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    This year, due to the pandemic, we have cancelled our in-person Labor Lobby Day activities at the State House, but we will be holding a virtual 2020 Legislative Policy Forum for union members to learn about and advocate for pro-worker legislation on *Friday, February 26th  from 9 AM to 1:30 PM. *At this forum union members will:
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    This year, due to the pandemic, we have cancelled our in-person Labor Lobby Day activities at the State House, but we will be holding a virtual 2021 Legislative Policy Forum for union members to learn about and advocate for pro-worker legislation on *Friday, February 26th  from 9 AM to 1:30 PM. *At this forum union members will:
     
    *Learn how to move a legislative agenda building worker power during the 2021 remote legislative session.*
     
    *Learn how to move a legislative agenda building worker power during the 2021 remote legislative session.*
     
    *Learn how to affectively lobby for pro-labor bills.*
     
    *Learn how to affectively lobby for pro-labor bills.*
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    *Labor Lobby Day - Thursday, March 12*
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    This year, due to the pandemic, we have cancelled our in-person Labor Lobby Day activities at the State House, but we will be holding a virtual 2021 Legislative Policy Forum [1] for union members to learn about and advocate for pro-worker legislation on Friday, February 26th from 9 AM to 1:30 PM.
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    Please save the date and plan to join us for the annual Maine AFL-CIO Labor Lobby Day at the State House on Thursday, March 12th. You can register below. This is a great place for union members to learn about key worker legislation as well as how the legislature works and how to have an effective voice in the process. Please make sure your local is represented.
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    Do you have a question about applying for unemployment insurance? Do you need help filing? Our staff members and team of union volunteers can help! Please fill out the form below and we will be in touch.
     
    Do you have a question about applying for unemployment insurance? Do you need help filing? Our staff members and team of union volunteers can help! Please fill out the form below and we will be in touch.
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    By KENNY COLSTON

    Kentucky Democratic Party

    Frankfort, KY —  On Friday, three grand jurors in the Breonna Taylor case filed an impeachment petition against Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron for his handling of Taylor’s case. 

    According to the Courier-Journal, the petition alleges Cameron breached the public trust and failed to comply with his duties by misrepresenting the findings of the grand jury in the Taylor case. Attorney Kevin Glogower signed the petition on behalf of the jurors to keep their identities private. 

    From the Courier-Journal:

    “The Grand Jurors did not choose this battle,” stated Kevin Glogower, the attorney for the three grand jurors. “This battle chose them. These are randomly selected citizens who were compelled to sit on a grand jury and were terribly misused by the most powerful law enforcement official in Kentucky. It is truly a testament to the Kentucky Constitution that they are able to be here today and to expose injustice and demand public accountability. I am honored and humbled to serve them.”

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    “Attorney General Cameron deceived the American people and the citizens of this Commonwealth with regard to his office’s handling and involvement in the Breonna Taylor investigation and the resulting legal actions,” the petition states.

    Additionally, the impeachment petition also referenced Cameron’s involvement with the Republican Attorneys General Association as an executive committee member and that organization's role in the January 6 domestic terror attack on the U.S. Capitol. It also cites Cameron’s involvement with a lawsuit to unfairly overturn Pennsylvania election results.

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    The grand jurors wrote that “no legitimate reason supports Cameron’s attack on the votes in a sister state.”

     
    “This irresponsible action invites other states to challenge Kentucky’s voting, thereby endangering this Commonwealth’s most basic freedom,” they wrote.

     

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    COVID-19 hit Texas working families like a punch to the gut in 2020. Tragically, tens of thousands of loved ones died from the airborne disease and many more suffered. The pandemic fully exposed the poor state of worker safety and job security in our state. 

    Millions of Texas working people lost their jobs or faced unprecedented risks to their health to keep working. “Essential workers” facing new danger from the virus included nurses, grocery workers, immigrant meat-packers and farm workers, communications workers, correctional officers, First Responders, federal, state and local public employees, and others. Among unions, the International Association of Theatrical Stage Employees was the first to feel the sting of mass layoffs, followed by unions representing flight attendants, electrical workers, elevator constructors, and hotel workers.

    The immediate priorities of the United Legislative Labor Committee (ULLCO) of the Texas AFL-CIO focus on helping workers who have lost their jobs recover, avoiding unnecessary layoffs, and making sure adequate compensation is available. Texas must improve safety for working people who have kept the state’s economy going at serious risk to themselves.  

    Helping Working Families & Fixing Unemployment 

    The federal government responded to the impact of the novel coronavirus with direct economic aid in March 2020 under the CARES Act, which included $260 billion in additional Unemployment Insurance funding. Legions of laid-off and furloughed workers then had the awful experience of filing for unemployment compensation through a state system using computer software from the 1980s. The Texas AFL-CIO launched a campaign to urge the Texas Workforce Commission to speed payment of benefits, enlisting assistance of members of our state’s congressional delegation. This session we will work to pass our 10-Point Plan for Texas Unemployment Insurance Reform: https://www.texasaflcio.org/10-point-plan

    State, School and City Employees

    Federal aid is critical to preserve state and local jobs and to maintain salaries and benefits. But the Legislature, which still has access to billions of dollars in the Rainy Day Fund, must step up as well. Pension contributions to the Teacher Retirement System (TRS) and the Employees Retirement System (ERS) must be maintained. Cities should also be able to raise revenue for firefighter, EMS and other municipal employee pension funds. The COVID-19 crisis should in no way be used as an excuse to cut positions, reduce benefits, or increase the workload of teachers and other public employees.

    Safety & Healthcare for All  

    Essential workers must remain safe to provide medical care or staff grocery stores. The Texas AFL-CIO supports legislation establishing a presumption of Workers...

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    */Washington Post:/ QAnon believers seek to adapt their extremist ideology for a new era: ‘Things have just started’ [6]*
     
    */Washington Post:/ QAnon believers seek to adapt their extremist ideology for a new era: ‘Things have just started’ [6]*
     
    */MSNBC:/ The GOP was sowing seeds of fascism and violence long before Trump [7]*
     
    */MSNBC:/ The GOP was sowing seeds of fascism and violence long before Trump [7]*
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    */Counterpunch:/ Mob v. Crowd: the Mass Psychology of Madness [8]*
     
     
     
    [1] https://www.thedailybeast.com/donald-trump-is-leaving-but-american-fascism-is-just-getting-its-boots-on
     
    [1] https://www.thedailybeast.com/donald-trump-is-leaving-but-american-fascism-is-just-getting-its-boots-on
     
    [6] https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2021/01/21/qanon-faithful-biden-trump/
     
    [6] https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2021/01/21/qanon-faithful-biden-trump/
     
    [7] https://www.msnbc.com/opinion/gop-was-sowing-seeds-fascism-violence-long-trump-n1253970
     
    [7] https://www.msnbc.com/opinion/gop-was-sowing-seeds-fascism-violence-long-trump-n1253970
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    Any affiliate wishing to have information included in The Worker Bee about priority legislative issues, should contact Jennifer Berigan at [email protected] [1].
     
    Any affiliate wishing to have information included in The Worker Bee about priority legislative issues, should contact Jennifer Berigan at [email protected] [1].
     
    *Latest edition:
     
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    Worker Bee - Jan. 8, 2021 [2]*
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    Worker Bee - Jan. 22, 2021 [2]*
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    *Previous editions:
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    Worker Bee - Jan. 15, 2021 [3]*
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    *Worker Bee - Jan. 8, 2021 [4]*
     
     
      
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    [3] https://drive.google.com/file/d/1v22Ie91lYiS6c4OFmBYg6nvtw6NvUZpr/view?usp=...
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    The conductor hopped off Florida, but the Trump crazy train keeps rolling
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    The conductor hopped off in Florida, but the Trump crazy train keeps rolling
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    /Washington Post:/ Ex-Houston police officer claimed he only breached the Capitol during riots to see ‘historical art’ [4]
     
    /Washington Post:/ Ex-Houston police officer claimed he only breached the Capitol during riots to see ‘historical art’ [4]
     
    /Washington Post:/ QAnon believers seek to adapt their extremist ideology for a new era: ‘Things have just started’ [5]
     
    /Washington Post:/ QAnon believers seek to adapt their extremist ideology for a new era: ‘Things have just started’ [5]
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    /MSNBC:/ The GOP was sowing seeds of fascism and violence long before Trump [6]
     
     
     
    [1] https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2021/1/20/2010822/-They-call-themselves-Patriots-Trump-s-scheme-for-a-new-third-party-rooted-in-far-right-extremism
     
    [1] https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2021/1/20/2010822/-They-call-themselves-Patriots-Trump-s-scheme-for-a-new-third-party-rooted-in-far-right-extremism
     
    [4] https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2021/01/22/police-officer-pham-capitol-riot/
     
    [4] https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2021/01/22/police-officer-pham-capitol-riot/
     
    [5] https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2021/01/21/qanon-faithful-biden-trump/
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    (January 21, 2021, MILWAUKEE, WI) -- Stephanie Bloomingdale, President of the Wisconsin AFL-CIO, released the following statement as President Biden issues an executive order calling on OSHA to immediately issue clear guidance on keeping workers safe from COVID-19 as well as enforce worker health and safety requirements.

    “Wisconsin workers voted for Joe Biden because he pledged to be the most pro-labor, pro-worker President in history. On his first full day in office, President Biden backed up his campaign trail promises by appointing James S. Frederick, a former union safety official with the United Steelworkers, to lead OSHA and issued a long-overdue and badly needed executive order making worker safety a national priority. The executive order on workplace health and safety calls on OSHA to immediately issue clear guidance for workers and employers dealing with a deadly infectious disease in the workplace. Today’s executive order also asks OSHA to step up and do its job to enforce workplace health and safety and hold employers accountable for unsafe working conditions, something that has been lacking since the start of the pandemic.

    Since March, the Wisconsin AFL-CIO has been calling for a workplace standard for stronger OSHA enforcement. Keeping workers safe on the job is a critical piece in the fight to beat COVID-19. Today’s order signals a sea change in tactics to protect workers in order to save lives. We look forward to a continued worker-centered approach and a renewed, reinvigorated OSHA, MSHA and entire Labor Department under the Biden Administration.”

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    IN THIS EDITION:

    • LIUNA Praises Selection of Mayor Walsh for Labor Secretary
    • Maine AFL-CIO Endorses Craig Hickman for Maine Senate District 14
    • Solidarity Fund Created for Portland Museum of Art Union Workers
    • FAM Launches COVID Solidarity Meal Program
    • Waterville KVCAP Workers Ratify First Contract
    • Tell President Biden to Strengthen the Postal Service

    LIUNA Praises Selection of Mayor Walsh for Labor Secretary  

    Mayor Marty Walsh speaking to a Boston Carmen's Union in 2016.

    President Joe Biden has chosen Boston Mayor Marty Walsh — a dues-paying, card-carrying member of Laborers’ Local Union 223 — to be the next U.S. Secretary of Labor. Prior to being elected mayor, Walsh worked his way up to become a leader of his local union and the head of the Boston Metropolitan Building Trades Council. 

    "We couldn't be more proud and excited for the nomination of Brother Walsh, himself a second generation, card-carrying member of the Laborers International Union of North America," stated Lewis Overlock, Business Manager of LIUNA Local 327. "I cannot overstate the importance of having someone at the helm of the US Department of Labor who understands what a union card means to a working family, and who also knows the very real dangers of those who try every day to strip us of our rights, safety and security."

    Maine AFL-CIO Endorses Craig Hickman for Maine Senate District 14

    The Maine AFL-CIO executive board has voted to endorse former State Representative Craig Hickman of Winthrop to represent Maine Senate District 14. Hickman is running to fill a seat left vacant by the resignation of Shenna Bellows, who was elected to serve as Maine’s Secretary of State. The special election for the seat will be held on Tuesday, March 9.

    Hickman has a strong 95% pro-labor voting record and he has supported legislation to raise wages, strengthen collective bargaining rights and crack down on wage theft. He supports working people when they are forming unions and is a leader on agricultural policies to support Maine's small farmers and local food systems. 

    “Just as Abraham Lincoln did, I believe that labor...

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