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We’re Reaching for that Mountaintop: The Working People Weekly List

Fri, 2018-04-06 11:27
We’re Reaching for that Mountaintop: The Working People Weekly List

Every week, we bring you a roundup of the top news and commentary about issues and events important to working families. Here’s this week’s Working People Weekly List.

Honoring the Life and Preserving the Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.: “By recognizing social and economic justice as one and the same, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. understood the immense power working people have when they come together. He saw union representation as the clearest path out of poverty and into the middle class, and fought for the rights of all people to have good jobs and a voice at work.”

Trumka in Memphis: We’re Reaching for that Mountaintop: “At the 1961 AFL-CIO Convention, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said that the labor-hater and labor-baiter is virtually always a twin-headed creature. He spews racism from one mouth and anti-labor propaganda from the other.”

Kings Agenda for Working People Resonates 50 Years Later: “Fifty years ago this week, Martin Luther King Jr. gave his final speech in Memphis, Tennessee. In the decades since his assassination, much of the focus on King’s life has centered on his civil rights legacy. But his final days in Memphis are a reminder that he was also a relentless champion for the dignity of work.”

FLOC Calls for Convenience Stores to Stop Selling VUSE E-Cigarettes: “On April 9, 2007, Santiago Rafael Cruz was assassinated in the Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC) office in Mexico. The organizer gave his life in service of trying to improve the lives and workplaces of farm laborers. In his honor, FLOC will picket nationally outside 7-Eleven, Circle K, Kangaroo Express and Wawa convenience stores, calling on the corporations that run these stores to stop selling VUSE e-cigarettes.”

Caution: Your Right to a Timely Vote May Be at Risk: “Three years ago, the National Labor Relations Board took modest steps to streamline, modernize and improve the process by which workers petition for an election to vote on forming a union at work. The rules reduced unnecessary delay caused by management lawyers litigating issues in order to slow down elections and deprive workers of their right to vote.”

Martin Luther King Jr. Championed Civil Rights and Unions: “Kentuckians, including many union members, will march Wednesday in Frankfort in remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who was murdered April 4, 1968, in Memphis.”

It Is Always About the People: In the States Roundup: “It’s time once again to take a look at the ways working people are making progress in the states. Click on any of the links to follow the state federations and central labor councils on Twitter.”

Organizing Leads to Prosperity: 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.”

Kenneth Quinnell Fri, 04/06/2018 - 11:27

NAFTA Should Work for Everyone—Not Just Investors

Fri, 2018-04-06 11:14
NAFTA Should Work for Everyone—Not Just Investors The Stand

In the 2016 election, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump all recognized that workers and communities have lost trust in the North American Free Trade Agreement’s approach to globalization. They all said we should manage globalization differently.

Over the last few months, Canada, Mexico and the U.S. have had seven meetings to renegotiate NAFTA. To understand the renegotiations, we should know what was wrong with the original NAFTA and what we want in a new one.

I’m 100% in favor of trade. I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone opposed to trade. We take pride when we export software, airplanes, apples and wheat. That’s never been the issue.

The central question is, “Who gets the gains from globalization?” The purpose of an economy is to raise living standards. Trade, more than most public policies, creates winners and losers.

The winners under NAFTA—global companies and investors who can move production to low-wage countries—have done very well. But when workers, communities and the environment are squeezed into decline, we are probably going in the wrong direction.

Consider four quick stories:

First story: During the original NAFTA negotiations, a labor advocate told an industry lobbyist that she agreed that manufacturing companies had a legitimate interest in protecting their investments from seizure or expropriation by foreign governments. That’s consistent with our legal tradition and should be part of NAFTA.

She asked the industry lobbyist if his business clients acknowledged that civil society also had a legitimate interest in protections in NAFTA for labor rights, human rights and other public interests.

“No. Not really,” he said. His role was to get the maximum possible leverage for his clients in the new global system. That meant global businesses could move work anywhere, take advantage of cheap labor, escape environmental and public health regulations, and otherwise get the best deal possible for their investors. This leverage would be even greater if NAFTA weakened bargaining power away from workers and communities.

Second story: An executive from UPS took a very different perspective at a trade conference in Seattle. She said labor rights and human rights were core values at UPS. She and UPS ran their global operations to respect workers and communities. Good for her and UPS!

Third story: The Trans-Pacific Partnership would have been our biggest trade agreement since NAFTA. It failed in Congress. At a conference in Boston, a lobbyist for a very large manufacturing association said TPP would have been great for the global companies in her organization. For them, TPP’s defeat was tragic.

After she spoke, I told her my first story—some time ago, an industry lobbyist said his goal was to maximize leverage, getting as much as possible for global investors, while keeping other stakeholders as weak as possible.

The industry lobbyist in Boston got very defensive, saying that was not at all the way her industry association saw things. I said, “Great!” Then her industry group should clearly state that they want our negotiators to get strong, enforceable protections for labor and environment, which reflect our values and legal traditions as a nation, in all future trade agreements.

Her business allies would get low tariffs and access to foreign markets, and TPP could protect their property from expropriation. We also would support high global standards to fight child labor, forced labor, human trafficking and slave labor—issues we thought we had settled 50 or 100 years ago. We could address climate change—arguably the defining problem of our time. TPP could sail through the Senate by a vote of 85-15.

The lobbyist in Boston had been defensive before. Now she was smokin’ mad at me. Maybe she thought I was patronizing her.

But my question really sits at the heart of the problems with our failed approach to globalization. Whose interests really matter to our negotiators? According to our own State Department rankings, five of the 12 TPP countries failed to meet global standards on human trafficking. A sixth TPP country was among the worst in the world on forced labor, child labor and slave labor. Just sayin’.

Fourth story: Members of the Coalition for a Prosperous America are manufacturers, family farm organizations and labor—all committed to producing in the U.S. CPA is very creative on specific policy options designed to rebuild our industrial base, help family farmers and share the gains from trade with all stakeholders. They are doing exactly what I suggested to the industry lobbyist in Boston. Everyone in CPA wants a prosperous America. To them, working together and sharing gains is eminently sensible.

It is unsustainable to turn our backs on workers, communities and the environment. A generation (or two) ago, business schools and CEOs talked about “stakeholder” interests. We all do better when all stakeholders do better. That outlook recognized legitimate common interests, helped build social cohesion and made stronger communities.

We can have legitimate national interests and raise living standards everywhere, without being xenophobic or nationalistic. Canada, China, Germany, Japan, Scandinavia, Singapore and South Korea recognize national interests. They also have more social cohesion than we do. We’ve had more social cohesion in our own history than we do now.

A good trade agreement should require any foreign company to meet minimum standards for labor, environment, human trafficking, food safety and other norms that reflect our values as a country as a condition for getting access to our markets.

Our current failed investor-centric NAFTA approach is exhausted socially, politically and economically. The UPS and CPA stories suggest it’s not that hard to set a more inclusive and sustainable path for globalization. We should accept no less.

 

Kenneth Quinnell Fri, 04/06/2018 - 11:14

Tags: NAFTA

Honoring the Life and Preserving the Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

Wed, 2018-04-04 14:57
Honoring the Life and Preserving the Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. TTD

By recognizing social and economic justice as one and the same, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. understood the immense power working people have when they come together. He saw union representation as the clearest path out of poverty and into the middle class, and fought for the rights of all people to have good jobs and a voice at work.

In the Spring of 1968, those beliefs led King to Memphis, Tennessee, where 1,300 sanitation workers were on strike fighting deplorable working conditions, poverty-level wages and overt racism. Determined to improve their quality of life and build a better future for themselves, their families and their community, these workers demanded recognition of their union—and their humanity. Seeking the freedom to negotiate together for fair wages and dignity and respect on the job, they marched with now-iconic signs that read, "I am a man."

It was here, expressing solidarity with the striking workers and drawing parallels between social, racial and economic justice, that King was assassinated as he stood on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel.

As our nation pauses to reflect upon the 50th anniversary of King’s tragic and untimely passing, we must do more than just commemorate past events. The anniversary of King’s death must be a call to carry his legacy forward, and continue working toward his dream of a fairer and more just society.

While progress has been made in the last half century, it is clear more work needs to be done. The same backward forces that sought to silence sanitation workers in Memphis five decades ago continue to attack the rights of working people across this country today. We see it in aggressive efforts to establish statewide right to work laws in places such as Missouri, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. We see it in efforts to gut safety protections for transportation workers and outsource good jobs to the lowest bidder. And we see it in the corporate-backed push to strip public employees of their rights via the Supreme Court case Janus v. AFSCME Council 31.

Indeed, the ideals King fought and died for—including access to good jobs, fair pay and safe working conditions—are the same ones working people are fighting for today.

Those struggles—combined with the teachings of Dr. King and the bravery and sacrifice of Memphis sanitation workers—have inspired our brothers and sisters at AFSCME and the Church of God in Christ to carry King’s legacy forward with the I AM 2018 initiative. Through this campaign, a new generation of activists will be mobilized. Voters will be trained on how to hold elected leaders accountable. And the freedom of all working people to join together to make life better for themselves, their families, and their communities will be advanced.

Transportation labor is proud to stand with those who have pledged to honor Dr. King’s life and dream by committing to carrying his legacy into the future. Today we also recommit our efforts to ensure Dr. King’s legacy lives on by fighting for policies that empower working people to join together in union. It is through our collective efforts that misery and despair will be transformed into hope and progress.

This post originally appeared at Transportation Trades Department.

Kenneth Quinnell Wed, 04/04/2018 - 14:57

Trumka in Memphis: We’re Reaching for that Mountaintop

Wed, 2018-04-04 13:21
Trumka in Memphis: We’re Reaching for that Mountaintop AFL-CIO

At the 1961 AFL-CIO Convention, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said that the labor-hater and labor-baiter is virtually always a twin-headed creature. He spews racism from one mouth and anti-labor propaganda from the other.

When the rich and powerful oppress others, they rarely go after just one community. They attack whatever unity they can find among working people. They know that united we rise and divided we fall.

It was 50 years ago that I first tasted the power of collective action in the coal mines of southwestern Pennsylvania. Standing together, we made those jobs safer. We demanded good pay, decent benefits and a better life. And we refused to let the bosses divide us.

That same year, we saw the resilience of working people right here in Memphis. Black workers had been deemed less than human. They were treated no better than the garbage they picked up every day. They were robbed of their economic security, their human dignity, and in the case of Echol Cole and Robert Walker, their lives.

And then the workers turned tragedy into triumph. They showed their power. They went on strike and marched and raised their fists in the air. They said loudly and proudly for all of us to hear, “I am a man.” With Dr. King at their side, they changed the course of history.

Half a century later, too many working people are still being treated as less than. The woman grabbed without her consent. The immigrant forced to live and work in the shadows. The African-American still waiting to be judged by the content of their character. The transgender person denied the dignity of a safe bathroom.

Their fight is OUR fight.

So on this day, we are pledging to finish what the sanitation workers started. We are making a promise to our nation and each other to win the dream Dr. King died for.

To the labor-hater and the race-baiter, the union-buster and the corporate hustler, we say this:

We are men.

We are women.

We are teachers and steelworkers.

We are nurses and coal miners.

We are firefighters and sanitation workers.

We are the American labor movement, the people who built this country into the most prosperous nation the world has ever known. And we ain’t done yet.

We’re marching forward. We’re fighting back. We’re reaching for that mountaintop. And if we stick together, no one has a chance in hell of stopping us.

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka was at AFSCME's "I AM 2018" opening rally today to mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Kenneth Quinnell Wed, 04/04/2018 - 13:21

King's Agenda for Working People Resonates 50 Years Later

Wed, 2018-04-04 11:55
King's Agenda for Working People Resonates 50 Years Later Wikimedia Commons

Fifty years ago this week, Martin Luther King Jr. gave his final speech in Memphis, Tennessee. In the decades since his assassination, much of the focus on King’s life has centered on his civil rights legacy. But his final days in Memphis are a reminder that he was also a relentless champion for the dignity of work.

King was in Memphis in support of sanitation workers represented by AFSCME who were on strike after two members, Echol Cole and Robert Walker, were crushed to death by a garbage truck. The strikers sought recognition of their union, a pay increase, overtime pay, merit promotions, safer working conditions and equal treatment of black workers.

But King wasn’t a latecomer to the fight to raise the voices of working people. He had long before figured out that the movement for civil rights and the movement for workers’ rights were one and the same. In 1961, he explained this in a speech to the AFL-CIO:

This unity of purpose is not an historical coincident. Negroes are almost entirely a working people. There are pitifully few Negro millionaires and few Negro employers. Our needs are identical with labor’s needs: decent wages, fair working conditions, livable housing, old-age security, health and welfare measures, conditions in which families can grow, have education for their children and respect in the community. That is why Negroes support labor’s demands and fight laws which curb labor. That is why the labor-hater and labor-baiter is virtually always a twin-headed creature, spewing anti-Negro epithets from one mouth and anti-labor propaganda from the other mouth.

King is best known for his “I Have a Dream” speech given in front of the Lincoln Memorial during the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, organized by labor leaders A. Philip Randolph and Bayard Rustin. While the media and historians have emphasized the speech’s civil rights themes, the event was just as much focused on jobs and the rights of working people.

The agenda of the march was no secret; organizers explicitly listed 10 demands. They included:

  • The creation of a massive federal jobs program to place all unemployed workers in meaningful and dignified jobs with decent wages.

  • The elimination of exceptions to the protections of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

  • The passage of a Fair Employment Practices Act that would bar discrimination in government employment and contracting.

  • The creation of a national minimum wage act that would provide a decent standard of living. (At the time, the demand was for at least $2 an hour. In today’s dollars, that amount would be $15.95 per hour.)

The remaining demands were all related to working people having the things they need to survive and prosper outside of the workplace or exercise their political rights:

  • The passage of comprehensive and effective civil rights legislation that would guarantee all Americans access to all public accommodations, decent housing, adequate and integrated education, and the right to vote.

  • The withholding of federal funds from all programs in which discrimination exists.

  • The desegregation of all school districts.

  • The enforcement of constitutional penalties against states that violate the voting rights of African Americans.

  • The issuance of an executive order banning discrimination in all housing supported by federal funds.

  • Giving the attorney general legal authority to use the courts to pursue relief from violation of constitutional rights.

King and his fellow civil and labor rights leaders laid out a good blueprint for improving our country and making our economy work better for all Americans, not just the few at the top. Speaking to sanitation workers in March of 1968, in one of the final speeches of his illustrious career, King called for equality and prosperity for all working people, regardless of race:

If you will judge anything here in this struggle, you’re commanding that this city will respect the dignity of labor. So often we overlook the worth and significance of those who are not in professional jobs, or those who are not in the so-called big jobs. But let me say to you tonight, that whenever you are engaged in work that serves humanity, and is for the building of humanity, it has dignity, and it has worth. One day our society must come to see this. One day our society will come to respect the sanitation worker if it is to survive. For the person who picks up our garbage, in the final analysis, is as significant as the physician. All labor has worth. You are doing another thing. You are reminding, not only Memphis, but you are reminding the nation that it is a crime for people to live in this rich nation and receive starvation wages. I need not remind you that this is the plight of our people all over America. The vast majority of Negroes in our country are still perishing on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. My friends, we are living as a people in a literal depression. Now, you know when there is vast unemployment and underemployment in the black community, they call it a social problem. When there is vast unemployment and underemployment in the white community, they call it a depression. But we find ourselves living in a literal depression all over this country as a people. Now, the problem isn’t only unemployment. Do you know that most of the poor people in our country are working every day? They are making wages so low that they cannot begin to function in the mainstream of the economic life of our nation. These are facts which must be seen. And it is criminal to have people working on a full-time basis and a full-time job getting part-time income.

King was right. We must continue to pursue his vision of social and economic justice.

Kenneth Quinnell Wed, 04/04/2018 - 11:55

FLOC Calls for Convenience Stores to Stop Selling VUSE E-Cigarettes

Tue, 2018-04-03 16:29
FLOC Calls for Convenience Stores to Stop Selling VUSE E-Cigarettes

On April 9, 2007, Santiago Rafael Cruz was assassinated in the Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC) office in Mexico. The organizer gave his life in service of trying to improve the lives and workplaces of farm laborers. In his honor, FLOC will picket nationally outside 7-Eleven, Circle K, Kangaroo Express and Wawa convenience stores, calling on the corporations that run these stores to stop selling VUSE e-cigarettes.

VUSE e-cigarettes are a hallmark product of Reynolds American’s tobacco line and are sold at most convenience stores, where 36% of all tobacco sales take place. FLOC and allies have been communicating with the corporate officers of 7-Eleven, Wawa and Couche-Tard (the parent corporation of Circle K and Kangaroo). Since the chains haven’t responded to repeated letters and emails, FLOC will rally outside stores across the country, calling on them to drop the VUSE brand.

For more than a decade, FLOC has been challenging Reynolds to end abuses and human rights violations in its tobacco supply chain. After ignoring FLOC for five years, Reynolds finally started holding talks in 2012, but the talks have yet to lead to an outcome that would guarantee these farm workers freedom to come together in union. FLOC is boycotting VUSE until Reynolds signs an agreement that guarantees farm workers freedom of association.

Stand with farm workers today by boycotting VUSE and demanding that convenience stores stop selling this product until Reynolds agrees to give farm workers a voice on the job. For information on how to get involved or to organize an action, email boycottvuse@floc.com

Kenneth Quinnell Tue, 04/03/2018 - 16:29

Caution: Your Right to a Timely Vote May Be at Risk

Tue, 2018-04-03 11:02
Caution: Your Right to a Timely Vote May Be at Risk

Three years ago, the National Labor Relations Board took modest steps to streamline, modernize and improve the process by which workers petition for an election to vote on forming a union at work. The rules reduced unnecessary delay caused by management lawyers litigating issues in order to slow down elections and deprive workers of their right to vote.

Under the rules, workers get to vote two weeks sooner—the median time from petition to election is 23 days, compared with 38 days under the old rules. This shows that the goal of reducing unnecessary delay has been met.

Unfortunately, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other corporate interests have been campaigning to get rid of the rules, saying they are unfair to businesses. First they tried lawsuits—and lost, with the rules upheld in full by courts in Washington, D.C., and Texas. Then the Chamber and their allies tried to block the rules with legislative action, which has so far failed.

But now three Republican appointees to the NLRB are asking for public comments on whether the rules should be changed. The two Democratic appointees to the NLRB—Mark Gaston Pearce and Lauren McFerran—disagree, saying the rules have worked well and there is no reason to change them.

The NLRB is taking public comments until April 18 on whether it should change the 2014 rules. Add your voice to the growing chorus telling the NLRB to keep the rules.

Kenneth Quinnell Tue, 04/03/2018 - 11:02

Martin Luther King Jr. Championed Civil Rights and Unions

Mon, 2018-04-02 14:46
Martin Luther King Jr. Championed Civil Rights and Unions Kentucky AFL-CIO

Kentuckians, including many union members, will march Wednesday in Frankfort in remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who was murdered April 4, 1968, in Memphis.

“The MLK Memorial March to Move” will travel along Capitol Avenue and conclude on the Capitol steps.

Dr. King returned to Memphis on April 3, 1968, to renew his stand in solidarity with striking African American sanitation workers who belonged to AFSCME Local 1733.

Dr. King saw the civil rights movement and the union movement as natural allies.

“As I have said many times, and believe with all my heart, the coalition that can have the greatest impact in the struggle for human dignity here in America is that of the Negro and the forces of labor, because their fortunes are so closely intertwined,” he said.

Dr. King warned that enemies of racial justice were also enemies of unions: “The labor-hater and labor-baiter is virtually always a twin-headed creature spewing anti-Negro epithets from one mouth and anti-labor propaganda from the other mouth.”

He denounced “right to work” laws as a scam: “In our glorious fight for civil rights, we must guard against being fooled by false slogans, such as ‘right to work.’ It is a law to rob us of our civil rights and job rights.

“Its purpose is to destroy labor unions and the freedom of collective bargaining by which unions have improved wages and working conditions of everyone.…Wherever these laws have been passed, wages are lower, job opportunities are fewer, and there are no civil rights. We do not intend to let them do this to us. We demand this fraud be stopped. Our weapon is our vote.”

Many union leaders have joined the struggle for equality and economic justice for all. Their numbers include residents of the Bluegrass State, among them Norbert Blume and Augusta Thomas of Louisville and W.C. Young of Paducah.

A Teamster, Blume, who died in 2011, served in the state House of Representatives from 1963 to 1978; he was speaker for the last six of those years. In 1964, he introduced legislation outlawing discrimination in public accommodations. Blume’s bill was a precursor to the Civil Rights Act of 1966, which Dr. King hailed as “the strongest and most comprehensive civil rights bill passed by a Southern state.”

Thomas, 85, is vice president for women and fair practices with the American Federation of Government Employees in Washington. In 1960, she journeyed from Louisville to Greensboro, N.C., to join the historic lunch-counter sit-ins. Angry whites spat on her and knocked her off a stool. Police arrested her twice.

A friend and schoolmate of Dr. King when she lived in Atlanta in her teens, Thomas joined him in Memphis 50 years ago. She heard his “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech the night before he was killed. She was at the Lorraine Motel when he was assassinated and heard the shot that took his life.

A national labor and civil rights leader, Young, who died in 1996, spent most of his life in the union movement, retiring in 1987 as Chicago-based Region 10 director of the AFL-CIO’s Committee on Political Education. He said his wallet always included two cards—his union card and his NAACP card. The W.C. Young Award is the highest honor the Paducah-based Western Kentucky AFL-CIO Area Council bestows.

Like Young, Dr. King was a student of labor history. In 1965, the 30th anniversary of the landmark Wagner Act, he pointed out that when the 20th century turned, “women earned approximately 10 cents an hour, and men were fortunate to receive 20 cents an hour. The average workweek was 60 to 70 hours.”

He added, “During the ’30s, wages were a secondary issue; to have a job at all was the difference between the agony of starvation and a flicker of life. The nation, now so vigorous, reeled and tottered almost to total collapse. The labor movement was the principal force that transformed misery and despair into hope and progress.

“Out of its bold struggles, economic and social reform gave birth to unemployment insurance, old-age pensions, government relief for the destitute and, above all, new wage levels that meant not mere survival, but a tolerable life. The captains of industry did not lead this transformation; they resisted it until they were overcome. When in the ’30s the wave of union organization crested over our nation, it carried to secure shores not only itself but the whole society.”

Click here to listen to Kentucky State AFL-CIO President Bill Londrigan talk about Dr. King’s support for unions and what they do.  

This post originally appeared at Kentucky State AFL-CIO.

 

Kenneth Quinnell Mon, 04/02/2018 - 14:46

It Is Always About the People: In the States Roundup

Mon, 2018-04-02 10:15
It Is Always About the People: In the States Roundup California Labor Federation

It's time once again to take a look at the ways working people are making progress in the states. Click on any of the links to follow the state federations and central labor councils on Twitter.

Arkansas AFL-CIO:

https://t.co/dFg900qjAY

Say whaaaaat?! This is great news, right? This means the #arleg won't vote to cap WC benefits next session, correct? We certainly hope so. *crosses fingers* *takes a picture of post* #arlabor #1u @ARlaborradio @aryoungworkers @arlaborwomen

— Arkansas AFL-CIO (@ArkansasAFLCIO) March 28, 2018

California Labor Federation:

Every day we organize and fight for working people, we honor the legacy of #CesarChavez. We'll never stop. Rest in Power, Cesar ✊ #1u #UnionStrong #CesarChavezDay pic.twitter.com/mvfxkafqRt

— California Labor Federation (@CaliforniaLabor) March 30, 2018

Colorado AFL-CIO:

SB171 would define Colorado workers as independent contractors instead of employees while lining the pockets of billion-dollar corporations like Uber and Handy. Call your State Rep. & tell them to vote NO on SB171! #GoodJobsNOW #coleg pic.twitter.com/UUb1hJGwXp

— Colorado AFL-CIO (@AFLCIOCO) March 27, 2018

Connecticut AFL-CIO:

#ImStickingWithTheUnion #1u https://t.co/dLLajC6OJa

— Connecticut AFL-CIO (@ConnAFLCIO) March 28, 2018

Florida AFL-CIO:

"Despite these needs, a $3 billion budget surplus helped fuel a $171 million, election-year tax-cut package, approved by lawmakers as one of their last tasks before adjourning the 2018 session last week." https://t.co/SIFWMz3z5S

— Florida AFL-CIO (@FLAFLCIO) March 19, 2018

Georgia AFL-CIO:

For gig economy workers in these states, rights are at risk https://t.co/UaaWDT8P6r via @CNNMoney Tell your State Sen NO on #HB789

— AFL-CIO Georgia (@AFLCIOGeorgia) March 21, 2018

Indiana State AFL-CIO:

The relationship between you and your employers is not one of equals...being in a union fixes the imbalance #1U pic.twitter.com/jfDSOcZdBk

— Indiana AFL-CIO (@INAFLCIO) April 1, 2018

Iowa Federation of Labor:

Workers accuse Trump administration, DeVos of union-busting https://t.co/vVUvHlk3o0

— Iowa AFL-CIO (@IowaAFLCIO) April 2, 2018

Kansas State AFL-CIO:

Working Families aim to even things up. https://t.co/6evGAWjGc5

— Kansas AFL-CIO (@KansasAFLCIO) March 30, 2018

Kentucky State AFL-CIO:

Another organization promoting an assault on injured workers. Shame on you, Kentucky Realtors.https://t.co/90F7BpQeqM https://t.co/LYk79zOuaG

— Kentucky AFL-CIO (@aflcioky) April 1, 2018

Maine AFL-CIO:

Linda testified against @Governor_LePage's bill to give a tax cut to the top 1%. "Working people like myself would be better served by good health care and the chance to retire with dignity than more tax cuts for the wealthy." - Linda, Livermore Falls #mepolitics @steelworkers pic.twitter.com/5Xc4qCVamB

— Maine AFL-CIO (@MEAFLCIO) March 16, 2018

Massachusetts AFL-CIO:

Great victory for working people in Lynn last night! #1u Lynn council votes to penalize contractors who violate state labor laws - Itemlive : Itemlive https://t.co/LpZCDVQVFj via @itemlive

— Massachusetts AFLCIO (@massaflcio) March 28, 2018

Metro Washington (D.C.) Council AFL-CIO:

“Hell no!” to contract takeaways, say Ed Dept employees #afge pic.twitter.com/SI12dNBg23

— MetroDCLaborCouncil (@DCLabor) March 28, 2018

Michigan AFL-CIO:

"Trump’s proposed infrastructure plan would make working people pay more, sell off our roads and bridges to corporations and rich investors, and leave the rest of us behind." @jimananich @MISenDems @stateinnovation https://t.co/Erg0VdVcWC

— Michigan AFL-CIO (@MIAFLCIO) March 26, 2018

Minnesota AFL-CIO:

Minnesota IAM Local 623 Members Approve “Effects Agreement” at Closing Electrolux Plant https://t.co/MsEiwoREUZ via @workdaymn @MachinistsUnion #1u

— Minnesota AFL-CIO (@MNAFLCIO) April 1, 2018

Missouri AFL-CIO:

Some in the #moleg some want to pave the way for self-driving semi-trucks in Missouri. We say NO on #HB1295 and #SB861! https://t.co/BriSt6xMLz

— Missouri AFL-CIO (@MOAFLCIO) March 31, 2018

New Jersey State AFL-CIO:

NJ AFL-CIO Sec. Treas. Laurel Brennan testifies on behalf of #EqualPay for equal work. pic.twitter.com/N3Z39uv4og

— New Jersey AFL-CIO (@NJAFLCIO) March 19, 2018

New Mexico AFL-CIO:

“Apprenticeships popular again as workers turn to trades” https://t.co/DycR0AU6JK .@LaborFed4NM @AFLCIO

— NMFL (@LaborFed4NM) March 29, 2018

New York State AFL-CIO:

Statement of New York State AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento on Sexual Harassment Legislation Included in State Budget - New York is taking bold and decisive action against the scourge of sexual harassment in the workplace. Statement at https://t.co/kR9ivC6Ldu

— NYSAFLCIO (@NYSAFLCIO) March 31, 2018

North Carolina AFL-CIO:

#OrganizeTheSouth: “Our stigma here is so bad in the South. Most people are ashamed to tell their neighbors that they are in a union,” he said. “And we actually want to change... https://t.co/e19kcHMqJY

— NC State AFL-CIO (@NCStateAFLCIO) March 28, 2018

Ohio AFL-CIO:

Thanks @ATUComm Pres. Jordan for fighting to keep Columbus moving forward & safe. We know a bus is nothing without us! Smart City or no, buses should have trained @AFLCIO drivers We can be hi-tech & keep our humanity as well! https://t.co/AfZ35tFLVF

— Ohio AFL-CIO (@ohioaflcio) April 1, 2018

Oklahoma State AFL-CIO:

Its important to know the numbers behind the budget crisis. https://t.co/V2kbxW3mlr

— Oklahoma AFL-CIO (@OK_AFL_CIO) March 23, 2018

Oregon AFL-CIO:

"Workers at a Burgerville in Southeast Portland said they plan to file for a federal union election, a move that could place employees of the fast-food franchise at the forefront of a national labor fight.”https://t.co/vbZa6Ja0NO #1u #ORPOL

— Oregon AFL-CIO (@OregonAFLCIO) March 30, 2018

Pennsylvania AFL-CIO:

#WomensHistoryMonth - Thank you to the women who, despite the sweat on their brow, found ways to resist and organize. Thank you to the women who raised us—the women who raised America. And thank you to the women who still do. https://t.co/FrgjZD9rHR

— PA AFL-CIO (@PaAFL_CIO) March 29, 2018

Rhode Island AFL-CIO:

#FightFor15 #DPS #1u pic.twitter.com/X6Gx1MleaG

— Rhode Island AFL-CIO (@riaflcio) March 22, 2018

South Carolina AFL-CIO:

Read and share https://t.co/NTUB3k59ZV

— SC AFL-CIO (@SCAFLCIO) March 29, 2018

Texas AFL-CIO:

We are ready for 2018 Citizenship Drive tomorrow at Dobie Middle School. We will be assisting eligible permanent resident with their naturalization applications! #1u #TxLabor #HazteCiudadano @AFLCIOLatino @Tefere_Gebre @lizshuler @RickTxAFLCIO @RichardTrumka pic.twitter.com/8i0av3df1x

— Texas AFL-CIO (@TexasAFLCIO) March 30, 2018

Virginia AFL-CIO:

#1u "Game developers look to unions to fix the industry’s exploitative workplace culture" https://t.co/AvG938EeI4

— Virginia AFL-CIO (@Virginia_AFLCIO) March 26, 2018

Washington AFL-CIO:

Thank you, @GovInslee, @SenSaldana, @andybillig, and the many others who supported these historic bills! #waleg https://t.co/ApfsVUeaJU

— WA State AFL-CIO (@WAAFLCIO) March 20, 2018

West Virginia AFL-CIO:

“We’re seeing a great field of pro-working family candidates in 2018.” WV AFL-CIO Endorses Candidates in 2018 Primary Election: https://t.co/OCkGxJOrS7 #wvpol pic.twitter.com/4nXM8HBkpf

— West Virginia AFLCIO (@WestVirginiaAFL) March 26, 2018

Wisconsin State AFL-CIO:

VOTE VOTE VOTE! Record-breaking voter turnout possible for election Tuesday, based on early voting numbers, https://t.co/PtjgvCvYLc

— WI AFL-CIO (@wisaflcio) April 1, 2018 Kenneth Quinnell Mon, 04/02/2018 - 10:15