Labor Council

Cinco de Mayo & Mother's Day Special Edition

Saturday, May 7, 2022
This Week With AFL-CIO President, Liz Shuler
Working people are on the move. In the first four months of this year, 964 union election petitions were filed with the National Labor Relations Board—more than any year since 2011.

We’re at an inflection point and it’s been a long time coming.

Workers have the power to change things, and the pandemic has given us a new perspective on work. Essential one day, but expendable the next day? Not anymore. Workers are, and always will be, essential.
America needs not only sustainable energy, but a sustainable future with good union jobs at the center. And when labor and management join forces from the start, we can ensure that everyone has a say in defining the industries of the future

I was honored to welcome leaders from North America’s Building Trades Unions and renewable energy company Ørsted to the House of Labor today where they signed a groundbreaking project labor agreement that will put thousands of skilled union members to work building America’s offshore wind projects.

This agreement is the culmination of a game-changing partnership between labor and a leading clean energy company that sets a high-road standard for the offshore wind industry. Together, America’s workers are building a brighter future for all.
The labor movement is on fire, and workers everywhere are fanning the flames. Together, we are rising above the divisions in our country and uniting America’s workers to create a fairer economy.

Mine Workers members in Alabama are showing us the way forward. They’ve been on strike against Warrior Met Coal for over a year, demanding a fair contract that recognizes the value they bring to the company.

Together, we won a massive victory last week when shareholders at Warrior’s largest investor, BlackRock, voted exactly the way the UMWA asked them to. Shareholders voted against the board of director’s executive compensation proposal and withheld their votes for board members.

UMWA members have been taking direct action, demanding BlackRock pressure Warrior Met Coal to come back to the table and quickly agree to a fair contract. This win demonstrates once again, that when workers come together with a shared purpose, we can make real progress.
It’s a thrilling time to be part of our labor movement, and we’re ready to meet this moment. Workers across the country are leading a wave of organizing like we haven’t seen in decades.

I felt the energy in person today when I met with workers who just won their union election at a Starbucks cafe and new members of UFCW Local 360’s Cannabis Division in New Jersey. Together, they’re showing all of us what it means to win in solidarity.

Working people allow multibillion-dollar corporations like Starbucks and Amazon to grow and thrive. And America’s workers have the right to come together and create real change on the job.
Unions are back. For those of us who have long fought for working people, the recent triumphs of the labor movement’s David over corporate Goliaths are exciting.

Winning a union and the power to negotiate is a powerful tool. The good news is there is much that can be done to bring more into the movement and to build more effective vehicles to guarantee worker rights.

  • Campaigns at Amazon, Starbucks, The New York Times, Raven Software and so many other companies prove that agility, creativity and community are powerful organizing forces—they are not alone in reshaping the playbook of the modern labor movement. A union starts and ends with people.
President Biden Visits Greater Cincinnati.
Urges Congress to 'pass the damn bill' on innovation
President Joe Biden toured a metal manufacturer in Hamilton to pressure on Congress to pass legislation he said will create more jobs in Ohio and elsewhere.

“Most of us agree on this, pass the damn bill,” Biden said, promoting the Bipartisan Innovation Act.

The president made his comments in a warehouse of United Performance Metals before an invite-only crowd of dozens, mostly made up largely of labor leaders, local Democratic officials and the heads of trade schools.

The theme of Biden’s visit was 3D printing, a cutting-edge manufacturing technology that makes products, such as machine parts, by assembling fine layers of material. He saw jet engine parts and the fuel tank of a national security satellite, all made with 3D printing, in United Performance Metals' hangar.

US Senator Sherrod Brown lights up the crowd with strong message on the dignity of work!
Cincinnati AFL-CIO Labor Council Executive Secretary-Treasurer, Brian Griffin with White House Press Secretary, Jen Psaki
Fred Lampe, Executive Secretary of the Cincinnati Building Trades here with Cincinnati Councilmember and Democratic nominee for US House of Representatives, Greg Landsman and Democratic candidate for Ohio House of Representatives, Dani Isaacsohn
Workers from United Performance Metals - Great bunch of guys! And way down there on the end is Hamilton County Commission President, Stephanie Summerow Dumas
US Senator Rob Portman was in the house in support of Biden’s innovation act. “It’s too darn important for America to get caught up in partisan politics," he said.
Fred Lampe, Executive Secretary of the Cincinnati Building Trades seated with Mitch Rhodus, Mayor of Fairfield and Pat Moeller, Mayor of Hamilton
Photo Credit: Brian Griffin
Workers Share Lessons from Organizing Wins with Biden–Harris Administration
Unions and policymakers have a lot to learn from the labor movement’s recent organizing successes as we fight to expand our new member campaigns across the country. New union members and organizers of the Machinists (IAM), the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union-UFCW (RWDSU-UFCW), the Communications Workers of America’s CODE-CWA project (CWA), The Animation Guild-IATSE Local 839 (TAG) and the Amazon Labor Union (ALU) gathered at the White House on Thursday to tell their stories to President Biden and members of his administration.
ALU President Chris Smalls (pictured above, fourth from right) also testified on Capitol Hill, in a video that has gone viral on social media. Click here to watch Smalls’ testimony.
Shuler: Working Families Deserve Access to Unrestricted Health Care
Chief Justice John Roberts confirmed this morning that the leaked draft of a majority opinion to overturn Roe v. Wade did come from someone at the court. AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler released this statement on social media:
“Access to health care without fear and intimidation is every person’s right. We must be able to control our own bodies—which has a direct impact on economic justice and the ability of working people to make a better life for themselves and their families. This leaked draft foreshadows an unstable future for the fundamental rights of Americans.”
Shuler: We’re all in this together
I sat down with Starbucks and cannabis workers in New Jersey this morning. I listened to their stories and what keeps them up at night. They told me about their organizing and how they won their unions.
I’m in awe of all the working people taking on corporations and winning.
These are corporations that can spend millions of dollars on intimidating workers. Corporations many said would never have unions. Corporations like Starbucks, REI and Amazon.
But workers came together to fight for a better workplace and fair treatment—and won.
And their victories will change the world. By inspiring us and building a wave of organizing across the country. By teaching us and sharing what worked for them.
Together, we can build a strong labor movement that’s for all workers and led by workers.
I can’t wait.
The History of Cinco de Mayo and How It’s Celebrated
By Ilaria Parogni, The New York Times

More than being an excuse to treat oneself to nachostacosmezcal and margaritas, Cinco de Mayo has a history that runs deep and continues to serve as a vehicle conveying Mexican culture, pride and values.

Here are a few things to know about the day:
What’s the significance of Cinco de Mayo?
Cinco de Mayo commemorates Mexico’s unexpected victory over France in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. The conflict between the two countries had begun in 1861, after Benito Juárez, then the president of Mexico, suspended the nation’s foreign debt payments, and Napoleon III responded by sending French troops to invade. The victory in Puebla galvanized the Mexican forces but turned out to be short-lived, and France later occupied the country, installing Maximilian I as emperor. Not until 1867 did the new Mexican Republic finally expel the French, execute Maximilian I and regain control of the country.

When and where is Cinco de Mayo celebrated?
Cinco de Mayo literally means “May 5” in Spanish, which is when this celebration of Mexican heritage falls each year. The day, mostly commemorated by Mexican Americans north of the U.S. border, is also celebrated in Puebla, the town and region southeast of Mexico City, where the holiday originated.

Is Cinco de Mayo Mexico’s Independence Day?
No. Cinco de Mayo is often mistaken for Mexico’s Independence Day in the United States, but Mexican independence is actually celebrated on Sept. 16. On that day, in 1810, a priest named Miguel Hidalgo called upon the Mexican people to revolt against the rule of Spain, eventually leading to the War for Independence, which ended in 1821.

Union Made in America Mother's Day
You have no excuse for waiting until the last minute to find a nice gift for Mother's Day that also carries the union label. Our friends at Labor 411, the union business directory from the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, can help you out.
If you want to go the traditional route with some top-of-the-line chocolates, take a look at these from the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers (BCTGM) and the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW).
  • Ghirardelli
  • Hershey's
  • Russell Stover
  • See’s Candies

If you plan to celebrate the evening with one of mom's favorite beverages:
  • André 
  • Arbor Mist
  • C.K. Mondavi
  • Charles Krug
  • Cook’s California Champagne
  • J. Roget
  • Gallo Estate 
  • Peter Vella
  • Sheffield Cellars
  • Turning Leaf
  • Wycliff
If mom deserves a little pampering, try these health and beauty products:
  • Dove Beauty Bar and skin care 
  • Caress skin care
  • L’Oréal Paris
  • Revlon

If you'd rather go the floral route, try getting your flowers from:
  • Albertsons
  • Costco
  • Gelson’s
  • Pavilions
  • Ralphs
  • Safeway
  • Vons

Also, Union Plus members receive a 25% discount on flowers from Teleflora.
Why are costs going up?
Workers are frustrated and worried.
A big part of our concern now is that rising costs are eating into our paychecks. In 2021 alone, prices went up by 7.1%.
Let’s be clear: Increasing wages for workers isn’t causing inflation. Wages have been stuck for decades.
Ahead of the 2022 midterm elections, we need to hear from our members and do some deep listening to understand the issues that matter most to the working people we represent.
That’s why the AFL-CIO has created a flyer that lays out the real reasons for the skyrocketing cost of living—and what union members can do to create a better economy. (Click here for the Spanish language version of the flyer.)
We’re ready to set the record straight and start promoting solutions that will effectively address rising prices.
Good jobs and good wages are not the cause of increasing costs. They are the solution.
D.C. Bus Drivers Rise Up: ‘ATU Local 689 Out Here on the Picket Line!’
Fighting for fair living wages, decent benefits and respect, Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 689 is taking to the streets of our nation’s capital. The bus drivers for the D.C. Circulator went on strike Tuesday after the company sent a “final offer” on Sunday that would have substituted skilled union members with subcontractors, eliminated their rights under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act, undermined progressive discipline, and provided inadequate wage increases despite years of underpayment and skyrocketing cost of living.
This company will only realize the true value of its workforce when they don’t show up to work,” Local 689 President Raymond Jackson (not pictured) said, announcing the strike. “RATP Dev [our employer] can’t drive these buses. McMahon Berger, their union-busting law firm, can’t drive these buses. Our members know that they’re the ones who keep this region moving.”
UAW Members at CNHi Strike for Fair Wages, Secure Retirement and Better Work Environment
More than 1,000 UAW members at Case New Holland Industrial (CNHi) locations in Racine, Wisconsin, and Burlington, Iowa, set up picket lines, as their demand for the agriculture equipment company to offer a fair contract went unheeded. Their strike began on Monday after CNHi failed to present an agreement that met its workers’ needs.
“UAW CNHi members have worked through the pandemic after the company deemed them essential, to produce the equipment that feeds America, builds America and powers the American economy,” said UAW President Ray Curry. “They are a strong united union voice on the picket line. They can make a difference for working families here and throughout the country.”
Equity Files Double-Breasting Grievance Against ‘Waitress’ Producers
This season, Broadway show “Waitress” sent out two tours—one with a contract negotiated by the Actors’ Equity Association (Equity), and the other without union actors or stage managers. Equity opened a grievance today charging the show’s producers for double-breasting, or profiting from both union members and nonunion workers at the same time. It's an underhanded practice that other Broadway producers engage in, and Equity is aiming to put a stop to it. In the process of pursuing an election for the nonunion ‘Waitress’ actors and stage managers, Equity said it uncovered evidence that the show’s licensers have a financial interest in the nonunion production.
“The members of this company have been vocal that they want union representation,” said Stefanie Frey, Equity’s director of organizing and mobilization. “And this new pathway will make things right for them—and for hundreds of other stage managers and actors being denied the wages and workplace protections a union guarantees.”
Take Action to Support AFA-CWA’s Campaign for Safe Uniforms
Delta Air Lines is about to ground hundreds of flight attendants, just as we head into the busy summer travel season with an already understaffed workforce. Delta is choosing to harm workers and risk unnecessary operational meltdowns in the name of its “new” corporate brand.
In 2018, Delta rolled out a new uniform line. Within weeks, flight attendants began reporting severe adverse reactions like trouble breathing, extreme headaches, painful rashes and hair loss. An independent lab test showed the uniforms had high levels of a toxic chemical.
After flight attendants spoke out, Delta promised “a completely new uniform program” and allowed workers to wear an alternative uniform. But now, management is backtracking on its promise. Workers are being forced to wear a uniform they don’t feel safe in or stay home without a paycheck. Tell Delta management to live up to its promise by providing new uniforms that are safe and healthy.
3,000 IAM Members at Pratt & Whitney Ratify Contract with Job Security, Strong Benefits
Some 3,000 members of Machinists (IAM) District 26, Local 700 in Middletown and Local 1746 in East Hartford, Connecticut, voted to ratify a new contract with aerospace manufacturer Pratt & Whitney. The three-year agreement, which took effect on Monday, contained significant gains: improved job security, a minimum average of $2,400 in health care savings, strong wage increases and more paid time off.
“During the pandemic, our members, deemed essential, took their roles to maintain production, and helped the company remain profitable, seriously,” said IAM International President Robert Martinez Jr. (not pictured). “The IAM continually proves why we are the premier aerospace and defense labor union globally. Our members stood alongside their negotiating committees to demand a contract representing their commitment to the company.”
NABTU Secures Landmark Offshore Wind Project Labor Agreement
On Thursday, there was a major victory for America’s pro-union clean energy future. During a press conference at the AFL-CIO headquarters, North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU) and Ørsted signed a project labor agreement (PLA) to construct the company’s U.S. offshore wind farms with America’s union workforce. Members of the Biden–Harris administration, including Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo and Secretary of Interior Deb Haaland, took part in the celebration.
The first of its kind in the United States, the National Offshore Wind Agreement (NOWA) sets the bar for working conditions and equity, injects hundreds of millions of dollars in middle-class wages into the American economy, creates apprenticeship and career opportunities for communities most impacted by environmental injustice, and ensures projects will be built with the safest and best-trained workers in the country. Authorized by 15 international union presidents and their local affiliates, the NOWA covers all of Ørsted’s contractors and subcontractors that will perform offshore wind farm construction from Maine down to Florida.
This PLA is a significant milestone because it creates an example for offshore wind and other clean energy firms to follow: one where labor standards, environmental protection and good business practices can and should go hand in hand. As AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler remarked, “This is what it looks like to put the words ‘high-road labor standards’ into action.” This high-caliber agreement for working people and the planet reminds us that clean energy jobs can and will be good-paying, family-sustaining union jobs.
Wave of Union Organizing Headed Ashore, SIU’s Sacco Forecasts
Michael Sacco, president of the Seafarers (SIU), began his monthly message to SIU members by highlighting last month’s organizing win among Amazon workers in Staten Island. “The recent win by workers who formed a union at an Amazon distribution center in New York is excellent news in its own right, but it signals even greater potential for employees across the country,” he wrote. “It also demonstrates that even though our nation’s labor laws remain severely outdated, workers can in fact beat the odds and win.” Sacco called for swift passage of the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, which is languishing in the U.S. Senate, to make it easier for more workers to organize and form unions.
United Way Calls for Comprehensive Improvements to Workplace Safety
The United Way Worldwide (UWW) marked Workers Memorial Day last week with a powerful column on the state of workplace safety and what everyone can do to create safer workplaces. “There is a need for more capacity-building and holistic improvements to avoid preventable injuries and deaths, with workers’ voices in the mix,” wrote Caroline Powell, a university student and intern for UWW’s Labor Team. “Workers have a right to healthy and safe working conditions. We take the time to remember and grieve, but also hope and fight for a better future, thanks to the tireless efforts of members of the labor movement, with whom United Way has long partnered.”
All in a Day’s Work
Last week, union members in Memphis stood before the Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 474 union hall in honor of Workers Memorial Day and shared the findings of an AFL-CIO report on worker safety.
The national study found that in 2020, more than 4,700 workers lost their lives from job-related injuries. It found that Latino and Black workers face the greatest risk of dying on the job compared to workers as a whole. The Latino rate was 4.5 per 100,000 workers, a 15% increase over the past 10 years. The Black worker rate was 3.5 per 100,000 workers. Older workers are at high risk, too, the study said, with more than one-third of workplace fatalities occurring among workers 55 and older.
In 2020, more than 5,000 Black workers died from traumatic injuries, a number that excludes COVID-19 or chronic illnesses. Click here to read more.
AFSCME’s Saunders: Let’s Recognize Public Service Workers with Words and Action
Sunday marked the beginning of Public Service Recognition Week—a week to value America’s public service workers who keep our communities and our nation going. In a statement, AFSCME President Lee Saunders (pictured above, left) said: “This week, as we pause to thank public service workers for their labor and sacrifices, we should also commit to honoring them with action. We must invest in and expand our public service workforce to better respond to future crises.” On Friday, the White House issued a proclamation recognizing Public Service Recognition Week.
Randi Weingarten: Thank You
Every year, Teacher Appreciation Week, National Nurses Week and Public Service Recognition Week coincide. I like to think of it as a celebration of the collective dedicated work AFT members do to serve our communities and help people improve their lives.
I want to take a moment to say thank you AFT members.
For the 200,000 nurses and healthcare workers in the AFT, I want you to know that your work is invaluable. In the last year, you’ve saved lives and cared for patients, making sure they were treated with care and dignity even when our hospitals were stretched thin. You are the backbone of the healthcare system and deserve respect and recognition.

Public employees should feel proud during Public Service Recognition Week. You are defenders of democracy. From protecting our public health and public lands, to ensuring public safety and functioning public schools, America keeps going because of you.

Teachers deserve our heartfelt appreciation too. This week, more than 200 groups have joined us in a public statement supporting and thanking teachers—from pre-K to college—for everything they do. Your work changes lives for the better. Thank you for helping every child in America lay the groundwork to build a better life, which starts right in their very own school.

The work that every AFT member does matters. I want to personally thank you and to encourage you to thank each other. There are a lot of opportunities to do just that: Take some time to thank public employees during Public Service Recognition Week by sharing this graphic. Be sure to thank a nurse by signing this petition for safe staffing. And show your support for teachers and school staff by adding your name to this list.

In unity,

Randi Weingarten
AFT President

P.S.: The attacks against us are continuing to mount, and we need every member and ally working together to push back. Please join our activist email list; I send regular updates about actions we can take to push back and fight for public education, healthcare, public services and democracy.
AFT’s Weingarten Launches Full-On Defense of Public Education
The right-wing media bubble is filled with stories claiming that public schools are harming our children. The far right is dealing in fear-mongering. Its currency is disinformation and it takes special pride in undermining America’s public educators.
In a must-read column, American Federation of Teachers (AFT) President Randi Weingarten defended the value of public education against those who are actively sabotaging parents’ trust. She and Stand for Children Executive Officer Jonah Edelman wrote about how the far right is using its tried and true playbook: concocting lies, spreading them through right-wing outlets and social media, and turning to anti-union legislators to ease their manufactured outrage.
The good news? America’s public school educators, parents, students and communities are fighting back and winning. In IndianaNew Hampshire and communities across the country, union educators are teaching all of us a valuable lesson. With faith in democracy, belief in truth and dedication to the people we serve, the labor movement will defeat any opponent—no matter how widespread their cries of fabricated anger become.
UAW Cheers $3B Investment in Battery Supply Chain
The labor movement stood alongside Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm and Rep. Debbie Dingell on Monday as the Department of Energy announced an investment of more than $3 billion to build a strong domestic battery supply chain with high-quality jobs. This is a huge step in the task of implementing the bipartisan infrastructure law’s support for battery research, manufacturing, processing and recycling to help us electrify transportation and store renewable energy while spurring union job creation and community benefits.
In Detroit, UAW Vice President Cindy Estrada highlighted how the next generation of vehicle manufacturing and technology jobs must be good union jobs, support existing manufacturing communities and be accessible to a diverse workforce for generations to come. Funding announcements like this one are part of making this a reality.
Watch: AFL-CIO, Catholic Labor Network Commemorate Life and Legacy of Msgr. George Higgins
For decades, legendary “labor priest” Msgr. George Higgins was a living link between America’s labor movement and the Catholic Church. Monsignor Higgins passed away 20 years ago, and the AFL-CIO and the Catholic Labor Network commemorated his legacy earlier today by co-sponsoring a panel discussion. Hosted by AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler and moderated by Fr. Clete Kiley of UNITE HERE, this discussion focused on Monsignor Higgins’ legacy and the relationship between the labor movement and the Catholic Church, then and now.
A commitment to solidarity and to the dignity of work unites us in profound ways,” Meghan Clark, a moral theologian at St. John’s University and a panelist at today’s event, told the National Catholic Reporter. “Catholic social teaching can help the labor movement articulate a sense of justice as participation, which is not only about fighting for just wages and working conditions but also having a voice in shaping what work means in our place of employment and more broadly, in the 21st century.”
Labor Movement Remembers Kathleen Casavant (1951–2022)
The labor movement lost a champion for the cause of working people when Kathleen Casavant passed away last week at the age of 70. The daughter of a union painter and a school bus driver, her enduring dedication to our movement was her life’s work. Casavant became secretary-treasurer of the Massachusetts AFL-CIO in 1998 and went on to join the staff of the national federation. While at the AFL-CIO, she was the architect of our federation’s governance and organizational development team. Later on in her career, Casavant was a mentor to thousands of women labor leaders as director of the Women’s Institute for Leadership Development (WILD) in Massachusetts.
The celebration of Kathy’s life will be held on June 5 at the Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 103 union hall in Dorchester, Massachusetts. Family and friends are invited to make donations to WILD in her memory. She was an inspirational leader and a tireless advocate for so many workers throughout the labor movement—and for that, we honor you, Sister Casavant.
Labor Movement Comes Together to Celebrate the Life and Legacy of John Sweeney (1934–2021)
AFL-CIO President Emeritus John Sweeney, who led an era of transformative change in America’s labor movement, passed away last year at the age of 86. Sweeney’s life was defined by his devotion to family and his unrelenting commitment to the cause of workers. Earlier today, members of the labor movement gathered with Sweeney’s family at Georgetown University to honor his enduring legacy to our movement. An assembly of distinguished leaders, including AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler, Labor Secretary Marty Walsh (LIUNA) and Sen. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland, shared their reflections on Sweeney’s life—a life dedicated to the struggle for working people in America and around the world.
In the words of Brother Sweeney: “Without the church, there would be no redemption. Without family, there would have been no love. Without the union, there would have been no food on the table.” The labor movement thanks our brother for his lifetime of inspiring leadership and compassionate action. May he rest in power.
Labor Heritage Foundation Brings Labor Leaders Together to Honor AFSCME President Lee Saunders
Union leaders gathered on Wednesday evening at the AFL-CIO headquarters in Washington, D.C., to honor one of America’s fiercest champions for working people: AFSCME President Lee Saunders (pictured above, second from left). The Labor Heritage Foundation honored Saunders at its Solidarity Forever Reception and Awards Ceremony in recognition of his vigorous leadership within the labor movement.
AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer/Executive Vice President Fred Redmond (pictured above, second from right) spoke at the ceremony to recognize President Saunders’ contributions to the movement.
TWU Members Rock the Aerospace Maintenance Competition
After a two-year hiatus, the Aerospace Maintenance Competition was back in action last month in Dallas. Members of Transport Workers Union (TWU) locals 514, 591 and 567 who work for American Airlines stood out among their friendly rivals. In the overall maintenance repair overhaul category, American Airlines workers made it to the podium—twice. The team from Tulsa, Oklahoma, placed second and the DWH Air Raiders team from Texas placed third. Both teams had talented mechanics from TWU. An all-women team (pictured above) also took part, which included a member of Local 514.
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.
Listening Tour 2022
Lorain/Lordstown Submarine Proposal
From: Tim Burga, President, Ohio AFL-CIO
I was pleased to join Senator Sherrod Brown, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur and Congressman Tim Ryan in Lorain this morning to promote the Naval submarine project that I informed you of several weeks back. The AFL-CIO Metal Trades Department has led the effort at the national level to advance this public/private proposal with the Bartlett Maritime Corporation. Below, is Senator Brown’s press release on the event.
LORAIN, OH – Today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and U.S. Representatives Tim Ryan (D-OH-13) and Marcy Kaptur (D-OH-9) joined Ohio labor leaders and employees, and representatives from Bartlett Maritime Corporation to support efforts to build a submarine service facility in Lorain and repair facility in Lordstown. This proposal has the potential to bring thousands of good-paying, union jobs to northeast Ohio. Brown spoke at the rally in support of bringing shipping jobs back to the area.

“Ohio workers have the talent and the skills to ensure we have a modern Navy, stronger than any in the world,” said Brown. “They just need leaders who actually make them a priority. I’m going to keep working with Tim and Marcy and with Ohio workers and companies to press for military investment in Ohio – and for all investments that have the potential to create Ohio jobs.”

“There are no workforces better equipped than Lordstown and Lorain to carry out the needs of our nation’s submarine fleet,” said Congressman Ryan. “Time after time, Ohio workers have showed up to answer our nation’s greatest challenges. Now it’s time our government shows up for Ohio workers. I will continue to fight like hell to create these good-paying jobs in Ohio and give every working Ohioan economic freedom and a fair shot at the American Dream.”

“As the nation’s fourth seacoast, the Great Lakes region is a prime location to meet the Navy’s needs for the future,” said Congresswoman Kaptur. “Ohio has a long, proud history of advancing the cause of America’s defense, and the hardworking men and women of labor are ready to get to work in support of the mission. I stand with them and will fight with my colleagues to ensure the Lorain-Lordstown Project receives the fair consideration it deserves.”

“Union workers built this country and strengthened our national security. Ohioans in Lorain, Lordstown and across the state are ready now to do our part by expanding and improving our Naval shipyard performance,” said Ohio AFL-CIO President Tim Burga. “Strategic investments in the Marine Highway are crucial to the Navy’s efficiencies and readiness and workers in Ohio and the Great Lakes region have what it takes to advance this mission.” 

“America is at an inflection point and it is almost impossible to overstate how important this point in time really is,” said Jimmy Hart, president of the Metal Trades Department, AFL-CIO. “Our country must decide at this moment how we will manage our economic, national security and climate goals. It is time for tested, national leadership to step up and I’m here to let America know that a defining moment in American history begins here today in Lorain, Ohio.” 

In February, Brown, along with Ryan, Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH), Reps. Shontel Brown (D-OH), and Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), sent a letter to Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro expressing their concern about the maintenance backlogs at the Navy’s four government-operated naval shipyards and encouraged the Navy to consider establishing a Great Lakes maintenance facility.
Labor Movement Rallies in Lorain, Ohio, for Rebirth of American Shipbuilding
Union members came together with elected officials, business leaders, retired naval officers and community members near the shore of Lake Erie on Monday to fight for the Bartlett Maritime plan—a multiyear project to reinvigorate the “marine highway” while creating thousands of good union jobs in the construction and maritime industries. The Ohio AFL-CIO, the Ohio State Building & Construction Trades Council, the Metal Trades Department, AFL-CIO, (MTD), and the Bartlett Maritime Corporation co-hosted the rally in partnership with Sen. Sherrod Brown, Reps. Tim Ryan and Marcy Kaptur, Lorain Mayor Jack Bradley and others.
“America is at an inflection point and it is almost impossible to overstate how important this point in time really is,” said Jimmy Hart (UA), president of MTD. “Our country must decide at this moment how we will manage our economic, national security and climate goals. It is time for tested, national leadership to step up, and I’m here to let America know that a defining moment in American history begins here today in Lorain, Ohio.”
Sen. Sherrod Brown, Reps. Tim Ryan, Marcy Kaptur and AFL-CIO Push for National Security Jobs
Sen. Sherrod Brown and Reps. Marcy Kaptur and Tim Ryan joined with labor leaders to support a proposed plan to build a shipyard in Lorain that could repair U.S. Navy submarines during a May 2 rally at the Black River Landing.
The Bartlett Maritime Plan would be a joint public/private venture that, if approved, could bring thousands of good-paying jobs to Lorain and Lordstown where workers would repair navy submarines.
"Workers in Lorain and Lordstown are ready to do our part to protect our national security," said Ohio AFL-CIO President Tim Burga. "The Ohio AFL-CIO is in full support the Bartlett Maritime Plan to boost our Navy while bringing good union jobs to Ohio."
The U.S. Navy currently can’t keep up the maintenance of its fleet’s ships and submarines and experts say is poses a national security risk. The addition of the shipyard in Lorain and another repair facility in Lordstown would replenish supply lines, help relieve the backlog and get more of the Naval fleet back out to sea quicker. The project would also create good union construction jobs building the port and support facilities to two communities hard hit by globalization and the exporting of industrial jobs.
Jimmy Hart, national president of the AFL-CIO Metal Trade Union, said the health of the country depends on bringing back good-paying jobs to the United States. This project would be a start toward that. “For too, too long our communities have been neglected,” Hart said. “(We) are here today to announce the rebirth of the American maritime union here in Lorain, Ohio.”
Biden's Infrastructure Bill Will Ensure Ohio Bridge Repair Receive an Extra $50 Million Annually
Ohio plans to spend an additional $50 million a year for the next five years to fix or replace locally owned bridges around the state, increasing the total annual expenditure to $112.5 million.
The $47.5 million comes from $104 million in bridge funding the state will receive from the recently passed bipartisan federal infrastructure bill, according to the Ohio Department of Transportation. With the funding support of the federal infrastructure bill, the state expects to spend a combined $407.5 million on local bridges over the next five years.
The law requires the state to spend $15.6 million each year on bridges owned by municipalities, townships and counties. Every Republican member of Congress running for re-election voted against the bipartisan infrastructure bill, and every GOP candidate for US Senate stated they were against the bill.
"ODOT will continue to aggressively address bridges throughout the state that are under our jurisdiction while at the same time doing everything we can to ensure our local partners have the resources they need to address their most critical issues," ODOT Director Jack Marchbanks said.
ODOT funding for bridges maintained by the state’s 88 county engineers is expected to increase from $34 million to $74 million annually, and municipal-owned bridge funding will increase from $11 million to $18.5 million each year.
The American Rescue Plan – Working for Appalachia Ohio
Gov. Mike DeWine and Lt. Gov. Jon Husted announced their proposal to invest $500 million in the Appalachian region of the state. While they circle the state to promote the investments, it is worth noting that every dollar comes from President Biden's American Rescue Plan which not one Ohio Congressional Republican supported, nor the Governor and Lt. Governor.
Dubbed “Ohio Builds – Small Communities, Big Impact – A Plan for Appalachia,” the proposed investment would support local initiatives to revitalize downtown districts, enhance quality of life and help rebuild the economies of Ohio’ 32 Appalachian counties, which include Columbiana, Mahoning and Trumbull counties, according to a release.
The three priority areas of the Ohio Builds proposal are restoring historic downtowns, improving community health and rebuilding the local workforce, according to the release. It includes a $50 million planning phase to allow Appalachian communities and regional partnerships to develop plans that incorporate each of the three funding priorities.
Funding for the initiative is being provided through the American Rescue Plan. U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan applauded the state of Ohio for using money from the American Rescue Plan Act, which he supported, to invest in the state’s small towns and Appalachian communities.
“This is exactly what these federal dollars were meant to do — reinvest in our forgotten communities and plug them into a new and growing economy,” Ryan said.
Get Your Foursome Together for the
35th Annual Cincinnati AFL-CIO Golf Outing!
CWPC Invites you to the 36th Annual Women of Achievement Awards Reception honoring Catherine D. Ingram, Carolyn Miller, and Francie Pepper
Dear CWPC Members & Friends,

Cincinnati Women's Political Caucus is pleased to invite you to our 36th Annual Women of Achievement reception on Thursday, May 12, 2022. The formal invitation is attached. We thank our Underwriters, Benefactors, Patrons, Sponsors and Donors who have already supported this event.  

This year, we are extremely proud to be honoring two women with our Woman of Achievement Award.  State Representative Catherine Ingram currently represents the 32nd House District. As a public servant, university instructor, realtor, neighborhood leader, mom and grandmother, she knows how much the decisions made in Columbus personally impact all of us.  Carolyn Miller has been a tireless advocate for voting rights and good government through her work with the League of Women Voters, the CIncinnatus Association and other organizations. We are pleased to announce that this year, we are awarding a Lifetime Achievement Award to Francie Pepper, for her years of work in support of issues involving women, girls, and racial justice. All our honorees have worked to make our region and the world the best it can be. 
Once again, this will be CWPC’s major fundraising event for 2022. The funds we raise are all contributed to our endorsed candidates. We ask that you give generously, as the more money we raise, the more CWPC-PAC can contribute to and promote increased participation of candidates who support and will work for the goals of CWPC: the social, economic, and political advancement of women.
There is still time to be included in our Program. You can be a Donor for $100a Sponsor for $150.00, a Patron for $250.00, a Benefactor for $500.00, or an Underwriter for $1,000.00 and above.  A gift in any of these categories received by April 30th includes your name in the program, and your admission to the reception. Regular tickets for the event are $50.  The link to register is

If you prefer, you can send a check payable to CWPC-PAC to Barbara Myers, 2392 Dana Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45208, or you can give your credit card information. The attached form has all the information re contributions.  

Yours in Sisterhood,

Barbara Myers, Chair
U.S Senator Sherrod Brown: Working For Working People!
Coming Together and Celebrating with CLUW!
Asian Pacific American Heritage Month is right around the corner! Throughout the month of May, we’re excited to host important programs for building greater power and solidarity across our labor movement. 

Please join us for a special collaborative event with the Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW) on Tuesday, May 10. RSVP here:

You can also find all of APALA’s upcoming events at our new page:

P.S. This Sunday kicks off Give In May, a national campaign to support AAPI organizations. Starting May 1, you can donate at and help us win a $12,000 prize!
Freestore Foodbank: Our impact on hunger begins with YOU
The Memorial Day Hunger Walk & 5k Run is IN-PERSON this year. It’s a special event that gathers a whole community of people together as ONE to make a noble impact by joining the fight to end hunger.

Every step YOU TAKE counts for our tristate neighbors in need — and TOGETHER, those steps make a big impact for families and children facing food insecurity in the tristate area.

Feeding America reports that more than 38 million people, including 12 million children, in the United States are food insecure. Can we count on you to join us and walk for the fight against hunger?

There is nothing our tristate community can’t accomplish when we come together as ONE. Join us for the 19th Annual Hunger Walk & 5K Run at the Banks on May 30 with a post-walk celebration at Smale Park!

We made the steps to join easy. Register here to participate, then ask your friends and family to support you.

P.S. Can’t make it but still want to help? You can register to participate virtually. Be there in spirit by making a virtual donation to fight hunger and show your support.
RetireMED: What You Need to Know About Medicare in May
Individuals are working past age 65 more than ever before, and they often stay on employer coverage because it is familiar. Many people even think they must retire before they can go on Medicare (not true!). Comparing employer coverage to Medicare helps individuals understand all the benefits and cost savings available to them with Medicare plans.
So, how do you help individuals who are considering Medicare?
Encourage them to explore their health insurance options.

RetireMed offers no-cost plan comparisons to individuals approaching age 65 and beyond.
Here is our May Live Webinars Flyer to share with your team members, clients, and anyone else who could benefit from free Medicare education.
Wednesday, May 4
12 p.m. (Noon) EST

Medicare 101
Tuesday, May 10
12p.m. (Noon) EST

Retiring Before Age 65? Your Health Coverage Options
If you’re unable to attend our live dates, our on-demand webinars are always available to view any time.
NAACP: Free Adult CPR Class!
Cincinnati NAACP Golf Outing
There's ONE more month to sign up for our upcoming Golf Outing! Click the link below to sign up, we hope to see you there!

NAACP Block Party
It's Back! The Second Annual Community Outreach Block Party will be returning this summer on July 9, 2022!
Ohio River Paddlefest
We’ll See You in August!
Applications are Open for Ellequate’s August Community Cohort

Foster a diverse and inclusive workplace to attract and retain the best talent

We help people leaders like you—including HR professionals, executives, and DEI professionals across the country—invest in strategies that have been proven to work.

Ellequate is now actively recruiting courageous organizations for the August 2022 community cohort. Take our Readiness Assessment today to see how you can connect workplace policies and practices to employee experience, get customized action steps, and secure leadership buy-in. Celebrate your commitment to building a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace and communicate to employees, job seekers, and key stakeholders that your organization is living its values and leading by example.
Save the Date - Community Forum
Please join us on May 10 for a frank discussion about the environmental health needs of the greater Cincinnati community. Dr. Rick Woychik and other leaders at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (part of NIH) are coming to hear from you. Join us for lunch (provided) and the program from 12 noon – 4pm, at the new ARCO Art and Community Center on Price Avenue. If you haven’t already – please take a moment to RSVP, by May 3rd, and mark your calendar. RSVP and questions: Amy Itescu or 513-558-2147. 
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!
We're coming up on the last few days to register for The Art and Science of Dealing with Difficult People Behaviors. Our mission is to keep you at the forefront of conflict management and prevention with innovative topics and comprehensive course offerings that prepare you for real-world challenges and organizational change. Don't miss this opportunity to explore and understand the root causes of difficult behaviors and learn management strategies to help you masterfully navigate encounters with challenging personalities at work and in everyday life.
Art & Science of Dealing with Difficult People Behaviors
May 10, 17, 24, 2022

Series of three 90-minute webinars
1:00p-2:30p EST
Difficult people are everywhere! Or are they? Each and every day, we encounter people whose behavior comes across to us as obstructive, obnoxious, stubborn, offensive, or worse. What are the roots of difficult behavior; and what are the best strategies for dealing with these encounters? Understanding the human emotional response process can lend great insight into these perplexing questions. Following this highly interactive 3-session webinar series, participants will be able to identify the elements of human interpersonal reactions at play in a given situation and recognize emotional response cues that can guide them in refocusing a conflict encounter that’s gone awry and improve conflict resolution outcomes.

Topics Include:

  • Emotion-based Responses and the Dynamics of Human Interaction
  • Mindful Self-Awareness
  • Empowerment and Disempowerment
  • Locus of Control
  • Re-defining “difficult”
  • Working Styles
  • Strategies for Dealing with Difficult People

Instructors: Heather Brown, Chief Learning Officer, FMCS & Valerie Harragin, Principal, FMCS Institute for Conflict Management
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, May 6 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, May 6, 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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