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    Lee’s withdrawal a week after the filing deadline comes as a surprise. In an email to the Herald-Leader, Lee said that over his 10 terms in office, he had “put politics and serving in the General Assembly ahead of everything, including at times, my family, my church, and my own health.”
     
    Lee’s withdrawal a week after the filing deadline comes as a surprise. In an email to the Herald-Leader, Lee said that over his 10 terms in office, he had “put politics and serving in the General Assembly ahead of everything, including at times, my family, my church, and my own health.”
     
    “As a result, I had to make the difficult decision to not seek re-election this year,” Lee wrote. “It has been a great honor and privilege to serve the people of Fayette County. Their continued support over the years allowed me to fight for what I believed in, especially the Right to Life and Religious Liberty issues.”
     
    “As a result, I had to make the difficult decision to not seek re-election this year,” Lee wrote. “It has been a great honor and privilege to serve the people of Fayette County. Their continued support over the years allowed me to fight for what I believed in, especially the Right to Life and Religious Liberty issues.”
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    10:23pm

    EDITOR'S NOTE: Lee is fiercely anti-union and richly deserves his place on the USW District 8 "Wall of Shame" banner

    By DANIEL DESROCHERS

    Conservative stalwart and longtime state Rep. Stan Lee, R-Lexington, withdrew from the 2020 election Friday, signaling the end of his tenure in Frankfort after nearly 20 years.

    Lee’s withdrawal a week after the filing deadline comes as a surprise. In an email to the Herald-Leader, Lee said that over his 10 terms in office, he had “put politics and serving in the General Assembly ahead of everything, including at times, my family, my church, and my own health.”

    “As a result, I had to make the difficult decision to not seek re-election this year,” Lee wrote. “It has been a great honor and privilege to serve the people of Fayette County. Their continued support over the years allowed me to fight for what I believed in, especially the Right to Life and Religious Liberty issues.”

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    *By BERRY CRAIG*
     
    *By BERRY CRAIG*
     
    *AFT Local 1360*
     
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    My friend and union brother W.C. Young said said his wallet always contained two cards--his union card and his NAACP card.
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    My friend and union brother W.C. Young said his wallet always contained two cards--his union card and his NAACP card.
     
    Mine does, too.
     
    Mine does, too.
     
    A national labor and civil rights leader from Paducah, Young saw the civil rights and labor movements as natural allies. So does Raoul Cunningham, immediate past president of the Kentucky NAACP.
     
    A national labor and civil rights leader from Paducah, Young saw the civil rights and labor movements as natural allies. So does Raoul Cunningham, immediate past president of the Kentucky NAACP.
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    The International Allied Printing Trades Council label is a registered trademark and, therefore, protected by federal and state laws governing such trademarks. Illegal use of the Allied Label is a violation of federal copyright laws.
     
    The International Allied Printing Trades Council label is a registered trademark and, therefore, protected by federal and state laws governing such trademarks. Illegal use of the Allied Label is a violation of federal copyright laws.
     
     
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    The International Allied Printing Trades Council label is a registered trademark and, therefore, protected by federal and state laws governing such trademarks. Illegal use of the Allied Label is a violation of federal copyright laws.
     
    The International Allied Printing Trades Council label is a registered trademark and, therefore, protected by federal and state laws governing such trademarks. Illegal use of the Allied Label is a violation of federal copyright laws.
     
     
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    4:47pm

    IN THIS EDITION:

    • Golden & Pingree Successfully Push for Vote on Pro-Union Bill
    • Local S6 Questions BIW Tax Break As Subcontracting Moves Forward
    • Union Members Show Up to Support Scarborough Teachers
    • New Law Will Boost Wages for Construction Jobs
    • Focus Groups on New Unemployment System in Bangor & Portland

    Golden & Pingree Successfully Push for Vote on Pro-Union Bill

    Rep. Jared Golden has successfully led a group of 76 members of Congress, including Rep. Chellie Pingree, in urging House Democratic leadership to bring an important pro-union bill to the House floor. 

    The Protecting the Right to Organize Act(PRO Act) would strengthen workers' right to organize and bargain for better wages and  working conditions by imposing penalties for employers that illegally fire or retaliate against workers who are trying to form a union, requiring employers to bargain in good faith, repealing the prohibition on secondary boycotts and prohibiting employers from permanently replacing strikers. 

    Despite 218 bipartisan cosponsors in the House and record high support for unions among the public, the PRO Act had not been scheduled for a House vote since it passed out of committee more than three months ago. After the letter was publicized, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer...

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    2020 NYS AFL-CIO Constitutional Convention
     
    2020 NYS AFL-CIO Constitutional Convention
     
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    Rochester, MN (January 17, 2020) - The Southeast Minnesota Area Labor Council commends the county boards of Blue Earth, Fillmore, Goodhue, Mower, Nicollet, Olmsted, Rice, and Steele counties for voting in favor of accepting new refugees. Minnesota’s Labor Movement stands in solidarity with all those who face persecution and violent upheaval around the world. We welcome all to join our Minnesota communities. 

    Pommella Wegmann, president of the Southeast Minnesota Area Labor Council said, “The Labor Movement remains committed to the ongoing struggle to ensure that we are all able to live and work with dignity, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, faith, or where we were born. Union halls are open to everyone. Our communities and places of employment should be, too.” 
    Many counties in Southeastern Minnesota will be deciding in the coming months to take a vote on this issue. The SEMMNALC urges Dodge, Faribault, Freeborn, Houston, LeSueur, Wabasha, Waseca, and Winona counties to stand with the Labor Movement and our neighbors by voting in favor of refugee resettlement in our communities. 

    The Southeast Minnesota Area Labor Council, AFL-CIO represents over 40,000 union members in southern Minnesota. The council’s mission is to improve the lives for working families by bringing economic justice to the workplace and social justice to our state and nation. The SEMNALC is one of 500 state and local labor councils in the United States. They represent union members throughout Blue Earth, Dodge, Faribault, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Houston, LeSueur, Mower, Nicollet, Olmsted, Rice, Steele, Wabasha, Waseca, and Winona counties.
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    Contact: Pommella Wegmann
    Phone: (651) 955-8217
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    Richard Castanon is a Partnership Specialist for the United States Census Bureau - Denver Region. Richard is responsible for developing partnerships with county and local governments as well as higher education institutions.

    Richard has over 25 years of experience as a public engagement professional specializing in government relations, community affairs, grassroots and grasstops outreach and issue advocacy working in community, government, international and public affairs.  He has strong leadership, bilingual communication and project management credentials in diverse sectors including government, media, political communications, community organizing, citizen engagement and visibility, and marketing campaigns.

    Richard served as a paratrooper and field radio communications specialist in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves, and is a veteran of the Persian Gulf War I of 1991.  He is also a graduate of the United States International University - San Diego, (now Alliant International University) where he earned his Bachelor and Master Degrees in International Relations. 

  • 2:21pm

    It may not be news to those in the business, but new numbers back up what IBEW and other union construction members already know: there’s safety in a union.

    "New York’s Building Trades Employers Association, which represents more than 1,300 contractors in New York City, recently released new statistics using data from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. It found that union construction workers in the Big Apple are five times less likely to suffer a fatal accident compared to their nonunion counterparts.

    “IBEW members and employers have safety baked into every aspect of the job; it’s par for the course for us,” said International President Lonnie R. Stephenson. “It’s always great to see our experiences backed up with solid data.”

    “[This study] shows that year in and year out, union construction firms are the safest in New York City. That’s because when you have a skilled and experienced union workforce, the quality of work is better and safety is not just prioritized – it’s part of the culture. These statistics make that clear,” said BTEA CEO Lou Coletti in silive.com.

    According to the data, there were 18 fatalities in 2018, with only four on BTEA sites. The union contractors also received 33% fewer violations per project than their nonunion counterparts, and 25% fewer stop work orders.

    “The results of this study aren’t surprising at all,” said Local 3 journeyman Robert Holst to silive.com. “While every construction job has inherent dangers, it is the training that union building trades members receive during their apprenticeship that makes the difference in regards to a safe job. … There is no substitute for a union...

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    Volunteers will be visiting union members at their homes on Saturday. Through this century so far, union members have increasingly out-voted the general public. Our concerted political information effort is the reason. In 2020, we must do better than ever.

    We begin at 10 AM at 1408 N Washington with coffee and breakfast treats, then we take stacks of political information and maps to target destinations. Usually, we go in pairs. Every bit of information that we gain helps us in the next effort. 

    There are a lot of ways to get out the vote. Contact Political Director Lorraine Montemayor and volunteer at 214-826-4808.

    Major Decisions Made at Labor Council

    Delegates to the Dallas AFL-CIO meeting on January 16 made critical decisions for the future of working families. We nominated our officers and recommended candidates for the state endorsement process in Austin January 25-26.

    The election of officers takes place at our February 20 meeting, but some nominees won’t have to worry about it because they will be elected by acclamation. These drew no opponents:

    • President: David Lopez of the Elevator Constructors
    • Vice President: Ray Oliver Edmondson of the Auto Workers

    The affiliated unions also held caucuses to select their Executive Board representatives for the next period.

    Discussions were held about the candidates who are applying for labor’s endorsement. The careful screening process took place the previous Saturday. Rating numbers were compiled and assembled for the delegates’ review. The next step for statewide candidates takes place at the Committee on Political Education (COPE) Conference in Austin. The Dallas Council decided on these hot local races:

    •  Marian Brown for County Sheriff.
    •  Carol Donovan for County Democratic Party Chairperson
    •  Sandra Streete Moncriffe for Judge, 254th District Court
    •  Maricela Moore for Judge, 162nd District Court
    •  Audra Riley for Judge, Criminal District Court 3
    • Theresa Daniel for County Commissioner, Precinct 1

    All union activists are already focusing on our endorsed candidate in the January 28 special election, Lorraine Birabil.

    Most of the meeting was spent on the regular business of coordinating and advancing activities of the movement. The Amalgamated Transit Union has won a 3% raise for some of their members. The United Food and Commercial Workers won a $65,000 grievance for theirs. The Young Active Labor Leaders has chosen new officers. The federal workers have an important new campaign. Unite-HERE is making gains in Euless. Special recognition went to outgoing Vice President Craig Berendzen, financial whiz and graphics artist Jason...

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