Labor Council

Saturday, June 4, 2022
This Week With AFL-CIO President, Liz Shuler
The COVID-19 pandemic exposed a number of problems that have plagued workers—especially women workers—for too long.

Women are more likely to be essential workers, more likely to have lost their jobs during the pandemic, and often more likely left to take up the slack for unstable child care situations and sick loved ones.

Now, women across the country are saying enough is enough. The wave of worker organizing that surged during the pandemic has been overwhelmingly led by women.

Women, people of color and low-wage workers have been a vital part of the recovery from the worst effects of the pandemic, and we must provide them with the tools and support they need to fix those problems and expand protections to leave all of us better prepared for the next public health crisis.
Working people are eager to make changes in our workplaces. Creating lasting change starts with taking collective action and organizing more unions.

Millions of workers have quit their jobs since the start of the pandemic. It’s up to us to help them channel that frustration into action that can transform bad jobs into good union jobs.

Let’s keep building on the momentum we see across the country. Let’s raise our voices together and turn our vision into reality. The path to a fairer economy is ahead of us.
Workers are sick of watching the wealthy and powerful get richer by breaking the rules while so many of us struggle to make our way into the middle class, put food on the table or pay the bills.

We know there’s a way to reset the balance of power and build an economy that works for all of us—and that starts with organizing.

Young workers in new industries and at corporate giants, in emerging workplaces and at mainstay companies, are demonstrating to all of us through their creativity and determination what it means to be a trade unionist in 2022 and beyond.
Listening Tour 2022 - Stops In Cincinnati on June 28th, 2022
Labor Day at Great American Ball Park
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.
Write a Letter: Support the Vox Media Union
Workers at Vox Media are currently bargaining their second union contract.
Their current contract expires in just over two weeks, but they're still fighting for basic provisions like fair minimum salaries, across-the-board increases and successorship.

Send a letter to the CEO of Vox Media telling him to agree to a fair contract!
After losing salary increases and money in their savings accounts during the hardship of a pandemic, Vox Media employees now face record inflation and soaring cost-of-living expenses. These factors are ignored in management’s most recent counterproposals, as are proposals to address other chronic problems experienced by the Vox Media Union members: Many regularly work more than 40 hours a week; seasoned employees have gone years without promotions; and diversity and inclusion issues, especially around the retention of employees of color, remain top concerns.
All of these are important to the 350-plus members of the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) in the Vox Media Union. All have been thoughtfully addressed in the Vox Media Union’s contract proposals. And all have been watered down or rejected outright by Vox Media management.
Please take one minute to show your support for the Vox Media Union by sending a letter to Vox Media CEO Jim Bankoff, asking him to settle a fair contract before the current collective bargaining agreement expires on midnight, June 13, 2022.
In Solidarity,
Training the Next Generation: OPCMIA Local 534 Inspires Young People to Pursue Career in Building Trades
Boston Plasterers and Cement Masons-OPCMIA Local 534 debuted its virtual reality (VR) training system to the next generation at the Girls in Trades Conference and YouthBuild Boston. Both groups of young people were able to try out the new VR system and get a feel for what it’s like to be on a real-life jobsite. The training system demonstrates firsthand how appealing the trades can be as the union recruits the next generation of plasterers and cement masons.
“It’s a very good simulator, you get the experience of being out on the platform,” said Billy Redmond, director of JATC training for Local 534. He added, “The benefit of being a union apprentice—it’s a family thing, it’s all about a better way of life.”
Watch: IUPAT Partners with Kansas City to Stop Wage Theft and Misclassification
Wage theft and worker misclassification by employers is rampant in our country, especially in the construction industry. Members of the Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) are joining with elected officials in Kansas City, Missouri, to put a stop to it. Calling it “a human rights issue,” Mayor Quinton Lucas (pictured above, left) described how the city has partnered with IUPAT and other labor organizations to pass a strong wage theft and misclassification ordinance.
IUPAT said, “Our union is proud of the work we’ve done with Mayor Quinton Lucas, [Councilman] Kevin O’Neill and the broader labor movement to enforce and put an end to wage theft and misclassification in Kansas City.” Click here to watch the video from IUPAT.
SMART Launches New Organizing Website
On Wednesday, the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers (SMART) launched a new organizing website, The website is a comprehensive, accessible tool that enables SMART to bring new workers into unions, recruit contractors who will hire union members and provide self-starters with accurate information about how to join or form a union in the industry and beyond.
The new website represents SMART’s commitment to increasing its collective bargaining power by increasing its membership. In a release, SMART said: “The last two years have seen an inspiring mobilization of workers in North America, with an increase in new organizing and in labor militancy across the continent. We intend to seize this moment to bring our movement into the future, and the new SMART organizing site is part of our effort to do just that.”
The site illustrates how joining a union like SMART leads to higher wages, better benefits, secure retirement, better workplace safety and work-life balance for workers. It also shows how these benefits also help employers. The site also includes easy steps for workers to contact an organizer.
UAW and Ford Announce Plan to Create 6,000 New Jobs; Convert 3,000 Temporary Jobs to Full Time
The UAW and Ford Motor Co. announced a plan to add more than 6,000 new union jobs in the Midwest and convert nearly 3,000 temporary UAW–Ford jobs to full-time status. The deal also will expand health care benefits for all hourly employees.
“This announcement is a testament to UAW members who contribute their skill, experience, and knowledge to the success of Ford Motor Company,” said UAW President Ray Curry. “We are always advocating to employers and legislators that union jobs are worth the investment. Ford stepped up to the plate by adding these jobs and converting 3,000 UAW members to permanent, full-time status with benefits.”
“The essential necessity of quality healthcare and full-time employment are long-standing principles that have been communicated to the Company by the UAW International Union and our UAW Local Unions since our inception,” added Chuck Browning, UAW vice president and director of UAW’s Ford Department. “I applaud the actions of Ford Motor Company to address these issues outside the realm of collective bargaining. These unprecedented steps taken by [Executive Chair] Bill Ford Jr. and CEO Jim Farley are both a refreshing and innovative approach to labor relations that delivers great benefit when most needed by our hard-working members.”

  The mission of the American Labor Studies Center (ALSC) is to promote the teaching and learning about the American labor movement and its history, including in K-12 schools, nationwide. It does so through its award-winning websitesponsoring workshops and offering tours through the Kate Mullany National Historic Site in Troy, New York.

  In its effort to highlight and celebrate the role that women played in fighting for collective bargaining and better pay as well as improved working conditions, the ALSC is creating THE NATIONAL TRADE UNION WOMEN'S MEMORIAL on the site of the Kate Mullany House at 350 Eighth Street in Troy, New York. Mullany formed our nation's first bona fide all female union - the Troy Collar Laundry Union - in 1864. She was the first woman to serve as an officer of a national union. She was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls in 2000 and Labor's International Hall of Fame in 2016.

  The Mullany House was designated a National Historic Landmark by the Secretary of the Interior in 1998 and a National Historic Site (a unit within the National Park System) in 2004. It is owned and being historically restored by the American Labor Studies Center.

  As a result, the Memorial will be part of the National Parks System and enjoy the benefits and prestige that it brings including the use of the National Park System logo. It will annually induct one or more trade union women pioneers.

  We invite you to support the establishment of the Memorial by clicking on the "HERE" link on the Mullany website. There are three categories to choose from and all contributors' names will be enshrined on the Memorial.

  Thank you in advance for helping to tell the often-neglected story of the contributions women played in protecting and advancing their rights in the workplace.
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.
Federal Court Implements Statehouse Maps Twice Declared Unconstitutional by Ohio Supreme Court
A federal district court, in a 2-1 decision Friday, May 28, implemented Ohio state Senate and House district maps for the 2022 election that have twice been declared unconstitutional by the Ohio Supreme Court.
U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Amul R. Thapar and U.S. Western District of Kentucky Judge Benjamin J. Beaton, both appointed by former President Donald Trump, formed the majority. U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio Chief Judge Algenon L. Marbley, who was appointed by former President Bill Clinton, opposed the decision.
Marbley said the consequences of the federal court’s actions were severe. “(In making this decision), the majority tables a watershed constitutional referendum, abrogates controlling decisions of the state Supreme Court, and unwittingly rewards the Commission’s brinksmanship over the rights of Ohio voters.”
The Primary Election for these gerrymandered state legislative maps is August 2.
How Unions Strengthen Communities and Democracy
According to a new report from the Economic Policy Institute, unions aren’t just good for members and their paychecks. They’re also good for communities as a whole, and even for democracy itself.
“Unions promote economic equality and build worker power, helping workers to win increases in pay, better benefits, and safer working conditions. But the benefits of unions extend far beyond the workplace,” said Asha Banerjee, economic analyst at EPI and co-author of the report. “The data suggest that unions also give workers a voice in shaping their communities and political representation.”
The study, released in December, documents the correlation between higher levels of unionization and a range of economic, personal and democratic well-being measures.
“In the same way unions give workers a voice at work, with a direct impact on wages and working conditions, the data suggest that unions also give workers a voice in shaping their communities. Where workers have this power, states have more equitable economic structures, social structures and democracies,” the authors wrote.
In terms of income and economic protections, the authors found that the 17 U.S. states with the highest union densities have minimum wages that are on average 19% higher than the national average and 40% higher than those in low-union-density states. They also have median annual incomes that are $6,000 higher than the national average.
Tim Ryan, Marcy Kaptur & Sherrod Brown Join Colleagues to Protect American Solar Manufacturing From Unfair Foreign Competition
U.S. Representatives Tim Ryan (OH-13), Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Mike Doyle (PA-18), Terri Sewell (AL-07) and U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Bob Casey (D-PA) sent a joint letter to President Biden to express their support for the Department of Commerce’s (DOC) investigation into whether Chinese solar cells and modules are circumventing antidumping and countervailing duties (AD/CVD) through Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, and Cambodia. The lawmakers’ support for the investigation comes after an extended corporate political lobbying campaign against American manufacturers.
AD/CVD laws shield domestic manufacturers and producers from unfair trade practices. The current case concerns the threat to domestic production of solar modules, which are necessary components of our burgeoning electrical grid and infrastructure. Duty evasion leaves American companies at a competitive disadvantage, and means AD/CVD orders do not bring full relief to U.S. companies impacted by unfair trade. The Chinese government has a history of investing in “third party” countries in order to continue dumping their subsidized products in the U.S. market. The letter was also signed by U.S. Representatives Marcy Kaptur (D-OH-9), Tim Ryan (D-OH-13), Mike Doyle (D-PA-18), and Terri Sewell (D-AL-7).
“The duties currently imposed on Chinese solar cells and modules are in place after exhaustive investigations by both the Department of Commerce and the U.S. International Trade Commission found that Chinese solar cells and modules were being unfairly dumped onto the American market and materially injuring our American solar industry,” wrote the lawmakers.
Remembering the Memorial Day Massacre of Steelworkers
On Monday, the country honored those who sacrificed everything to protect our country and democracy. Many of us attended parades, family cookouts and took time to reflect on those who made the ultimate sacrifice in protecting America and advancing the ideals of democracy.
We also remembered workers who stood up for their rights, such as the striking Steelworkers who were beaten and gunned down, in what is known as The Memorial Day Massacre.
As part of the Little Steel Strike of 1937, workers struck against Ohio-based Republic Steel for better treatment and working conditions and higher wages. Republic had a mill located on Chicago’s Southeast Side. Company management planned to break this strike with replacement workers and, ultimately, violence.
On Sunday, May 30, 1937, striking Republic workers and their allies attempted to set up a picket line in the prairie in front of the mill. Chicago police, who were already on the scene, responded with guns and clubs, injuring roughly one hundred people and killing ten men: Sam R. Popovich, Earl J. Handley, Kenneth Reed, Hilding Anderson, Alfred Causey, Leo Francisco, Otis A. Jones, Joseph Rothmund, Anthony Taglieri, and Lee Tisdale. Officers claimed they responded to violence with violence to protect the mill and the country from “communists.” A congressional investigation showed the claims of worker violence to be false.
New Delegate for IUPAT 123: Robert Miller
Robert Miller, IUPAT 123, was sworn in as a delegate at our monthly delegate meeting on Wednesday, June 1, 2022 by Brian Griffin, Executive Secretary-Treasurer Cincinnati AFL-CIO CLC and Paul Frankenfeld, Executive Board and AFM 1 President.
CFT held a Press Conference in front of Senator Portman's Office to demand safe schools and pass meaningful gun reform. This action was in tandem with ACTIONS being planned across the nation by AFT to targeted Senators.
669 Golf Outing
It is time for Local Union 669, our contractors, and friends to play golf again, and it's my job to help raise money for a very worthy cause. We are once again collecting money for D.A.D.'s Day (Dollars Against Diabetes), a disease that we are all very familiar with.
We are offering a hole sponsorship for $150. Simply complete the information on the enclosed form and return it no later than July 16, 2022. If you prefer to make a monetary donation or donate a door prize, that would also be appreciated. Thank you in advance for your support.
If you plan to sponsor a hole and enter a foursome please make separate checks as the checks go directly to the charity and the golf course.

Please come out and join us for a great day of golf.

Edward Suiter

Local 669 Business Agent, District 30
Southern Ohio, West Virginia
PO Box 897 
Amelia, Oh 45102
Phone: (513) 340-5637
U.S Senator Sherrod Brown: Working For Working People!
Hamilton Pride
Cincinnati Housing Solutions Summit
RetireMed: Just for You! Your June Medicare Webinars + What's Trending
Are any of your team members considering early retirement or approaching Medicare eligibility? Our webinars are the perfect place to start preparing—whether it be for finding the right health coverage before Medicare or transitioning to Medicare, (even if working past age 65!) Join us live or on-demand for an overview of the basics and a chance to ask our experts questions.
Share this June Live Webinars Flyer with your team or sign up to join.
Tuesday, June 7
12 p.m. (Noon) EST
Medicare 101 :
Understanding Medicare
Thursday, June 16
12 p.m. (Noon) EST
Retiring Before Age 65?
Your Health Coverage Options
Collaborative Agreement Community Workshops
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
City Council Bootcamp Is Back!

Attention Cincinnati and NKY's best and brightest!

City Council Bootcamp, Action Tank's flagship training program for potential candidates and advocates, is now accepting applications for its third year!

City Council Bootcamp is a free, nonpartisan, arts-driven program for engaged community members interested in running for local office and/or who want in-depth understanding of government systems and practices in order to advocate for positive change at the local level. 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.
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.
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.
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, June 3 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, June 3, 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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