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“Union has always been there, it has always been part of my life,” said Roxanne Pauline. She has been with IATSE Local 329 for the past four years.

If you requested your mail-in ballot and it has not arrived yet do not panic, there are many ways you can cast your vote over the next 8 days.

 

We have a little over a week to elect pro-labor candidates across the commonwealth and your participation is essential.

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Restricted Ability to Unionize During Nonwork Hours

The Trump administration has worked repeatedly trying to divide workers. Dismantling the ability of each worker to get our fair share, the right to collectively bargain together, and the right to inform our sisters and brothers about the benefits of union membership, even on our days off.

 

Over the past few months, President Donald Trump’s performance has been both unprecedented and unpresidential.

Denied Workers a Minimum Wage Increase 

The last time the minimum wage was increased in America was in 2009. It has remained at $7.25 an hour since.

The Trump Administration had a chance in 2019 to pass the ‘Raise the Wage Act’ to increase the minimum wage to $15 by 2025. This would have helped 33 million American workers and lifted 1.3 million out of poverty. The administration rejected the five-year incremental wage increase and kept it at the static rate it has been at for over a decade.

 

With just two weeks to go before Nov. 3, the upcoming elections were a key point of focus for the largest U.S. gathering of union tradeswomen convening Oct. 17 for their annual conference.

Attacks on Worker’s Rights

Under the Trump Administration, the rights of workers have been attacked regularly. Across a variety of sectors, this administration has restricted collective bargaining, suspended Union elections, and put oppressive limits on organizing, even outside of working hours.

 

Weakened Mine Inspections

 

What the Trump Administration calls ‘regulatory reform,’ Unions call jeopardizing lives. With sweeping legislation, in December 2017, the current administration took massive pride in canceling over 1,500 regulatory actions across many sectors. Actions intended to protect the public, consumers, and workers.  

 

Preventing Overtime Pay for Millions of Workers

Under the Trump Administration, the Department of Labor introduced a new rule in 2019, lowering the overtime threshold from just over 47 thousand dollars a year to just over 35 thousand dollars a year. That means 8.2 million workers in America had $12,000 taken from them this year by being denied that overtime pay.