Joe Levine

Labor Veterans React to Presidents ‘Photo-Op’ that Used Military
Health and Safety, Law and Politics, Municipal Government, National

Labor Veterans React to Presidents ‘Photo-Op’ that Used Military

The AFL-CIO’s Union Veterans Council has called for the resignation of both U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley for their participation in the violent clearing of peaceful protesters in Washington DC. The event was staged for a President Trump photo-op.   On the evening…

Teamsters Demonstrate for Safety in Food Processing Plants
Features, Health and Safety, New York, Retail

Teamsters Demonstrate for Safety in Food Processing Plants

New York, NY –  With deaths and sickness continuing across the industry, food supply chain workers call for safety measures to address Covid-19. On Wednesday, June 10, 2020, Teamster food supply chain workers held protests in cities across the country to demand state governments and employers work together with unions to implement protections for food workers and the US…

Helicopter Crash Kills Two IBEW Members
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Helicopter Crash Kills Two IBEW Members

Solano County, Calif. — Two members of IBEW were killed in a tragic accident while on-the-job working for Pacific Gas and Electric Co. Their helicopter hit a power line which resulted in the copter going out of control. It smashed into the ground causing the entire plane to erupt into a ball of fire. The two…

Entertainment Industry Returns to Work with Guidelines
Entertainment, Features, Health and Safety, National

Entertainment Industry Returns to Work with Guidelines

Hollywood, California – The entertainment industry’s joint collaborative  White Paper is being developed  that will produce guidelines for the safe return to work of thousands. This joint collaborative initiative responding to Covid-19 includes needed health and safety  required guidelines. Completing this important protocal is needed in order for film productions to begin. Representatives from the…

Unions Urge Congress to Include Universal Access to Broadband in Pandemic Response
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Unions Urge Congress to Include Universal Access to Broadband in Pandemic Response

Washingon DC – Leaders of  CWA,  AFT,  and SEIU have urged for universal access to broadband in future legislation that addresses the coronavirus pandemic. In a recent letter, CWA President Chris Shelton, AFT President Randi Weingarten, and SEIU President Mary Kay Henry note that the COVID-19 public health emergency has forced hundreds of millions of…

AFSCME Launches Ad Campaign
Features, Health and Safety, Municipal Government, National

AFSCME Launches Ad Campaign

Washington DC – AFSCME has launched a comprehensive media campaign titled: FUND THE FRONT LINES.  The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) is airing a pair of TV, radio and social media commercials urging Congress to provide funding to help states and cities avoid furloughing nurses, first responders and others municipal workers. Titled “Front-Line…

IBEW Union Turns Moonshine into Hand Sanitizer
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IBEW Union Turns Moonshine into Hand Sanitizer

Gulfport Mississippi –  Hand sanitizer was needed to keep both those on the job and their families safe. IBEW Local 903 in Gulfport Mississippi developed a plan to acquire a generous supply. Local 903 Business Manager Brian McMurry and his IBEW local’s executive board  bought eight 5-gallon buckets from a local whiskey and moonshine distillery. The company had recently switched its…

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