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Safety Issues Continue as Trump Orders Re-Opening of Meat-packing Plants
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Safety Issues Continue as Trump Orders Re-Opening of Meat-packing Plants

Washington DC – The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) – is opposed to the re-opening of 14 meatpacking plants mandated to open by President Trump’s executive order. These operations continue without adequate procedures to ensure worker safety. UFCW has raised health and safety concerns that are affecting employees and risking the food…

AFSCME Launches Ad Campaign
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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…

As Pandemic Continues, Unions Urge End to Ban on Electronic Representation Voting
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As Pandemic Continues, Unions Urge End to Ban on Electronic Representation Voting

WASHINGTON—With in-person voting hampered by social distancing, a group of 14 major labor unions is urging Congress to direct the National Labor Relations Board [NLRB] to develop procedures for electronic voting in union-representation elections, which is currently prohibited. “During the COVID-19 crisis, it’s more important than ever that workers have the right to form unions…

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…

Sick Meatpacking Plant Workers With COVID-19 Ignored; Told ‘It’s Just a Cold’
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Sick Meatpacking Plant Workers With COVID-19 Ignored; Told ‘It’s Just a Cold’

GREEN BAY, Wisc.—Meatpacking plants have become one of the nation’s major hot spots for COVID-19 infections in small cities and rural areas. In the last month, hundreds of workers have tested positive for the virus at plants in Iowa, Missouri, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, and Wisconsin.  “This is a message to my coworkers that we…

The Haymarket Affair
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The Haymarket Affair

Chicago, Illinois — “No single event has influenced the history of labor in Illinois, the United States, and even the world, more than the Chicago Haymarket Affair. It began with a rally on May 4, 1886, but the consequences are still being felt today. Although the rally is included in American history textbooks, very few…

Trumka: Feds Not Protecting Workers During COVID-19 Crisis
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Trumka: Feds Not Protecting Workers During COVID-19 Crisis

Washington DC – In a strongly worded letter to Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia, AFL-CIO President Richard L. Trumka stated that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has been “missing in action” in their role to protect workers. “Since this crisis began, the Department of Labor and federal government have failed to meet their obligation and duty to protect workers;…

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