Labor Council

Saturday, May 21, 2022
This Week With AFL-CIO President, Liz Shuler
We need more leaders who are out there speaking up for change and fighting for it in the ways that working people are doing all around us. Leaders who understand that people are fed up with corporate greed, and are fired up and ready for change.

There is a wave of union activism spreading across the country. Student educators at the University of California, workers at Amazon warehouses, young people at Starbucks, and workers at REI and in the cannabis industry are all fighting back and winning.

There are so many opportunities in front of us, and we need to make the most of them. We need to take risks, ask for more, try new things and get out of our comfort zones.
The landmark equal pay agreement between U.S. Soccer, the U.S. Women’s National Team (USWNT) Players Association and the U.S. National Soccer Team Players Association makes international history, will impact generations to come and shows the power of a union contract.

This incredible collective bargaining agreement made it across the finish line, thanks to leadership from USWNT Players Association President Becky Sauerbrunn and all the brave players who fought for this for so long both on and off the field.

Congratulations to all! #ItsAboutTime.
We are coming back together after the isolation of the past two years to build a post-pandemic labor movement that lifts people back up.

Organizers often lead with “You’ll make more money if you join a union,” but we less often talk about how unions are the best way to address workplace culture issues, such as scheduling or bad bosses. All of that can change when workers take collective action.

This is such an exciting time: We’re seeing the next generation of our movement form before our eyes, and we have to meet young workers with new ideas and new approaches of our own.
The entire labor movement is appalled by the killing of 10 people and wounding of three by a man with racist beliefs who targeted Black people.

While there’s no way to make sense of yet another racially motivated, hate-inspired attack on innocent people because of the color of their skin, it’s clear these types of mass shootings are perpetrated by those radicalized online, and we must take action.

Our deepest condolences are with the family, friends, UFCW members and an entire community who are once again dealing with unfathomable pain due to one person’s racist beliefs.
Cincinnati AFL-CIO Labor Council
"If Not Us, Who? If Not Now, When?!

We're Back and We're Live!

Friday, October 21, 2022
UAW Local 863 Union Hall
10708 Reading Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45241

Save The Date!

6:00 PM Social Hour | 7:00 PM Dinner and Program

Special Keynote Speaker:
AFL-CIO Endorsed Candidate for US Senate, Tim Ryan
Tim Ryan is a relentless advocate for Ohio’s working families.

Musical Guests:
Jake Speed and The Freddies
An Evening of Labor's Best Musical Heritage!

Watch This Space for Details...
Jake Speed and the Freddies w/ Special Guests Mike Oberst and Ed Cunningham at 22nd Annual Woodyfest Celebrating the life and music of Woody Guthrie.
Join the AFL-CIO’s Young Worker Town Hall on May 26
We are in an unprecedented moment of young workers rising up and taking action in their workplaces across industries nationwide. They’re seizing this moment and building the future of the labor movement.
The town hall, hosted by AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler and Minnesota AFL-CIO President Bernie Burnham (AFT), will be held in Minneapolis, where young workers have led a series of successful organizing drives over the past two years.
PETITION: Cancel Student Debt
Organized labor was built on the foundation of creating a pathway to the middle class for everyone. But skyrocketing student loan debt has become an insurmountable obstacle to achieving this goal.
The Biden administration’s decision to continue to pause student debt has made a tremendous difference in the lives of so many borrowers. But these borrowers still live with the uncertainty of not knowing when to drastically alter their finances in order to begin repaying their loans.
We call on the Biden administration to do its part to assist borrowers hampered by crippling debt.
Fixing A Broken Economy: What Else Matters?
‘When Are We Going to Wake Up as a Society?’: UFCW Local 1 Demands Answers After Mass Shooting at Buffalo Grocery Store
Ten people were killed and three were injured at a Tops grocery store in Buffalo, New York, on Saturday in what police described as “a racially motivated hate crime.” The mass shooting took place in a predominantly Black neighborhood where four Tops workers were among the victims. United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 1 represents dozens of employees at the store. The union is collaborating with Tops management to ensure all of its members receive the support they need.
Local 1 President Frank DeRiso quickly responded to news of the worst mass shooting in Buffalo history. “It’s just terrible,” he told The Buffalo News. “And then, you know, you’re a customer, you go there to shop on a Saturday afternoon, never expecting that you’re not going to come home. It’s just senseless, it’s stupid. And something’s got to be done about it.” UFCW International President Marc Perrone issued this statement on Saturday.
NWSLPA’s Burke Speaks Out on Protecting Mental Health
The NWSL Players Association (NWSLPA) secured its first-ever collective bargaining agreement with the premier soccer league last year. Negotiations took place while professional athletes were alleging coaches had engaged in sexual abuse and there was a renewed focus on players’ mental health. The union won significant mental health protections in its contract, including up to six months of paid mental health leave for its members.
“If you have a mental health diagnosis from a licensed professional, it shouldn’t be treated any differently than the diagnosis you get from a physical injury,” NWSLPA Executive Director Meghann Burke said about the negotiations. “We didn’t have to, at the bargaining table, tell horror stories and case studies. I think we understand what we’re all talking about here.”
SMART Local 565 on Strike Against Mandatory Overtime
More than 100 members of the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers (SMART) Local 565 voted to strike on May 6—taking a collective stand for their rights to a fair contract that gives them well-earned time to spend with their families and loved ones. The union members at Trachte Building Systems in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, are united in their goal to end management’s egregious mandatory overtime rules. Trachte is seeking the right to impose unlimited mandatory overtime over the next three years.
“There’s been lots of mandatory overtime put on the workers through the pandemic, [and] the company is looking for additional mandatory overtime language [in the next contract],” Local 565 Business Manager Jesse Buell said in an interview with Labor Radio in Madison. “The people just want more family time.”
Workers at Impact Justice Vote to Form Union With OPEIU
Employees at Impact Justice (IJ) overwhelmingly voted to form a union with Office and Professional Employees (OPEIU) Local 29 on Friday, joining thousands of nonprofit employees across the country represented by OPEIU’s Nonprofit Employees United (NEU). Their union, Impact Justice United (IJU), sought voluntary recognition from the nonprofit organization’s leadership in February. But after management’s concerted attempts to stall and disrupt the process, the bargaining unit filed for an election with the National Labor Relations Board and overwhelmingly won by a vote of 23–3.
“I see Impact Justice United as a continuation of previous efforts to ensure our daily practices are living up to our core values of imagination, integrity and liberation,” said Kaid Ray-Tipton, a senior program associate at IJ.
WGAE, WGAW Ratify New Contract With CBS News
The Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) and the Writers Guild of America West (WGAW) ratified on Friday a new collective bargaining agreement covering approximately 260 newswriters, producers, graphic artists, desk associates and others at CBS News. The three-year contract contains significant wins for these workers.
“Because our members at CBS News mobilized and made their voices heard, we won a solid contract that raises pay, includes a hefty boost in pension contributions, increases fees and makes transformational gains for longer-term ‘temporary’ employees—severance pay and parental leave,” said WGAE Executive Director Lowell Peterson. “In a challenging environment, we were able to make real gains.”
Equity Secures Release from NDAs for Members Who Worked Under Scott Rudin
Actors’ Equity Association (Equity) reached an agreement with The Broadway League that releases its members from nondisclosure agreements (NDAs) that prohibited them from speaking about workplace abuses by producer Scott Rudin. Equity first called for this change when the producer was accused by former assistants last year of abusive workplace behavior, and it became clear that NDAs were preventing far more workers from speaking out. The League also agreed that going forward, its producers will only use nondisclosure language in contracts or riders in limited, approved circumstances.
“As new shows develop, we understand that sometimes NDAs are necessary to protect these works in progress,” said Al Vincent Jr., executive director of Equity. “However, NDAs may not and will not be used to protect anyone from the consequences of their own bad behavior. This settlement is a major step in ensuring they will not be used in that way again.” Read more in The New York Times.
New Report: Amazon Fails to Respect International Labor Rights Standards
This week, the University of California Berkeley Labor Center issued a new report by international labor law expert Lance Compa on Amazon’s efforts to prevent its workers from forming unions. The report, titled “Failure to Deliver: Assessing Amazon’s Freedom of Association Policy Under International Labor Standards,” compares Amazon’s policies and practices with the company’s human rights obligations as defined by the United Nations and International Labour Organization.
On May 25, shareholders will vote on a shareholder proposal that urges the company to issue a report on whether its human rights policies and practices respect the freedom of Amazon’s workers to form unions. The corporation is urging shareholders to vote against the proposal. In 2021, Amazon CEO Andrew Jassy received $212 million in total compensation compared to Amazon’s median employee pay of $32,855, resulting in a CEO-to-employee pay ratio of one to 6,474.
NLRB Slaps Down Company’s Interference in IBB Organizing Drive
In March, a panel from the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled in favor of Boilermakers (IBB) members at Aggregate Industries in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. The board affirmed a judge’s decision that the company illegally interfered with workers’ rights to form a union with IBB and discriminatorily terminated three employees. The company is being ordered to offer full reinstatement to the workers it fired and post a notice to all workers that states: “The National Labor Relations Board has found that we violated federal labor law and has ordered us to post and obey this notice.”
“The NLRB’s affirmation of the administrative judge’s ruling is an important victory,” said Tyler Brown, executive director of IBB’s Industrial Sector Operations. “Not just for our members but for future workers that look to organize with the Boilermakers union. This win sets a precedent that our union will fight for its members’ rights to unionize without company interference.”
AFGE Wins House Passage of Two Bills to Benefit Federal Workers
The House of Representatives last week passed two important bills that would provide workplace rights and benefits to two groups of federal workers: transportation security officers (TSO) and federal firefighters. The Rights for the TSA Workforce Act of 2022 (H.R. 903) grants TSOs equal workplace rights under federal law and boosts pay by putting them on the federal government’s General Schedule pay scale. AFGE, the only union that represents TSOs, has long fought for this and celebrated the bill’s advancement in Congress.
The Federal Firefighters Fairness Act (H.R. 2499) would create an automatic presumption of disability for firefighters who develop heart disease or certain forms of cancer so that they can qualify for workers’ compensation. Both bills now go to the U.S. Senate, where AFGE will continue to fight for their final passage.
30th Annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive A Triumph for NALC Members Helping Families in Need
The National Association of Letter Carriers’ (NALC’s) annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive was a huge success for the NALC members who made it happen and for millions of families across the country who are in need. On Saturday, letter carriers picked up bags of nonperishable food items from postal customers along their delivery routes and brought them to local food banks. The traditional food drive was not held the past two years because of the pandemic. “Simply being able to return to delivering food to food banks and pantries has made this year’s drive a monumental success,” NALC Assistant to the President for Community Services Christina Vela Davidson said.
National partners of the NALC’s Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive are the UFCW, the AFL-CIO, the United Way, the National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association, the U.S. Postal Service, CVS Health, Valpak, Valassis and Kellogg Company.
UFCW International Joins NALC to Stamp Out Hunger Across the Country
America’s Largest Food Retail Union Representing Food Retail, Food Processing Workers Across Country Supports Effort to Collect Donations That Help Feed Millions of Americans

WASHINGTON, DC – The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), which represents 1.3 million workers in food retail, meatpacking plants, and other essential industries, will partner with National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) on the 2022 annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive – the largest food drive in the United States.

The UFCW has served as a national sponsor of Stamp Out Hunger since 2016, helping to support the effort which has been responsible for collecting more than 1.8 billion pounds of food to combat hunger since the drive began in 1983. The 2022 Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive will take place on May 14th.

UFCW International President Marc Perrone released the following statement on UFCW’s participation:

“As the union that represents over one million essential food workers across the country, our members witness first-hand the impact that hunger has on countless people and communities all across the country.

“With the effects of a global pandemic and an inflation crisis worsening food insecurity everywhere, this year’s food drive is critical to providing much needed help to millions of families.

“Our 1.3 million UFCW members could not be prouder to continue serving as a national partner with NALC and ensure that we achieve our shared goal of stamping out hunger wherever and whenever it exists.”

The UFCW is the largest private sector union in the United States. UFCW International represents 1.3 million professionals and their families in healthcare, grocery stores, meatpacking, food processing, retail shops and other industries. Our members serve our communities in all 50 states, Canada and Puerto Rico. Learn more about the UFCW at

Union-Crewed Hospital Ship Sets Sail on Humanitarian Mission
The hospital ship USNS Mercy left San Diego on May 3 to join the Navy’s Pacific Partnership 2022 (PP22) mission with international partners. Members of the Marine Engineers’ Beneficial Association (MEBA), Masters, Mates & Pilots (MM&P) and Seafarers (SIU) work as civilian mariners aboard the vessel.
The Pacific Partnership is the largest annual multinational humanitarian assistance and disaster relief preparedness mission conducted in the Indo-Pacific region. The PP22 team will work with host nations and regional partners to provide medical care and exchange information related to disaster response throughout Oceania and the Western Pacific.
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 - Stops In Cincinnati on June 28th, 2022
A Message from the Northern Kentucky Labor Council
Buddy Wheatley is a strong voice for us in Kentucky. He is fourth generation firefighter and retired fire chief of Covington fire department. He is also an attorney helping first responders, teachers and nurses. Buddy has been a champion for working families through out his career. 

He is seeking reelection in the 65th district. His district has been manipulated this time in an a attempt to defeat him.

Please stand together as we send two messages.
1st. We support our brother Buddy Wheatley.
2nd. Keep your hands off our elections.
Education Opportunity
I know many of you care deeply about education issues, and so I wanted to share information on a great opportunity to join a network of education advocates and aspiring school board members who are working together throughout our community to build school systems where every child can thrive.

You can apply to the next School Board School class now through June 21st. I attached a flyer with more information, and you can also go to their next virtual info session on June 7 at noon.

To learn more, apply, or sign up for an info session, go to

Elisa Hoffman
Founder & Executive Director, School Board School
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Action Tank Presents: City Council Bootcamp - Year Three

Accepting applications starting May 18. Register for a virtual CCB info session here.

City Council Bootcamp (CCB) returns for its third year!

City Council Bootcamp is a free, nonpartisan, arts-driven program for engaged community members interested in becoming better policymakers at the local level, either as advocates or legislators. This year’s Bootcamp will run from September 2022 - March 2023 and will give students an opportunity to network with other civic-minded residents as they learn how to effectively champion new, impactful policy changes that benefit all residents.

“In just two short years of CCB, we have had alumni appointed and elected to Cincinnati City Council; elected as precinct executives and community council presidents; appointed by the Mayor to the Cincinnati Accessibility Board of Advisors; successfully champion legislation at City Hall; and more. Now, as this empowering and impactful program enters its third year and our country has reached a critical political moment, we need smart, passionate people engaged in local government now more than ever, to push back against the political extremism we see creeping into government at every level. We can’t wait to continue supporting more local leaders on their journeys toward positive political change,” says Ioanna Paraskevopoulos, Action Tank’s Co-Founder and Executive Director. 

In a mix of virtual and in-person sessions, CCB participants engage with a wide array of panelists representing government administrators, elected officials across the political spectrum, journalists, community leaders, and others who shape local policy processes and outcomes. Students then sharpen their skills through interactive, artist-led workshop experiences.

City Council Bootcamp is sponsored by generous support from Haile Foundation, the Seasongood Foundation, the Women’s Fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation, as well as several private donors.

Applications are open from May 18 at 9 AM through June 29 at 5 PM. Applicants are strongly encouraged to attend an information session either Tuesday, May 31 from 7:00 – 8:00 PM, Saturday, June 11 from 3:00 – 5:00 PM, or Thursday, June 16 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM. All Ohio and Kentucky residents 18 and older are eligible to apply. Because some program sessions will take place in-person, applicants should consider their availability to travel to Cincinnati during the program period before applying.

For any questions about Action Tank’s City Council Bootcamp program please refer to Action Tank’s website or email
Volunteer Help!
The Health Committee of the Cincinnati NAACP will be partnering with the American Red Cross to install FREE smoke alarms in Cincinnati homes.

We are seeking volunteers to help us in this cause. We will be meeting at the NAACP Branch Office on May 21st. Please click the link below to sign up:

Complete the Hamilton County Broadband Survey!
Does your current broadband internet service in Hamilton County meet your current and future needs?

Can you stream movies, or have a Zoom meeting while someone is online gaming in the other room with no screen freeze or “spinning circle”?

Completing the Hamilton County Broadband Survey includes your voice in planning for future-ready broadband throughout Hamilton County. 

With funding available to expand and improve broadband services, now is the time to ask, “Is my internet service acceptable today – and for the next 20 years?”

If you’ve never had an internet connection problem, never mind; do nothing. Otherwise, click here to take the survey.
Freestore Foodbank: Our impact on hunger begins with YOU
In three weeks we will take the steps to help end hunger. It’s not too late for you to join us — register today for our Hunger Walk & 5k Run!

This Memorial Day, the Hunger Walk will start at the Banks at 9AM! Whether you choose to walk or run our 5k, you’ll be joining the community in a heroic act to benefit local families.

Every registration, every pledge of support, and every step taken will be raising awareness and funds vital to our region in the fight to end hunger.

It’s super easy to take part in the cause! Register here to sign up and start raising support. Then select your local agency and share your fundraising page with family and friends.

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 community hunger and show your support.
NAACP: Free Adult CPR Class!
OLBC Golf Outing
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.
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.
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 20 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 20, 2022 from daily data reporting to the Ohio Department of Health. These metrics are updated daily.
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