Black Lives Matter: What Working People Are Doing This Week
Welcome to our regular feature, a look at what the various AFL-CIO unions and other working family organizations are doing across the country and beyond. The labor movement is big and active—here’s a look at the broad range of activities we’re engaged in this week.
The recent Town Hall offered insight into our safety protocols as vaccines are becoming more widely available and offered members the opportunity to ask questions and share their thoughts.
— Actors’ Equity (@ActorsEquity) April 22, 2021
Our union supports this bill. Education and training are essential tools to get ahead in today’s economy. We’ve got to make sure those tools are accessible and affordable for American workers. https://t.co/vJZcvwL1ZV
— AFGE (@AFGENational) April 22, 2021
The majority of DC residents are Black or Brown. And they get no votes in Congress. Something seem wrong? That’s because it is. If Congress is fully committed to racial justice, #DCStatehood must be a priority and it must happen soon ⏰
— AFSCME (@AFSCME) April 22, 2021
Alliance for Retired Americans:
The @USPS Board of Governors is currently dominated by corporate executives with no postal experience & no diversity. Call your Senators today and ask them to confirm nominees Anton Hajjar, Amber McReynolds and Ron Stroman at 833-924-0085. #SaveThePostOffice pic.twitter.com/mXeDrnv9yF
— Alliance for Retired Americans (@ActiveRetirees) April 22, 2021
Amalgamated Transit Union:
— ATU, Transit Union (@ATUComm) April 22, 2021
American Federation of Teachers:
If passed, the THRIVE Act will invest a minimum of $1T per year over 10 years to create 15M jobs, achieve full employment, expand worker rights, protect wages, & more.
— AFT (@AFTunion) April 22, 2021
American Postal Workers Union:
Amber McReynolds: “In the midst of a global pandemic, millions of Americans across the country relied on the postal service to cast their ballots. Despite great challenges, the postal service helped deliver democracy during the 2020 election” pic.twitter.com/qVXOUmzLW3
— APWU National (@APWUnational) April 22, 2021
Association of Flight Attendants-CWA:
Justice for George Floyd.
And Daunte Wright.
And Rayshard Brooks.
And Breonna Taylor.
And too many more. pic.twitter.com/le6MI46Gay
— AFA-CWA (@afa_cwa) April 19, 2021
According to a recent New York Times article, “America needs a union revival if we’re to have any hope of reversing spiraling inequality.”
— Boilermakers Union (@boilermakernews) April 21, 2021
— Bricklayers Union (@IUBAC) April 21, 2021
Coalition of Black Trade Unionists:
— CBTU (@CBTU72) April 20, 2021
Communications Workers of America:
Solidarity with @USLPlayers!
— CWA (@CWAUnion) April 21, 2021
Department for Professional Employees:
Black Lives Matter.
— Department for Professional Employees (@DPEaflcio) April 20, 2021
#IBEW Pres.: “The @POTUS‘ announcement is consistent with his focus on creating millions of good-paying union jobs building a 21st century modern infrastructure and a clean-energy future.” https://t.co/0o6f9EiT5Y
— IBEW (@IBEW) April 22, 2021
— IAFF (@IAFFNewsDesk) April 22, 2021
Heat and Frost Insulators:
— Insulators Union 🦎 (@InsulatorsUnion) April 22, 2021
International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers:
The @IFPTE women’s solidarity network next speaker series will focus on the gender wage gap, and impacts of COVID and will feature Fay Faraday, Co-Chair of Ontario’s Equal Pay Coalition and Judge Mimi Tsankov of @Imm_Judges_NAIJ! OPEN TO ALL MEMBERS! https://t.co/G1njlfssgo
— IFPTE (@IFPTE) April 21, 2021
Derek Dinzey of the BC Ironworkers explains the importance of access to training and mentorship when trying to increase the diversity of people working in the trades in BC.https://t.co/eScMq4yqur
— Ironworkers. (@TheIronworkers) April 21, 2021
Jobs With Justice:
Women fill only 3.4% of jobs on construction sites in the US 📉
To truly #BuildBackBetter, we must include everyone, not just men — @POTUS‘ infrastructure plan must dismantle the sexist barriers that stand between women and these good paying, union jobs.https://t.co/rLj1m4ENdk
— Jobs With Justice (@jwjnational) April 21, 2021
Labor Council for Latin American Advancement:
We must take action to ensure everyone can access income replacement and COVID aid.
Sign the Petition Now! https://t.co/hi1rfD6ff4
— LCLAA (@LCLAA) April 19, 2021
GP O’Sullivan: Without safeguards, the wind and solar industries will continue to push down wages and benefits for workers and their families. #LIUNA opposes the use of public funds to drive low-wage job creation. #LaborStandardsNow #WednesdayWisdom pic.twitter.com/roNoDcDxeZ
— LIUNA (@LIUNA) April 21, 2021
IAM Built, IAM Proud!
A recent op-ed with Machinist Union In’tl President @IAMBobMartinez shows the #F35 is not just critical to our nation’s security, but spurs economic growth, providing a better life for generations of proud, hardworking union families.https://t.co/gvGzCIJjdb
— Machinists Union ✈️🚊🚀 (@MachinistsUnion) April 22, 2021
Metal Trades Department:
— Metal Trades Dept. (@metaltradesafl) April 20, 2021
UMWA miners continue to picket in Alabama this week, striking against unfair labor practices at Warrior Met.
— United Mine Workers (@MineWorkers) April 20, 2021
We remain in these intense and emotional negotiations with the Met for a new collective bargaining agreement not only so we can return to work, but so that we will return to a restructured industry. Read full update here: https://t.co/srS2Tyw4Xf pic.twitter.com/Ub86TBTyAl
— AGMA (@AGMusicalArtist) April 19, 2021
National Air Traffic Controllers Association:
This year the @NATCACharitable Foundation donated $2,000 to Ten Thousand Books in support of Minneapolis Center (ZMP) member Katie Lay, who founded the nonprofit to use books to teach lessons of empathy and identity. Read more about Ten Thousand Books: https://t.co/BW7wnYBMtF pic.twitter.com/PQx3H317pU
— NATCA (@NATCA) April 21, 2021
National Association of Letter Carriers:
When Tom Zulon, a member of Boston, MA Branch 34, saw that one of his elderly customers had collapsed near her door, he remembered he had seen an ambulance earlier on his route. He raced to catch it and was able to get the EMTs to assist his customer. https://t.co/nsHAU5cV3v pic.twitter.com/Fs7AYLRUh6
— Letter Carriers (@NALC_National) April 21, 2021
National Day Laborer Organizing Network:
Beautiful story from @zachgoodwin19 and @occidentalnews @NELA_NRP on NDLON’s upcoming #WorkersMemorialDay commemoration, a day when we mourn the dead and fight for the living. Solo el pueblo salva el pueblo #laluchasigue #DALE https://t.co/yYFlZ6k4uy
— NDLON (@NDLON) April 22, 2021
National Domestic Workers Alliance:
— Domestic Workers (@domesticworkers) April 21, 2021
National Federation of Federal Employees:
NFFE-IAM is proud to be elected the exclusive representative of the Animal Care Program for the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). Now for the exciting work of building a strong #union contract.https://t.co/TlJEdnFcJg
— NFFE (@NFFE_Union) April 16, 2021
National Nurses United:
“Nurses honor the life of #GeorgeFloyd — and countless others lost to police violence. We take this moment to renew our commitment to transforming public safety and our justice system.” #DefendBlackLiveshttps://t.co/1rWdCATh6C
— NationalNursesUnited (@NationalNurses) April 20, 2021
National Taxi Workers Alliance:
Check out this amazing video of our fight for debt relief. We’re back at City Hall TODAY 1-3 PM. Join us! https://t.co/Qamvxi2z9G
— NY Taxi Workers (@NYTWA) April 22, 2021
NFL Players Association:
Next step: more action ✊
NFL players are joining actors, coaches + artists in the Alliance for Criminal Justice Reform–starting with a Lobby Day to help push forward the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act.
⏩ Players that are interested in joining please send us a DM. pic.twitter.com/G0JkDSynF2
— NFLPA (@NFLPA) April 21, 2021
North America’s Building Trades Unions:
Last summer, NABTU announced the results of two studies measuring job satisfaction in the energy sector. Check them out and tell Congress what strong labor standards mean to YOU.
— The Building Trades (@NABTU) April 21, 2021
Office and Professional Employees:
— OPEIU ║ #PassThePROAct ✊ (@OPEIU) April 20, 2021
Painters and Allied Trades:
Throughout our union’s 134-year history, we’ve provided security for and uplifted millions of working families.
We’d like to expand the transformative benefits of our union to as many people as possible so future generations can live them too. pic.twitter.com/mvQVSN5P2e
— IUPAT | Pass the PRO Act! (@GoIUPAT) April 19, 2021
Plasterers and Cement Masons:
— OPCMIA International (@opcmiaintl) April 22, 2021
Professional Aviation Safety Specialists:
Among the innocent victims that day were 108 federal employees, including 11 @USDOT workers. PASS-represented workers at the FAA remember their fallen colleagues & all who were killed in that act of domestic terrorism. #WeRemember #publicservice #federalemployees https://t.co/giK1UetsNa
— PASS (@PASSNational) April 19, 2021
Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union:
— RWDSU (@RWDSU) April 22, 2021
Roofers and Waterproofers:
— Roofers Union (@roofersunion) April 19, 2021
— SAG-AFTRA (@sagaftra) April 22, 2021
“On #EarthDay @SolidarityCntr stands with Colombian energy/extractive-sector unions & others around the world as they drive the vision for a just transition to a cleaner, more inclusive, more equitable economy”— @sonia_mistry
— Solidarity Center (@SolidarityCntr) April 22, 2021
NewsGuild units at Trib-owned publications respond: “Wyss’ decision has created a challenge to our plans. It does not, however, deter our continued efforts to free our papers from the hedge fund Alden Global Capital. https://t.co/DAszFbYrhN
— NewsGuild-CWA (@newsguild) April 21, 2021
Theatrical Stage Employees:
Create a brighter future for your craft and your community by Going Green with the IATSE on Earth Day! Check out the IATSE Goes Green! webinar to learn concrete tools to improve conditions for your community and your planet! Register here: https://t.co/IYMqxYMYkI pic.twitter.com/CcSXKtxnNq
— IATSE // #PROAct (@IATSE) April 21, 2021
Transport Workers Union:
With guilty verdicts delivered to Derick Chauvin for murdering George Floyd, the hope & prayer of the TWU is for healing in America 🇺🇸. OUR common enemy isn’t other workers regardless of race or ethnicity.The TWU continues to pursue internal unity while calling out evil for evil. https://t.co/paTvJk5UB0
— TWU (@transportworker) April 20, 2021
Transportation Trades Department:
Transportation labor is calling for robust investments in America’s roads and bridges, increased investments in aviation, public transit, freight and passenger rail, and our ports and maritime commerce. https://t.co/eHQCbThwou
— Transp. Trades Dept. (@TTDAFLCIO) April 21, 2021
“No court verdict, regardless of how you feel about it, brings true justice to families who have lost loved ones. Nor can it clear the conscience of our nation. It is up to all of us to do that.” Read more: https://t.co/fDBFqS7U42
— UAW (@UAW) April 20, 2021
Union Label and Service Trades Department:
— Union Label Dept. (@ULSTD_AFLCIO) April 15, 2021
Union Veterans Council:
Calling all veterans! The UVC is collecting short video testimonials this week from union and non-union veterans about the importance of a strong labor movement, and why we need to pass the #PROAct.
— Union Veterans Council (@unionveterans) April 20, 2021
STATEMENT on Guilty Verdict in Derek Chauvin Trial from UNITE HERE President D. Taylor
Our thoughts and solidarity are with the family of George Floyd today and everyone who has lost a family member to police brutality. We hope you can have some peace of mind. pic.twitter.com/Z1rUCS7Z1r
— UNITE HERE #PROAct (@unitehere) April 20, 2021
United Food and Commercial Workers:
— UFCW (@UFCW) April 20, 2021
Feds recover thousands in back wages for Valley workers at Ohio tire company https://t.co/EDmcjdbkE0
— United Steelworkers (@steelworkers) April 21, 2021
United Students Against Sweatshops:
USAS Collective Liberation Cmte presents a virtual teach-in on Haiti’s powerful history of labor struggle and current workers’ uprising w/ special guests Rivka Louissaint, Reginald Lafontant & EugenePuryear. Register now: https://t.co/rdzvyG8ixN. Open to all students! pic.twitter.com/dkLhe4U1rI
— USAS (@USAS) April 22, 2021
Unions are looking to #veterans to fill ranks with skilled tradespeople for the future. UWUA leads the way with an extensive program that covers the cost of training, and puts vets in jobs when their service ends.
— UWUA National (@The_UWUA) April 21, 2021
George Floyd’s life mattered. So do the lives of all other Black people who have been brutalized and murdered by police.
Regardless of verdict, the labor movement must always commit itself to fighting white supremacy, police violence and racism everywhere.
Black lives matter.
— Working America (@WorkingAmerica) April 20, 2021
Writers Guild of America, East:
One step closer to the Senate voting for the #PROAct, the most progressive worker rights law in decades.
— Writers Guild of America, East / #PROAct (@WGAEast) April 19, 2021
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