Labor Council

Saturday, March 5, 2022
This Week With AFL-CIO President, Liz Shuler
There are more than 2,500 MLB games each year, and at each of those games, thousands of skilled workers make sure the game day experience is enjoyable—from concession crews, electricians, ushers, security, transportation workers and janitors to TV and radio broadcasting crews and groundskeepers. Each and every one of them deserves respect and dignity on the job.

Owners locked players out on Dec. 2 after the owners spent months avoiding meaningful bargaining issues of importance to players, including improving competition, providing fair compensation for younger players and upholding the integrity of the sport’s market-based economic system.

The AFL-CIO will work with the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) to administer a $1 million fund to help support workers affected by the lockout and cancellation of games by the owners.
“Lower your costs, not your wages. Make more cars and semiconductors in America. More infrastructure and innovation in America. More goods moving faster and cheaper in America. More jobs where you can earn a good living in America. And instead of relying on foreign supply chains, let’s make it in America.”
—President Joe Biden, State of the Union Address, March 1, 2022

President Biden’s first State of the Union was the latest reminder that working people have a champion in words, actions and every way possible.

We were thrilled that President Biden again called for the passage of the PRO Act. He continues to send an incredible message to courageous workers everywhere that the president has their back.

The president’s infrastructure accomplishments were also a major highlight. “We’re done talking about infrastructure weeks. We’re going to have an infrastructure decade,” he said.

Finally, the president reiterated his commitment to investing in our families through child care, paid leave and living wages.
AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Fred Redmond and I visited Alabama this week in solidarity with working people who have boots on the ground, fighting the good fight.

Members of the Mine Workers (UMWA) at Warrior Met Coal have been on strike for nearly 11 months. They saved the company, and they deserve a fair contract now.

In Bessemer, we visited with workers organizing at Amazon who are fighting for dignity, respect and the life-changing power of a union.

Working people in Alabama are standing up and showing us how collective action can help us face even the most daunting of challenges.
The votes are in and union history has been made!

In a blowout victory, the Times Tech Guild has become the largest group of workers to join The NewsGuild-CWA in decades—and the largest unit of tech workers with bargaining rights in the country!

More than 400 of the 501 eligible voters at The New York Times cast their ballots in favor of the union, once again showing that working people demand a seat at the table.

Working people stepped up during the pandemic and kept this country running, and we demand that employers give us the respect we deserve.
AFL-CIO Executive Council Calls for an End to the Violent Invasion of Ukraine
The AFL-CIO Executive Council approved the following statement in response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine:
The AFL-CIO condemns the violent invasion of Ukraine by the Russian military. We stand in solidarity with the workers and their families who are impacted by the devastation, and offer our condolences for lives that have been lost.
We join the global labor movement and our allies in calling for an immediate end to President Vladimir Putin’s military aggression and we support extensive economic sanctions imposed by the United States and the European Union, particularly those focused on Putin and his protectors. These sanctions should be strengthened, by excluding Russia from the SWIFT international banking system and by taking effective multilateral action against tax havens and financial secrecy laws that protect Putin and his enablers. We further call on all U.S.-based corporations doing business in Russia to publicly condemn Putin’s government while calling for an end to the attack on Ukraine. We stand ready to assist the Biden administration in its efforts to implement and strengthen these measures, and we call on global leaders to build toward re-establishing peace and democracy in Ukraine and the region.
Ukrainian unions have struggled for decades to guarantee the internationally recognized right to organize and bargain collectively. They have been at the forefront of campaigns to protect working people from precarious or “informal” work; fight climate change while preserving jobs and livelihoods; and end gender-based violence and harassment and employment discrimination against LGBTQ+ workers. Unions have courageously fought corruption that is widespread in the Ukrainian economy. All these brave efforts by Ukraine’s unions are now threatened by the Russian military invasion, which is destroying the basic democratic rights of freedom of association, assembly and speech that are necessary for all effective trade union action.
The Russian government’s invasion of Ukraine flagrantly violates international law and undermines the right of Ukraine and of all nations to self-determination free from the threat of violence. The consequences of the attack on Ukraine are vast—tens of thousands of lives may be lost, millions may be displaced. Countries will need to house, feed and support the many refugees fleeing the violence. President Putin’s war jeopardizes international peace and global economic recovery. Workers and their families are still struggling with the COVID-19 pandemic, and can ill afford the higher oil and food prices and further disruption to the supply chains this war will cause.
Going forward, the global community must come together immediately to re-establish a common security framework that ends violent conflicts and prioritizes investments in shared economic security, including jobs and basic social protections. The AFL-CIO stands ready to support policies that will bring security, peace and democracy, and we will provide continued solidarity and support to the people of Ukraine.
Candlelight Vigil for Ukraine
During these extremely unsettling times, it's important to stand together. Please join the East Butler County League of Women Voters and the Butler & Warren County Democratic Parties for a candlelight vigil for Ukraine on Monday evening in West Chester at 7pm. This is a free, interfaith event and will feature musical performances and guest speakers. Please spread the word and join us - rain or shine - at the Clock Tower at Union Centre. #StandWithUkraine
29th AFL-CIO Constitutional Convention
The AFL-CIO Convention is finally upon us—and we are looking forward to convening in person to chart the path forward for the federation’s future. Working people are looking for change and are finding hope in the labor movement. This June in Philadelphia, we have the opportunity to provide more than hope, reclaim our voting and organizing rights, and provide pathways for workers to grow and succeed through life-changing, good union jobs. Now is the time for the labor movement to be the most powerful force for progress in this country. Let us come together to build a bold, dynamic and inclusive labor movement to meet this moment and prepare for the future.
Pursuant to Article IV, Section 2 of the AFL-CIO Constitution, on behalf of the AFL-CIO Executive Council, enclosed you will find the call to the 29th AFL-CIO Constitutional Convention, which will take place June 12–15, 2022, in Philadelphia.

The call includes information you will need about registration dates, credentials, housing, delegate diversity, safety protocols, guests and a preliminary convention schedule. Specific information on each of your delegate counts will be provided in a follow-up mailing.

If you have any questions, please contact Prairie Wells at or the convention team at
Players launching $1 million fund for workers affected by MLB owners’ lockout
Players are launching a $1 million fund to help support workers affected by the lockout and cancellation of games by Major League Baseball owners.

The fund will be administered by Major League Baseball Players Association and the AFL-CIO and distributed to stadium workers and others who face financial hardship through no fault of their own due to the MLB franchise owners’ lockout.

The lockout was implemented by owners on Dec. 2 after spending months avoiding meaningful bargaining over issues of importance to players, including improving competition, providing fair compensation for younger players and upholding the integrity of MLB’s market-based economic system.

MLB announced on Tuesday that it would postpone the start of the regular season, depriving workers who are depending on baseball games for employment.

“There are a lot of people who make our game great. Many aren’t seen or heard, but they are vital to the entertainment experience of our games,” MLBPA Executive Board leaders Andrew Miller and Max Scherzer said Thursday. “Unfortunately, they will also be among those affected by the owner-imposed lockout and the cancellation of games. Through this fund, we want to let them know that they have our support.” The MLBPA will work with the AFL-CIO in the weeks ahead to determine the hardest hit communities and align resource distribution to those who need it most.

Staging more than 2,500 Major League Baseball games each year requires thousands of skilled workers — from concession crews, electricians, ushers, security, transportation and janitors to television and radio broadcasting crews and groundskeepers—who serve in their roles with pride and dignity.

“Whether you're a worker on the baseball field, or a worker behind the scenes, we all deserve respect and dignity on the job,” said AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler. “The labor movement will do everything in our power to support these and all workers.”

The Players Association has worked closely with the stadium and hospitality workers across the country who are integral to Major League Baseball in recent years, and it recognizes the value they provide to the industry’s success.

“This fund is intended to support workers who are most affected by the MLB-imposed lockout but whose livelihoods have been disregarded by the owners in their efforts to pressure Players into accepting an unfair deal,” MLBPA Executive Director Tony Clark said.
Rep. Levin Makes the Case for the PRO Act in Harvard Law Journal
Rep. Andy Levin (Mich.) published an article in the Harvard Law School Journal on Legislation making the case for the passage of the PRO Act. The article, “Labor Law Reform at a Critical Juncture: The Case for the Protecting the Right to Organize Act” was co-written with Colton Puckett, a labor law fellow.
“Solidarity is the backbone of the labor movement, and the strike best embodies this principle,” Levin said. “The PRO Act will reinvigorate the right to strike by prohibiting employers from permanently replacing workers who choose to engage in their right to strike and preventing employers from engaging in offensive lockouts designed to preempt strike activity and force employees to acquiesce to employers’ bargaining demands. Workers will be able to support each other in a labor dispute by picketing, striking, or boycotting an employer doing business with the employer involved in the dispute. Making it easier for workers to engage in acts of solidarity allows workers to foster a culture of collective support and action that crosses workplace boundaries and is necessary for the development of a robust labor movement.”
The article appears in Volume 59, Issue 1 of the journal and can be read online.
“The PRO Act would empower workers to organize in ways and forms of their own choosing, and serve as a precondition of our ability to revitalize our society in a way that advances economic, racial, and political equality. That is the true power of the PRO Act—the true power of a union,” Levin concluded.
Oshkosh Contract
Despite challenges from labor groups, environmental organizations, and the Biden administration, DeJoy is moving forward with the Oshkosh Contract. Press coverage has been damning, and this does not mean that the contract is finalized and unstoppable, but it does mean that it is time to put on more pressure. United Automobile Workers of America (UAW) is organizing daily around making these trucks electric powered and built by union labor in Wisconsin. Support UAW by signing and sharing their petition
Study Shows Unions Make Workplaces Safer
A study from the Ontario Construction Secretariat (OCS) shows what Electrical Workers (IBEW) have long known to be true, that union jobsites are safer than nonunion ones. The report shows that jobsites that were unionized have lost-time claims at a rate 31% lower than nonunionized sites.
OCS is a joint labor-management organization that represents more than 100,000 union members in the building and construction trades. It financed this study and an earlier version published in 2015. The new study covered worker data from 2012–2018, and showed that unionized jobsites had grown safer since the previous study.
“When our well-trained electrical tradesmen and women work smart and follow the proper safety rules and procedures, they help ensure that every worker on that jobsite gets to go home safe at the end of each working day,” said IBEW First District International Vice President Tom Reid. “We’re pleased to see this report back up our real-world experience, but it should really come as little surprise to the members of our union.”
Reid continued to explain that it was the high-quality training provided by IBEW and other unions that is a crucial part of keeping workers safe. “Preventable accidents harm workers, jobsite morale and a company’s bottom line,” he said, “to say nothing about how much it can harm the reputation of the unions that represent those workers.”
Working People Support the Nomination of Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court
Statement from AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler on President Joe Biden's nomination of Ketanji Brown Jackson to serve on the United States Supreme Court:
We applaud the historic nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the U.S. Supreme Court. Judge Jackson has had a distinguished legal career, and she is eminently qualified for this critical lifetime position. Working people need a champion on the bench who will defend and protect our civil rights, including our right to organize in the workplace. Judge Jackson has a strong legal track record of fighting on behalf of working people, including during her tenure as an assistant federal public defender in Washington, D.C., and we are confident that she will bring that leadership to the highest court in the land. Representation matters and that is especially true in our nation’s legal system, which can disproportionately impact or lift up Black and Brown communities. Today’s nomination aligns with President Biden’s ongoing efforts to diversify the roster of individuals who are nominated and confirmed for the judiciary.
Being the first is never easy and Judge Jackson is doing what so many women have done before her, breaking barriers to ensure that she is not the last. We call on the U.S. Senate to deliver a speedy and fair confirmation process.
PSRA, Oshkosh Vehicles Contract, & COVID Tests Round 2
Here are some updates from the week.

Postal Service Reform Act
Congress adjourned Thursday and the Postal Service Reform Act (PSRA) will see another cloture vote on Monday at 5:30pm. With the extra time to chip away at the legislation, Sen. Toomey slipped in an amendment to prohibit postal banking and potentially even existing financial services they offer like money orders. This amendment, if passed, would mean a huge loss in revenue for the USPS, the loss of a financial lifeline to the 1 in 4 Americans households that are unbanked or underbanked, and jeopardize the success of the whole bill. Senators Sheldon Whitehouse, Jeff Merkley, Ed Markey, and Ben Cardin introduced another amendment that prohibits USPS from buying a non-electric fleet. While we are interested in supporting potential electric vehicle legislation, we do not want any amendments at this point as they will only open up the PSRA for further negotiation, and jeopardize its passing. We’re in the home stretch, but we need your help to get the bill over the finish line. Call your senators TODAY, tell them to get PSRA passed as a clean bill with no amendments. 

Jacob Bogage tweeted that USPS delivered 270 million COVID-19 rapid test kits since January with an average delivery time of 1.2 days. The CDC and HHS prioritized which areas would get tests first based on the "social vulnerability index." Further, delays were mostly attributed to shortage in tests rather than a lapse in the USPS network. In the state of the union, President Biden announced that people will be allowed to order another round of COVID tests starting next week. The smashing success of this program positions us well to take up the People’s Postal Agenda after the PSRA is passed, and make the case for expanding the services that USPS can offer in a post-PSRA landscape. Our toolkit with sample tweets and posts will remain live through the second round of test distribution.

Oshkosh Contract
Thank you to everyone who joined our All-hands call yesterday DeJoy's Oshkosh Contract! It was a great opportunity to learn from climate folks about the nature of the contract, and what kind of (cleaner) technology we can be advocating for. We’ll be sending out follow up resources with notes from the call and action items moving forward. United Automobile Workers of America (UAW) is organizing daily around making these trucks electric powered and built by union labor in Wisconsin. Support UAW by signing and sharing their petition!

Hope you have a great weekend!

Alicia Buenaventura
The Save the Post Office Coalition
Take on Wall St
Rep Tim Ryan Gets Involved in UAW Lockout
OH AFL-CIO President Burga Walks Picket Line
Congressman Tim Ryan, Vice Chair of the House Defense Subcommittee on Appropriations, sent a letter to CEO of Raytheon Technologies Gregory Hayes and President of Collins Aerospace Stephen Timm calling for the end of the lockout of nearly 300 employees at the Collins Aerospace facility in Troy, Ohio.
"I write to you to express my deepest concerns regarding the lockout of nearly 300 employees at the Collins Aerospace facility in Troy, Ohio. As a member of the House Appropriations Committee’s Defense Subcommittee, I know well the critical role that Raytheon and its subsidiary, Collins Aerospace, hold as part of the United States’ defense industrial base. In these uncertain times, it is more important than ever to have stable workforces at our major defense contractors," wrote Congressman Ryan. 
The workers have been locked out since Monday, February 21 and have been holding strong on the picket line.
Ohio AFL-CIO President Tim Burga visited the picket line last Friday along with Diane Walsh, Executive Secretary of the Dayton-Miami Valley Central Labor Council and members from IUE-CWA, National Nurses United and others.
"We wanted our Sisters and Brothers on the line to now we have their back. This is a company that does federal contracting, to think they can short-change essential workers with our tax dollars is shameful," Burga said. "The company should resume talks and we will stand with the workers as long as it takes for a fair contract."
UAW Local 128 voted down the companies "first, last and final" offer by a vote of 230-37.
Plumbers, Pipefitters & MES Local 392 to Host Russo & Miranda Labor Breakfast
Infrastructure Bill Bringing Ohio and Kentucky Governors Together to Rebuild Brent Spence Bridge
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear announced plans to jointly apply for $2 billion in federal funds to build the Brent Spence Companion Bridge and improve the existing bridge. The funding is part of President Biden’s Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which includes at least $39 billion for bridge projects
"President Biden promised an infrastructure bill during his campaign and he kept his promise. The bipartisan infrastructure and jobs bill will create more than 500,000 good jobs here in Ohio, a majority of them union jobs," said Ohio AFL-CIO President Tim Burga. "His 'Buy American' provision will mean the iron and steel is made in America and his Executive Order for Project Labor Agreements on large projects means these investments will be made using the highly skilled and trained workforce of the building and construction trades unions."
The Brent Spence bridge is one of the most heavily traveled bridges in the country and has needed major repairs for over a decade. Gov. DeWine’s office said the second bridge would “add much-needed capacity by separating local and through traffic to ease the ongoing traffic backups.”
Ohio Department of Transportation Director Jack Marchbanks said the grant applications will be submitted in the next few months with decisions coming in the fall.
AFT Calls for Passage of African American History Act
The need to celebrate and learn from the lived experience of Black Americans will never end. But some are working hard to erase Black history, with hundreds of bills being introduced across the country toward that end.
That’s why the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) is calling on Congress to pass the African American History Act, and is asking members and allies to contact members of Congress and ask them to co-sponsor the legislation.
“With the African American History Act, students, parents and educators will receive the support and resources they need to learn and teach full, honest American history,” Weingarten said. “Black history is American history. Not every piece of that history is pleasant to remember, and some events may spark difficult emotions and conversations, but we must still teach it to our students, in age-appropriate ways, to ensure we don’t repeat our mistakes.”
Building Trades Offer ‘Women Empowerment in Union Construction’ Webinar
For more than a decade, North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU) has hosted the Tradeswomen Build Nations (TWBN) conference, the largest gathering of tradeswomen in the world. The COVID-19 pandemic led to the cancellation of the event last year. On March 5, TWBN is back with the first of two webinars: “Women Empowerment in Union Construction.”
The event will feature NABTU President Sean McGarvey (IUPAT) and founder Sheryl Sandberg. Informational panels will follow. Later this year, in-person events are scheduled to return Oct. 28–30 in Las Vegas.
SAG Awards Recognize 2021’s Best Acting by Union Members
Like many other fields, the production of television shows and movies has been heavily impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. But during these difficult times, the members of SAG-AFTRA have continued to produce high-quality work that gives us a break to recharge and the inspiration to rise to overcome our collective challenges.
On Sunday night, the Screen Actors Guild Awards took time out to recognize the outstanding works of those actors over the past year. This year’s winners were one of the most diverse groups of SAG Award winners in history. From the predominantly deaf main cast of “CODA” (pictured above) to the multiple awards given to the Korean cast of “Squid Game,” the SAG Awards recognized a wide variety of actors for their work.
Get Your Foursome Together for the
35th Annual Cincinnati AFL-CIO Golf Outing!
U.S Senator Sherrod Brown: Working For Working People!
Cincinnati NAACP: Amos C. Brown Student Fellowship
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Don't wait! The FMCS Institute's 2022 courses will provide you with the opportunity to expand your conflict resolution and organizational change toolkit by introducing a diverse lineup of targeted and hands-on programs brought to you by experienced instructors and practitioners. Register today for some of our most in-demand courses. 
Negotiation Skills (Online) Spring 2022 

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Arbitrating in the Federal Sector (Online) Spring 2022 

Arbitrating in the Federal Sector (Online) Summer 2022 

Becoming A Labor Arbitrator (Online) Spring 2022

Dealing with Difficult People Behaviors (Online) Spring 2022
National Labor-Management Conference 2022
Join us at The National Labor-Management Conference, and learn the latest about essential bargaining techniques, hear critical updates on the labor and employment landscape, and gain valuable insights into new directions, technology, and trends in the changing world of work.

This is a can't miss event for 2022! You’ll leave inspired to be a change agent within your organization and empowered with the tools, insight, and information to make an impact.

February 25, 2022 - New Bargaining Units: Challenges for Both Sides

Newly organized workplace? Going from an organizing drive to a productive partnership can be challenging. Bring your questions and concerns to this webinar for practical suggestions, ideas, and expert advice that you can choose to use immediately!

Don't miss this value-added workshop and others offered monthly leading up to the general conference. 
COVID-19 Dashboard
Ohio Vaccination Dashboard

The COVID-19 Vaccination Dashboard displays the most recent data reported to the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) regarding the number of individuals that have started and completed the COVID-19 vaccination series by various demographics and county of residence.

The COVID-19 Vaccination Dashboard displays the most recent data reported to the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) regarding the number of individuals that have started and completed the COVID-19 vaccination series by various demographics and county of residence. “Vaccination started” indicates that the individual has received at least one valid dose of COVID-19 vaccine. The number listed as “vaccination completed” is a subset of the number included in “vaccination started,” indicating that those individuals within that group have received all recommended COVID-19 vaccine doses and are considered fully immunized. ODH is making COVID-19 data available for public review while also protecting privacy. This dashboard will be updated daily. Please see footnotes below for more details.

Ohio COVID-19 Dashboard

ODH is making COVID-19 data available for public review while also protecting patient privacy.

The State of Ohio COVID-19 Dashboard displays the most recent preliminary data reported to the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) about cases, hospitalizations and deaths in Ohio by selected demographics and county of residence. Data for cases and hospitalizations is reported to ODH via the Ohio Disease Reporting System (ODRS), and verified mortality data is reported via the Electronic Death Registration System (EDRS).
Current Trends
Below are the current reporting trends from Friday, March 4 for key indicators calculated from data reported to the Ohio Department of Health. These trends are updated daily and are presented by report date.
Below is a snapshot of key metrics pulled Friday, March 4, 2022 from daily data reporting to the Ohio Department of Health. These metrics are updated daily.
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