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Labor Council for Latin American Advancement Hosts National Event for Latina Equal Pay Day

latina-pay-day[Washington, D.C.] – Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA), the national leading organization for Latino working families, is raising awareness about the staggering pay gap that Latinas face in the workplace, along with nearly one hundred women’s rights groups, Latino advocacy organizations, members of the labor movement and workers’ rights advocates. Newly updated U.S. Census data shows that Latinas are paid just 54 cents to the dollar earned by white, non-Hispanic male workers. The Latina equal pay gap directly harms hard-working Latinas, and affects their family members and the entire Latino community. The coalition assembled for this day of action is collectively seeking to raise awareness and demand change to close the Latina gender pay gap. 

LCLAA created its Trabajadoras (Latina Workers) Campaign in 2012 to lift up Latina workers and increase awareness around unlawful workplace conditions and the impact of the wage gap. Since that time it has published a substantive report on these issues, created educational tools and worked with its membership to organize and empower Latinas in the community. 

“The fight for Latina equal pay and improved working conditions are issues that LCLAA has consistently focused on since launching the Trabajadoras Campaign,” said Mónica Ramírez, Director of Gender Equality and Trabajadoras’ Empowerment for LCLAA. “We are determined to significantly increase awareness about the wage gap and to continue to advocate for fairness and equity for Latina workers. LCLAA is proud to have led these efforts and we are grateful that so many organizations, advocates and community members are joining together for this cause.” 

As an anchor organization for the National Latina Pay Day of Action, LCLAA helped to lead the entire campaign, including launching a new website which contains a supporter pledge and other action tools, along with spearheading the development of a comprehensive toolkit on the Latina wage gap. The day of action includes a national Twitter storm at 2:00pm EST and a Twitter Town Hall at 4:00pm. LCLAA will also hold a phone bank from 4:30 to 6:30pm and a community forum on equal pay this evening from 6:30-8:00pm at South Florida AFL-CIO 4349 NW 36th Street Miami Springs, Florida. Among the speakers are AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler and UFCW Secretary-Treasurer Esther Lopez. The goal of this event is to make this issue a national priority and mobilize women and their allies in the fight for Latina Equal Pay. 

“Latina workers, trabajadoras, earn an average 54 cents for every dollar earned by a white man. As frequent leaders in their communities and breadwinners for their families, Latinas deserve more,” said Liz Shuler, AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer. “The AFL-CIO stands with trabajadoras in their effort to break down the barriers to pay equity. We will not thrive unless Latina workers do, too.” 

In anticipation of this day of action, LCLAA jointly released a new fact sheet on equal pay for Latina workers with the National Women’s Law Center. The factsheet highlights in further detail statistics that point to the Latina equal pay gap, focusing on issues such the impact of education on the pay gap and the reality of immigrant workers. 

“Latina workers are among the most oppressed workers in our nation, especially immigrant women,” said Hector Sanchez, Executive Director of LCLAA. “The lack of equal treatment for Latina workers is unacceptable and we must continue to actively fight for change. We are pleased with the level of participation in this year’s Latina Equal Pay Day efforts. Our actions will not stop here. We will continue to fight the challenges ahead as we seek equal pay for Latina workers.”

Additional campaign partners include:

AFL-CIO, National Hispanic Leadership Agenda, Equal Pay Today!, National Women’s Law Center, MALDEF, Alianza Nacional de Campesinas, American Association of University Women, American Federation of Teachers, Be Visible, Casa de Esperanza, Centro de los Derechos del Migrante, Equal Rights Advocates, Farmworker Justice, Hispanic Federation, Institute for Women’s Policy Research, International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers , Labor Project for Working Families, Latina Circle, Latino Decisions, LatinoJustice PRLDEF, Latinos United for Secure Retirement, League of United Latin American Citizens, Lideres Campesinas, Make it Work, Make it Work Action!, MANA, Moms Rising, Mamás con Poder, National Association of Hispanic Publications, National Domestic Workers Alliance, National Council of La Raza, National Hispanic Foundation of the Arts, National Association of Hispanic Federal Executives, National Education Association, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, National Network to End Domestic Violence, National Partnership for Women and Families, Presente, ROC, SAG-AFTRA, SER- Jobs for Progress National Inc., UFCW, United State of Women, United Steel Workers Local 675,Voto Latino, Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights (COLOR), National Partnership for Women & Families, IAMAW, Friends of Farmworkers, Inc., The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, A Better Balance, Institute for Science and Human Values, UltraViolet, Center for Popular Democracy, National Council of Jewish Women, Catalyst, Atlanta Women for Equality, ACLU, American Women, State Innovation Exchange, PowHer New York, Women Employed, CA Women’s Law Center, Legal Voice, Progressive Congress, Cleveland Jobs with Justice, NC Justice Center, Working America, Rural Coalition, UAW Women’s Department, People’s Action/People’s Action Institute, Coalition of Labor Union Women, Raise Up Washington, Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, Metro-Detroit CLUW Chapter, Young People For, Caring Across Generations, National LGBTQ Task Force, Toledo Federation of Teachers, 9to5, National Association of Working Women, Transport Workers Union, Women’s Law Project, Feminist Majority, AFSCME, Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts, Mi Familia Vota, People For the American Way, Dialogue on Diversity, AFSCME 3299, United Farmworkers of America, Coalition of Florida Farmworker Organizations, The Women’s Funding Network, Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement , ERA Coalition, National Organization for Women, The Florida Latina Advocacy Network, South Florida AFL-CIO, South Florida LCLAA, Miami Workers Center and UTD-AFT.

More information about the campaign is available at LatinaEqualPay.org. 

The Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) is the leading national organization for Latino(a) workers and their families. LCLAA was born in 1972 out of the need to educate, organize and mobilize Latinos in the labor movement and has expanded its influence to organize Latinos in an effort to impact workers’ rights and their influence in the political process. LCLAA represents the interest of more than 2 million Latino workers in the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), The Change to Win Federation, Independent Unions and all its membership. Visit LCLAA on the web at www.lclaa.org, on Facebook and Twitter.

AFL-CIO Begins Final Phase of 2016 Campaign

Ground game and digital blitz to target millions of union households and allies

(Washington, DC) – In the final days before the election, the AFL-CIO will drive a powerful grassroots program and launch a digital ad blitz to union households and allies. The final stretch of the campaign is underlined by speaking with millions of voters at the doors and on the phones, delivering millions of mailers and a six-figure digital ad buy in battleground states.

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka began the countdown to election day with a new video message that makes the closing argument for Hillary Clinton.

“The case for Hillary Clinton stands on its own,” said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. “We are not choosing the Apprentice. We’re electing the leader of the United States of America. Hillary has the ideas, experience and drive to transform our economy into an engine for shared prosperity.”

In addition, the AFL-CIO will roll out digital ads on ten prominent media sites in the battleground states of Florida, Nevada, Ohio and Pennsylvania. Readers of the Las Vegas Review Journal, Miami-Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel, Orlando Weekly, Tampa Bay Times, Jacksonville FOX-WFOX, Jacksonville First Coast News, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Columbus Dispatch, Toledo Blade, Philadelphia Inquirer and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette will see the ads which redirect to a new landing page. You can view the ads here: http://bit.ly/2fgcrrG.

Starting Monday, union members and allies can help build a symbolic wall around the White House to keep Donald Trump out at www.StopTrump.org.

In Philadelphia, radio ads on African American stations will build on the AFL-CIO’s Black voter program and encourage turnout in the community.

Nearly half a million mailers and 1.4 million slate cards listing pro-worker candidates will reach union households in key states by Election Day. All three AFL-CIO officers will continue their rigorous travel schedule across the country to engage with union members in battleground states including Florida, Missouri, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

Social Security COLA Falls Short for Seniors

social securty 1Small cost-of-living increase triggers huge Medicare Part B premium hike for many retirees

American Federation of Government Employees National President J. David Cox Sr. is calling on Congress to pass emergency legislation to prevent massive increases in Medicare Part B premiums for millions of retirees next year.

The government today announced a 0.3 percent cost-of-living adjustment for federal retirees and Social Security recipients. The COLA is based on the year-over-year change in the prices for goods and services purchased by hourly and clerical workers.

This small COLA has inadvertently triggered a massive increase in Medicare Part B premiums for the 30 percent of beneficiaries who do not currently receive Social Security benefits.

Premiums for Medicare Part B are expected to increase 23 percent next year, from $121 a month to $149 a month. A so-called “hold harmless” provision prevents Medicare Part B premiums from increasing by more than the dollar increase in an individual’s Social Security payment. But for the 16 million retirees who don’t receive Social Security, including 1.6 million federal retirees under the Civil Service Retirement System, the full increase must be paid unless Congress acts.

“Congress must act now to prevent a massive increase in Medicare Part B premiums for this group of retirees,” Cox said. “Although most seniors would be protected, this group will have to pay more solely because of the uniqueness of their pension system.”

Congress last year extended the hold harmless provision to cover all Medicare Part B beneficiaries when there is no cost-of-living adjustment. However, this provision does not apply when there is a small COLA, as there will be in 2017.

Even without the increase in Medicare Part B premiums, retirees will have to tighten their belts to account for next year’s miniscule cost-of-living adjustment. Retirees already are facing a 6.2% increase in their health insurance premiums next year.

“Prices for many items that seniors must purchase are rising faster than the overall inflation rate,” Cox said. “Forcing this group of retirees to shoulder such a huge cost burden will have a devastating impact on their already modest living standards.”

The Alliance for Retired Americans have been pushing to increase Social Security benefits and change the way cost of living is calculated.

“The Alliance for Retired Americans is deeply disappointed by the announcement today that there will be a miniscule 0.3% benefit increase for millions of Social Security beneficiaries in 2017,” said Richard Fiesta, Executive Director of the Alliance for Retired Americans. “For the average retiree, that means just a $5.00 per month increase, not enough to keep up with the cost of their prescription medications. This follows a 0% COLA in 2016. Most retirees are going to continue to have a hard time paying for basic necessities.”

“That’s why Congress must expand earned Social Security benefits and change the formula used to calculate future COLAs to the Consumer Price Index for the Elderly (CPI-E).  The CPI-E would base the calculation on what seniors actually spend their money on. That list includes items such as health care and housing, which account for most retirees’ spending,” Fiesta added. 

The AFL-CIO was “disappointed” with this COLA announcement.

“A weak increase that amounts to a mere $5.00 more a month for the average retired worker is a disappointment for the millions who rely on Social Security to stay afloat during retirement,” said Richard Trumka, President of the AFL-CIO. “Protecting our seniors against inflation is one of the many obligations we have to retired Americans. The 2017 adjustment falls short of that goal because it fails to reflect seniors’ extraordinary expenses.”

 “The 2017 COLA not only fails to keep pace with seniors’ high health care and prescription drug costs, it also means millions of retirees, including many retired public employees, will be hit hard because the law fails to protect them against large Medicare Part B premium increases when inflation is low. State Medicaid budgets that cover Medicare premiums for low-income seniors similarly will be affected. We urge Congress to step in and limit the coming financial blow to thousands of vulnerable retirees and state budgets,” Trumka added.

AFL-CIO Report Shows Black Women Voters Are The Key To Electing Hillary Clinton President

AFL-CIO data reveals Black women voters
are pivotal voting bloc in 2016 election

(Washington, DC,) – Yesterday on a press call held in honor of National Voter Registration Day, the AFL-CIO released new data revealing Black women voters as the key to electing Hillary Clinton president in November. The data reveals that Black women turn out to vote in higher numbers than other women and, just as they helped President Obama win in 2008 and 2012, can secure the presidency for Hillary Clinton.

Image from report, Black Girl Magic:The Power of Black Women in Elections

Image from report, Black Girl Magic:The Power of Black Women in Elections

“Black women cannot afford to sit this election out,” said Carmen Berkley, AFL-CIO Director of Civil, Human and Women’s Rights. “A loss for Secretary Clinton is a loss for the Black family, from the White House to the Supreme Court. We need to let our communities know what’s at stake if we let a divisive fear monger like Donald Trump make decisions that affect everything from our families to our jobs.”

The AFL-CIO plans to do large scale outreach to all women union members across the country this election cycle in the key states of Florida, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.  Many of these states are where Black women made the difference in the last presidential election.

“Black women are born organizers,” said Petee Talley, Secretary-Treasurer of the Ohio AFL-CIO, the first Black woman to hold that position. “We know what our families and communities need to thrive and we vote for candidates who can deliver.”

“Black women do more than vote; they are active in their unions, acting as an engine of organizing and mobilization. A recent survey done by Lake Research Partners (LRP) illustrates that regardless of union affiliation, black people, regardless of gender, are very supportive of unions and collective bargaining,” the report states.

Image from report, Black Girl Magic:The Power of Black Women in Elections

Image from report, Black Girl Magic:The Power of Black Women in Elections

The new AFL-CIO data indicates that Black women participate in leadership in America’s unions at a greater percentage than their actual unionization rates. The benefit of this leadership is spread across Black communities, making these women a force and the foundation for political change.

The report continues, “Given the black community’s commitment to unions, it’s no surprise that black women take on leadership roles in their unions. While black women are 7% of all union members, 8% of them are stewards and local leaders.”  On top of taking leadership roles, black women are generally more active in their unions. Over 24% call themselves “very active” in their local unions.

Read the full report here.

AFL-CIO Working for America Institute Receives $1.37 Million in Apprenticeship Expansion Contract from DOL

(Washington, DC, ) The U.S. Department of Labor announced that it has awarded AFL-CIO Working for America Institute (WAI) a $1.37 million contract to expand multi-employer apprenticeship programs in two important sectors with potential for job growth – manufacturing and hospitality.

“Training programs and apprenticeships are at the heart of organized labor’s efforts to ensure that working people have a voice in our country’s ever-changing economy,” said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. “Through union apprenticeship programs, individuals gain life-changing skills to do high-quality work and get solid, middle-class jobs.”

The Institute’s contract with the U.S. Department of Labor will be implemented in collaboration with the UNITE HERE restaurant and hospitality union, the AFL-CIO Industrial Union Council (IUC) and workforce intermediary organizations in the hotel, hospitality, culinary and advanced manufacturing industries.

“UNITE HERE’s training programs are the foundation of helping our members achieve a middle class life. These training programs are the key to our members moving forward and gaining new job opportunities in our hotels, food service and gaming industries,” said UNITE HERE President D. Taylor. “Boston, LA and Las Vegas are great examples of how our members can advance with employers that participate and support these important training facility locations. This grant will help tremendously with our training efforts.”

“Manufacturing apprenticeships are a key element in labor’s agenda to revitalize manufacturing and increase U.S. employer competitiveness in a global economy. The AFL-CIO Industrial Union Council is pleased to work with the WAI to expand critical apprenticeship opportunities that promote the growth of the manufacturing sector and advance the skills and wages of industrial workers,” said IUC Executive Director Brad Markell.

Additional contracts were awarded to North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU) and the H-CAP organization in the health care industry.

Worker Wins Update: Groundbreaking Contract Victories in Multiple Industries

(Washington, DC, September, 2016) When working people come together and win the contracts, it proves that our raising wages agenda drives economic stability. Working people across the country are creating better lives for themselves and turning those workplace victories into political power. These latest worker wins show what the power of collective voice can achieve.

Here are some highlights:

Staff and Students Win After Lockout Ends: Teachers and students are back in class after the Long Island University Faculty Federation won an agreement that ended a 12-day faculty lockout. The American Federation of Teachers and its state affiliate, New York State United Teachers, fully supported the faculty efforts helping to secure a contract that runs through May 31, 2017.

Detroit Teachers Win Wage Increases in New Contract: The Detroit Federation of Teachers ratified a new contract with the Detroit Public Schools Community District. The agreement includes wage increases and the formation of a committee to address health safety needs of teachers. The agreement now goes before the Detroit Financial Review Commission for final approval.

Two Florida Newspapers Vote to Join NewsGuild CWA: Newsroom staff of the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Ledger of Lakeland have voted to unionize. More than 70 employees will benefit from the new contracts that are being negotiated with GateHouse Media, which owns both papers.

Masters, Mates & Pilots Members Unanimously Approve First Contract With New York Water Taxi: In a unanimous vote, captains and deckhands won a hard-fought campaign in support of collective bargaining and the principles of discussion and agreement in solving conflict. This new contract is viewed as an important step in making New York Harbor a 100 percent unionized waterfront once again.

Magna Seating Workers in Tennessee Overwhelmingly Vote for Union: By a nearly unanimous vote workers at Magna Seating International, a new facility in Spring Hill, Tenn. voted to join the United Auto Workers (UAW) International Union. The 230 workers build seats for the new Cadillac XT5 and GMC Acadia in a state of the art 122,500 square foot facility near the Spring Hill General Motors Manufacturing plant.

Workers at Nation’s Only Lipton Tea Factory Vote to Join UFCW: Nearly 200 workers at the Lipton plant in southeast Virginia voted to unionize with United Food & Commercial Workers Union (UFCW) Local 400.Workers expressed optimism that this will improve conditions at the plant that has operated for more than 60 years and produces most of the tea sold in North America. 

Workers at Boulder Station Vote to Unionize Through NLRB Secret-Ballot Election: Workers at Boulder Station Casino & Hotel voted by a landslide of 67% to be represented by the Culinary Workers Union Local 226 and the Bartenders Union Local 165 through an NLRB secret-ballot election. More than 570 Boulder Station workers will be represented by the unions, which are affiliates of UNITE-HERE. It is the first of Station Casinos’ properties in Nevada to unionize.

More NBC Universal Workers Vote to Unionize with the Writers Guild of America, East: Writer-producers at Peacock Productions, the “reality”/nonfiction television production subsidiary of Comcast/NBCUniversal, voted decisively in favor of unionizing with the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE). The vote comes after a nearly four-year battle that began in October of 2012 when writer-producers at Peacock Productions filed for a union election with the NLRB.

Congress Flooded with Anti-TPP Calls In National Day Of Action

6 Million Member Sanders Campaign Legacy Group Our Revolution Joins Almost 90 Other Organizations in National Day of Action 

As President Obama Urges Corporate Chiefs at Export Council to Do More to Pass Beleaguered TPP, More than 13 Million People to Be Engaged to Call on Congress to Oppose Lame Duck TPP Push

Washington, DC – Approximately 90 organizations are participating in a National Call-In Day of Action against the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) today, September 14th. These organizations, listed below, will remind their combined millions of supporters why TPP is a bad deal for America and will encourage supporters to tell their congressional representatives to oppose the TPP in a post-election lame duck session of Congress.

As part of the national day of action, more than 13 million people will be engaged through a range of online and offline channels, with calls expected in every congressional district in the country. The efforts will both encourage Americans to call their local Member of Congress, while also directing extra attention at the 28 House Democratic Members who vote to “fast track” authority for the TPP.

“The sheer volume of people participating in these grassroots efforts shows how toxic TPP is across the country. This is not just about stopping a bad trade deal like the TPP – it’s about completely rewriting the rules on trade policy to make sure they benefit working people,” stated Richard Trumka, AFL-CIO President.

 Among the key activities as part of this national day of action include:

  • On social media platforms, an anti-TPP ThunderClap Action will reach more than 1.6 million people via Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr on Wednesday morning 9/14
  • Our Revolution, the post-primary movement of Sen. Bernie Sanders, has sent out an email alert for the call-in day to their list of about 6 million individuals on Monday. The organization, which plans to re-send the email on Wednesday, is asking recipients to sign a congressional petition against TPP and are setting as a public goal the aim to “place at least 50,000 calls to members of Congress and their offices on Wednesday. 
  • Communications Workers of America (CWA) activists are engaged in multiple actions to reinforce opposition to the TPP. CWA members nationwide are calling their Members of Congress, pressing them to oppose the TPP in a lame duck push. Activists are making sure that this message: “Don’t Let Politicians Betray American Workers” especially is heard by candidates in critical battleground Senate contests, like Indiana’s Republican Senate nominee and current Rep. Todd Young and other races. CWA activists also are joining allies in on-the-ground actions. In South Florida, for example, protests at the district offices of pro-fast track voters Senator Marco Rubio and Representatives Mario Diaz-Balart and Debbie Wasserman Schultz will include CWA and other South Florida unions, Citizens Trade Campaign and community activists, members of the Labor Council of Latin American Advancement (LCLAA), and NOVA Southeastern Law Professor Tim Canova. Along with AFSCME, CWA is engaged in a phone program in targeted districts, encouraging constituents to call their Members of Congress and urge them to reject the TPP once and for all.
  • The AFL-CIO is engaging its 12.5 million members through its State Federations and Central Labor Councils. It is rallying more than 100,000 action takers around the call-in day, including more than 15,000 people who signed a petition opposing a lame duck vote in the last two days. The federation will also engage all its social media properties throughout the day.
  • The Sierra Club, the nation’s largest environmental group with 2.4 million members and supporters, is making the environmental case against the TPP in Congress. Hundreds of thousands of supporters will be asked to participate in tomorrow’s call in day, building on the more than 100,000 calls and messages Sierra Club members and supporters have already sent to Congress this year.

Quotes from Participating Organizations:

“We are concerned that passage of the TPP will greatly compromise our public health and food safety. For example, we know that just over 1 percent of imported fish and seafood shipments is properly inspected and has resulted in seafood being sold in U.S. supermarkets with unsafe chemicals and additives, some of which are illegal in our country. That is why the Center for Food Safety sent out alerts to our 800,00 members urging them to participate in today’s call-in action and tell their member of Congress to vote no on the TPP.” -Debbie Barker, international director, Center for Food Safety 

“It’s unfortunate that we are not able to focus exclusively at this time on defeating Donald Trump and electing a Democratic Senate and House in less than two months. Instead, President Obama is forcing the entire progressive community to use our resources in this critical election season to try and defeat the corporate drafted, jobs destroying TPP. His insistence on having a lame duck Congressional vote on the TPP only means fewer resources and members engaged in winning the elections. He is the one responsible for choosing the timing of this distracting fight.” – Shane Larson, legislative director, Communications Workers of America (CWA)

“The Obama administration is hoping to jam this corporate giveaway through Congress during the lame duck session when elected officials are less accountable to voters. Today, throughout the fall, and beyond, we’ll make it crystal clear to Congress that the Trans-Pacific Partnership is unacceptable – and that any politician who supports it will be held accountable. We will continue to build on the activism of over 4.2 million CREDO members who have already made over 50,000 calls to Congress to speak out against the TPP.” –Murshed Zaheed, political director, CREDO

“Demand Progress joined this national call-in day of action because the TPP would be a disastrous corporate giveaway that would undermine Internet freedom, make it easier for corporations to ship jobs overseas, and give big banks unprecedented new rights to challenge U.S. laws in front of an unaccountable tribunal of three corporate lawyers. The TPP was negotiated in secret, so it’s even more outrageous that the Obama administration is attempting to shut the public out again by pushing it through Congress after Election Day when lawmakers are least accountable to the American people.” –Kate Kizer, campaigner, Demand Progress

“While the president is cloistered with corporate chieftains planning how to use a lame duck session to try to pass a TPP only they love, Congress’ phones are ringing off the hook with anti-TPP calls as millions of members of unions and consumer, environmental, on-line activism, and other groups unite for an day of action aimed at ensuring Representatives stand with their constituents not the corporate lobby.”  -Lori Wallach, director, Public Citizen

“The TPP undermines our democracy. It was not written by or for people, but by and for powerful corporate interests. MoveOn members are proud to join with a broad coalition of environmental, consumer, labor, and grassroots progressive groups to call members of Congress urging them to reject the TPP. MoveOn members have been organizing against the TPP since 2012 and will continue to fight through the lame duck session and beyond.” –Emma Einhorn, Washington coordinator, MoveOn.org

NFL Gameday: Brought to You by America’s Unions

Written by Kenneth Quinnell on the AFL-CIO Blog

If you’re like me and millions of other Americans, the beginning of the National Football League season is one of the more fun times of the year. Week 1 means that all of our teams are still in contention (at least for one more day). In contention all season, though, are the working people who bring you Game Day. Nearly every aspect of the NFL experience, in the stadium or at home, is brought to you by union members.

For starters, the players themselves are members of the NFL Players Association (NFLPA). The referees are members of the NFL Referees Association. The footballs themselves are made by members of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW).

As the video above shows, Electrical Workers (IBEW) members build and maintain stadiums. Stadiums are big complex structures that require the expertise of many different professionals. Unions that participate in the construction and maintenance of NFL stadiums include: Boilermaker (IBB), Bricklayers (BAC), Carpenters (UBC), Elevator Constructors (IUEC), Ironworkers, Laborers (LIUNA), Operating Engineers (IUOE), Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT), Plumbers and Pipe Fitters (UA), International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers (SMART) and United Steelworkers (USW).

Stadiums are packed with people, from players, coaches and referees to fans, cheerleaders and workers. Getting them to and from the stadium safely and on time is the work of Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA), Air Traffic Controllers (NATCA), Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA), Machinists (IAM), Amalgamated Transit Workers (ATU), Transport Workers (TWU) and Teamsters.

Inside the stadium, it’s important to keep fans and workers safe and to keep the facilities clean. Those jobs are done by Fire Fighters (IAFF), first responders (AFSCME), police officers (IUPA) and custodial workers and security (SEIU).

During the game, announcing, commentary, advertising, broadcasting and music (and related services) are provided by unions, including: American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada (AFM), Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), IBEW, NABET-CWA, The News Guild-CWA and SAG-AFTRA.

If you are watching the game in the stadium, concessions are run by UNITE HERE. If you are watching the game at home, you can complete your union football experience by making sure that your gametime snacks and drinks are union-made with this handy guide from Labor 411.

So many people go into making an NFL game happen that it’s possible even our research on everything might miss something, so if there are any unions missing from this post, e-mail me at kquinnell@aflcio.org and we’ll fix that as quick as possible.


This post was originally published on the AFL-CIO Now blog and republished with permission. 

New Polling Data Shows Trump Is Not As Favored By Union Members As He Says He Is

Donald Trump (Image by Gage Skidmore CC FLIKR)

Donald Trump (Image by Gage Skidmore CC FLIKR)

Do Union members really support Donald Trump as much as Trump says they do? 

Donald Trump said and continues to reiterate, “I have tremendous support within unions…every poll shows it.

Everyone knows that Trump likes to stretch the truth a little and nobody loves Trump more than Trump, but the truth is that union members really don’t like the idea of a Trump presidency.

Today, the AFL-CIO released new internal polling data that shows “Trump is at 36 percent among union members in the five battleground states of FL, NV, OH, PA and WI.”  

Just as many other Americans are turning away from Trump’s extreme rhetoric and xenophobic statements, among union members Trump has lost over five points in these key states over the last two and a half months.   

“We are educating our members and demonstrating the dangers Trump’s reality show poses to our reality. It’s making a difference. And we’re not letting up,” wrote the AFL-CIO. “’Every poll shows it.’ He can keep saying it, but like most things with Trump, the claim is just hollow words – and it won’t come true on Election Day.”

Trump is really not as pro-union as he claims.

Culinary Union 226Union members across the country are watching the ongoing labor dispute between Trump’s Las Vegas Hotel and the Culinary Workers local 226 (Unite Here) as real guide to how Trump works, or doesn’t work, with unions.

In April, after Trump Hotel Las Vegas disputed the union election, the Regional Director for the office of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) covering Las Vegas overruled the Trump Hotel Las Vegas and certified the Culinary and Bartenders Union as the legal collective bargaining representatives to the more than 500 workers at the hotel.

Since then Trump Hotel Las Vegas has tried to “negate their employees’ right to unionize and instead of recognizing the results of the federal government union election, hotel management has undertaken a hostile anti-union campaign” wrote the Culinary Workers Union in recent press release. “Employees of the Trump Hotel Las Vegas are calling on their boss, the Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump, and co-owner Phillip Ruffin to negotiate a fair union contract.”

The Culinary Workers Union is also working to “educate and inform the travel industry about the serious ongoing and escalating labor dispute” at the Trump International Hotel in Las Vegas.

In July, the Culinary Workers Union and AFSCME teamed up to hold a rally highlighting Trump’s union busting tactics.  Maria Mendoza was one of the thousands who showed up to protest the Trump’s failure to negotiate.

“I work hard everyday, but with the low wages I’m paid, I really struggle to provide for my daughters,” said Maria Mendoza, a guest room attendant at the Trump Hotel Las Vegas. “Mr. Trump says that he wants to ‘Make America Great Again,’ but I work for him and want him to negotiate a union contract so my coworkers and I can have fair wages, job security, and good health benefits.

Culinary Trump Protest

The ongoing battle between union members and Trump’s Las Vegas hotel is not the only thing that union member have taken offense to. Earlier in the campaign Trump professed his love for “Right to Work.”  Trump told the crowd that Right to Work is “better for the people” and “gives great flexibility to the companies.”

Union members have been fighting for decades against these so-called Right to Work laws. Right to Work (for less) does nothing but lower wages, reduces a workers chance to have any type of retirement benefit, weakens collective bargaining, and is just a tool to bust unions.

So-called Right to Work laws hurt all workers.

“The average worker in states with Right to Work laws makes $5,971 (12.2 percent) less annually than workers in states without right to when all other factors are removed than workers in other states,” stated the AFL-CIO.

Trump’s continued support of anti-worker policies like Right to Work and his company’s refusal to negotiate with workers will only drive down his support among union workers further.

Donald Trump Right to Work

Nevada Hispanic Working People Ramp up Voter Mobilization Ahead of Labor Day

Image of Latino American (Image by LBJ Foundation FLIKR)

Image of Latino American (Image by LBJ Foundation FLIKR)

Hispanic workers in this key state ready to go out in record numbers to defeat Donald Trump and to support candidates who stand for Nevada’s working families 

[Las Vegas, Nev.] –   Daniel Aranda, a Mexican-American IBEW Local 357 electrician and union organizer, is determined to do whatever is needed to help Hispanics in Nevada live a better life. He is ready to rally against Donald Trump and his vitriolic rhetoric attacking Hispanic working families. 

Today, Aranda joined other Hispanic union members at the Culinary Union Hall in Las Vegas, Nev., for a roundtable to discuss their plan to stop Donald Trump and to support candidates in key Nevada races like Catherine Cortez Masto for Senate and Ruben Kihuen in CD-4 who have a clear record of standing for policies that will empower this state’s Hispanic working families.

“The Hispanic vote is extremely important, especially here in Nevada”, said Aranda, a Las Vegas resident who immigrated from Chihuahua, Mexico when he was a teenager. “We are ready to inform Hispanic working people across the state of the candidates who will support them. We will urge them to become citizens, to register to vote and to go out and vote.” 

The AFL-CIO’s Labor 2016 election effort aims to reach over 100,000 Hispanic voters who are part of union households in Nevada. At the roundtable today, the Labor 2016 program debuted new Spanish-language materials focused on voter registration and the presidential, Senate, and congressional races as part of the labor movement’s strategy to turnout Hispanic voters in Nevada.

Two weeks ago, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka spoke at the Nevada AFL-CIO convention where he called all working people to be part of this electoral effort:

“Nevada is one of our priority states. If we work together, if we stand united, if we all have skin in the game, we will elect candidates from the state house to the White House who are ready to change the rules of our economy,” Trumka said. “Donald Trump is profoundly unfit to be president.  If you want to know where Donald Trump really stands, ask the brave men and women at Trump Hotel in Las Vegas.  First, Trump hired a union-busting firm to discourage workers from organizing.  The workers won anyway.”

Labor unions in Nevada have been running door-to-door programs across the state since May and will ramp up efforts to reach voters in Hispanic communities after the Labor Day weekend. Speakers on the panel represented unions with some of the highest rates of Hispanic workers in Nevada. For example, the Culinary Union is Nevada’s largest union and largest Hispanic and immigrant organization with 56% of its over 57,000 members identifying as Hispanic/Latino. 

During this roundtable Hispanic members of Nevada’s unions firmly expressed their rejection of Donald Trump’s recent immigration speech. They agreed that they will stand together against the candidate’s attacks by reaching out to their friends, families and neighbors. 

 “We will phone bank. We will knock on as many doors as we can,” said Aranda. “Only through our vote can we tell Donald Trump that he is wrong and that Hispanic working people matter.”

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