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Friday, June 11, 2021
"Our LGBTQ siblings deserve to be free from discrimination in all forms, including in the workplace"
A Message from President Trumka
As Pride Month begins, it is important that we take a moment to recommit to the fight for LGBTQ equality. Our LGBTQ siblings deserve to be free from discrimination in all forms, including in the workplace. Not surprisingly, one of the best ways to protect LGBTQ workers is to expand collective bargaining rights. Workers with a union contract are more likely to have many protections that other workers don’t have access to, including protections against discrimination. So one of the biggest steps we can take toward protecting LGBTQ workers would be passage of the PRO Act, which strengthens the freedom to form a union.
 
But for working people to thrive, they also need protections outside the workplace. Access to housing, credit, and other vital goods and services is essential to providing working people with the opportunities to be healthy and productive on the job. Passage of the Equality Act would provide our LGBTQ siblings additional protections outside the workplace.
 
We stand at a historic crossroads, where the hard work we put in to organize and win elections has paid off with opportunities to protect and expand the rights of all working people. During Pride Month, it’s important to recognize and celebrate the victories that LGBTQ Americans have won and to recommit to continuing the fight long after the parades are over.
June Is Pride Month, Let's Ensure All Workers Are Free From Discrimination At The Workplace
As we recognize Pride Month, it is important that we take a moment to recommit to the fight for LGBTQ equality. Our LGBTQ siblings deserve to be free from discrimination in all forms, including in the workplace. Not surprisingly, one of the best ways to protect LGBTQ workers is to expand collective bargaining rights. Workers with a union contract are more likely to have many protections that other workers don’t have access to, including protections against discrimination. So one of the biggest steps we can take toward protecting LGBTQ workers would be passage of the PRO Act, which strengthens the freedom to form a union.
 
But for working people to thrive, they also need protections outside the workplace. Access to housing, credit, and other vital goods and services is essential to providing working people with the opportunities to be healthy and productive on the job. In Ohio, passage of the Ohio Fairness Act would provide much-needed protections at the workplace and passing the Equality Act nationally would provide our LGBTQ siblings additional protections outside the workplace.
 
We stand at an historic crossroads, where the hard work we put in to organize and win elections has paid off with opportunities to protect and expand the rights of all working people. During Pride Month, it’s important to celebrate the victories that LGBTQ Americans have won and to recommit to the fight long after the parades are over. And it is just as important to keep fighting to pass the PRO Act to ensure every worker has a fair opportunity to form their union without the bosses engaging in illegal union-busting tactics.
 
AFL-CIO General Board Recommends Police Reform - Calls for Defense Secretary, Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff and President of Minneapolis Police Union to Resign
June 9, 2020
  
The General Board of the AFL-CIO adopted a comprehensive set of recommendations to take concrete action to address America’s long history of racism and police violence against black people.

These recommendations include calling for the immediate resignations of the secretary of defense and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for their roles in the misuse of federal military power to put down peaceful demonstrations (full statement below); supporting the call of the Minnesota AFL-CIO for the president of the Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis union to resign and backing the statement of MLK Labor in Seattle demanding changes from its police affiliate; recommending that every central labor council work with local unions to engage in community listening sessions modeled after the 2013 AFL-CIO Convention; recommitting the labor movement to continue acting on the findings of the AFL-CIO Labor Commission on Racial and Economic Justice and the demographic recommendations of the AFL-CIO Commission on the Future of Work and Unions; and supporting recommendations put forth by the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights to crack down on police brutality while protecting the due process rights of all public service workers.

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka also announced a plan to convene a meeting of the approximately dozen affiliate unions with law enforcement units to discuss the development of a code of excellence to create systemic change from within organized labor, including a monitoring and enforcement mechanism (Read full statement HERE).
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Ohio Rank-And-File Labor Leaders Commit To Working To Pass The PRO Act at AFL-CIO District Meeting
Last week, hundreds of union leaders and activists came together for the AFL-CIO Great Lakes District (Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin) conference to hear about the many victories working people have achieved since the start of this pandemic.
 
AFL-CIO Secretary/Treasurer Liz Shuler (IBEW) was quick to thank every union member that got up and went to work every day and put their life on the line to keep our country moving. Union members were America’s Essential Workers and as regular Americans began to recognize that, President Joe Biden then delivered policies that reflected that. The American Recovery Act was rooted in helping working people first and was a welcome change from the trickle-down economics of the past which put the money in the hands of corporations with the hope it made it to the worker. Instead, President Biden put direct payment in the hands of working people, fixed a decades-long pension issue that restores retiree pensions to full amounts, extended COBRA benefits and lifted millions of children from poverty with child tax credits.
 
The meeting then switched to what union leaders need to do to keep the momentum of worker-first policies passing Congress. We are all too aware that Republicans seem more interested in blocking pro-worker legislation than working with Democrats. In fact, Senator Mitch McConnell and other extreme Republicans are blocking the American Jobs Act, PRO Act and a Congressional investigation into the January 6 insurrection.
 
During the Ohio breakout session, President Tim Burga said, “Now, we come together as one movement to capture a generational opportunity to usher in a new era, one that puts working people first. The time is here that WE become the priority and to demand a national agenda that rebuilds the middle class-- and the only way to do that is to empower workers by strengthening unions. We now have a president who has our backs, and we must seize this moment.  We must do everything we can as a collective movement to ensure that Congress passes The American Jobs Plan and the PRO Act. In addition to doing our part in passing the American Rescue Plan this is exactly what we have been focused on and what we will drive home over the days, weeks and months ahead.”
 
To help pass the PRO Act, you can now order postcards that will be delivered to your door. These postcards can be signed by your coworkers, family, friends or neighbors and then sent to Senators Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown urging them to pass the PRO Act. Click here to put in your order of postcards today.

Sen. Sherrod Brown: Working For Working People!
U.S. Trade Rep Katherine Tai Joins Senator Sherrod Brown In Virtual Roundtable With Ohio Workers

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) hosted a virtual roundtable featuring United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai with Ohio workers and farmers to discuss the impact of trade policies on U.S. jobs. During a Senate Finance Committee hearing in May, Ambassador Tai committed to Brown that she would meet with Ohioans to hear how unfair trade policies have impacted their lives. Senator Brown who has been a national leader on trade policy and a vocal champion of American workers, was a strong supporter of Ambassador Tai’s nomination.
 
“There’s a lot of work to do to regain Ohioans’ trust on trade. It’s so important to hear directly from Ohioans about what a worker-centered trade policy looks like to them, and it speaks to Ambassador Tai’s commitment to the Dignity of Work that she’s doing this today,” said Brown at the roundtable. “The only way to stop the corporate business model that shuts down production in Ohio and moves it overseas is by raising labor standards in every country we trade with, and by making sure those standards are actually enforced. I look forward to continuing to work with Ambassador Tai to do that.”
 
“Your voice, your values and your perspective are critical to helping us craft a more inclusive, worker-centric trade policy,” said Ambassador Tai. “In all of our meetings and policy discussions, we are asking one simple question – how does this help workers? And how do we help communities who have seen factories close, seen the loss of their tax base, as jobs have moved overseas? We are committed to pursuing policies that help to lift wages, promote worker empowerment, and generate economic security for workers.”
 
Senate to Consider
Postal Service Reform Act of 2021
TAKE ACTION
Senate Committee Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs (HSGAC) Chairman Gary Peters (D-MI) and Ranking Member Rob Portman (R-OH) introduced the bipartisan Postal Service Reform Act of 2021 (S. 1720), a bill that aims to provide financial and operational stability to the Postal Service. The bill mirrors H.R. 3076.
Pass the Postal Service Reform Act of 2021

Both the House and Senate have introduced identical, bipartisan bills (H.R. 3076 and S. 1720) aimed at bringing financial stability to the Postal Service. The Postal Service Reform Act advances key priorities for NALC, including: repealing the mandate to prefund retiree health; an appropriate integration into Medicare for postal employees; and language protecting six-day mail delivery permanently.

NALC strongly supports H.R. 3076 and S. 1720 and asks that you contact your Representatives and Senators now to ask them to cosponsor these important bills and work to expeditiously pass them on the House and Senate floors.
UFCW Local 75 Ratifies Five-year Agreement with Kroger!
"Establishes security and stability for our members, increases wages, improves contract language, and maintains affordable healthcare."
United Food and Commercial Workers Local 75 members in Cincinnati, Dayton, Northern Kentucky, and Southeastern Indiana ratified a new five-year labor agreement with Kroger at the end of May. 

"After a year of uncertainty and sacrifice due to the COVID-19 pandemic, UFCW Local 75 is pleased to have a five-year agreement with Kroger that establishes security and stability for our members, increases wages, improves contract language, and maintains affordable healthcare," said Kevin Garvey, president of UFCW Local 75. "Our member bargaining committee strived to negotiate a labor agreement that provides a voice for our members on the job.

This agreement provides that for 20,000 members in our communities."
The grocery and retail sector is going through a major transformation because the way people shop is changing - and COVID-19 exacerbated those changes. The grocery industry continues to see increases in demand for online ordering and delivery. It has also started to test-run "fulfillment centers" that will only provide delivery services only, robotic picking and packaging, and stores with no cashier lanes at all. The gains and stability afforded by this new contract couldn't come at a more critical time for UFCW members.
IBEW Local 212 Paid a Visited by Hour Power
Recently IBEW Local 212 was paid a visit by the Hour Power team to highlight one of our own members. "Band of Brotherhood", which spotlights IBEW members who have served in the Armed services, focused on Brother Rob Guthrie who served in the Marines. Rob is a JW and teaches at our JATC. Here, Rob Guthrie is instructing apprentices in the Hands on Lab at the Cincinnati JATC 
We are privileged to have him as a member and he has earned the accolade for all his hard work. Rob Guthrie, seen here on the left, is with the producer and cameraman from IBEW Power Hour.
In other news: At the May meeting of IBEW Local 212, the membership voted on this years raise allocation of $1.75. The body voted $1.05 on the check bringing our hourly rate to $32.32, $.20 into NEAP and $.50 into Pension. This will bolster our Pension to the point that the multiplier can be raised from .75% to 1.0% which will increase the monthly retirement benefit going forward.  

(Pictures and information provided by Phil Bovard P.S., IBEW Local 212)
Support RNA/AFT: Stand In Solidarity and show your support for Safe Staffing Ratios
Stand In Solidarity and show your support for Safe Staffing Ratios.

RNA is asking our friends and neighbors to show support for nurses during negotiations by placing a sign in their yard or business. Contact rna@cincynurses.org or info@cincinnatiaflcio.org to pick up your sign today!
 
  • Take a picture with or of your yard sign and post it on social media!
  • Tag RNA on Facebook or Twitter @cincynurses
  • Use the following contract campaign hashtags with your post:
#safestaffingsaveslives #nurseconditionsarepatientconditions #heroesnotzeros #1u 
-Sample text for post with your sign: 
 
I’m standing in solidarity with the #proudunionnurses @cincynurses fighting for nurse-to-patient ratios at UC Medical Center. #safestaffingsaveslives #1u #heroesnotzeros
 
Supporting @cincynurses and patients in the Tri-state area in getting the care they deserve through nurse-to-patient ratios. It’s time to make short-staffing a never event! #safestaffingsaveslives #nurseconditionsarepatientconditions 
 
The #proudunionnurses with @cicnynurses at UC Medical Center are Leading the Way to ensure they can provide the best care to our community with nurse-to-patient ratios! #safestaffingsaveslives. Like and share this post to show your support.


It has been a difficult year for transit workers. But today hit especially hard. The ATU suffered an incredible loss at a Santa Clara VTA rail yard where our Local 265-San Jose, CA members work. There were multiple fatalities and injuries. Nobody should ever have to worry about walking into their jobs and fear for their safety. Survivors of this horrific shooting will be dealing with the aftermath for a very long time.

Our members have always supported our brothers and sisters in dire need, and now it’s time we show our support again. We call on all ATU Locals and members to help our San Jose brothers and sisters impacted by this tragic shooting by contributing through the ATU Disaster Relief Fund.

Donations can be made online here or by mailing a check to:

Amalgamated Transit Union
Disaster Relief Fund
10000 New Hampshire Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20903
Attn: John A. Costa
REGISTER NOW!! Cincinnati Labor Council 34th Annual Golf Tournament Friday, August 6

The Cincinnati AFL-CIO Labor Council’s 34th Annual Golf Tournament is Friday, August 6, 2021, once again on the Grizzly Course at the City of Mason Golf Center! This nationally renowned course was designed by Jack Nicklaus, 18-time Major Champion and Ohio native, and has been host to several PGA, LPGA, and Senior PGA tournaments.
 
The entry fee is $150 per individual golfer or $500 for a four-person team. The fees include greens fees, carts, coffee, donuts, lunch, and prizes. Individuals and/or organizations may also purchase hole sponsorship ($150), lunch-only tickets ($35), our VIP Package, which includes a four-person team plus hole sponsorship ($600). We also gratefully accept donated items for door prizes at this fun event!
The above flyer lists all relevant details, including directions and a registration form with payment information. Just fill it out and send it along with your check made payable to Cincinnati AFL-CIO Labor Council to Cincinnati AFL-CIO Labor Council, 1385 Tennessee Avenue, 2nd Floor, Cincinnati OH 45229 and you are done.
 
The Cincinnati AFL-CIO Labor Council Annual Golf Tournament helps provide the Council with the resources it needs to strengthen the Labor movement and continue providing valuable resources and services to working families in the greater Cincinnati area.
 
On behalf of over one-hundred-plus union affiliates, our union members, and all working families, I thank you for your continued support. We look forward to seeing you Friday, August 6!
Protect Quality Care for Children Now
Dear friends,

We have an urgent call to action for those who support United Way and quality care for our community’s children.

The Ohio Senate is proposing ending support for Ohio’s child care rating system. Known as Step Up to Quality (SUTQ), it is a five-star quality rating and improvement system. SUTQ standards exceed basic health and safety regulations required to be licensed and are based on national research that seeks to improve outcomes for children.


Sincerely,
Moira Weir
President/CEO
June Webinar information
Medicare isn't just for retirees—in fact, many people over age 65 receive more benefits and coverage by enrolling in a Medicare plan while they are still working.

Click the links below to Join RetireMEDiQ at one of their webinars where they will cover Medicare topics, including:
 
Mistakes to avoid if working past 65
Tuesday, June 15, at 6 p.m. EST
 
COBRA, ACA Marketplace Plans and More!
Tuesday, June 22, at 12 p.m. (noon) EST
Global Confirm ─ 174,578,442

Global Deaths ─ 3,764,656

U.S. Confirmed ─ 33,422,932

U.S. Deaths ─ 598,611

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National COSH on OSHA’s Health Care-Only Emergency Temporary Standard:
Organizing Wins COVID-19 Protections for Health Care Workers; All Other Essential Workers Still at Risk -- Not All Are Vaccinated and the Pandemic is Not Over
Wednesday, June 9, 2021 - LOS ANGELES: “After more than a year of organizing, health care workers will finally have new protections against the spread of COVID-19. The release of this COVID Emergency Temporary Standard was delayed for far too long” said Marcy Goldstein-Gelb, co-executive director of the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (National COSH). “Health care workers who have saved lives during this pandemic deserve full protection -- and so do all the other workers who provided us with food, shelter, sanitation and everything else we needed.”

Leaders of National COSH are reacting today to comments made today by Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh during an appearance before the U.S. House Labor and Education Committee. Secretary Walsh told committee members that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will issue a COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) which applies to healthcare workers, but not to other workers in other industries.

“The Biden Administration has missed a crucial opportunity to protect all workers,” said Jessica E. Martinez, also a co-executive director of National COSH. “This is a new insult on top of the injuries, illnesses and deaths suffered by frontline workers and their families,“ said Martinez. “Vaccines have not reached all workers and COVID-19 is not over.”


“Workers have organized all during this pandemic to protect the health and wellbeing of their fellow workers and communities,” said Martinez. “Worker protests, strikes, job actions and other creative tactics have made a huge difference and delivered real protections in the workplace. President Biden needs to have workers’ backs - by ensuring that the nation’s federal safety agency has the resources and teeth needed to hold employers accountable.”
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National COSH links the efforts of local worker health and safety coalitions in communities across the United States, advocating for elimination of preventable hazards in the workplace. For more information, please visit NationalCOSH.org. Follow us at NationalCOSH on Facebook, @NationalCOSH on Twitter and @NationalCOSH on Instagram

Press Contacts: 
Roger Kerson, 734.645.0535; roger@nationalcosh.org
COVID-19 Dashboard
Overview

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).

Below are the current reporting trends from Thursday, 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 Thursday, June 3 from daily data reporting to the Ohio Department of Health. These metrics are updated daily.
Hamilton County
Cases
81,182
Hospitalizations
3,207
Deaths
1,241
Clermont County
Cases
20,085
Hospitalizations
847
Deaths
252
Brown County
Cases
4,014
Hospitalizations
58
Deaths
61
Butler County
Cases
38,836
Hospitalizations
1,660
Deaths
601
Warren County
Cases
24,546
Hospitalizations
739
Deaths
303
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