Labor Council

Friday, July16, 2021
The PRO Act Week of Action Edition
A Statement from President Trumka
Across this country, 60 million working people would join a union today if they could. Think about the immense power we already have. To fight for our members. To shape policy. To change minds. Then imagine what more could be possible if union density finally matched union desire.
If 60 million people joined America’s labor movement, that would grow our federation’s membership by nearly 500%. Unions would not just define the next decade. Unions would shape multiple generations. This is not some pipe dream. This is possible. We did it after the Great Depression.
If we make the PRO Act the law of the land, we are going to be printing millions of new union cards. Today, we are increasingly confident that we can get to 50 votes within a few weeks. But that won’t happen without you. This upcoming PRO Act Week of Action needs to be a full-court press—nothing less. Don’t forget: Your efforts put a pro-worker majority in power. We showed up for them, now our senators better stand up for us.
AFL-CIO Unveils Executive Paywatch Report
2020’s growth in pay inequity between workers and CEOs confirms the “executive base salary reductions” touted during the COVID-19 crisis were just lip service, per this year’s AFL-CIO Executive Paywatch report, which was unveiled this morning by AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler (IBEW).
The Executive Paywatch website, the most comprehensive, searchable online database that tracks CEO pay, shows that the CEO of an S&P 500 company received, on average, $15.5 million in total compensation in 2020. The average S&P 500 company CEO-to-worker pay ratio was 299-to-1.
During a painstaking year of unspeakable loss and economic turmoil, where millions of working people lost their jobs through no fault of their own, this year’s report shows an S&P 500 CEO’s pay has increased, on average, by more than $700,000.
Working people bore the brunt of COVID-19 and its impact on the U.S. economy,” said Shuler during the report’s release. “Last year, the unemployment rate peaked at 14.7% in April, with a record 41 million layoffs in the United States. While many of those jobs have come back, there was a net loss of 9 million jobs in 2020.”
Our nation’s growing levels of inequality showcase the importance of passing the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, a monumental labor law reform bill currently in the U.S. Senate. The PRO Act will remove barriers to organizing and transform our economic system into one that works for all workers, not just corporate interests and billionaires.
Read Secretary-Treasurer Shuler’s full remarks here.
Invest in Our Country’s Future
The American Rescue Plan provided invaluable support for working families across the country, as we prepared for businesses and schools to reopen this fall. But that was just a down payment; more help is needed to enable the country to continue its COVID-19 recovery and address the inequities we face. This is why President Joe Biden’s American Jobs and American Families plans, along with his historic K-12 investments proposed for fiscal year 2022, are so critical to building back better and spurring our recovery.

America’s schools are the nation’s second-largest public infrastructure investment and one of the largest energy consumers in the public sector. But after years of disinvestment and climate change, we’re left with crumbling school buildings, unsafe drinking water and unhealthy air for students, educators and school support staff alike. Beyond schools, more Americans are looking to rejoin the workforce and seeking out new opportunities in our changing economy; they need workforce development, job training and higher education in order to pursue jobs that can help them thrive.

The American Jobs Plan takes important steps to invest in public school and community college infrastructure and to ensure that students are drinking safe water at home and school by replacing lead pipes. And it would help schools transition to zero-emission vehicles; with schools responsible for the largest mass transit fleet in the country—480,000 school buses shuttling students back and forth to school—it is critical that we transition school bus fleets to zero-emission vehicles.

The American Families Plan would invest in yearlong paid teacher residency programs, special education teacher development programs and teacher preparation programs at historically Black colleges and universities, tribal colleges and universities, and minority-serving institutions. The upcoming reconciliation package should also include worker training for a just transition, high-speed broadband to bridge the digital divide and more-affordable higher education.

AFT members are clear on the challenges students face when trying to thrive in schools laden with toxic black mold, classrooms without heat or air conditioning, or buildings with leaking ceilings or contaminated water. To put it simply, no child should be breathing contaminated air and drinking tainted water anywhere, let alone in a place of learning. The COVID-19 crisis has strained public school infrastructure systems even further, laying bare both the connectivity challenges of students in low-income communities and the ventilation system challenges faced by schools, while at the same time creating massive learning losses.

In unity,

Randi Weingarten
AFT president
President Biden Coming To Cincinnati!
Join Us for a Rally In Support of The PRO Act!
President Joe Biden will visit Cincinnati Wednesday July 21 for a CNN town hall event.

It will be Biden’s first trip to Cincinnati as president. CNN anchor Don Lemon will moderate the event, which will air at 8 p.m. CNN reported that topics will include Covid-19, the economy and other issues.

Join Your Sisters and Brothers for
A PRO Act Rally!

Who: Cincinnati AFL-CIO, Affiliates & Friends of Labor
What: Attend the Pro Act Solidarity Rally before the Joe Biden Townhall 
When: July 21, 2021 (time: tbd) 
Where: TBD
(Will be announced when the venue for the Town Hall is announced)
Why: Raise awareness about the Pro Act and to gain citywide support for the Pro Act
Cincinnati PRO Act Canvass
Day of Action!
The House of Representatives passed the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act on March 9.
President Biden has consistently urged Congress to send the PRO Act, labor law reform and civil rights, democracy and economic stimulus legislation, to his desk—but the Senate hasn’t yet. So we’re rallying and marching across the country, calling on our senators to pass the PRO Act now. Here’s the event closest to you:

PRO Act Canvass | Sens. Portman & Brown | Cincinnati, OH
Saturday, July 17, 2021 11:00 AM
In person event
200 Kovach Drive
Cincinnati, OH 45215

Our labor laws are outdated and no longer protect our right to form and join unions. The PRO Act is the most significant worker empowerment legislation since the Great Depression. The PRO Act will:
  • Hold corporations accountable for union-busting and strengthen democracy in the workplace.
  • Protect workers’ rights to form and join unions, including in new industries like Big Tech.
  • Repeal racist “right to work” laws.
Stronger unions mean higher wages, safer working conditions and dignity for all people who work.
Passing the PRO Act will be our first step in getting there. Join us starting this Saturday as we take action for the PRO Act.
In Solidarity,
P.S. In-person PRO Act actions should follow all local, state and federal health guidance for outdoor, in-person gatherings. Please visit for more information.
Call Your U.S. Senators and Urge Them to Support the PRO Act

Working people have waited long enough for labor laws that protect our right to form and join unions. Tell your senators to support working people by voting YES on the PRO Act.
Workers Make $1? CEOs Make $299
CEOs said they were taking lower base pay during COVID-19. But our Executive Paywatch report shows that was just lip service. On average, the salaries of S&P 500 CEOs increased by more than $700,000 over the previous year.

2020 was a year of unspeakable loss and economic turmoil for working people. Millions lost their jobs, with a record 41 million layoffs in April 2020. We still have a net loss of 9 million jobs.
While working people bore the brunt of the pandemic, CEOs earned even more money.
On average, if a worker earns $1, an S&P 500 CEO earns $299. That level of pay inequity is unacceptable, and working people deserve better.
This is why we need unions. Unions change the power dynamics in the workplace and give working people a say in our wages, benefits and working conditions.
So it’s no surprise that corporate interests and billionaires are doing everything they can to stop unions. But we can’t let them.
We need to pass the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act. The PRO Act empowers workers to form unions and bargain over wages.
If you’re mad that CEOs earn so much while working people suffer, call your senators and tell them to support workers by passing the PRO Act.
In Solidarity,
No going back: It’s time for a new era in America’s labor movement.
In November, America’s voters made history by electing Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as president and vice president, respectively, of the United States. In January, voters in Georgia shocked the nation two more times with the elections of Sens. Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock.

Now, with a pro-worker majority in the House, Senate and White House, America’s labor movement has a real chance to build the power of working people like never before. 

This raises the question: How? 

The answer is with the passage of the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, the most significant worker empowerment legislation since the Great Depression. 

If passed, it would dramatically increase penalties for employers that violate workers’ rights; protect strikes and other protest activity; streamline the process for reaching a collective bargaining agreement once a union is formed; and so much more. 

This isn’t just any bill—it’s civil rights legislation, protecting women, immigrants, people of color and the LGBTQ community, and economic stimulus, putting more money in the pockets of workers, which helps our economy build back better. It’s a generational opportunity for the more than 60 million workers who want to join a union but haven’t found the path to get there under current law. 

The PRO Act was passed by the House in 2020 but stalled when it fell onto former Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s desk. When McConnell rejected the bill, he slapped millions of America’s workers and union members in the face. And it stung. 

With the sting of McConnell’s abhorrent rejection fresh in our minds, we canvassed. We made phone calls. We knocked on doors. And we got it done. That’s why in 2021, America’s labor movement will do everything in our power to win.
There’s no going back: It’s time for accountability and action. It’s time to pass the PRO Act. 
Unions Gives Veterans Better Lives
Military Families are Union Families

  • Veterans and military families have a long history of being a part of unions, and many more veterans will join unions if they are given the opportunity.
  • Over one million veteran workers are union members.
  • Unions offer veterans the same sense of community that the military does.
  • Veterans are one third more likely to join a union than nonveterans.
  • Due to anti-union laws many veterans have not even had the opportunity to join a union.
  • Research from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology shows nearly 60 million people (almost half of nonunion workers) would vote to join a union today if given the opportunity.
  • Passing the PRO Act will create a pathway for even more veterans to become union veterans and allow them to live the American dream they served to defend

Veterans Need Unions 

  • Transitioning from military service is difficult, and unions help veterans navigate that difficult transition and set themselves up for success long-term with good careers. 
  • Financial instability is one of the greatest challenges facing veterans and transitioning service members. Fair wages and stable jobs will help us end the epidemic of veteran suicide.
  • Despite our obligation to make sure our veterans are financially stable, 31% of all working veterans make less than $31k per year.
  • 39% of veterans working in the construction industry make less than $20 an hour, many with no to few benefits.
  • 1 out of every 5 working veterans would benefit from raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2024.
  • Unions are one of the best paths to achieving higher wages. When union membership is greater, veterans and military families do better.
  • Between 1948 and 1973, when New Deal era laws expanded and enforced collective bargaining, hourly wages rose by more than 90%. Millions of WWII GI’s returned home and used a union job to help drive the creation of the middle class following the war. But over the next 40 years—from 1973 to 2013—hourly wages rose by just over 9% while productivity increased 74%.
  • In the military, we all serve on equal footing, regardless of our backgrounds, race, gender, or sexual orientation or identity. But when we return, veterans of color, female veterans, and LGBTQ veterans face unique challenges.
  • Just like the military, unions create an equal playing field for veteran workers, no matter your gender, sexual orientation or identity, or the color of your skin. 
  • Collective bargaining increases protections for women, people of color, immigrants and the LGBTQ community in areas where our laws are still falling short. 
  • A union contract is the single best tool we have to close racial and gender wage gaps in the veteran workforce, and to ensure dignity and due process for workers, regardless of where we were born, who we are, or what industry we work in.
  • Of the 20 million veterans in the U.S., only 6.1 million veterans receive their healthcare through the Department of Veterans Affairs. Unions help veterans access quality, affordable healthcare through their employers and/or their unions.

Veteran Workers Need the PRO Act

  • The PRO Act will enact changes to make it easier to collectively bargain and win key victories that will improve the lives of veteran workers and their families across the country.
  • The PRO act will give veterans and workers the freedom to band together and collectively have a say in their own economic future and working conditions.
  • The PRO Act creates pathways for workers to form unions, without fear, in newer industries like Big Tech and further empowers workers to exercise our freedoms to organize and bargain. 
  • Under the PRO Act, more gig workers could be classified as employees entitled to NLRA protections. Many veterans in need of healthcare and higher wages are finding employment through gig jobs, and would benefit from being able to organize and/or join a union.
  • The PRO Act ensures that workers can reach a first contract quickly after a union is recognized -- stopping employers from delaying the process so that workers never realize their hard-fought gains.
  • Further, the PRO Act puts an end to an employers’ practice of punishing striking workers by hiring permanent replacements. Speaking up for labor rights is within every worker’s rights—and workers shouldn’t lose our jobs for it.
  • The PRO Act will hold corporations accountable by strengthening the National Labor Relations Board and allowing it to penalize employers who retaliate against working people in support of the union or collective bargaining.
  • The PRO Act will repeal “right to work” laws—divisive and racist laws created during the Jim Crow era—that lead to lower wages, fewer benefits, and more dangerous workplaces.
Julie Su Named Deputy Secretary of Labor
Earlier this week, Julie Su was confirmed as deputy secretary of labor in the Biden administration. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka (UMWA) said:
"Congratulations Madame Deputy Labor Secretary. You have always stood up for worker dignity, safety and fair pay, and we look forward to working with you and Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh—the most pro-worker Department of Labor leadership team in American history."
Pensions Saved By Sen. Sherrod Brown In President Biden's American Rescue Plan Gets Positive Interim Final Rule
U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh issued the following statement on the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation’s issuance of an interim final rule implementing Special Financial Assistance to financially troubled multiemployer pension plans:
“Every working person deserves to retire with dignity and receive all the benefits they earned during their career. As a member of the labor movement, I know firsthand how important pension security is to working families. As Chair of its Board of Directors, I am proud that today’s rulemaking by the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation will help secure the pensions of an estimated 3 million American workers, retirees and their families by providing financial assistance to over 200 severely underfunded multiemployer plans.
“This is a historic achievement to secure the pension benefits of hardworking union members and the most substantial policy ever passed to further the solvency of our nation's multiemployer pension plans. Unions, their members and beneficiaries of these plans have been fighting for years for what these workers have earned.
“The Biden-Harris administration made it a priority to stand with them, working closely with Congress to ensure this assistance was included in the American Rescue Plan. The PBGC’s regulation implements the program just as Congress designed it. This is just one way the administration is protecting the retirement benefits of workers and retirees, which is one of my top priorities at the Department of Labor.”
U.S Senator Sherrod Brown: Working For Working People!
Keep up with Sherrod:
8 Facts from the 2021 Executive Paywatch Report You Need to Know
Last year was a challenging one for working people. The COVID-19 pandemic put millions out of work through no fault of their own, and the financial impact on working people will be felt for years to come—unless you were a CEO of a large company. During a painstaking year of unspeakable loss and economic turmoil, the AFL-CIO's 2021 Executive Paywatch report shows that the average S&P 500 CEO saw their pay increase by more than $700,000 last year. The Executive Paywatch website, the most comprehensive, searchable online database that tracks CEO pay, shows that the CEO of an S&P 500 company received, on average, $15.5 million in total compensation in 2020. The average S&P 500 company CEO-to-worker pay ratio was 299-to-1. 

Here are eight facts from the 2021 Executive Paywatch report you need to know:
  1. In 2020, CEOs of S&P 500 companies received, on average, $15.5 million in total compensation.
  2. The average S&P 500 company CEO-to-worker pay ratio was 299-to-1.
  3. The average S&P 500 CEO's pay grew $712,720 last year.
  4. Over the past decade, the average S&P 500 CEO's pay has increased by $2.6 million.
  5. The average pay ratio in "right to work" states was 173-to-1, while the ratio in free bargaining states was 133-to-1.
  6. The worst industry, in terms of CEO-to-worker pay is the consumer discretionary sector (including companies like, where the ratio was 741-to-1.
  7. Other industries with the largest discrepancies between CEO and worker pay were: consumer staples (383-to-1), communication services (334-to-1), information technology (315-to-1) and health care (253-to-1).
  8. Over the past decade, the average CEO pay at S&P 500 companies increased by an average of $260,000 a year. Meanwhile the average wage for production and nonsupervisory workers grew an average of only $957 per year in that same time.
Our nation’s growing levels of inequality showcase the importance of passing the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, a monumental labor law reform bill currently in the U.S. Senate. The PRO Act will remove barriers to organizing and transform our economic system into one that works for all workers, not just corporate interests and billionaires.

Read the full Executive Paywatch report.
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
Brother Jon Skirvin Needs A Kidney!
Sisters, Brothers, and Friends:
As some of you are aware, one of our Brothers here in Cincinnati, Jon Skirvin (Plumbers, Pipefitters and MES, Local 392) suffers from Polycystic kidney disease (PKD). PKD is an inherited disorder in which clusters of cysts develop primarily within your kidneys, causing your kidneys to enlarge and lose function over time. Jon's kidneys were at 7% functionality at the time of the taping of the video we're presenting to you here today. 
As you will learn from the story, Jon has a wife, a family and much to live for. So, now we are asking that you use the bully pulpit of the AFL-CIO to spread this important information to the 12.5 million Sisters and Brothers in the movement. One of them may just be the solution to Jon's challenge, but certainly many of them can and will learn what it means to be a kidney or other organ and tissue donor and how that very important, life-giving act works.
Below are two links that take you to a short, intro or teaser video that sets the stage for the longer interview that provides the story as well as a wealth of information on the who, what, when, where and why of organ and tissue donation. It is a massive issue that faces tens of thousands of American each and every day. What's more, the answer to every single case is readily available and could be solved in any single day. 
Please take the time to watch this video and more importantly, use your vast network to share this video with all our Sisters and Brothers. Without meaning to be melodramatic, a man's life depends on it, as do the lives of tens of thousands more that are in the very same life-threatening situation in which our Brother Jon Skirvin now finds himself. So, take a moment -- or maybe a little longer -- and listen to our story and how you can help...
Thank you in advance for helping with this very, very important work. If we Sisters and Brothers in Labor are not perfectly suited to rise to this challenge, no one is. If there is a truer illustration of "Unity and Solidarity," I have not seen it. So please, spread the word. And please, share!
Unity and Solidarity forever!

(Brian Griffin is Director of Communication & Technology, Cincinnati AFL-CIO Labor Council)
Cincinnati AFL-CIO Labor Council C.O.P.E. Dinner 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
PRO Act Week of Action!
July 17-July 25
Brothers, Sisters and all our Labor family, the time has come to raise the bar for the Pro Act! This week, Starting July 17, 2021- July 25, 2021, we will be having multiple events to raise awareness for the Pro Act.  Now is the time to push! We need You and We need your Union!
Come out and Stand in Solidarity with us!
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 currently at a stand still in the Senate with a support of 50-50 . The National AFL-CIO has revamped their efforts to fight for the key bill by asking affiliates/union members and volunteers to contact all 100 Senators to Pass the Pro Act. In Ohio specifically, we are targeting Sen. Rob Portman and Sen. Sherrod Brown. The Passage of the Pro Act would strengthen unions, penalize employers for violating labor laws and eliminate ALL Right to Work laws. 

Pro Act Events:
PRO Act Canvass Day of Action: On Saturday July 17, 2021 @ 11 am- 1pm, 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. The Event will take place at the IUPAT (200 Kovach Dr. Cincinnati, Ohio 45215) This is our opportunity to increase awareness and support for this pivotal bill. Refreshments will be available to volunteers and participants. Come out and help us get the Pro Act Passed!
Pro Act Solidarity Rally: Brother and sister, during this weeks Pro Act Week of Action the Cincinnati AFL-CIO will be hosting a Pro Act Solidarty Rally on Wednesday July 21,2021. The event will take place before the Joe Biden CNN town hall. The location and time will be announced as details come in!
Pro Act Call-In: Call In: During the Week of Action, we are mobilizing members and volunteers to call their Senators and telling them to Support the Pro Act. Please Call your Legislator and tell them to PASS THE PRO ACT. To Participate, Please Call 866-832-1560 and tell your Senators to PASS THE PRO ACT! 
Follow the Bill: If you are interested in following the PRO Act (HR 842) through Congress, Please Click This Link! 
COVID-19 Dashboard
COVID-19 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.

Below are the current reporting trends from Thursday, 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 Thursday, July 15 from daily data reporting to the Ohio Department of Health. These metrics are updated daily.
Hamilton County
Clermont County
Brown County
Butler County
Warren County
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