the election was that American citizens of color, in cities like Detroit and Philadelphia, had been allowed to vote and their votes had been counted.  

The mob was treated with kid gloves. We don’t yet know why that happened. But we do know that had the protesters been Black Lives Matter activists or workers on strike, the Capitol would have been ringed with officers in tactical gear. And had people of color tried to break into the Capitol as Trump’s mob did, the response would have been a massacre.  

The issue here is—are we a democratic republic or are we a racial dictatorship? Are we a country where we count every vote, until Black and Brown people start voting? Where the rule of law governs, unless White people decide to break it?

The labor movement’s answer to those questions, and they have been on the table since the founding of our country, is simple. White supremacy and democracy cannot coexist. White supremacy and the solidarity of workers cannot coexist. And we choose democracy and solidarity. The better angels of our movement always have.

But this week’s events show that white supremacy as an idea and a way of running our country is an immediate, deadly threat to the United States, and it must be rooted out of our society everywhere we find it.

Now our work as a labor movement has never been more important. We must be vigilant in the coming days. If necessary, we must be ready to defend our democracy through our solidarity and our ability to act nonviolently to defuse and prevent violence and intimidation, as we did in Detroit during the vote count in November. And we must make sure that the people who tried to illegally overturn the 2020 election results, both in the mob and in the halls of Congress—are held fully accountable.  

Accountability must start with President Donald Trump, who should be removed from office immediately, but it cannot end there. There must be consequences for Sen. Josh Hawley, who egged on the mob, and for his seven fellow senators who voted to disenfranchise millions of American voters. And for the more than 100 House members who did the same, and the elected leaders who led them down that path. We cannot have a handful of visible and now powerless rioters punished, while those who manipulated them into it for their own personal gain walk away clean.

But most importantly, we must build an America that serves and empowers working people, through a fair and just economic and political system, so we increase union density and unleash the transformational solidarity of a strong and mobilized working class. 

On Jan. 20, nine days from now, Joe Biden will be the president of the United States and Kamala Harris will be the vice president. Their team is already working on an ambitious agenda—the unfinished work of the HEROES Act and the PRO Act—real labor law reform—what we have been fighting for for so many years—and a real jobs and investment program—trillions of dollars to make America’s economy and our workforce the most productive in the world.

But at the same time, we have to build our solidarity as a movement, and our commitment to democracy, and our understanding that the politics of racism are a lie—a cruel trick that leads to violence, hate and poverty for working people. In the days and months to come, this is a conversation we need to have with each other—all of us—no matter who we voted for or which political party we support.  

The labor movement has never been more important than we are today. And we have never been more ready for what we must do. In the years to come, when we look back on these days, we will be able to say we were there when our democracy was attacked, we were there when fascism raised its ugly head at the heart of our republic, and we helped bring America out of the darkness and into the light of a new and better day.   

Thank you.

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Statement on Marty Walsh, President Elect Joe Biden's Nomination for Secretary of Labor
AFL-CIO Georgia Run-Off Election Summary
 Labor Movement Condemns Insurrection on Capitol Hill, Calls for Trump to Resign or Be Removed from Office
Following months of lies from President Trump that the election was stolen, right-wing rioters ransacked the U.S. Capitol building on Wednesday in a shameful attack on our democracy. They succeeded only for a short time in delaying Congress from certifying what we know to be true in this democracy: Joe Biden will be the next president of the United States. The labor movement was quick to condemn this appalling insurrection. Click here to read a full list of statements from the AFL-CIO’s state federations, central labor councils, affiliates and constituency groups.
On Thursday, the AFL-CIO General Board met to plan the labor movement’s response and released a joint statement demanding the president resign or be removed from office. “Trump is an affront to every union member, and a clear and present danger to our nation and our republic. He should resign or be removed from office at once, whether through impeachment or the 25th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution,” the board said. “Hate and insurrection have no place in America.”
Labor Leader Roundtable January 28, 5:30 pm
Happy New Year!

As we start a new Congress under a new Administration, our office is looking to set up regional virtual roundtables with Labor Leaders throughout Ohio. John Ryan and I are looking to host a discussion on January 28th at 5:30 pm with leaders here in Cincinnati.

In terms of the focus, and agenda, John and I will share some of Sen. Brown’s accomplishments and upcoming legislative priorities, but more importantly, we want to hear from all of you You may already have received a calendar invitation. If not, you will see additional information and flyers in the coming days and in the next Cincinnati AFL-CIO Labor Council’s weekly update as well. For additional information, email the CLC at

We’re looking forward to seeing you!

Alea Brown-Hoffmeister
Deputy State Director at Office of U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown
Sen. Brown's Latest Work for Working People
JANUARY 13, 2021Brown, Wyden Praise U.S. Customs Order Blocking Certain Chinese Products Made with Forced Labor, Call for Additional Steps to Crack Down on Human Rights Abuses – Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR) issued the following statement on a withhold release order by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, blocking certain goods produced with forced labor in China’s Xinjiang province. “Today’s order is a positive step towards stemming the... READ MORE

JANUARY 13, 2021 – Brown Announces Continued Expansion of My Brothers Keeper Mentorship Program in Ohio – WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) hosted a news conference call as he helps lead the continued expansion of the My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) Program in Ohio. Brown helped launch the statewide coalition of MBK in Columbus in 2018 and has been actively involved with the 13 MBK OH chapters currently operating, each with their own... READ MORE

JANUARY 13, 2021 – Brown Statement on Passing of Long-Time Northeast Ohio Labor Leader, Frank Valenta – WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) issued the following statement on the passing of long-time Northeast Ohio labor leader, Frank Valenta, who served as a former Director of United Steel Workers of America, District 28 and President of Cleveland AFL-CIO. “Northeast Ohio has lost a pillar in the fight for workers’ rights.... READ MORE

JANUARY 11, 2021 – ICYMI: More Than 40 Faith Organizations Urge Incoming Administration to Expand EITC and CTC – WASHINGTON, D.C. – In case you missed it, 45 faith organizations wrote a letter to President-elect Biden, urging he and his incoming administration to work to expand the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC), which U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) has called for as part of his Working Families Tax Relief Act. The letter was... READ MORE

JANUARY 11, 2021 – In New Letter, Brown Demands Trump Administration Immediately Address Significant Covid-19 Vaccine Distribution Failures – WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee Patty Murray (D-WA), and 42 Senate Democrats wrote to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar demanding the Trump administration take immediate action... READ MORE
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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy Celebration
Join us for a virtual program honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on January 18, 2021.
Keeping the legacy of Dr. King alive since 1976
MLK Coalition
MLK Day 2021


1. Marchers - NO Registration Required

2. Motorcade - Register Here

3. Ride the Rosa Parks Bus - Register Here

MLK Commemorative Program premieres at 12:00PM right here on this website.

More information can be found HERE!
Reinventing Metro Community Meetings
join us for a series of community meetings to discuss the Reinventing Metro plan. I am reaching out to ask if you will help promote and spread the word about the upcoming community meetings. Below you will find a graphic that can be shared via social media, a one pager with additional information and links to register.

We are encouraging both bus rider and non bus riders to join meeting and learn about the Reinventing Metro plan and the benefits to the community over the next 5 years. We are also as you know looking for final feedback to help fine-tune our plans before the June roll-out!
"Stand! tells the important story of the power of collective action. Workers should see this film to learn not only about labor history but the important value of fighting for our rights and greater justice."
-Richard Trumka, President, AFL-CIO
Hello. It's Danny Schur, composer/producer (AFM) of the new labor movie musical, Stand! - which is streaming now on virtual cinema.

The New York State AFL-CIO podcast - "Union Strong" - just produced this excellent 20-minute podcast about the movie. 
You can stream Stand! in the comfort of your own home today. Union locals, please forward this to your members.
In Solidarity, 
Danny Schur
It's Rubber Duckie Day! Ready to laugh
Yes, there’s a day for everything... and January 13 is Rubber Duckie Day!

Even though today is all about me, I thought I’d do something special for friends like you.
Your generosity makes it possible for us to support our neighbors facing hunger throughout this pandemic. Thank you—you’re truly quack-tastic.

So, my gift to you is the Best of Quacky, a compilation of some of my funniest moments, all designed to bring a smile to your face on my favorite day of the year. I hope you enjoy!
In celebration of Rubber Duckie Day, I also have a goal and I need your help to achieve it. 2021 is Freestore Foodbank’s 50th anniversary and I’m hoping to add 50 new monthly donors to our amazing group of Full Plate Partners.

We’re starting this year with a renewed sense of hope but know that things will still be challenging, especially for our neighbors who continue to face financial hardship and struggle to put food on the table.

Will you accept my invitation to become our newest Full Plate Partner and join a special group of donors who help end hunger year-round with monthly donations to Freestore Foodbank?

Your monthly gift of just $10 can help provide 30 meals each month to families who face financial hardship and struggle to put food on the table during this difficult time.

Thanks again for your dedication to our community. I hope my videos brightened your day—your generosity sure does brighten mine.

Happy Rubber Duckie Day!
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COVID-19 Vaccination Program
January 12, 2021
Ohio is preparing to distribute safe, effective COVID-19 vaccines statewide to those who choose to be vaccinated. As COVID-19 vaccines are granted Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the state will begin to strategically and thoughtfully distribute the vaccines to Ohioans at the greatest risk in conjunction with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM).

Questions and Answers
COVID-19 Vaccination: Ohio's Phased Approach
More Than a Mask
We need a mask and more. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, evidence has shown that communities of color have been disproportionately affected by the virus, especially African American and Latino communities. To respond to and help address these disparities, the State of Ohio under the advisement of the Minority Health Strike Force worked with the Us4Us Coalition to create the “More Than A Mask” campaign. The goal of the campaign is to provide specific messaging and resources to protect and prevent the spread of COVID-19 within communities of color in Ohio. The campaign utilizes both paid advertising strategies and local grassroots efforts to reach minority community members across the state of Ohio.
COVID - 19 By The Numbers
Global Confirmed ─ 92,482,273
Global Deaths ─ 1,981,680
U.S. Confirmed ─ 23,079,163
U.S. Deaths ─ 384,794
(As of 10:00 AM, Thursday, January 14, 2021)
Ohio COVID-19 Dashboard
Current Trends
Below are the current reporting trends for key indicators calculated from data reported to the Ohio Department of Health. The graphics and information were taken from the Ohio Department of Health Coronavirus (COVID-19) website Thursday, January 14, 3:30 PM.
Hamilton County
Clermont County
Brown County
Butler County
Warren County
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