Labor Council

Saturday, November 6, 2021
Message from President Liz Shuler
  • We are grateful to the thousands of union volunteers who made phone calls, knocked on doors and worked hard for labor-endorsed candidates across the country.

  • While the results aren’t what we hoped for across the board, our labor program was out in force spreading the word about the issues that are most important to working people.

  • In the coming days and weeks, we will learn more about what exactly motivated workers in this election. But this much is clear: 2021 was a reaction. Working people are fed up with struggling to get by, working harder for less and paying more for just about everything.

  • It is time for our elected leaders to deliver the bold investments we voted for in 2020.
Redmond, Saunders Rally Health Care Workers in Southern California
Thousands of health care workers held a massive rally on Saturday in Pasadena, California. AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Fred Redmond (USW) and AFSCME President Lee Saunders helped lead the March for the Future of Health Care. The members of United Nurses Associations of California (UNAC)/Union of Health Care Professionals (UHCP)-AFSCME and United Steelworkers (USW) Local 7600 who work for Kaiser Permanente voted overwhelmingly in October to authorize a strike if they don’t secure a fair contract.
“Kaiser likes to say they’re fighting racial injustice,” Redmond stated. “But if they really cared—if they really wanted to make real change—they should look no further than their own workforce....For years, Kaiser Permanente has paid different rates to workers doing the exact same job. Particularly in service jobs, a lot of them my fellow Steelworkers, that are overwhelmingly held by people of color.”
“96% of you voted to stand with each other, to stand with future Kaiser workers, to stand with your patients, to stand up and fight for the future of health care,” Saunders told the rally. “If Kaiser thinks they can break you, they are underestimating your resolve, your power, your solidarity. Do not roll over. Do not be cowed. Stick together. Stand and fight.”
Labor 2021 Has Officially Wrapped Up!
Labor Family,

Labor 2021 has officially wrapped up and our Central Labor Council Won Big! Through our collective efforts, we were able to win major offices such as Mayor, City Council, School Board and Levies and Issues. 

Additionally, thanks to all your hard work we were able to elect our our path to power candidate Mary Wineberg to Cincinnati School Board! Below is a list of all the big wins from the Cincinnati AFL-CIO Labor 2021 campaign! 

Thank you to all the Affiliates that came and showed out! Big thanks to: CFT, UFCW, SEIU, AFGE, IBEW, LIUNA, IUPAT, and ONA.

Campaign Numbers:
Total Doors Lit Dropped: 3100
Total phonebanks calls: 500 +
Total Campaign Shifts: 210  
(includes Labor 2021 campaign and coordinated campaign)
Total robocalls made: approx. 4,300
Total mailers out: approx. 4,300

Cincinnati CLC:
* incumbents
CLC Endorsed Candidates & Issues
Cincinnati Mayor: 
Aftab Pureval
City Council
Jeff Cramerding (AAUP-UC Lawyer) 
Reggie Harris 
Mark Jefferys 
Jan Michele-Kearney
Greg Landsman
Victoria Parks
Meeka Owens
Scotty Johnson
Liz keating 

School Board
Brandon Craig
Mike Moroski
Mary Winberg
(Path to Power Candidate)
Kareem Moffet

Hamilton County Municipal Court Judge
Donte Johnson
Issue 1
levy renew (yes on 1) 
Issue 3
Charter amendment defeated (No on 3)
COPE Celebration 2021 Great Success:
Here it is entirely and a few of the highlights...
Cincinnati AFL-CIO Labor Council 51st Annual COPE Celebration Event Teaser
Cincinnati AFL-CIO Labor Council 51st Annual COPE Celebration In its Entirety
Executive Secretary-Treasurer Brian Griffin's Opening Comments
Closing Credits Featuring Many of Our Endorsed Candidates
Thanks to everyone that supported this event., especially the following people for the hard work and dedication to making this event come to life:

Denise Dal Vera
SAG/AFTRA Delegate and COPE 2021 Host

Clayola Brown
Civil, Human and Women’s Rights Director, AFL-CIO

Tim Ryan
US Representative, Ohio's 13th Congressional District and AFL-CIO Endorsed Candidate for US Senate (2022)

Melissa Cropper
President at Ohio Federation of Teachers (OFT) and Secretary Treasurer at Ohio AFL-CIO

Bill Froehle
Business Manager, Plumbers, Pipefitters & MES Local 392 and President, Cincinnati AFL-CIO Labor Council

Brian Griffin
Executive Secretary-Treasurer, Cincinnati AFL-CIO Labor Council

Bill Benner
Director of Organizing, Political & Legislative Affairs, UFCW Local 75

Justin Phillips
Business Manager, Laborers' International Union of North America (LiUNA)– Local 265

Julie Sellers
President, Cincinnati Federation of Teachers (CFT) Local

Paige Stephens
Union Representative, UFCW Local 75

Troy Miller
President Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU), Local 67

Jessica Story
Business Representative & Organizer, IUPAT District Council 6 (DC6)

Springboro HS AFJROTC Color Guard

Dr. Jillian Harrison-Jones
Music Director, MUSE Cincinnati's Women’s Choir

Deacon Royce Winters
Director Of African American Pastoral Ministries, The Archdiocese Of Cincinnati, and Chaplain, IAFF Local 148

Aftab Pureval
Hamilton County Clerk of Courts and Cincinnati AFL-CIO Labor Council Endorsed Candidate for Mayor of The City of Cincinnati

Andre Washington
Field Representative and Special Projects Coordinator for the Ohio Association of Public-School Employees/AFSCME Local 4, President of the Ohio State Chapter of the A. Philip Randolph Institute, and the Vice Chair of the Ohio Democratic Party

Danny Schur
Award-winning Composer, Producer, and Writer

ChiliDog Pictures

Mills James Productions

COPE is the acronym for Committee on Political Education, and this event is the sole fundraiser each year that provides us with the funding we need to sponsor voter registration, voter education, candidate screenings and endorsements, Meet-the Candidates Night, sample ballots, and our Get-Out-the-Vote activities.

The money we raise with this, our annual COPE Celebration, is how we are able to amp up the volume and give a full-throated voice to working people and the candidates and issues that serve the interest of working people and their families. None of that would be possible without this event and your support. For that I am truly grateful. Thank you.
Tim Ryan Advocates For Biden's Build Back Better Agenda
In remarks on the House floor Tuesday, Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH) advocated for Biden's Build Back Better Agenda to help compete against China.
Nearly 100 Orgs: Congress Must Pass Build Back Better AND Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal Together This Week

Signers Include American Bridge 21st Century, American Federation of Teachers, Center for American Progress, Climate Power, Community Change Action, Latino Victory Project, League of Conservation Voters, MomsRising, MoveOn, NAACP, National Education Association, National Domestic Workers Alliance, Protect our Care, SEIU, Sierra Club, Third Way

The Groups Write: “We urge Congress to swiftly pass the Build Back Better Act and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal together this week.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Tuesday 11/2, Real Recovery Now! and Invest in America Action released a letter signed by nearly 100 organizations urging Congress to pass the Build Back Better Agenda and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal together this week.

View the letter and full list of signers here.

Read the letter below:

Right now, Congress has the chance to deliver transformational change to working people and families across the country with the Build Back Better Act and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal. 

These plans are a once-in-a-generation investment in our nation's future that will create millions of good-paying jobs, cut costs for families, and cut taxes for the middle class. 

We urgently need both of these plans to make our economy fairer, address the many crises facing American communities, and rebuild the middle class — the backbone of our country. 

Now is the time to create generations of prosperity for American families and communities. We urge Congress to swiftly pass the Build Back Better Act and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal together this week.

"There is extraordinary clarity across the progressive movement that it is long past time to deliver on jobs, care, climate, and immigration,” said Ilya Sheyman, co-director at Real Recovery Now! “Congress needs to pass the Build Back Better Act and the infrastructure package together this week.

“Our coalition of advocacy groups represents a wide array of issue areas from across the political spectrum, and we all stand united behind President Biden’s agenda,” said Zac Petkanas, senior advisor to Invest in America Action. “The impact of the historic investments in the Build Back Better Act and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal will be felt in every corner of the country by creating millions of good-paying jobs, lowering costs, and cutting taxes for families. Congress must pass both these life-changing bills together this week.” 
PETITION: HelloFresh Workers Need A Union
Workers at HelloFresh are organizing a union to make their jobs safer and more sustainable at the largest meal-kit company in the United States. We are calling on the company to not harass or intimidate workers, and to cancel the anti-union consultant. Add your name now!
HelloFresh profited tremendously from the COVID-19 crisis. The company sold more than 278 million meals in the United States in 2020—an increase of over 100% from 2019, while global revenues doubled to $4.4 billion.
But multiple workers at HelloFresh facilities have said they can’t afford rent with HelloFresh wages, and some are even homeless.
Workers are getting injured on the job. A pallet fell 25 feet onto four workers, trapping them and sending two to the hospital. What was HelloFresh’s response? “We took the incident very seriously, but the item that was involved was smaller,” said a HelloFresh spokesperson.
HelloFresh also hired an anti-union consultant and held mandatory meetings to intimidate workers with anti-union propaganda. We wish we were surprised, but we aren’t.
Workers at HelloFresh are organizing a union because they deserve better than this.
So if you support the workers at HelloFresh fighting for better wages and working conditions, add your name to the petition.
PETITION: I Support Health Care Workers
Kaiser Permanente employees were on the front lines of the pandemic. They risked their lives to care for their patients. Now, they’re ready to strike for a fair contract with higher wages and safer working conditions. Add your name if you support the health care workers at Kaiser Permanente!
Even during a pandemic when other health care systems struggled to make ends meet, Kaiser Permanente was able to turn down COVID-19 relief money because it was so financially strong.
But instead of using its tremendous resources to address chronic staffing shortages and invest in its workers, Kaiser Permanente is demanding rollbacks at the bargaining table.
Workers are asking for a 4% wage increase and adequate staffing. Instead, management is proposing a 1% increase and a two-tier system that would pay new staff lower wages. And they rejected all worker proposals to recruit and retain permanent full-time employees.
This is unacceptable. If Kaiser Permanente thinks its employees are heroes, the least it can do is agree to a fair contract.
Workers at Kellogg's Cereal Production Plants Continue Strike
Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union (BCTGM) issued the following statement in support of 1,400 BCTGM members in Battle Creek, Mich. (Local 3G), Omaha, Neb. (Local 50G), Lancaster, Pa. (Local 374G) and Memphis, Tenn. (Local 252G) who are on strike against the Kellogg Company:

The company’s last, best and final offer does not achieve what our members are asking for; a predictable pathway to fully vested, fully benefitted employment for all employees with no concessions.

Kellogg’s continues to insist on takeaways. The company came to the table insisting that there will only be an agreement if the Union accepts the company proposal exactly as it has been written. The company’s proposal was filled with conditions and terms as to what was acceptable to Kellogg’s. These terms and conditions are unacceptable to our members.

Therefore, the BCTGM Bargaining Committee rejected the proposal. The strike by 1,400 BCTGM Kellogg’s members at the company’s four U.S. cereal plants continues.

Interviews with striking Kellogg’s workers and negotiating committee members available upon request

U.S Senator Sherrod Brown: Working For Working People!
Make It A Goal For Zero Hunger
One goal can make the difference. When it comes to hunger, feeding a community is just as important as filling each and every hungry belly one by one. It all adds up.

We need each child to be strong, thriving and free of hunger now. So Kroger and Zero Hunger | Zero Waste Foundation have teamed up through November 7th with Buffalove, FC Cincinnati and the Freestore Foodbank, to raise donations to reduce hunger in the Greater Cincinnati area with a virtual food drive to reach the ultimate goal—ZERO HUNGER.

Freestore Foodbank provides emergency food and services to children and families in Greater Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky, and Southeast Indiana throughout the year. Since the beginning of FY21, we have continued to push forward in our commitment to the community—beyond the throes of the pandemic—serving 98 school sites with a total of 84,204 packs, an equivalent of 319,953 pounds of food.

ZERO HUNGER aims to create a thriving, hunger-free community by making every donation count in our Thanksgiving virtual food drive. Plus, Kroger will match up to $5,000 of donations. That means every $1 helps fill 3 plates.
Your support in ZERO HUNGER will help us reach our goal before Thanksgiving and keep our commitment to families in the tristate community. Turn hunger into hope with your virtual food drive donation today—every gift toward our goal counts.

Will you be joining our community partners on game day to fight hunger? We hope to see you online for this game-day event!

Thank you for all your support!


Your friends at Freestore Foodbank

PS — Please consider making a monthly pledge of $20 or more to Freestore Foodbank to provide a year’s worth of food, and help us end hunger for our children.
Legal Implications of COVID in the Workplace
The Alternative Dispute Resolution Center will be offering a quarterly speaker series where attendees can learn from experts on certain mediation and dispute resolution practices, as well as the promotion of labor-management cooperation. This series will host both virtual and in-person sessions on campus. 

Legal Implications of Covid in the Workplace

Learn how businesses responded to the covid-19 pandemic and how working conditions changed

Cost: FREE
Date: December 1, 2021 | 12:00 - 1:30PM (virtual)
Must register by November 23, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic of 2020-21 has changed working conditions for millions of Americans and Canadians quickly and dramatically. Employers responded by requiring employees to quarantine, implementing workplace COVID policies, disciplining employees who violated those policies, changing work schedules, canceling leaves or vacations, and furloughing or laying off employees. Unions have challenged many of these actions, raising a variety of novel issues that are now being resolved through labor arbitration. This presentation describes those labor arbitration awards and how businesses are responding.
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 is a snapshot of key metrics pulled Friday, November 5 from daily data reporting to the Ohio Department of Health. These metrics are updated daily.
Below are the current reporting trends from Friday, November 5 for key indicators calculated from data reported to the Ohio Department of Health. These trends are updated daily and are presented by report date.
Hamilton County
Clermont County
Brown County
Butler County
Warren County
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