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    Today’s pandemic-related recession is the most severe since the Great Depression. President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion relief package is a significant step toward jump-starting the economy, but more is needed to address structural inequality and promote shared prosperity. Reforming labor law is essential to that effort; of critical importance is restoring workers' rights to organize a union.

    Recently, the House approved the Protect the Right to Organize Act, which the Senate will soon consider. Biden has pledged to sign it.

    According to the Economic Policy Institute, union workers earn 13% more than nonunion. Union workers are much more likely to receive employer-provided health insurance, guaranteed defined-benefit pensions and paid time off. Also, union workplaces are safer than nonunion because workers receive more health and safety training and are protected from repercussions if they identify workplace hazards.

    The EPI has shown that employers were charged with violating federal labor law in 41% of union elections supervised by the National Labor Relations Board.

    In effect, the National Labor Relations Act, enacted by Congress in 1935 to ensure the constitutional right of free association, no longer protects employee rights to organize and form a union.

    A 2018 poll by MIT researchers found that half of nonunion workers would join a union if given the opportunity — but only if protected by labor law reform.

    The PRO Act would:

    — Bar mandatory anti-union meetings with supervisors.

    — Streamline the election process to prevent unwarranted delays.

    — Permit the National Labor Relations Board to seek injunctions and order immediate reinstatement of unlawfully discharged workers.

    — Prohibit misclassification of employees as independent contractors to deprive workers of their right to join a union.

    — Authorize the NLRB to levy substantial fines for retaliating against pro-union workers.

    Finally, the PRO Act would restore the right to strike by barring permanent replacements when workers lawfully strike. President Ronald Reagan undermined that right, labor’s most potent weapon, when he fired 11,000 striking air traffic controllers in 1981.

    Amazon warehouse workers in Alabama recently rejected affiliation with the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union. The union attributed the loss to an “atmosphere of confusion, coercion and fear of reprisals,” vowed to file an unfair labor practices complaint and urged approval of the PRO Act to ensure free and fair union elections at Amazon.

    Low-income, women and voters of color overwhelmingly supported the Biden-Harris ticket and Democratic candidates in November. On Election Day, Biden declared that he would be “the most pro-union president you’ve ever seen.” By enacting the PRO Act, Democrats can open the doors to the middle class for millions of essential...

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    Hold corporations accountable by strengthening the National Labor Relations Board and allowing it to penalize employers who retaliate against working people in support of the union or collective bargaining.
     
    Hold corporations accountable by strengthening the National Labor Relations Board and allowing it to penalize employers who retaliate against working people in support of the union or collective bargaining.
     
    Repeal “right to work” laws—divisive and racist laws created during the Jim Crow era—that lead to [1] lower wages, fewer benefits and more dangerous workplaces.
     
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    Austin Central Labor Council Union AFL-CIO Endorsements


    Check Polling Locations and Wait Times (https://countyclerk.traviscountytx.gov/elections/current-election.html)

    City of Austin Propositions


    YES on Prop A

    Support the Austin Firefighters Association and require binding arbitration when there is a deadlock in contract negotiations with the City of Austin

    NO on Prop B
    Oppose the criminalization of poverty. This Proposition would reinstate a camping ban, make it illegal to sit or lie down in many public spaces and make panhandling illegal in many areas. Homelessness is a blight on our community, but criminal penalties are not a solution. Until our community provides a living wage, universal healthcare (including mental health services) and affordable housing for everyone who seeks it, we oppose efforts to penalize those with the misfortune of not being able to afford a home.

    YES on Prop C
    Support allowing the City Council to change how the Director of Police Oversight is appointed or removed. This proposition doesn't make a specific path for the appointment of the Director, but instead gives flexibility in the City Charter for the City Council to offer different ways of managing the Office.

    NO on Prop F
    Oppose changing our city to a 'strong mayor' form of government. This proposition would consolidate power within the office of one elected official at the direct expense of democratically elected members of Austin City Council who represent distinct districts. We are unconvinced that a strong mayor, armed with newly gained powers over the Council, is somehow better positioned to be sensitive and responsive to the nuanced challenges faced by residents in individual districts than the current system affords.

    NO on Props D, E, G, H
    Oppose changes presented by a disingenuous campaign, so-called "Austinites for Progressive Reform (APR)". There is nothing "progressive" about these proposals, except for claims that they have the potential to increase voter turnout and engagement. While we support that goal, progressive ideals are achieved only when voters share values and are moved to the polls by those values. Using electoral policy as a gimmick is not progressive. These technocratic changes may have the residual effect of increasing election turnout, but they also have other impacts that voters should seriously consider. Furthermore, the APR campaign...

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    Here is the link once more for the Judicial Questionnaire: http://bit.ly/HVALF2021JudicialQuestionnaire [5]
     
    Here is the link once more for the Judicial Questionnaire: http://bit.ly/HVALF2021JudicialQuestionnaire [5]
     
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    *IMPORTANT DATES*
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    Dutchess CLC
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    Deadline to return questionnaire: May 7th, 2021
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    Hudson-Catskill CLC (Orange, Sullivan)
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    Deadline to return questionnaire: April 30th, 2021
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    Rockland CLC
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    Upper-Hudson CLC (Columbia, Greene, Ulster)
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    Deadline to return questionnaire: April 23rd, 2021
     
     
     
    [1] https://hvalf.org/news/2021-hvalf-endorsement-questionnaire
     
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    If you have any questions on the material or are having difficulty accessing the Questionnaire, please feel free to reach out via email or by calling the office at 845-567-7760.
     
    If you have any questions on the material or are having difficulty accessing the Questionnaire, please feel free to reach out via email or by calling the office at 845-567-7760.
     
    Here is the link once more for the Questionnaire: http://bit.ly/HVALF2021Questionnaire [2]
     
    Here is the link once more for the Questionnaire: http://bit.ly/HVALF2021Questionnaire [2]
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    Dutchess CLC
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    Deadline to return questionnaire: May 7th, 2021
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    Hudson-Catskill CLC (Orange, Sullivan)
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    Deadline to return questionnaire: April 30th, 2021
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    Rockland CLC
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    Upper-Hudson CLC (Columbia, Greene, Ulster)
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    Deadline to return questionnaire: April 23rd, 2021
     
     
     
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    12:34pm

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 
    Wednesday, April 21 
    Contact: Edward Webster, [email protected], 702-755-4307

    Labor, Faith and Community Organizations Voice Unwavering Support for Nevada Home Care Workforce Safety & Standards Act, SB340 

    Las Vegas, NV- On Thursday, April 15 at the SB340 Partner Forum over 30 Labor, Faith and Community Organizations voiced unwavering support for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1107 Nevada Home Care Workforce Safety & Standards Act, SB340 sponsored by Nevada State Senator Dina Neal SD-4. 

    Nevada has one of the fastest-growing senior populations in the nation. The need for high-quality home care services in the Silver State is skyrocketing, but too many of the state’s 13,000 homecare workers are underpaid and exploited— conditions that have only worsened during the COVID-19 pandemic. If Nevada doesn’t address this looming care crisis soon, thousands of more consumers will also be at risk.

    Most of the funding for home care services in Nevada comes from taxpayer dollars flowing through the state’s Medicaid program. For too long, there has been too little transparency on how these public dollars are spent and not enough input from those on the frontlines doing the work and receiving the services. As a result, Personal Care Aides (PCAs) have been treated like second-class citizens instead of the essential healthcare workers they are.

    “My youngest son is an incomplete quadriplegic. He is paralyzed from the chest down and has very limited use of his arms and fingers. I have been taking care of him every day since birth. He is now 36 years old. My son cannot get himself into bed or out of bed. He cannot wash his own hands, brush his teeth, or pour himself a glass of water if he were choking. In spite of him requiring 24-7 care, he gets only 26.75 hours of PCA care and a few ISO hours per week. Nevada has very limited Medicaid dollars and almost no WAIVER programs that address needs like my son’s. We are so out of line with every other state in the nation. I hope all Nevadans stand with me, my son, and all home care workers in support of SB 340,” said Farren Epstein, Las Vegas Personal Care Aide (PCA). 

    “Many home care workers are...

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    From Kay Tillow:

    Join your neighbors on Sunday, April 25th at 6pm for a virtual public forum on Medicare For All, hosted by DSA Louisville and Kentuckians For Single Payer Healthcare!

    We will be discussing why we need Expanded and Improved Medicare For All, laying out how we can win it, and answering questions from friends and neighbors who want to learn more.

    Sign up to attend the Forum here: https://bit.ly/3tkC0u0

    For more Information see the event page here: tinyurl.com/m4aforum
    Sign up to attend the Forum here: https://bit.ly/3tkC0u0
  • 10:39am

    The Texas labor movement today called on the Texas House to go further to address the needs of working families when it debates SB 1, the 2022-23 state appropriations bill.

    Based on proposed amendments and the general contours of this year’s budget discussions, Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy said lawmakers should insist on progress on core issues affecting working families, including health care, public education, racial justice and state employee pay.

    “For far too long, Texas has starved important functions of state government, forcing working people to pay a heavy price,” Levy said. “Yet this year lawmakers appear ready to adopt even more artificial spending restrictions that leave working families further in the lurch.”

    “The consequences of long-term austerity have been dramatic in this budget cycle, and working families are suffering,” Levy said. “This budget leaves millions uninsured, misses out on the benefits of billions of dollars in federal assistance, and maintains without significant change an electricity market that has failed Texas miserably.”

    “Some lawmakers are now trying to use the budget process to undermine public education and institutionalize ignorance and discrimination. The labor movement asks lawmakers to reject these attempts to divide us, and instead focus on meeting the real needs of working Texans.”

    “The state budget needs to be modernized and reimagined, not rubber-stamped.”

    Among items the Texas AFL-CIO will watch:

    Expand Access to Healthcare — Several proposed amendments by Rep. Garnet Coleman of Houston would seek to cover more Texans. Coleman’s key proposals would adopt legislative intent to participate in the Affordable Care Act, which would bring tens of billions of federal dollars into the state to create a broader, more inclusive public health system;

    Fully Fund Neighborhood Public Schools — Nearly half the $35 billion the federal government is sending to Texas for pandemic relief is slated for public education. Those funds need to go to schools now, as suggested in a proposed amendment by Rep. Eddie Rodriguez of Austin;

    Stop Starving State Employees — Loyal, dedicated state employees have not received a general pay raise in seven years, threatening costly turnover that undermines state services. At least two proposals would take steps in the right direction: An amendment by Rep. Michelle Beckley of Carrollton would offer raises to state employees at state-supported living centers and state hospitals, while an amendment by Rep. Rhetta Bowers of Rowlett would help make sure men and women in state government receive equal pay for equal work.

    Reject School Vouchers — The House should again explicitly oppose private school vouchers that undermine public schools. Reps. Abel Herrero of Corpus Christi, Terry Meza of...

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    WASHINGTON In response to the guilty verdict in the trial of officer Derek Chauvin, who killed George Floyd last summer sparking a nationwide reckoning about race and policing in America, AFGE National President Everett Kelley released the following statement:
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    AFGE calls today's verdict a "catalyst for positive change" *WASHINGTON* – In response to the guilty verdict in the trial of officer Derek Chauvin, who killed George Floyd last summer sparking a nationwide reckoning about race and policing in America, AFGE National President Everett Kelley released the following statement: 
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    “Finally, some measure of justice has been done in the tragic killing of George Floyd. While no court can bring him back to life and fill the hole left in the hearts of his friends and family, today’s verdict brings some measure of peace for all Americans who were shocked to our core by the video of Derek Chauvin killing George Floyd in plain daylight.
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    WASHINGTON – In response to the guilty verdict in the trial of officer Derek Chauvin, who killed George Floyd last summer sparking a nationwide reckoning about race and policing in America, AFGE National President Everett Kelley released the following statement:

    “Finally, some measure of justice has been done in the tragic killing of George Floyd. While no court can bring him back to life and fill the hole left in the hearts of his friends and family, today’s verdict brings some measure of peace for all Americans who were shocked to our core by the video of Derek Chauvin killing George Floyd in plain daylight.

    “It’s gratifying to see today that a central principle of American justice has been upheld. No one is above the law. It is my fervent hope that today’s verdict can be a catalyst for positive change, uniting us all in the pursuit of real, systemic criminal justice and policing reforms with broad support that can help us build a future where these killings stop happening.”

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