Labor Council

Friday, October 1, 2020
The labor movement continues to lead the response to the COVID-19 pandemic and to fight for economic opportunity and social justice for America’s workers.
"The Entire Country Saw What We’ve Known All Along"
A Statement from AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka
With last night’s debate performance from Joe Biden, the entire country saw what we’ve known all along—Joe is the only presidential candidate who shares our values, supports our issues and has a plan to finally defeat the coronavirus so we can save workers’ lives and livelihoods. In this election, working people are voting for healing and hope; and tonight we heard Joe speak powerfully about his dedication to bringing jobs back to America, honoring the dignity of work, and championing our health care, retirement security and workplace safety.
Donald Trump also participated, frequently lying and interrupting his opponent and the moderator, refusing to condemn white supremacy, and failing to talk about a single thing he would do to help America's workers. It was a disgraceful performance by an incompetent president.
The choice in this election couldn’t be clearer.
Vote. Your Life Depends On It
"It's Time For Action"
A Statement From Ohio AFL-CIO President Tim Burga
Dear Sisters, Brothers and Friends,

Early voting in Ohio begins Tuesday, Oct. 6 and it's time to do what trade unionists do best: get active.

Over the nest 34 days, the Ohio AFL-CIO and our Central Labor Councils are hosting drive-thru literature drop and yard sign pick up events across the state. We are making these events as contactless and safe as possible as volunteers will not need to leave their cars. Simply drive up to the event, receive a packet of literature and/or yard signs - we will use an app on your phone to load your list of union members to leave the literature at their door.

We know many of us may not feel safe volunteering this way, and that is okay. You can reach out to the contact listed in the city closest to you to find out how to help from home. But for those that are able to help distribute literature and yard signs, we need you more than ever to help elect Joe Biden and Kamala Harris and all of the labor-backed candidates down the entire ballot.

Joe Biden has a plan to “Build Back Better” that will create tens of thousands of good-paying jobs in all 88 counties. The Biden-Harris plan will use our tax dollars to invest in new infrastructure and manufacturing to ensure that made in Ohio is a reality, not just a slogan.

Please see below for the schedule of literature drop events or download the calendar here. If you cannot make an event or want to do more work to elect Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, just contact the staff person listed and they can get you what you need to volunteer between now and Election Day. Together, we can restore America's values back to the White House and begin to Build Back Better for all American workers.

In Solidarity,
Tim Burga
President, Ohio AFL-CIO
Ohio Election Deadlines
A Statement from AFT President Randi Weingarten
Our nation is in the midst of four crises—a health pandemic, an economic crisis, a reckoning with racism and a climate emergency—all made worse by President Trump. Now, Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are ignoring their obligations to pass a meaningful COVID-19 relief bill for millions of working Americans. Instead, they’re spending their time ramming through Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court, when the public—and precedent—calls for waiting until the next president takes office. This is a lifetime appointment that will have dangerous consequences for generations, starting with the potential to lose healthcare protections, as Barrett has made no secret of her antipathy for the Affordable Care Act.

On top of that, Trump is putting the existence of our democracy on the line—giving us a fifth crisis to deal with—by threatening to uproot the peaceful transfer of power if he loses the election in November. Trump sees the presidency as his to own, not as a position elected by “we the people.”

Trump is not concerned about what working families need. He will do everything he can to stay in power. We must win this election—and win overwhelmingly—to maintain our democracy and decisively end Trump’s presidency. But to do that, we must vote.

  • You must register to vote by: 10/5
  • If you plan to vote by mail, you must request a ballot by: 10/31 by 12 p.m.

Elections are always about choices, but this one is the most consequential of our lives. It’s about who will help ensure everyone has a path toward a better life, and who will save our democracy. We can’t sit on the sidelines. We must vote.

In unity,

Randi Weingarten
AFT president
Shame on the Senate!
The U.S. House of Representatives passed the HEROES Act on May 15. Since then, we've lost 111,000 people to COVID-19, and the numbers keeps going up. Again, that is 111,000 American deaths, and still Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell refuses to act.
The Senate’s inaction also means millions of families will go hungry and face homelessness. Inaction threatens our public services and means our public schools can’t operate safely.
It’s time to pass the HEROES Act, and it’s time to provide relief and help to America’s people. We can’t wait another minute.
Thank you for all you do.
In Solidarity,
Poor People’s Campaign Marches on the Supreme Court
The Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, co-chair of the Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, led 100 leaders of different faiths in a silent march from Capitol Hill to the Supreme Court to honor the lives of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Breonna Taylor, and to remind us all of the importance and urgency of voting. “My brothers and sisters, I would rather not be here to render judgment on what’s going on. But I do know there comes a time when the men and women of God have to call it,” Barber explained. “This isn’t about left or right, this is about sin and unrighteousness. It’s about time we use that word in Washington, D.C. It’s about time we call it what it is.” Faith leaders spoke on the steps of the Supreme Court about the injustice America is experiencing. Watch the full event here.
Editorial article and thoughts from LCLAA's National President
Dear members and allies:

The upcoming election is one of great importance to the Latino community and to all workers across the nation. Racial, social, and economic inequalities have been exacerbated by this administration's poor handling of COVID-19. Our communities have been disproportionately impacted by this deadly virus and its ripple effects on our nation's economy.

In order to move forward, the next occupant of the White House needs to be someone who can heal the fractures and divisions our nation currently faces. In this regard, we - union members- have a lot of work to do. From talking to other workers, both union and non-union, to sharing timely and reliable information, as the article, I share with you today ( see link below).

Many of us are working hard towards eradicating the bigotry, sexism, and racism that plague our institutions. We respect the law and uphold the values enshrined in our nation's constitution, putting the future and well-being of our families and nation first and foremost.

Indeed there are those who want things to remain as they are. But for us, Latinos in the labor movement, the change we need should include leadership that can provide answers as to how to fight against COVID-19, how to ensure working families can safely go back to work, and how to rebuild our nation in such a way that its agencies and institutions serve the interests of all, and not a few.

In Solidarity,
Yanira Merino, LCLAA National President.
Help Get Out The Vote
We don't have to tell you the stakes for LGBTQ working people are high in this election. Every vote counts and we need you to help us turn out votes. Here are a few ways you can get involved:

We'll keep you informed of other opportunities to get out the vote as they come available.
In Solidarity,

Team Pride at Work

Women in Advanced Manufacturing: Building a Different Story
Annual CLC "Meet The Candidate Night"
Wednesday, October 7, 2020
Lunch With Your Legislators Is Back
Today at 11:00 AM
As the election nears and campaign season picks up, we want to make sure you are informed and engaged about what is going on at the Statehouse. On Friday, your legislators are back for another engaging Lunch with your Legislators. This week, we are speaking with Rickell Howard Smith. If you have not registered for our upcoming Lunch with your Legislators event yet, the time is now!
I hope you will join us again, this Friday, October 2nd, at 11:00 am on Facebook Live and Zoom to virtually join our lunch. Please sign up here or by clicking the invitation below.
Come enjoy Lunch with your Legislators while we answer your questions and discuss what the future holds for all of us. We work for you and want to make sure we do so in the best way possible.

I hope to see you this week. Please sign up here to enjoy another conversation with your legislators, and be sure to pass this link along as well! As long as we continue to work together and stay strong, I know we can get through this!

Jessica E. Miranda
State Representative, OH-28

To register and submit your questions, go HERE!
Labor 2020: Get Ready to Vote
Workers are essential voters—and our votes are needed this fall more than ever. As we rise to meet the challenges COVID-19 presents to our nation, we know that registering and making sure we can vote—by mail or in person—will be critical to making sure working people’s voices are heard and that our values win on Election Day. The AFL-CIO is releasing our latest “Get Out the Word” toolkit, complete with graphics and sample social media posts. 

Click here to view the toolkit and be sure to visit for more resources and information about our Labor 2020 campaign.
Cincinnati AFL-CIO Labor Council
2020 Endorsed Candidates and Issues
Upcoming LABOR 2020 Actions!
The Election is One Month Away.

Below is information regarding updates and events for the Labor 2020!

Julien Johnson 
Southwest State Representative
Save USPS!
Join Faithful Democracy as we #BlessTheUSPS
Hi Friends,

Help Faithful Democracy raise awareness about the need to fund the post office through our dual postcard and social media campaign. You can download #BlessTheUSPS postcards (or order your free pack of 20!) HERE!

Sample social media language is as follows:

As people of faith, we have a duty to support the USPS, which connects Americans to life-saving medicines, their families and friends during a pandemic, and in 2020 will connect millions of Americans to the ballot box. Faithful Democracy is hosting a postcard campaign to show support and raise awareness to the lack of funding for USPS and to show that we support our postal workers.

Mail a blessing for our Postal Workers: Download our “Bless the USPS” postcards HERE, or order a FREE pack of 20.

Take a picture when you put your postcard in the mail to deliver your blessing over social media with the tags: #FaithfulDemocracy #BlessTheUSPS. See sample tweets HERE and HERE!

Jason L. Miller
Franciscan Action Network
Director of Campaigns and Development
PO Box 29106 Washington, D.C. 20017
(703) 424-9889 (Google voice)
(202) 527-7568 (office)
New POGO Piece on Politicization of the Postal Service
Good Morning,

I wanted to share with you a piece POGO published this morning on the increased politicization of the Postal Service and Census Bureau. 

The functions of these agencies are so important that the founders enshrined them in the Constitution itself. As such, these institutions should never be politicized. Congress, too, has understood their importance to a functioning democracy, and over time has worked to further protect these agencies from politics and undue political interference. The piece makes several recommendations. 

You can read the piece HERE. Please let me know if you have any questions.


Tim Stretton
Policy Analyst
Project On Government Oversight (POGO)
1100 G Street NW, Suite 500
Washington DC, 20005-3806
(202) 347-1122
Labor Invitation to Premiere Stand! Dec. 1st
"Stand! tells the important story of the power of collective action. Workers should see this film to learn not only about labor history but the important value of fighting for our rights and greater justice."
-Richard Trumka, President, AFL-CIO
Hello. It's Danny Schur, composer/producer/co-writer of the new Hollywood, labor movie musical Stand! - premiering at a special one-night-only screening across the United States on December 1st, 2020.  AFL-CIO president, Richard Trumka, was instrumental in the movie's production.
Union Made for a Union Audience!
Stand! is a union production, made in partnership with unions across North America. It tells a riveting labor story (the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike) with a diverse cast of working-class heroes and an inspiring ode to solidarity. In its Canadian debut, the movie was #1 at the Canadian box office.
Union Movement Theater Take-Overs Dec 1st

December 1, unions across America will take over theaters for the premiere of Stand! in a national show of solidarity. Check out this personal invitation from director Robert Adetuyi and me:
Book Your Union Group Now!
My colleagues and I will follow up this e-mail with a list of participating theaters in your area. We would be pleased to book your union group into the theater of your choice. Call 204-227-1167 or e-mail to arrange for your group tickets.

In solidarity,

Danny Schur
CAA's 56th Annual Luncheon
Featuring Dr. Bernice King
Help us Build a Bridge!

This year, we have had to come together in ways that we never envisioned to remain strong as a community. We are building bridges for those seeking help during this pandemic, who have never had to seek help before. We’ve built a bridge to ensure that our children are not left behind as well as a bridge to support parents, providing them with the tools they need to succeed. 
Your support helps us build this bridge for our community. 

NKU Haile - US Bank College of Business Seminars
38th Annual Labor-Management Conference
Labor-Management Relations: The Pandemic and Beyond

Join us at this year's 38th Annual Labor-Management Conference on "Labor-Management Relations: The Pandemic and Beyond" - but this time in a virtual format. Our panel of experts will discuss their experiences in negotiating and implementing changes to deal with one of the largest labor/management obstacles, the COVID-19 pandemic. They will provide a timely examination of issues that have arose in the immediate aftermath and those that have arisen as employers are allowed to resume business and the new workplace that labor unions are operating within.

The Labor-Management Conference has always focused on finding effective approaches for collaboration and partnerships through education for employers, unions and employees - and this year is no exception! We hope to see you virtually on October 13, 2020 and in-person on May 12, 2021 as we return bigger and better than ever for our 39th Annual Labor-Management Conference.
October 13, 2020
11:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. EDT
Delivered in a webinar format with allotted time for questions

Past attendee rate: FREE*

New attendee rate: $20
*Attendance lists from years past will be used to verify free registrations

SHRM Credits Approved
(1.5 hours)

CLE Credits Pending for OH and KY (1.5 hours)

COVID - 19 By The Numbers

Global Confirmed: 34,048,240

Global Deaths: 1,015,429

U.S. Confirmed: 7,241,449

U.S. Deaths: 207,147

(As of 1:00 PM, Thursday, October 1, 2020)

Ohio COVID-19 Dashboard
Current Trends
Below are the current reporting trends for key indicators calculated from data reported to the Ohio Department of Health. These trends are updated daily and are presented by report date.
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Warren County


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