Labor Council

Saturday, July 16, 2022
This Week With AFL-CIO President, Liz Shuler
According to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the number of union representation petitions filed this fiscal year is up 56%—already exceeding the number of petitions filed in FY 2021.

And it shouldn’t be so hard to organize; we are also seeing companies push back with unfair labor practice charges, up 14.5%.

Workers are fed up, fired up, and empowered to organize and fight back.

Given the surge in organizing, Congress needs to ensure that the NLRB has the staff and resources it needs to investigate these claims.

The NLRB also needs enough capacity to process these union petitions and conduct elections. Because when it comes to organizing, we’re just getting started.
Not a day goes by when I don’t hear a story about people organizing in new industries to fight for fairer workplaces. We’re going to help them get there. And that is how we will meet this moment.

There are 12.5 million of us in 57 unions. We’re going to use that power to capture the momentum that’s building across the country and take on corporations or whole industries together.

With organizing as our top priority, we’ve created the Center for Transformational Organizing and developed Labor 2022.

We’re going to build a labor movement that meets the needs of today’s working people.
Even as Americans’ faith and confidence in other major institutions is at an all-time low, this new Gallup poll shows trust in organized labor remains strong.

And with just 118 days until the midterm elections, we need to make the most of that trust.

We may be the only institution out there that can get through to people and break through the echo chambers caused by Facebook and cable news that are leaving us more polarized than ever.

I know I can count on you to make the most of these next few months and to listen to, talk to and mobilize your fellow members ahead of November.
With a heavy heart, we want to share that AFSCME President Emeritus Gerald W. McEntee passed away this weekend. He was a visionary who led with passion, wit and grace.

Jerry was a giant on the national political front. In our campaigns today, we still look to the foundation he built as chair of the AFL-CIO Political Committee and his push to dedicate more resources to mobilizing programs was unmatched. 

Jerry always embraced new ideas—co-founding the Economic Policy Institute, throwing his passion into health care reform, fighting attacks on Social Security, and being an early champion of Working America.

He saw our movement through the lens of what was possible, not the enormous challenges we faced.

Rest in power, brother.
Add Your Name → Free Brittney Griner
On Feb. 17, WNBA star, Women’s National Basketball Players Association (WNBPA) member and our union sister Brittney Griner was detained upon her arrival in Moscow. Her next trial appearance is scheduled for Thursday, July 14.
Griner is a two-time Olympic gold medalist. An elite global athlete. And one of us.
This is why we must do everything in our power to bring her home as soon as possible.
The State Department has officially classified Griner as wrongfully detained, meaning no matter the status of her legal case, the U.S. government will negotiate her release.
Unions Power America Labor Day Contest
Hello all,
Giving you a heads-up that next Monday, July 18, the first part of Union Plus’s Labor Day campaign, the Unions Power America Contest, officially launches. 

Union Plus will award $110,000 in prizes through the contest, including a grand prize of $25,000, to celebrate current and retired union members who are powering their communities and America forward.

We’ve made a few changes from last year. This year, with a new sweepstakes starting after the contest ends (August 10-29), our Labor Day campaign will last two additional weeks. And we’re giving away more prizes than ever – a total of $185,000 including the sweepstakes. 

We hope you will use the promotional materials available in the Union Plus Digital Toolkit to alert your members and encourage them to enter. 

Members can enter the contest starting July 18 at

If you have any questions, please let me know.
In solidarity,
Jill Cashen, Union Plus
Legendary Former AFSCME President Jerry McEntee Dies
AFSCME, the labor movement and the nation have lost a legend with ‘the heart of a lion,’ as President Bill Clinton described him.
Jerry McEntee was a visionary leader and one of the most fearless, ferocious advocates working people have ever had. Standing up for people who strengthen their communities through public service was his passion and his life’s work. From the moment he became an AFSCME member 66 years ago, he has never let up in the fight.
He cut his teeth in Pennsylvania, organizing public sector workers in his native Philadelphia and at the state level. As Executive Director of AFSCME Council 13, he was the driving force behind a historic victory securing collective bargaining rights for state employees in 1970.
As president for 31 years, he led AFSCME to historic growth, putting in place one of the labor movement’s strongest and most aggressive organizing programs. He made AFSCME a political powerhouse, with his innate understanding that political action was essential to giving working people a voice, from the White House down to every city council across the country.
With Jerry at the helm, AFSCME played a difference-making role in the passage of countless landmark federal laws empowering working people – from the Americans with Disabilities Act to the Family and Medical Leave Act to the Affordable Care Act and many more. And Jerry led the fight against privatization and the outsourcing of vital public services. He mobilized an army of AFSCME retirees and working members to defeat then-President George W. Bush’s reckless scheme to privatize Social Security.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to brother McEntee’s loved ones and the AFSCME family.  Rest in peace brother McEntee.
Remembering HFIU General President Emeritus James A. Grogan Jr.
The Heat and Frost Insulators (HFIU) announce the passing of General President Emeritus James A. Grogan Jr. He led the union for 14 years as general president. As a proud member of HFIU Local 32 in Newark, New Jersey, and an Army veteran, Grogan retired in 2015 after a 59-year career with the union.
“For more than a decade, James A. Grogan, Jr. led the International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers as General President with wisdom, foresight, dedication and determination,” said HFIU General President Gregory T. Revard. “He believed in leaving our Union in a better position than when he took office and he delivered on this promise. We are deeply grateful for his 59 years of service to our Union. On behalf of the International, we send our heartfelt sympathies to the Grogan family and extend to them our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”
“His greatest legacy may not be what he did to improve our Union, but what he did to one day improve the lives of people throughout the world,” said HFIU General President Emeritus James P. McCourt.
Downtown Cincinnati Starbucks Becomes First in City to Unionize
From CityBeat By Maija Zummo on Fri, Jun 24, 2022 at 1:39 pm

As of June 23, the Starbucks at 401 Vine St. downtown is the first of the coffee mega-giant's local stores to unionize.

According to a release from Workers United Chicago & Midwest Regional Joint Board (CMRJB), which represents the Cincinnati store, the bid for union representation passed in "a landslide victory."

"These baristas were the first in Cincinnati to join the Starbucks Workers United movement that has swept the nation," says Workers United CMRJB's media relations coordinator MC Floreani in a release. "Now, they are the first unionized Starbucks location in the city."

"We're Hiring!" Be a Part of the Labor Movement!"
The national AFL-CIO has funded the Ohio AFL-CIO for the purpose of hiring a limited-time Local Organizing Specialist to be based in Cincinnati. Please see the job posting link below and let me know if you have any questions, or if you know someone you would like us to interview. Thank you.

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.
Fund the CHIPS Act NOW
Last week, majority members in the Ohio Senate introduced Senate Concurrent Resolution 17 urging Congress to finally allocate funds for the CHIPS Act. The CHIPS (Creating Helpful Incentives to Produce Semiconductors) for America Act passed both the House and Senate but Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is holding up the conference committee’s work to finalize the bill and send it to President Biden for his signature.  
Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, it became obvious that domestic production of semiconductors will be essential to America’s economic and national security. Computer chips are needed in almost every piece of new technology being manufactured today- from phones to cars, and everything in between. The chip shortage has been felt all over the globe. Auto companies had to close down factories for weeks at a time, hurting workers, their families, downstream industries and our economy. Millions of vehicles either sat in empty fields waiting for chips or were not manufactured at all, causing prices to soar. 
President Biden called on industry giants to tackle the growing chip shortage by investing and expanding chip manufacturing in the United States. To their credit, companies like Intel have answered the call, announcing an initial $20 billion investment to build leading edge chip factories in Ohio. Even moving at breakneck speed, it will take several years to get the factories up and running. Fully funding the CHIPS Act will help accelerate the scope and pace of Intel’s expansion in Ohio and limit expansion abroad. The company announced it was delaying its ground breaking ceremony scheduled for August, directly blaming the delay in funding the CHIPS Act for the postponement. Congress cannot delay any further. 
Make Your Voice Heard: Take The Survey
With so much information and misinformation coming at us, we need to rely on trusted messengers and understand that we are stronger together. Public opinion of organized labor more supportive now than at any time over the last sixty years. And union members trust and believe in their own union for information and support.  
To help us stay tightly connected to our union sisters and brothers on the job we want to hear from you as we continue the fight for worker rights, raising wages, retirement security, health care and workplace safety. This anonymous survey will help us develop effective communication strategies as we reclaim our power and a brighter future for all working people.
This year, the elections for U.S. Senate, Ohio Supreme Court and throughout the ballot have massive implications on the direction of our state and nation.  From ending illegal gerrymandering in Ohio to ensuring that Ohio and the U.S. are winning the global economy, your input will assist the state federation as we engage candidates, elected officials and the general public.
WGAE Files Grievance Against CBS News
The Writers Guild of America, East, (WGAE) has filed a grievance against CBS News. CBS News workers and WGAE members ratified a new contract in April 2022 yet still haven’t received many of the agreed-upon wage increases.
Most staffers were supposed to receive back pay, according to their new contract, however, most have not received this retroactive pay from April 2022 for the hours they worked. Minimum wage increases for temporary employees, producers and acting editors also have not been paid.
“During our negotiations we made it clear to management that Guild members at CBS News are angry and frustrated, that they have felt undervalued and overworked for a long time,” WGAE Executive Director Lowell Peterson said in a statement. “Despite this, our bargaining committee and members focused on reaching a reasonable agreement, which we achieved with a lot of membership effort and support. The one thing the company had to get right was implementation of the pay increases in the agreement, and this has failed.” He added, “Members are telling us this feels like the very last straw.”
University of California Nurses Ratify New Contract Covering All UC Medical Centers, Clinics and Student Health Centers
Registered nurses at University of California (UC) facilities across the state voted overwhelmingly in favor of ratifying a new three-year contract, announced California Nurses Association/National Nurses United (CNA/NNU) on Saturday. The new agreement addresses key patient care and workplace safety issues while also focusing resources to recognize, recruit and retain nurses across facilities in the UC system.
“UC nurses are proud to ratify our new contract with the University,” said Dahlia Tayag, RN, a bargaining team member who works at UC San Diego. “This agreement recognizes and rewards registered nurses for our service and commitment to our patients and communities across the UC system, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.”
“UC nurses have been preparing for these negotiations, and we were committed to winning the contract our members deserved,” continued Tayag. “The administration’s decision to prioritize investing in UC nurses resulted in this successor agreement, which will improve the patient care we provide.”
Wired Union Reaches Tentative Agreement Ahead of Prime Day
More than two years ago, workers at Wired voted to form a union with The NewsGuild of New York, CWA Local 31003.
They bargained for more than a year with Condé Nast management on their first contract. Workers were prepared to walk out on this year’s Prime Day to win the fair contract they deserve.
And their collective action worked. On Monday at 11:56 p.m., the night before Prime Day, they announced that they reached a tentative agreement. Congratulations to the Wired Union!
IAFF Local 3920 Makes History with First Collective Bargaining Agreement
Members of Fire Fighters (IAFF) Local 3920 in South Fulton, Georgia, made history Friday when they signed their first collective bargaining agreement, only the second of its kind in the state. The new contract includes significant wage increases and improvements in employment conditions for members.
“We have accomplished a great deal,” said Capt. Andrea Hall (pictured above, third from left), former president of Local 3920, who negotiated the agreement, alongside IAFF 12th District Vice President Walt Dix (right) and IAFF District Field Service Rep. Randy Wyse (left).
Attending the signing, IAFF General President Ed Kelly (second from left) emphasized the day’s significance:
“You’ll find that when we go to the table and we use our voice, the people that benefit the most are the very people that we took an oath to protect. More often than not, the citizens we serve in municipalities and counties where they have collective bargaining agreements, where they can recruit and maintain their workforce, have a safer city.”
Both Hall and Eric Patterson (second from right), the current president of Local 3920, credited the collaboration among city officials. “They fought for us,” said Patterson. “If it were not for the City Council of South Fulton, we would not be here today. Hopefully, together, we’ll keep it moving [forward] and make a better 3920 than we’ve ever had. We’ll support the city, the citizens and everything about South Fulton.”
Minnesota United In-House Camera Crew Requests Voluntary Recognition
The in-house broadcast crew at Allianz Field, where the Minnesota United FC plays, is requesting voluntary recognition of their organizing efforts with Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) Local 745.
Despite having an overwhelming majority of cards signed, Minnesota United claims that some workers are “just learning about this possibility” and are “committed to being open, honest and transparent about the pros and cons of unionization.”
The Wonderwall, the parent organization for the team’s supporters, issued a statement urging Minnesota United to voluntarily recognize the union.
Dodger Stadium Workers Authorize Strike Ahead of MLB All-Star Game
Dodger Stadium workers who work the food and beverage stands operated by concessions giant Compass Group and Levy Restaurants voted 99% to strike on Sunday, as Los Angeles gets ready for the All-Star Game. A strike could be called at any moment.
Compass Group is the sixth largest company in the world. Its subsidiary, Levy Restaurants, employs nearly 1,500 food servers, bartenders, suite attendants, cooks and dishwashers—an overwhelming majority of whom are workers of color—at Dodger Stadium. These workers are seeking to negotiate a fair new union contract.
The Major League Baseball Players Association issued a statement of support.
SAG-AFTRA Members Ratify 2022 Network Television Code Agreement
On July 8, members of SAG-AFTRA voted to ratify the SAG-AFTRA National Code of Fair Practice for Network Television Broadcasting, also known as the Network Television Code. The vote was 94.67% in favor of the new contract.
“This agreement is a step toward elevating our consciousness and sensitivity regarding safe spaces for performers on set,” said SAG-AFTRA President Fran Drescher. “That is a big, transformative win. I also am pleased that our negotiators made meaningful gains with new compensation and improved protections for our members.”
The Network Television Code generates more than $200 million a year in covered member earnings and includes programming in nearly all non-prime-time and all non-dramatic prime-time television, as well as digital media. Covered programs include shows like morning news, talk, variety, reality, game and sports, and serials (soap operas) and promotional announcements.
Earlier today, SAG-AFTRA held a webinar explaining what’s new in the contract, which can be viewed here.
Rail Workers Rally to Highlight Safety and Pay Concerns
Railway workers rallied outside of BNSF Railway offices in Lincoln, Nebraska, on Sunday. They’re fighting for better wages, benefits and working conditions under a new national contract with the railroads.
Workers were joined by labor leaders, including Nebraska State AFL-CIO President Sue Martin (NAPE/AFSCME) and Transportation Trades Department, AFL-CIO, President Greg Regan.
“The number one thing we can do to fix the supply chain crisis is to give these workers a fair contract, give them a good contract, that will help them retain more people, recruit more people and will make sure that we can actually start moving goods in the way that our country demands and our economy demands,” Regan said. “We cannot separate our broader economic challenges from what these workers are facing because they are delivering for this country.”
Labor Secretary Marty Walsh and Union Presidents Visit Ultium Cells Battery Plant
Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh (LIUNA, pictured second from left) joined UAW officers on Tuesday at the Ultium Cells electric vehicle battery plant in Spring Hill, Tennessee. They also were joined by Laborers (LIUNA) General President Terry O’Sullivan, Ironworkers General President Eric Dean and North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU) Secretary-Treasurer Brent Booker.
Ultium Cells is a joint venture of General Motors and LG Energy Solution and is focused on helping the transportation industry move closer to a world with zero emissions propulsion.
While there, Walsh touted the importance of building the facility union and creating good union jobs. On Twitter, he said: “The construction site of this Ultium Cells battery plant in TN exemplifies one of our administration’s core beliefs: a clean energy future means lower fuel costs, healthier communities and thousands of good-paying local jobs. It’s a glimpse at our nation’s future.”
AFGE Announces Winners of the 2022 Labor Communications Contest
The 2022 AFGE Labor Communications Awards contest featured the highest level of participation from AFGE affiliates to date.
The esteemed panel of judges reviewed 110 entries from 34 AFGE affiliates and the competition was tough. This year, AFGE refreshed the contest format, adding new categories and honoring activists and communicators who are moving AFGE’s labor communications program forward.
Categories included many different kinds of communications like social media, photo collages, letters to the editor and print publications.
Contest winners were presented their awards at the 42nd AFGE National Convention held in June. See all the winners here.
IFPTE Local 20 Ratifies First Union Contract
Workers at the East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC) ratified a first contract July 8 as members of the Engineers and Scientists of California/IFPTE Local 20 after nearly two years of negotiations. Members achieved all their key bargaining priorities.
After the 65–0 ratification vote on the contract, which included an average 15% pay increase among many other gains, Local 20’s EBCLC bargaining team released a statement saying, “[W]e are pleased to have reached this settlement, which respects and rewards the important work you all do and will help retain and attract staff.”
Delegation of American Educators Travel to Poland on Humanitarian Trip
In the coming days, a delegation of 15 educators from across the country representing 11 affiliates of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) will embark on a two-week journey to Poland, where they will provide on-the-ground educational support to Ukrainian and Polish students (ages 12–15) affected by the traumas of war.
The educators will be teaching English at a summer camp organized by the Kosciuszko Foundation, Natan Worldwide Disaster Relief and the Folkowisko Foundation.
“The children and youth of Ukraine and Poland have gone through unimaginable pain, grief and obstacles as a result of this tragic and senseless war. As educators, we must wrap our arms around kids no matter where they live; this summer camp experience will help them just be kids again,” said AFT President Randi Weingarten.
AFT’s delegation includes educators certified in English as a second language from nine states: California, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Mexico, New York, Ohio and Wisconsin.
Later this week, delegates to the AFT’s biennial convention will consider a resolution supporting Ukraine and addressing the needs of students, educators and teachers unions who have fled to neighboring countries, as well as those who remain in war-torn Ukraine. With support from the AFT, the Polish Teachers’ Union (ZNP) is also organizing camps throughout Poland.

Learn more about how you can file a claim if you were a victim of the OPM data breach.

Find out how AFGE continues to grow with more and more government workers joining our union.

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
Phone: (513) 340-5637
U.S Senator Sherrod Brown: Working For Working People!
Sherrod Brown Meets With Cleveland Musicians Union To Celebate Pension Fix

Last week, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown joined local retired and current musicians from the American Federation of Musicians (AFM) Local 4 who shared their stories about what the pension relief Brown helped secure in the American Rescue Plan means for their livelihoods. Without the fix, the more than 450 members of Northeast Ohio’s Local 4 AFM had been facing pension cuts of 25 to 35 percent. The union represents current and retired musicians from many prominent Northeast Ohio performing arts organizations including the Cleveland Orchestra, Playhouse Square Foundation, Great Lakes Theatre Festival and the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra.
“After years of work by workers and retirees and small business owners in Ohio and around the country, in the American Rescue Plan we finally saved the pensions musicians earned over a lifetime of work, with NO CUTS,” said Brown. “So many times, we wondered if we could get this done. But musicians never gave up.”
For years, Brown led efforts to save Ohioans’ pensions, touring the state to stand with Ohio retirees, workers and their families, and co-chairing a Congressional Committee on the pension crisis in 2018. Those efforts led to Brown’s Butch Lewis Act being included in the American Rescue Plan, which was passed in March of 2021. It will save the pensions of more than 100,000 Ohioans, including the musicians.
"Senator Brown saved my pension. His tireless efforts to ensure that workers receive the retirement benefits that they have earned is a shining example of the work ethic we need from our elected leaders,” said Leonard DiCosimo, President of the Cleveland Federation of Musicians, Local 4 AFM.
The Alliance for Retired Americans National and Regional Conventions are On-Line in 2022
The National Alliance for Retired Americans in an abundance of caution for our health as retired Older Americans is holding its regional and national conventions by ZOOM this year. The Midwest Regional Convention is on July 20 from 11am to 1pm EDT. Registration can be found at:

The Alliance nation convention is on July 27-28 from 1pm to 5pm EDT each day. Registration is found at

During the meeting, all Alliance members will elect a President and Secretary-Treasurer. Community-based members will also elect an Executive Vice-President and six At-Large Members of the Alliance executive board.

There will be special messages from leaders in the fight for retirement security, and interactive workshops on important topics for the 2022 mid-term elections including “Combating Disinformation Online” and “Why Voter Contact Matters.”
Open Registration for FMCS Institute Summer and Fall courses
Enrollment Open for FMCS Institute Courses
(These courses will be conducted entirely online. Prospective students are encouraged to contact the institute prior to registration to ensure computer access). 

Meet your 2022 training objectives with our virtual curriculum! 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. Enroll today and take advantage of our discounted early-bird rates.
Arbitration for Advocates in the Federal Sector 
August 2-4, 2022
11 am- 4 pm EST
Fee is $950 per person
This intensive, three-day program is designed specifically for labor practitioners in the Federal sector. The course will help practitioners:
  • Understand the most important elements of labor arbitration advocacy in the federal sector
  • Make progress on the path to becoming a highly effective advocate
  • Identify major gaps in knowledge/experience in arbitration advocacy and plan for filling the gaps

Topics include:
  • The Legal and Regulatory Framework for Arbitration in the Federal Sector
  • Principles of Contract (collective bargaining agreement) Interpretation
  • Employee Discipline and “Efficiency of the Service”
  • How to Best Prepare for the Hearing
  • How to Handle the Hearing Itself (Testimony, Documents, Opening Statements, etc.)
  • What Goes Into a Good Post-Hearing Brief (if briefs are to be submitted)

A major emphasis of this program will be a review of substantive and procedural case-handling issues, using hypothetical situations in an interactive format. Participants will also be able to practice their skills. Registrants receive course texts and a specially compiled set of arbitration practice guides. Upon successful completion of this course, participants will receive an FMCS Certificate of Training.
Instructors: Arthur Pearlstein, FMCS Director of Arbitration Services, and Commissioners Liz Brenner and LaTwana Williams
Negotiation Skills
August 16-18 and August 23-25, 2022
11a - 5p EST
Early Bird $1,500 to July 23, Single $1,600,
Group 3-5 persons $1,300, Group 6+ $1,200
Develop the negotiation style that’s right for you. This interactive workshop focuses on techniques for 21st-century contract negotiations. The workshop covers traditional and interest-based negotiations. The workshop will teach participants how to negotiate collective bargaining agreements.
Participants will receive an FMCS Certificate of Training upon completion of the course.
Instructors: FMCS Commissioners Isael Hermosillo, Kent McVay, Dan Sims, and Christy Yoshitomi
Mediation Skills    
October 25-27, and November 1-3, 2022
11:00a - 5:00p EST 
$1,500 before September 25
$1,600 (Group rates available)
Highly interactive, this course will use large and small group discussions, online discussion boards, role-plays reflecting a variety of workplace conflicts, and other exercises along with instructor-led presentations to prepare you for real-life workplace disputes and problem resolution. Facilitating difficult conversations, creative problem-solving, interpersonal negotiations, and communication will be covered.
Just for You! Your July Medicare Webinars
Count on us to help your team find the right coverage.

This July Live Webinars flyer gives you an early look at our Medicare webinars happening next month.
Join us live for an overview of the basics and a chance to ask our experts questions. If you're unable to attend, you can listen to our on-demand webinars any time.
Thursday, July 28
12 p.m. (Noon) EST
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Collaborative Agreement Community Workshops
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.
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.
COVID-19 Dashboard
Why the Omicron Offshoot BA.5 is a Big Deal
By Brenda Goodman, CNN
(CNN) Once again, Covid-19 seems to be everywhere. If you feel caught off-guard, you aren't alone.

After the Omicron tidal wave washed over the United States in January and the smaller rise in cases in the spring caused by the BA.2 subvariant, it might have seemed like the coronavirus could be ignored for a while. After all, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated in December that nearly all Americans had been vaccinated or have antibodies from a past infection. Surely all that immunity bought some breathing room.

But suddenly, many people who had recovered from Covid-19 as recently as March or April found themselves exhausted, coughing and staring at two red lines on a rapid test. How could this be happening again -- and so soon?

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, July 15 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, July 15, 2022 from daily data reporting to the Ohio Department of Health. These metrics are updated daily.
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