Labor Council

Friday, June 25, 2021
"...making Juneteenth a federal holiday is a recognition of Black power and a reflection of America’s ongoing journey to tell our nation’s story."
A Statement from President Trumka

Last week’s historic signing by President Biden making Juneteenth a federal holiday is a recognition of Black power and a reflection of America’s ongoing journey to tell our nation’s story. As we honor the sacred Juneteenth holiday that celebrates Black resilience and joy, America’s labor movement will continue to use our voice to lift up and learn from the Black experience. We must be a voice for all who live and work in the United States and to say out loud the names of those who were taken from us by racist violence.
Though explicit slavery has been abolished for more than 150 years, the exploitation of Black labor continues to this day through a systemically racist economy designed to promote wage disparity in the workplace and the chronic unemployment, underemployment and economic exploitation of Black people. America’s labor movement must remain at the tip of the spear to uproot systemic racism in all forms if we seek to fully uphold our nation’s promise of dignity for Black people.
2021 Stamp Out Hunger Campaign
TO:   National and International Union Presidents
Principal Officers of State Federations and
        Central and Area Labor Federations
 AFL-CIO Labor Liaisons
FROM: Richard L. Trumka
This past year, the need for food relief was greater than ever—and so was our determination to help. Throughout this pandemic, we have stepped up to help union members and struggling families keep food on their tables. We’re doing what the labor movement does best: joining together in solidarity, lifting each other up and serving our communities.
The AFL-CIO is proud to partner again with the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) for the Stamp Out Hunger food drive campaign. Because of continued safety concerns, this year’s food drive was unable to happen as it usually does in May. 
NALC is asking members of the community to participate by donating food directly to food banks in their area. Simply go to food-drive/2021-donor-drive, select your state and find the food banks in your area.
I urge all of you to help promote the Stamp Out Hunger campaign among your union members and affiliates. Should you have any questions, please contact Kristie Small at
I recognize and thank each of you for your incredible efforts to support our members and your communities this past year. Your determination and courage is inspiring.

Office of the President
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Washington, DC 20006
Update: Ohio Biennial Budget- House Bill 110
The Ohio House/Senate Conference Committee began the process of putting the final details to Ohio’s two-year operating budget. Experts from the Legislative Service Commission (LSC) and Office of Budget Management (OBM) reported to the committee that revenue projections over their forecast by almost $3 Billion. Coupled with the federal dollars fought for and won by the Biden administration, Ohio is in a strong financial position to help working people.
The Budget bill represents the state’s spending priorities and as such we are urging the Republican majority to take advantage of the infusion of federal dollars and higher than projected revenue to ensure every child has access to a world-class education and access to broadband. Rather than more giveaways to the wealthy, the Ohio AFL-CIO is urging the Conference Committee to include the following in the budget:

  • Include the Fair School Funding Plan as passed by the House to adequately and equitably fund K-12 education.
  • Remove the 5% income tax cut that predominantly benefits the wealthiest Ohioans.
  • Include additional funding to expand broadband and remove language that restricts local governments from providing service to their residents.
  • Remove the provision that gives 
  • Restore the Step Up to Quality program to ensure high-quality childcare for all working families.
  • Remove language that would retroactively change a temporary remote working municipal tax law, which could cost our communities millions in lost revenue.  
  • Remove a last-second addition to the Senate’s budget proposal that would give Republican leaders sole ability to contest legal challenges to the new legislative maps drawn this year.

The conference committee on HB 110 plans on finishing its work this week. The Governor has until the end of the month to issue line-item vetoes and sign the bill. 
Republican Senators Don’t Support The PRO Act,
But 60% Of Voters Do
From a Vox article: The PRO Act, a sweeping labor rights bill, would strengthen unions through overriding Republican-led “right to work” state laws, which impede unions’ abilities by allowing workers to join without paying dues. It would also penalize companies that restrict union activity, and would bestow independent contractors — such as drivers for Uber and Lyft — with the right to organize and collectively bargain.
The bill passed the House in March, with the support of five Republicans and all but one Democrat. It has the support of President Joe Biden, and is part of his American Jobs Plan. Now, the bill sits in the Senate, where all 50 Democrats and 10 Republicans, absent filibuster reform, would need to approve of the legislation for it to pass. While Republicans in Congress are making this a partisan issue, working people, regardless of party, want real labor law reform.
According to a Vox/DFP survey — of 1,000 likely voters and fielded June 4 to 6 — found 40 percent of Republicans support the PRO Act, along with 74 percent of Democrats and 58 percent of independents. Overall, the poll found the bill has the support of 59 percent of likely voters.
The poll also found strong bipartisan support for public sector unions (covering workers like teachers, firefighters, and police officers): 82 percent of Democrats, 64 percent of independents, and 54 percent of Republicans said those who work in public sectors should be able to form and join unions.
ACTION: Tell your senators, ‘I support democracy.’
Sisters, Brothers and Friends,
It’s simple. The Senate’s failure to pass the For the People Act damages democracy. If you believe we deserve a voice in the voting booth and the workplace, call your senators and tell them to protect voting rights and to pass the PRO Act.
The Senate could defend our democracy at the ballot box by passing the For the People Act (S. 1) and expand our voice on the job by passing the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act (S. 420).
But instead, both are stalled in the Senate.
When an American citizen is denied the right to vote, whether by a court, a state legislature or business as usual in Washington, we become a lesser nation. 
When more than 60 million people would vote for a voice on the job today, but only one in 10 workers are union members, something is terribly wrong.
The American people voted for change. It is time for Congress to protect and honor that vote with action. Make the call.
In Solidarity,
The Teamsters Want To Unionize Amazon Workers. Here's What That Means.

The Teamsters want to go after Amazon.

That was the message on opening day of the three-day, virtual convention of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. Members from 500 Teamsters local unions are meeting to lay out priorities for the next five years. Delegates will vote Thursday on a resolution vowing support for Amazon workers across the country.

"Be it resolved, that building worker power at Amazon and helping those workers achieve a union contract is a top priority for the Teamsters Union," the document says.

The Teamsters, which represents 1.4 million workers in trucking, warehousing and other logistics industries, has had its eye on the e-commerce giant since long before a failed attempt to unionize Amazon workers in Bessemer, Ala., earlier this year. In 2020, the Teamsters appointed a national director for Amazon, Randy Korgan, who called the company "enemy No. 1" in a recent op-ed.

Join Us For Our Labor Day Picnic at Coney Island Park!
Dear Sisters, Brothers and Friends,
We’re pleased to inform you that the 2021 Cincinnati AFL-CIO Labor Day Picnic will be held once again this year on September 6th at Coney Island.
As you know, this is the largest event of its kind in the country. The picnic celebrates union working men and women and draws approximately 20,000 people each year. The 2021 Cincinnati AFL-CIO Labor Day Picnic program book helps to finance the event, which highlights local unions, union employers, and affiliated businesses and services, and it is an excellent way to introduce your organization to union members and working families.
I am writing to ask you to consider purchasing ad space in our 2021 program book.

A rate sheet/order form is enclosed for your review as well as sample ads from last year’s program book. You may submit your artwork to the Cincinnati AFL-CIO Labor Council, 1385 Tennessee Avenue, 2nd floor, Cincinnati, Ohio 45229 and electronically to Checks should be made payable to the Cincinnati AFL-CIO Labor Council.
We also invite you to attend and participate in our Labor Day festivities. I hope you, your family, and your friends are able to join us to celebrate working families. Thank you for your consideration and support with the Labor Day picnic. If you have any questions, please email Brian Griffin at or call him at (513) 421-1846 x5.
In unity and solidarity…
Bill Froehle,
President, Cincinnati AFL-CIO Labor Council
Business Manager, Plumbers, Pipefitters, & MES Local 392
Sen. Sherrod Brown: Ohio GOP should be 'ashamed of themselves' for election bill

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown took aim at Ohio Republican lawmakers Wednesday, saying their proposed changes to state voting laws are a knee-jerk reaction to Donald Trump's false claims about the 2020 election.

The legislation introduced last month would make a slew of changes to the election process, including restrictions on the placement of drop boxes and requiring two forms of identification to request a mail-in ballot online. Advocates for voting access back some provisions but have sounded the alarm about others.

In a call with reporters Wednesday, Brown said GOP legislators are responding to an "abject lie" peddled by the former president by attempting to hamper voting access. 

"They should be ashamed of themselves," he said. "It's why Republicans are going to start losing more elections in Ohio because the voters know that they're playing to that big lie from an angry president that cares more about dividing people than he does unifying our country." [READ FULL ARTICLE HERE]
COPE 2021: Save the Date


6:00 pm Reception and
7:00 pm Dinner.

Details of Place and Keynote Speaker Coming SOON!!!
Ohio AFL-CIO: Southwest Field Rep Update
ONA Yard Signs Action

Brothers and Sisters, as many know contract negotiation are not easy, especially when companies refuse to acknowledge the value of their Workers. ONA is currently in contract negotiations with the University of Cincinnati fighting for a fair contract that acknowledges their value and all the hard work they've provided during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Our frontlines nurses deserve dignity for their work and sacrifices. Help bring awareness by sharing yard signs and participating in their
Social media action. Please follow the directions below to participate!

Stand In Solidarity and show your support for Safe Staffing Ratios.
  • 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

Contact the ONA directly: or Ohio AFL-CIO Southwest State Rep: Julien Johnson to pick up your sign! Signs are available for pick at the Cincinnati AFL-CIO office.

Pro Act Updates

  • Pro Act Summary: The Pro Act (H.R. 842) passed the House of Representatives with a vote of 225-206 by the 117th congress On March 9, 2021. The bill is at a stand still in the Senate with growing support. President Biden has vocally express support for the Pro Act verbally in his 100day address. The Passage of the Pro Act would strengthen unions, penalize employers for violating labor laws and eliminate ALL Right to Work laws. The National AFL-CIO has pushed for a Pro Act week of Action which will begin July 17-July 25.

PRO Act Actions 

  • Call In: We are mobilizing and organizing members to participate in the Pro Act campaign by calling our Senators and telling them to Support the Pro Act. Please Call your Legislator and urge them to PASS THE PRO ACT.                
  •  To Participate, Please Call 866-832-1560 and tell your Senators to PASS THE PRO ACT! 

  • PRO Act Community Canvass: On Saturday July 17, 2021 the Cincinnati AFL-CIO will be kicking off the Pro act week of action with a massive community wide canvass to educate our union households and neighbors about the importance of the Pro Act. This is our opportunity to increase awareness and support for this pivotal bill. 

  • PRO Act Week of Action: From July 17- July 25, the Ohio AFL-CIO and the all the Central Labor Councils from around the state will be hosting PRO Act events through out the week! Look out for weekly updates on the upcoming Cincinnati AFL-CIO Actions!

  • Letter to the Editor (LTE): We are mobilizing and organizing members to participate in the Pro Act campaign by submitting Letters to the Editors to local Newspapers across the State. If interested please see attached file for Letter templates! 

  • PRO Act Informational meetings: We are mobilizing and organizing members through education. If you would like to organize a Pro Act Informational or want a short Pro Act presentation at your next Local union meeting, Please Contact me to set up the event.

  • Follow the Bill: If you are interested in following the PRO Act (HR 842) through Congress, Please Click this link!

1-on-1s meetings

  • Leaders, Local Union Coordinators, Political Coordinators, Please remember to schedule 1-on-1 meetings with Me to discuss your Union’s needs, receive new updates, and review CLC and State Federation Campaigns as they come in. This is one of the most effective tools to share information and build a broader coalition!

Labor 2021

  • Everyday we get closer to Election Day 2021. As we progress toward that day, we must continue to build and strengthen our Labor 2021 program. In order to build that program, we need to hit 3 big objectives by August. We must….

1. Update our L.U.C Database

  • We can start this process by identify local union coordinators (L.U.C’s), Political coordinators and organizers willing to learn and organize their communities and unions. This comes as a follow-up after our most robust L.U.C round up last year that contributed to the big Presidential win last November.

  • We can continue this trend of successful elections as long as we continue to build our Local Union Coordinator Database. If your Union has a new or existing: political director(s), LPC(s) or Political organize(s), please Email or contact me!

2. Get members registered to Vote!

  • With the end of the first phase of Labor 2021, I wanted to take the opportunity to encourage Leaders, Members and Activists to distribute voter registration forms and links to their unions and communities. As you know, the key to winning elections is voter power! Lets build that power by getting our friends and family registered. Please download voter registration or request forms from the CLC today! 

3. Educate members about our endorsed candidates.

After endorsements have completed, we will have actions and flyers with our slate of Labor endorsed candidates. I will also have a campaign plan submitted for the CLC to follow through out the Labor 2021 campaign!
Check Out Our Latest Medicare Webinars!
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.

Every month, my team and I host a series of free webinars for people who are approaching retirement to learn about Medicare. Best of all, when you attend, you can ask questions and get personalized answers in real time.
Join my team at one of our webinars where we will cover the basics of Medicare, including:

• Coverage and costs for Medicare Part A & Part B
• Plan options for employees working past age 65
• How Medicare compares to employer group coverage
• Early retirement health insurance options

…and more!

For your convenience, we've included an informational flyer for you to share with employees, clients, and anyone else who needs to learn about these important topics. Please let me know if you have any questions about the series or how I can serve as a Medicare resource.
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Help Foster Youth Achieve Their Dreams
Dear friends of UWGC,

Our Higher Education Mentoring Initiative (HEMI) Scholars of Excellence Celebration, held just a few days ago, was a truly inspirational event. 

Eighteen students received nearly $60,000 in scholarships. Smiles were as wide as the event hall at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.

These teens overcame a great deal of adversity on their path to academic success. Living their high school years in foster care, they hurdled obstacles their peers didn’t face. They certainly deserved the special celebration recognizing their excellence. 
The HEMI program pairs mentors with foster children to help them graduate high school and move on to some post-graduate education, whether it be college, trade school or the military. With a mentor’s help, HEMI youth learn the value of education and stay on track to achieving academic goals and setting themselves up for a better life.
When I started HEMI back in 2009, nights like the Scholars Celebration are exactly what I had in mind. At that time, I was director at Hamilton County Job and Family Services, charged with caring for our county’s foster children. I read of a program similar to HEMI in California and thought we could replicate it here. I had seen many kids so worried about a roof over their head or where their next meal would come from that they didn’t have time to think about college. For many, no one ever even discussed the possibility with them.

Thursday night was special, as were the previous celebrations. Not only did these young people see their dreams come true with their hard work culminating in a scholarship, I got to see my dream come true once again.

Would you like to help a foster youth achieve their dreams? We need mentors.

Moira Weir
United Way of Greater Cincinnati
IJPC Has A New
Program Manager!
Welcome Bekky!
We are thrilled to welcome IJPC’s new Program Manager for Death Penalty + Peace and Nonviolence, Bekky Baker

Bekky is passionate about the power of relationships and community building. In her first couple of weeks, Bekky has been jumping into death penalty abolition work, meeting with peace and nonviolence committees, and getting to know the people that make IJPC special. Bekky can be reached at and she looks forward to meeting you. 
Global Confirm ─ 179,734,618

Global Deaths ─ 3,894,292

U.S. Confirmed ─ 33,581,692

U.S. Deaths ─ 602,959

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Join the National Vaccine Month of Action
The COVID-19 vaccines were made to save us, and the moments we miss most. But to end this pandemic, we’ve got to ensure everyone has access to the vaccines and information they can trust.
Union members have been on the front lines of this pandemic on every level, and that has led to the deaths of too many working people. We must all do our part in getting vaccinated and encouraging others to do the same so we can protect our union siblings, open schools safely and get back to doing the things we love. President Joe Biden has taken bold steps to help working people during this pandemic, from the American Recovery Plan to OSHA standards, but now it's time we help our country get vaccinated to we can build back better.
Across the country, we’ve all felt the impact of COVID-19, but the impact has been felt most by communities of color who are contracting and dying from the virus at disproportionately higher rates while also getting vaccinated at lower rates than white people.
Together, we can get back to the moments we all miss most, and over time, put an end to this pandemic.
We’re proud to partner with national, state, and local civic and public health organizations to increase access to and trust in the COVID-19 vaccines.
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).

Below are the current reporting trends from Thursday, June 24 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 24 from daily data reporting to the Ohio Department of Health. These metrics are updated daily.
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Brown County
Butler County
Warren County
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