Labor Council

Saturday, March 26, 2022
This Week With AFL-CIO President, Liz Shuler
President Liz Shuler on Bloomberg: Balance of Power
Inflation is a topic on everyone’s mind. When I travel the country meeting with workers who are at the bargaining table or on strike, we’re seeing inflation starting to eat away at the gains we’re making.

We’re concerned by the level of inflation, and we’re watching it very closely. The Federal Reserve shouldn’t react too rashly; we certainly don’t want to kill the momentum we have, with working people starting to get back to normal.

Workers at the bargaining table are trying to make up for lost time.
We haven’t had wage increases to keep up with inflation, even just moderate inflation. That’s why we need to keep our foot on the gas pedal and make sure we’re securing fair wages that are keeping up with the rising costs.
On day two of her Supreme Court confirmation hearings, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson displayed poise and strength and the decades of extraordinary legal experience she has for defending our constitutional rights and bringing liberty and justice to all Americans.

If confirmed, Judge Jackson will be the first Black woman to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. While some senators praised Jackson for shattering barriers and making history, others are using coded language to insult her integrity.

We know Judge Jackson is an exceptional jurist with groundbreaking levels of expertise, and we must confirm her as our next Supreme Court justice.

We’ve been through a lot these past two years. But America’s unions are in it for the long haul, and we don’t back down when times get tough.

As our economy changes, the labor movement is changing, too. We’re building a federation for the future that’s bold and not afraid to take risks and try new things.

We aren’t sitting on the sidelines and allowing decisions to be made for us. We’re empowering workers across the country to stand up and fight back. Because that’s what we do. And that’s what the labor movement is all about.
America’s unions are mobilizing and responding to the urgent humanitarian crisis in Ukraine. Our allied organization, the Solidarity Center, is on the ground in Kyiv right now supporting Ukrainian union members and their families.

The AFL-CIO’s affiliated unions have sprung into action, contributing resources to help refugees and lending our voices to condemn Russia’s unprovoked invasion. And our sisters, brothers and siblings in Eastern Europe are turning their union halls into emergency shelters, providing transportation, food and medicine to those who are fleeing the war.

The global labor movement is demonstrating that our solidarity knows no borders. And together, our unions are making a difference.
Mobilize Our Members to Support Judge Jackson for Supreme Court
We have the opportunity to ensure a highly qualified judge is appointed to the highest court in America. Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, President Biden’s nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, will break down barriers and protect the fundamental rights of all America’s workers. And today, the U.S. Senate is continuing its confirmation hearings for Judge Jackson. Our voices must be heard in this crucial democratic process.
The AFL-CIO has created three easy ways for our members to tell their senators to vote for Judge Jackson. Together, the labor movement can make her confirmation a reality. Mobilize our members today by sharing these actions:
Take Action to Help Ukraine
Where to Donate:
International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) Ukraine Fund - People in Ukraine are in grave danger of physical harm, families have fled their homes seeking refuge in neighboring countries, and others are sheltering from bombs falling in major cities. The ITUC’s Ukrainian member organizations FPU and KVPU are providing support to families who desperately need assistance with: food and water provisions, medical supplies, hygiene items. You can help Ukraine’s workers and their families by donating to the ITUC’s emergency fundraising appeal. All funds donated will be passed on to our two member organizations to support their humanitarian work in Ukraine.

People in Need Ukraine - People in Need Ukraine provides a wide variety of emergency services, recently they sent the first convoy of trucks loaded with humanitarian aid as requested by reps of Lviv in western Ukraine that included sleeping bags, mats, and other goods either for free or at a great discount. They also provided aid to internally displaced people, such as aid, shelter, insulated tents for displaced children, and basic needs, e.g. food, water, hygiene products. They also receive donations from USAID, WFP, EU and other legit donors.  
Ukrainian Red Cross Society - They are part of the Red Cross and help civilians with emergency assistance. The link also provides information on donations and usage of donations. (Please note that the English website takes a bit longer to load).

Caritas Ukraine - Began their work in 1992 after Ukraine declared independence providing humanitarian assistance. Currently providing support to internally-displaced people on the move with essential items, such as food, drinking water and personal hygiene kits and shelter, safe transport for displaced families. Click on link to learn more and make the donation. 

Razom for Ukraine - New York City-based organization that organizes the provision of humanitarian aid and conducts informational work in the US. They are a volunteer-run organization with a low overhead similar to United Help Ukraine, but in my view more able to handle larger sums of money. They have been active since Maidan and have raised $1.05 million in the last two weeks.

Other Actions:
  • Support the global day of action on March 15th
  • Divest public pension fund assets from investments with ties to Russia.
  • Educate your members about Ukraine and the work of the labor movement
  • Pass a local resolution of solidarity
  • Participate in local prayer vigils
Action Alert: Stand in Solidarity with Minneapolis Educators on Strike
For more than two weeks, the brave members of the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers and Educational Support Professionals (MFT), AFT-NEA Local 59, have been holding strong in their strike against Minneapolis Public Schools. One of the best ways for union members across the country to show our solidarity is by donating to the union’s strike fund.
These union educators are demanding systemic changes to the school system that will prioritize student success, reduce class sizes, improve safety and provide fair wages. Now, we can support MFT’s struggle for a decent contract to provide the best possible education for their students.
Action Alert: Stand with Maximus Workers on Strike for Respect and Dignity at Work
Workers at Maximus call centers in Bogalusa, Louisiana, and Hattiesburg, Mississippi, went on strike this morning for livable wages, paid sick leave and the freedom to organize a union without interference. Maximus workers take 1-800 calls for Medicaid, Medicare and the Affordable Care Act. Facing a ruthless anti-union campaign from their employer, these courageous workers have been organizing for years with the Communications Workers of America (CWA).
This is the first time that workers at a federally contracted call center have gone on strike, and it comes on the 12th anniversary of President Obama signing the Affordable Care Act into law. Let’s show these workers that the entire labor movement stands with them. Click here to send a letter to the bosses at Maximus demanding that they treat their workers fairly.
UMWA Approaches One Year on Strike Against Warrior Met Coal
For nearly a year, 1,000 members of the Mine Workers (UMWA) have held the line in their strike against Warrior Met Coal in Alabama. Through it all, they have had the support of the labor movement as they demanded a fair contract that honors the sacrifices they endured to make the company profitable. And the solidarity they have shown is an example to us all.
To mark the one-year anniversary of the strike, the UMWA will be holding a massive rally on April 6 in McCalla, Alabama. Union leaders from across the country will be there, including members of UNITE HERE, the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), the UAW and the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA). UMWA International President Cecil Roberts and UMWA International Secretary-Treasurer Brian Sanson plan to speak to the crowd about the latest updates on the strike and what the union is doing to win. Click here for more details and to join the Caravan to Warrior Met.
AFL-CIO Presents Labor Issues at Ministerial Meeting with U.S., U.K. Trade Ambassadors
On Monday, U.S. Trade Rep. Katherine Tai (pictured above, fourth from the left) and her counterpart from the United Kingdom hosted a ministerial meeting in Baltimore. Cathy Feingold, director of the AFL-CIO’s International Department, spoke on behalf of the federation. The meeting also included representatives from the United Steelworkers (USW), the Ironworkers and the Electrical Workers (IBEW), as well as the U.K.’s Trades Union Congress. Labor representatives at the meeting thanked Tai for having workers at the table and for her commitment to worker-centered trade.
“I was excited to participate in Monday’s U.S.–U.K. trade forum in Baltimore with the Trades Union Congress and our affiliated unions,” Feingold (pictured above, third from the left) said. “Ambassador Tai is showing us what a worker-centered trade policy looks like.”
Save USPS: Oshkosh Contract, Postal Banking, and more
Postal Banking
Even though postal banking language was cut out of the FY22 Appropriations Bill, it is by no means the end of postal banking legislation. On Tuesday, Senators Kirsten Gillibrand, Bernie Sanders, and Jeff Merkley re-introduced the Postal Banking Act. This act allows the US Postal Service to provide a host of financial services like checking and savings accounts, and small-dollar lending. While our preferred policy vehicle for postal banking is the Banking for All Act introduced by Sherrod Brown and Maxine Waters, we welcome more legislative actions around postal banking, and we’re in close contact with Senator Gillibrand and Senator Sanders’ staffers.

In other legislative news, The American Prospect did a piece on how the non-postal services language in the Postal Service Reform Act might actually enable non-bank financial services, through the Treasury Department’s Direct Express cards. The non-postal services provision allows USPS to partner with local and state governments to provide hunting licenses, bus passes, and more, as long as they generate revenue for the Post Office. Previously, USPS was limited to partnerships with the federal government only.

House Seeks Investigation into Oshkosh Contract
Pressure is mounting in congress to take down DeJoy’s bad vehicle fleet deal. Democrats are asking for an investigation into the legality of the contract and are
introducing legislation to change the contract directly. Chair Connolly’s Green Postal Service Fleet Act mandates that at least 75% of the new fleet be electric vehicles for the contract to be valid, and thanks to 40 coalition partners, we’ve driven in 98,306 emails so far asking members of Congress to cosponsor the bill. It’s gaining support with 70 cosponsors! 

We are also hoping to get some answers from Oversight Committee Chair Carolyn Maloney's
letters to the USPS Office of the Inspector General requesting a review of the Oshkosh contract, and to Oshkosh Defense demanding more information by April 1.

In response to the growing scandal, USPS announced just yesterday that they will double the initial order of EVs from 5,000 to over 10,000. DeJoy stated that this “makes good sense from an operational and financial perspective.” That number represents a drop in the bucket for a fleet of 150,000 vehicles, so help us keep the pressure on by sending congress letters with our
joint action and signing and sharing Wisconsin UAW’s petition.

Postal Banking Campaign - Call for Storytellers!
As part of our continued fight for postal banking legislation, Take on Wall Street is gathering stories from current and formerly underbanked and unbanked folks to educate and build popular support for legislation as a counterweight to the banking lobby! With postal banking you could cash checks, pay bills, wire money, use a low-fee ATM, even get a completely free checking account right at your local post office. Offering these services through USPS could be a lifeline to rural, Black and Brown Americans and a trusted alternative to the banking industry for all of us. If you or someone you know has had a negative experience with traditional banking and would be willing to share their story for 1-2 minutes, please reach out to us or learn more here.
Photo Contest: Climate and Energy Jobs Through the Eyes of Union Members
Don’t miss your chance to enter the “Future Is Union: Climate Urgency Through the Eyes of Workers” photo contest. Submit a photo that shows what climate work means to you and win up to $500 from our allies at the Climate Jobs National Resource Center.
The contest is open to any union member who sees their work as a climate job—whether you’re driving or fixing electric buses, working on wind turbines, teaching students about the climate crisis, cleaning up after climate-related disasters, working on green buildings, installing solar, operating water systems or doing anything else that relates to climate change.
Click here to learn more and submit your photos by July 31.
Capital Chatter: Compiled from Ohio Capital Journal & Capitol Letter
Outside help: The Ohio Redistricting Commission met Monday night and approved hiring map-making consultants to help with drawing revised state legislative maps. Republicans said they’d chosen Douglas Johnson of National Demographics Corporation in California, while Democrats picked Michael McDonald, a political scientist at the University of Florida. The commission is expected to meet again later this morning to go over other details, and has until Monday to approve a map, under an Ohio Supreme Court deadline. 
Get a move on: House Minority Leader Allison Russo and state Sen. Vernon Sykes, the two Democrats on the Ohio Redistricting Commission, asked the Ohio Supreme Court on Monday to order that the May 3 primary election be moved. Per Andrew Tobias, the two Democrats cited a federal court filing Republican activists made earlier in the day asking a federal three-judge panel to impose a state legislative plan that the Ohio Supreme Court rejected last week. The Republican activists say the rejected plan is the only one that can be adopted in time for the May 3 primary. So, the Democrats say the court should delay the election.
It’s baaaaack: The National Democratic Redistricting Committee has refiled its lawsuit challenging Ohio Republicans’ latest congressional map plan, just two days after the Ohio Supreme Court dismissed a similar challenge on technical grounds. While the dismissal didn’t weigh in on the merits of the map plan, a legal expert told Tobias the development could help Republicans’ legal arguments defending the map by increasing the time crunch leading up to the election. The new lawsuit asks the court to set an expedited schedule so that written arguments for and against the congressional map are done within nine days.
Culture bore: Anyone looking for something illuminating from Nexstar’s Republican Senate debate Monday night should probably look elsewhere. The five candidates on stage generally spent the night rehashing points they’ve already made about gas prices, cancel culture, transgender athletes and, yes, Donald Trump.
Tik-Tok Tim: Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Tim Ryan’s presence on TikTok is spotlighted in a New York Times feature on candidates’ efforts use of that medium to reach younger voters. “I started to see it as an opportunity to really speak to an audience that wasn’t watching political talk shows or watching the news,” Ryan told the publication, adding that he thinks TikTok could be a crucial part of the race.
Endangered species? Toledo Democratic Rep. Marcy Kaptur’s district went from being one of the most Democratic in the country to one of the most competitive because of redistricting, according to a Politico analysis of districts around the country whose partisan makeup changed when lines were redrawn. Voters in Kaptur’s new district backed Donald Trump by three percentage points in the 2020 presidential election, while Cincinnati Republican Rep. Steve Chabot’s new district went for Joe Biden by nine points. Their district lines could change if courts reject Ohio’s congressional map. Chabot told the publication Biden isn’t “particularly popular” now in his district because Biden’s policies have “been pretty disastrous.”
State of play: Ahead of Gov. Mike DeWine’s state of the state speech Wednesday, the Columbus Dispatch’s Anna Staver and Mary Jane Stanese examined whether DeWine has kept his campaign promises. Their findings were a mixed bag, with DeWine delivering on some matters but fumbling others.
Marijuana moment: Former Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley, a Democrat running for governor, has touted his plan to legalize marijuana as part of a package to create 30,000 new jobs that pay $60,000 a year. But as the Cincinnati Enquirer's Haley BeMiller writes, marijuana legalization alone won't accomplish that and is only one prong of Cranley's plan, despite its heavy focus on the campaign trail. The campaign for former Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, Cranley’s primary election foe, said Cranley was overpromising on the effects of adult-use marijuana on the economy.
Path To Power - Meet Ben Brady (UAW 863), Candidate for Ohio Democratic Party State Central Committee
Ben Brady is loyal member and leader at UAW 863, a team leader at Ford Motor Company Ford in the Sharonville, Ohio Automotive Transmission Plant; Chair of Greater Cincinnati UAW CAP SW Ohio UAW PACSW Ohio UAW PAC; and CAP Community Action Program Chairperson for UAW Local 863. He is running for the Ohio Democratic Party State Central Committee for state Senate District 14 which includes the counties of Clermont, Brown, Adams, and Scioto.  
When asked why, he will tell you this: I am running because I hear from too many families, friends, coworkers, and citizens alike in rural areas of southwest Ohio, that their voices are no longer being heard by the Democratic Party Leaders. I want to be the voice of the rural community in the state democratic party!
Growing up in the rural farming community of Ashland City, Tennessee, just west of Nashville, I learned early on that the family kitchen table often hears the strides and struggles of the family. Too often, the dinner conversations turned to what’s happening in the community, school sports, unexpected community growth or from job losses at a nearby factory or weather that affected the yearly tobacco and corn crops. My father was a mechanic and my mother worked to secure programs for migrant farm workers. My two sisters and I learned the value of hard work, and the importance of family, friendship, and community service. I spent ten years in the Army and Tennessee Army National Guard as a Specialist, Single Channel Radio Operator, and a M1A1 Tank Operator.
I brought hard working values with me when my husband and I moved to his hometown of Batavia in 2012. We now reside near the town of Marathon in Jackson Township. I became a member of UAW Local 863 working at Ford Sharonville Transmission Plant as a Machine Technician. Today, I am the Chairperson for the Greater Cincinnati UAW Community Action Program Council, representing the UAW Active and Retired members voices of the Six Southwest Counties of Ohio, meeting with elected officials on legislation matters at the local, state, and federal levels of government. Every day, we are still fighting to ensure the voices of workers are heard at all levels of government, and I believe we need to make sure the voices of citizens of rural communities are equally heard in Ohio and that starts with the leadership at the Ohio Democratic party and that rural voices must be heard in all aspects of the Ohio Democratic Party Platform.  
From Friday Night Lights to putting Food on the Kitchen Table, to building communities one Small Business at a time, the American Spirit is rooted in Small Communities. I am asking for your vote, so we can ensure the Ohio Democratic Party includes all of us.
Hear Ben speak on the benefits of being in a Labor Union:
Take Action to Hold Billionaire Dark Money Group Accountable for Lies About Teachers, Public Workers
The Freedom Foundation is anti-worker, out-of-state, anti-worker group with offices based in Washington, Oregon, and California. They are bringing their right-wing propaganda to Ohio and are targeting workers with misleading ads, information and lies.
The Freedom Foundation has made public records requests for personal and private information about public employees so they can target hardworking Ohioans with misleading information and attempt to strip them of their rights at work. They are funded by unaccounted dark money with a sole purpose to bust unions and hurt working people.
They haven’t been coy about it either. For years, they have been boasting about their efforts to break up unions and weaken the rights and power of workers. “Three years ago we started thinking about this plan for public sector unions, going out and defunding the opposition, and trying to weaken them so we can get people elected that love freedom.” Scott Roberts, Freedom Foundation Director.
Last week, the group’s mouthpiece, Lauren Bowen, placed and Op-Ed in the Plain Dealer (the paper that busted their own union, the Plain Dealer News Guild) to push a false flag operation blaming our teachers for the negative impact this pandemic had on our children. You can help let her know her misguided attempts to undermine public education so she can continue to push her agenda for failing charter schools won't work. 
It’s wrong and horribly cruel to imply that Ohio’s teachers – the men and women who spend every day educating the next generation – are failing our kids.
Ohio AFL-CIO Worker's Compensation Institute Held First In-Person Classes in Two Years To Huge Attendance
After a two-year hiatus from the annual Ohio AFL-CIO Workers Compensation Institute, the 52nd event was held last week with nearly 200 attendees from around the state, including 150 fist-time attendees.
This highly regarded institute holds both beginner and advance sessions, which include classes on the basics of filing an injured worker claim, how to use the Family Medical Leave Act, how to file for Social Security Disability as well as sessions specifically designed for public employees. Attendees also take part in mock hearings while actual hearing officers listen and provide feedback.
There were a variety of speakers including representatives from the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, Industrial Commission leaders Jim Hughes, Daniel Massey and Karen Gillmor as well as labor-side law firms Romaine & Schneiberg Co., L.P.A. and Plevin and Gallucci and Nager.
During the banquet, the Ohio AFL-CIO Dave Caldwell Award went to Randy Metzner, International Association of Machinist, Local 912, for his dedication to workplace safety and representing injured workers. A 50/50 raffle was held during the banquet raising funds for striking USW members to assist them in their dispute with Sherwin Williams in Cleveland.
The event couldn't happen without Peggy Griffith, a BWC Board of Directors member and member of the Communications Workers of America, Local 4302 and Amanda Sabol, Ohio AFL-CIO Executive Assistant.
Attendees received a certificate of program completion and a 2022 Workers’ Compensation Manual for attending. For those unable to attend or need an extra manual, they can be purchased for $100 by contacting Amanda here
Mineworkers, Union Members and Community Come Together to Remember 72 Miners Killed In Explosion
On March 16, 1940, an explosion ripped through the Willow Grove Mine, taking the life of 72 workers.  To honor the lives that were lost, family and community members gathered at the mine site in Neffs in Belmont County for a memorial service. 
"People don’t realize how important it is to remember our history. In order to move forward we truly have to remember where we came from and the people that gave up their lives so we can have a better life," said  Rick Altman, District 31 Vice President of the United Mine Workers of America. "Not just for us, but for our kids and grandkids. Our heart breaks when you hear some of the stories of workers dying on the job and it affects these families for generations that these mineworkers didn’t get to spend time with their grandkids."
The name of each miner was read aloud, and wreaths were placed on the memorial stone. Even nearby churches rang their bells in their memory.  The Belmont County Veterans Association then performed a 21-gun salute.  
This ceremony reminds us of the sacrifices these miners made in the 1940s but also reminds you that modern miners still face risk and danger every day and deserve respect.  
Mayor Aftab Pureval and IAFF Local 48 President, Matt Alter Announce Proposed $1.1 Million Investment in Cincinnati Fire & Emergency Vehicles
CINCINNATI – Earlier this week, Mayor Aftab Pureval was joined by IAFF Local 48 President, Matt Alter, Councilperson Scotty Johnson and City Leaders to announce a new proposed city funding of $1.1 million for three modern emergency vehicles for the Cincinnati Fire Department.
The additions include a pumper truck and two medic units, vehicles the Fire Department has expressed a need for. This contribution is crucial to providing our dedicated firefighters and community heroes with the tools necessary to keep us all safe. 
“Our firefighters step up every day and risk their lives to protect Cincinnatians,” Mayor Aftab said. “We as a City are committed to supporting them, and that is why we’re excited today to announce new action to bring their fleet into the modern day.”
“This is great to see, the number one Fire Department in the country being equipped with the tools necessary to maintain that level of excellence,” Councilmember Scotty Johnson said. “This is what’s necessary to make sure that the citizens of Cincinnati are getting the A1 quality service that they deserve.”
“Receiving this generous gift of $1.1 million with the purpose of purchasing one additional pumper and two additional medic units will allow us to meet our mission,” Cincinnati Fire Department Chief Michael Washington said.
Local 392 Scholarship Opportunities For Members And Their Families
By Bill Froehle, President, Cincinnati AFL-CIO Labor Council and Business Manager, Plumbers, Pipefitters and MES Local 392


We are pleased to announce that the United Association Scholarship Trust Fund is gearing up for the 2022-2023 academic year scholarship awards. Up to 112 scholarships totaling as much as $222,000 will be awarded this year, including 106 for students pursuing undergraduate studies and up to six for students pursuing graduate studies. Scholarships range from $1,500 to $5,000 each. Generally, dependents of UA members who are pursuing a post-high school education at an accredited college or university may apply for a scholarship (please see eligibility requirements and award criteria in the detailed instructions found with the application). The deadline for submitting applications is June 9, 2022.

Applications are exclusively accepted electronically through https://uascholarshipfund.communityforce. com/. The application is now live and potential applicants can check that website and click on the “Login” icon at the top right corner for additional instructions to access and submit applications. Note that upon logging in, users should be sure to click on the scholarship titled 2022 United Association Scholarship.

Awards will primarily be based on academic achievement and potential, personal achievement, and community involvement. Financial need may also be considered. Scholarships will be awarded without regard to race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. Applications will be judged by an independent and impartial Selection Committee, comprised of distinguished members of the community. The Selection Committee may request information concerning the financial circumstances of applicants and use this information in the award of scholarships. Also, note that because UA scholarships do not automatically renew each year, receiving an award in one year does not guarantee you awards in future years. In addition, six scholarships will be given to “Second Chance” awardees.

Those selected will be students whose academic achievement is not the best in their region, but who demonstrate they want another chance at an education to advance their potential for higher-paying employment. We would like to thank everyone for supporting the Fund and look forward to awarding our next round of scholarships to our deserving UA students.


The Butler County Building and Construction Trades Council will be sponsoring the Edwin L. Pence Memorial Scholarship again this year. The Butler County Building and Construction Trades Council will be awarding scholarships to Students at the high schools in the Butler County area.  
The Edwin L. Pence Memorial Scholarship is open to any high school senior planning to further his or her education after graduation from high school. Each applicant must be eligible – for graduation this spring, have a GPA of at least 2.5 and be active in their community.

Please contact Business Agent Jerry Back at the union hall for more information or to receive an application form that must be filled out by the applicant and returned, along with a current grade transcript, to The Butler County Building and Construction Trades Council no later than May 20, 2022. The Selection Committee will make its final decision May 30, 2022. Scholarship winners and their
schools will be notified by mail.

“You will need to write a short essay on “How this scholarship will help you in furthering your career”.


Edwin Marsh Scholarship information
Scholarships for the 2022-2023 academic year will be awarded to up to four (4) applicants who shall be one of the following:
  • A high school senior (during the 2021-2022 academic year),
  • A full-time college or vocational training student,
  • A building trades union-affiliated apprentice,
  • Or a building trade’s union member engaged in furthering his/her education or skills to the benefit of his/her craft and Indiana’s Building Trades Unions.
  1. The value of each scholarship is $1,000.00. Each applicant must be a member or dependent child of a member of a local building trades union in good standing with the Indiana State Building and Construction Trades Council.
  2. The winners will be selected from all entrants who submit a short essay on the yet to be determined topic. Once the topic Is determined, the membership will be advised, and full submission and deadline details provided.
  3. Each essay should be between 600 and 1,500 words in length, be typewritten, double-spaced, and follow APA guidelines for formatting style. The topic of the essay is yet to be determined. We will get you the information as soon as we receive it.
  4. Entries MUST include: a cover sheet with the following information: student’s name, mailing address, email address, name of university, college, or vocational school which he/ she plans to attend/name of joint apprenticeship training center currently enrolled/name of building trades local union and continuing education sought or engaged in, his/her relationship to a building trades union member, and the name of the local union of which that person is a member.
  5. Entries must be mailed to: Edwin Marsh Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Indiana State Building and Construction Trades Council, 150 W. Market St., Suite 805, Indianapolis, IN 46204.
  6. Entries MUST be received by the established deadline which will be later this summer. Entries received after will not be considered. 

We will let you know the deadline as soon as we receive the information.
Northern Kentucky Labor Council Fish Fry
This is one of our main fundraisers. We would like to see you there. Donations are greatly appreciated. If your organization has a PAC fund please make the check out to NKYCLC PAC Fund. If not, make the check to Northern KY Labor Council. Hope to see you there.

Tim Donoghue 513-477-4331
Come Celebrate Women's History Month!
You are invited to an event in honor of Women's History Month!

When: Saturday, March 26th 
1:00-3:00 PM

Where: Cincinnati Federation of Colored Women's Club House
1010 Chapel Street, Cincinnati, OH 45206

We would love to see you there! 

HAMILTON COUNTY, OH- Hamilton County Commissioner and founder of the new Cincinnati Black Music Walk of Fame (CBMWF), Alicia Reece announced today that the CBMWF Induction Ceremony and dedication will take place at the Andrew Brady Music Center on Saturday, July 23rd from Noon-3pm during the Cincinnati Music Festival weekend. The CBMWF induction ceremony and celebration will be free and open to the public.

“The Cincinnati Music Festival Weekend is one of the largest African American music festivals in the country and has a major economic impact on our county. Our county and state have a rich history of African American music artists, producers, and song writers and our Black Music Walk of Fame will ensure a permanent place to recognize their accomplishments for the entire world to see,” says Commissioner Reece. “This partnership creates a mega music weekend.”

Commissioner Reece, whose late mother was a national recording artist who performed at the music festival many years ago and father owned an independent label expressed that her parents met through music, and she grew up being exposed to a lot of artists and heard many of their stories, but those stories and their accomplishments had not been captured in a permanent way.

 “I would not be here if the music had not brought my parents together. That’s how they met. The CBMWF will be a permanent place to honor our African American music legends and allow everyone to see their worldwide music impact. Most of the inductees we will be honoring have performed at the music festival over the years.”

The CBMWF is a new interactive outdoor park being built by Hamilton County across from the county’s NFL Paul Brown Stadium which is home of the AFC Champion Cincinnati Bengals and the Cincinnati Music Festival. Stars of the founding members of the CBMWF – Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Bootsy Collins and the Isley Brothers, Gospel Grammy Winner Dr. Charles Fold, and Doo-wop Hall of Famer Otis Williams will be unveiled along with the new 2022 Induction class which will be announced during Black Music Month this June. “There is nothing like this in the country to date,” added Commissioner Reece.

The Cincinnati Music Festival Weekend will headline Janet Jackson and Charlie Wilson at Paul Brown Stadium and will also feature a themed Cincinnati Black Music Walk of Fame lounge. Procter & Gamble is the presenting sponsor of both the Cincinnati Music Festival and the Cincinnati Black Music Walk of Fame festivities.
Get Your Foursome Together for the
35th Annual Cincinnati AFL-CIO Golf Outing!
U.S Senator Sherrod Brown: Working For Working People!
United Way: Financial Literacy for Students
Thank you to all those who made our 2022 Unite for Teen Financial Literacy event a smashing success!

More than 2,000 seventh-graders from 70 Cincinnati Public Schools classrooms learned valuable personal finance lessons from 80 volunteers. Those volunteers dedicated 440 hours to the cause – a value of more than $12,000 in time and materials.

This year’s lessons were both virtual and in person. Our seventh annual event featured speakers discussing the principles of personal finance, including the importance of planning and living within a budget, as well as talking to students about their career pathways.

United Way of Greater Cincinnati works to bring economic well-being to all families and individuals in our region. By teaching young people the basics of personal finance and the importance of building healthy money habits, we seek to increase family financial stability, a cornerstone to life success.

We could not do it without our volunteers! Their time and talent provided students knowledge and tools they can use for a successful future.
RetireMed: Your April Medicare Webinars!
RetireMed’s live and on-demand Medicare webinars are two helpful resources when someone is turning 65 or planning to retire. We answer questions such as, “Do I have to sign up for Medicare? What about my HSA contributions? What about my spouse?”

Share our webinar information with your associates to help them make good decisions.

  • Live webinars allow for live Q&A with an advisor
  • On-demand webinars are available to view 24/7

Here is our April Live Webinars Flyer to share with your team members, clients, and anyone else who could benefit from Medicare education.
Labor helps the Reds Community Fund
We are helping the Reds Community Fund sign up volunteers for their annual Opening Day Charity Block Party. The volunteers work the booths at the Banks on Opening Day (April 12). Each volunteer will get two free tickets to a future Reds game. Is this something we could work together to fill the slots among all union membership organizations in Greater Cincinnati. They need about 100 volunteers for a 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. shift.
You can see more information here and/or use this link to distribute it to all members:
The first mandatory training occurs March 31; a second one is scheduled for April 6.
39th Annual Labor-Management Conference
Join us at this year’s 39th Annual Labor-Management Conference on Building Labor-Management Relationships: Through Cooperation and Knowledge, where experts will share practical, cooperative, and legal information to build and enhance effective labor-management relationships.

The annual conference was borne out of a partnership between NKU and FCMS many years ago to promote Labor-Management cooperation. When Labor and Management work together, they strengthen the region's workforce and its economic competitiveness. Business leaders, labor representatives, and government officials gather at our conference to find effective and valuable approaches to working together.

SHRM and CLE credits for Ohio and Kentucky are pending.
*Must register by April 13, 2022 to receive the early bird registration rate

Northern Kentucky University
Registration and sessions will take place at the Student Union

May 13, 2023
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Early Bird: $160*
Late Registration: $175
NLRB Rate: $95
Student Registration: $40
Group Registration (10 tickets): $1,440
Register Now for Upcoming FMCS Institute Courses!
Training for the real-world challenges of labor-management relations and organizational change.

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 

Negotiation Skills (Online) Summer 2022 

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 25 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 25, 2022 from daily data reporting to the Ohio Department of Health. These metrics are updated daily.
Hamilton County
Clermont County
Brown County
Butler County
Warren County
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