Labor Council
Friday, April 2, 2021
Quote of the week: “This is not to target those who’ve made it. Not to seek retribution. This is about opening opportunities for everybody else.”

President Joseph Biden responding to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's objections to portions of his $2 Trillion infrastructure and economic recovery package.
As Biden Unveils Infrastructure Package, Unions Urge Unprecedented Federal Investments, Structural Economic Changes
March 31, 2021
Statement from AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on President Joe Biden’s proposed infrastructure plan:

Today’s announcement brings us one step closer to repairing, rebuilding and restoring our country. Working people are continuing to bear the brunt of the greatest national crisis since the Great Depression, and any just recovery will require unprecedented federal investments in the working communities that have lost the most.

It’s time for Congress to step up and deliver the funding we need to tackle the climate injustice, racial injustice and economic injustice facing working families while creating a new generation of well-paying union jobs.

However, investments alone are far from sufficient. In order to shift the balance of power in favor of working people, we need to rewrite the fundamental rules of the economy. That’s why President Biden is calling on Congress to finally pass the PRO Act and strengthen our freedom to organize on the job. As we’ve said time and again, we can only build back better if union members are doing the building.
Labor Movement Condemns Georgia Republicans’ Outrageous Voter Suppression Law
March 26, 2021
Statement from AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka after Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signed S.B. 202, a sweeping voter suppression bill:

Georgia Republicans have shown their true colors. The rushed passage of S.B. 202 is no less than a full-blown assault on Georgians’ right to vote, one aimed at silencing working people of color across the state. Brian Kemp is openly dragging Georgia’s elections back to the Jim Crow era, from making it harder to register to vote to criminalizing those who bring water to voters waiting at the polls.

Kemp and his party have seen what happens when working people make our voices heard. Change happens. Progress happens. We build a stronger, more just future—and throw right-wing extremists out of power.
Thursday’s actions are a clear reminder that Georgia Republicans aren’t interested in representing Georgians, much less amplifying their voices. They are only interested in preserving their own power.

America’s labor movement will not stand by quietly, and we will continue fighting for a future in which every voter has free and fair access to the ballot. Working Georgians overcame enormous obstacles to win change in November and again in January. Organizing together, we can overcome this challenge as well.
Ohio AFL-CIO Workers First Agenda
With the election of President Joe Biden and a pro-worker Congress, the AFL-CIO is aggressively advancing a Workers First agenda which includes the PRO Act and several key areas that emphasizes the dignity of work and building back better with union jobs. You can learn more about the National AFL-CIO Workers First Agenda here

The Ohio AFL-CIO followed suit and has adopted an Ohio-specific “Workers First” agenda that the federation will be working on in the Ohio General Assembly over the next two years.
As the essential nature of our workforce and unions has been on display during the pandemic, Union favorability among Americans is at a near all-time high. Our Workers First agenda will focus on six key areas that invest in workers and rebuilds our economy from the middle class out. Our 2021-22 Legislative Agenda is outlined in a downloadable PDF here.
 PRO Act Day of Action: April 8
Bottom Line Upfront

April 8 is a national day of action for the PRO Act. Spread the word and get ready to call your senators.
Hi Brian,
Mark your calendars! On April 8, we’re going to flood the Senate phone lines with support for the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act.
Many of you have already contacted your lawmakers about this, and we thank you. We’re almost there. If we can get this passed, working people’s rights will be protected for generations to come.
We put some information below to explain why we need the PRO Act and what the current status is.
We’ll also have a panel that talks about how the PRO Act helps women who work.
See you on April 8.
In Solidarity, 
Why do we need the PRO Act?

Our outdated labor laws are no longer strong enough to protect us in the workplace.
High-profile corporations openly union-bust without facing consequences. Anti-worker lawmakers have passed divisive and racist “right to work” laws in 27 states. Inequality has skyrocketed without unions to fight back.
The PRO Act would change that.
Where is the bill now?

It passed the House on March 9 with bipartisan support. President Biden has called on Congress to send it to his desk. The Senate is the final obstacle, and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said the PRO Act will get a floor vote if 50 senators co-sponsor it.
Let’s show the Senate that people are pro-union across the country and across party lines. 
Tell Senator Rob Portman To Pass the PRO Act NOW!
The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act last year, but anti-worker legislators in the Senate blocked it. Undeterred, working people fought to elect pro-worker lawmakers to the Senate, House and White House. And we won.

Lawmakers gave us their word they would make the PRO Act a top priority. It’s time for them to keep that promise. The House passed the PRO Act for a second time on March 9, 2021, sending the bill to the U.S. Senate.

The PRO Act is the cornerstone of the AFL-CIO’s Workers First Agenda. If it passes, it would:
  • Empower workers to organize and bargain.
  • Hold corporations accountable for union-busting.
  • Repeal “right to work” laws, which were created during the Jim Crow era to keep White and Black workers from organizing together.

Stronger unions mean higher wages, safer working conditions and dignity for all people who work. The PRO Act is our first step to get there.

Customizable PRO Act Flyer:
Please Download, Customize, and Use!
Please see the working families toolkit flier for the PRO ACT. Remember this flier is available for customization at Below is an example for your reference.
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The 34th Annual Cincinnati AFL-CIO Labor Council Golf Tournament!
Brothers, Sisters, and Friends of Cincinnati working families:

The Cincinnati AFL-CIO Labor Council’s 34th Annual Golf Tournament is Friday, August 6, 2021, once again on the Grizzly Course at the City of Mason Golf Center! This nationally renowned course was designed by Jack Nicklaus, 18-time Major Champion and Ohio native, and has been host to several PGA, LPGA, and Senior PGA tournaments.

The entry fee is $150 per individual golfer or $500 for a four-person team. The fees include greens fees, carts, coffee, donuts, lunch, and prizes. Individuals and/or organizations may also purchase hole sponsorship ($150), lunch-only tickets ($35), our VIP Package, which includes a four-person team plus hole sponsorship ($600). We also gratefully accept donated items for door prizes at this fun event!

The downloadable flyer included below lists all relevant details, including directions and a registration form with payment information. Just fill it out and send it along with your check made payable to Cincinnati AFL-CIO Labor Council to Cincinnati AFL-CIO Labor Council, 1385 Tennessee Avenue, 2nd Floor, Cincinnati OH 45229 and you are done.

The Cincinnati AFL-CIO Labor Council Annual Golf Tournament helps provide the Council with the resources it needs to strengthen the Labor movement and continue providing valuable resources and services to working families in the greater Cincinnati area.

On behalf of over one-hundred-plus union affiliates, our union members, and all working families, I thank you for your continued support. We look forward to seeing you Friday, August 6!

In Solidarity, U and I…
Peter McLinden, Esq.
Executive Secretary - Treasurer
Cincinnati AFL-CIO Labor Council
Working for Working People!
MARCH 30, 2021 ─ Brown, Wyden, Warren, Smith and Casey Announce Plans to Introduce New Bill to Build Child Care Infrastructure and Availability ─ WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Bob Casey, (D-PA) and Tina Smith (D-MN) announced that they plan to introduce a new bill allocating mandatory funding to build child care availability over the long term and treat child care like the critical infrastructure that it is for... READ MORE

MARCH 30, 2021 ─ American Rescue Plan Includes Millions to Help Get Ohioans Vaccinated ─ CLEVELAND, OH – Every day this week, the office of U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) is highlighting key victories for Ohio in the American Rescue Plan, critical legislation that will help Ohio recover from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Today, as part of the Help is Here Ohio series, Brown’s office is... READ MORE

MARCH 29, 2021 ─ BROWN, KLOBUCHAR REQUEST SUPPORT FOR WOMEN IN RESEARCH WORKFORCE ─ WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) wrote to National Science Foundation (NSF) Director Dr. Sethuraman Panchanathan requesting information on NSF’s efforts to support women in faculty and research roles who have been disproportionately affected by the public health and economic crises brought on by the... READ MORE

MARCH 29, 2021 ─ BROWN: CDC EVICTION MORATORIUM IS “ESSENTIAL” ─ WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, today released the following statement after Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Walensky announced an extension of the CDC eviction moratorium through June 30th, 2021:“No one should be left without... READ MORE

**Download Help is Here Ohio Graphics HERE**CLEVELAND, OH – Every day this week, the office of U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) is highlighting key victories for Ohio in the American Rescue Plan, critical legislation that will help Ohio recover from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Today, as part of the Help is Here Ohio series, Brown’s office is... READ MORE

MARCH 26, 2021 ─ Brown, Padilla, Cortez Masto, Chu, Scott, Grijalva and Adams to Introduce Heat Stress Legislation to Protect Farm Workers ─ WASHINGTON, DC — Today, at the start of National Farmworkers Week (March 25-31), U.S. Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Alex Padilla (D-CA) and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) announced legislation to ensure the safety and health of workers who are exposed to dangerous heat conditions in the workplace. The senators’ bill, the Asunción Valdivia Heat Illness... READ MORE
IBEW Local 212 President Mischke Swears In New Brothers and His Actual Bother!
President Jason Mischke swearing in new members to the IBEW including his actual brother Josh! (Pictured above) If you have family or friends working in the trade, let them know that there's never been a better time than NOW to join the IBEW. "We are busy now and will be into the foreseeable future." said Rick Fischer Business Manager for Local 212. Even through the lock downs for the coronavirus, work has kept going at very steady pace. We pride ourselves on not only a job well done, but also a job done with the utmost safety. 

If you or someone you know that has an interest in becoming an electrician we also have a top notch apprenticeship. Its located on Glenway Avenue on the westside of Cincinnati. Classes are filling up fast. Look them up on the web or our site is or call 513-559-0200.
GSG Webinar: Commissioner Alicia Reece and
COVID Relief Discussion with Commissioner Reece

Join us with Commissioner Alicia Reece to discuss 513-Relief and the Economic Recovery Task Force as Hamilton County moves forward. Reece was elected to the Commission in 2020 and is a former Ohio Representative and Cincinnati City Councilmember.
Help is here.

Hamilton County now has a one-stop website for COVID-19 relief information. From vaccine registration to rental assistance, has everything you need to know.
The Paindemic: The Intersection between the COVID-19 Pandemic and Deaths of Despair
Thursday, April 8, 2021
2:00 - 3:30 p.m. EDT
Event registration: 

In this webinar we will detail the extent of the problem of deaths of despair and how the COVID-19 pandemic has added fuel to the fire. Increased stress related to pandemic conditions and its effect on mental health are important factors driving an increase in alcohol consumption, opioid overdoses and fatalities, and increased suicides. Mental health concerns include anxiety, depression, and increased risk of post-traumatic stress disorder.

Getting infected, infecting family members, as well as adjusting to changes in work and work schedules, loss of pay, and work-place violence are major issues of concerns. It is also difficult to manage confrontations and escalation that may result from customers, clients, or vendors refusing to comply with COVID-19 safety protocols. Minority and low wage workers tend to be most impacted by stressors including lack of access to healthcare, food and housing insecurity, job loss, and discrimination. In addition to these discussions from high profile panelists, we will also review interventions such as peer assistance programs, training, and increased access to mental health and substance use care in the workplace.


  • L. Casey Chosewood, M.D., M.P.H. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
  • Mike Hazard United Association Union of Plumber, Fitters, Welders, & Service Techs
  • Arthur Lee, M.D. Fisk University
  • Jamie C. Osborne, M.P.H. NIOSH
National COSH and the COSH network are the home of the occupational health & safety movement in the U.S. National COSH convenes the Protecting Workers Alliance and its PWA listserv as an advocacy alliance and information clearinghouse for trainers, organizers, and researchers supporting workers in their fight for safety and justice. Thank you for joining us and supporting working people.
LWVCA Celebrates Making Democracy Work!
Zoom Event-April 29, 4:30-6pm
Join us in honoring Sherry Poland, Sally Krisel and their team at the Hamilton County Board of Elections at this free, virtual celebration! The League of Women Voters of the Cincinnati Area is proud to honor them for their important work during the turbulent 2020 Primary and Presidential Elections and their ongoing efforts to continue Making Democracy Work in the most critical way.
Following the awards presentation, we’ll hear from Secretary of State, Frank LaRose, on his experience and lessons learned during the 2020 Elections and the importance of the voting process.
Click HERE to register for the free event.
Hoping to support the LWVCA at the celebration? You can also purchase any of these while you get your tickets:
MDW Starter Kit - $50
Show your support and get some handy tools for making democracy work including a ‘Votes for Women’ sash, suffrage note cards, League of Women Voters Pen, a pocket Constitution and more!
League VIP Supporter - $150

Become a VIP Supporter and we’ll thank you with a MDW Starter Kit and a framed Meneese Wall signed art print like this one. We will also recognize you during the event and in event fliers.

Event Sponsor - $500

Event sponsors will receive recognition on all marketing material and during the event. Event sponsors will also be recognized on our social media pages and listed as a sponsor at next year’s in-person event.
Suffrage Celebration Basket -1 additional entry for each $10 donation
Everyone who registers for the event will automatically be entered to win the Suffrage Celebration Basket which includes the Art Book: We Demand The Right To Vote: The Journey to the 19th Amendment by Meneese Wall, a League of Women Voters T-shirt, ‘Vote’ socks, other League swag, wine, spirits and a year-long membership to the League of Women Voters of the Cincinnati Area.
The FMCS Institute has can't miss solutions for your training needs! Registration available now.
Real-world, practical, conflict-resolution training opportunities!
Sharpen your skills with live, instructor-led virtual courses.
 Registration open now.

Implicit Bias and Microaggressions
You have probably heard the expression “What you don’t know can’t hurt you.” Maybe it’s true somewhere, but when it comes to dealing with our biases, it could not be farther from the truth. In the first session, we will look at the biases we all have, many of which we may not be conscious of. Not only can they hurt us, but they can hurt our clients and co-workers, and our productivity as well. Becoming aware of our own biases will help us mitigate them in the workplace and promote a culture of courtesy, respect, and collaboration.

In part two of this two-part series, we will focus on microaggressions. Merriam -Webster defines a microaggression as a "comment or action that subtly and often unconsciously or unintentionally expresses a prejudiced attitude toward a member of a marginalized group (such as a racial minority)" They are experienced as slights, insults, indignities, and denigrating messages even though they may not have been intended to cause harm and invisible to the perpetrator. This online workshop will include discussion, exercises, and actions we can take to understand, uncover and reduce some of our biases in a safe and constructive environment.

For additional details, contact FCMS at 202-606-FMCS (3627) or
To learn about custom-tailored courses for your organization taught by seasoned labor-relations practitioners, or to inquire about discounted group rates, contact Valerie Harragin at
The FMCS Institute for Conflict Management delivers practical, experience-based, conflict resolution training for individuals and groups. Institute training is specifically designed to meet the real-world challenges of labor-management relations and organizational change. Programs provide participants the opportunity to interact with and learn from experienced practitioners. The Institute staff is comprised of FMCS Mediators, FMCS Office of Strategy and Development staff, and private-sector arbitrators. Sessions are held at locations nationwide.
FMCS Institute is a SHRM Recertification Provider.
Join Us for a Free Medicare Webinar Series this April
Are You Approaching Retirement? Here’s What You need to Know About Medicare!

If you are approaching age 65 (or retirement past age 65) , you likely have questions about how your health coverage will change once you retire. The Cincinnati AFL-CIO Labor Council has partnered with RetireMEDiQ who offers health insurance resources to simplify your transition to Medicare.

To learn more about your eligibility, enrollment, and options with Medicare, we invite you to attend an educational webinar: Medicare 101: Understanding Medicare.

Please click the link to join us at 12:00PM on Thursday April 8 this informative webinar.

During this webinar, we will introduce the basics of Medicare and answer your questions directly. That way, you can start planning ahead as you look forward to retirement. Register today!

For Early Retirees
 Is your Medicare Pan right for You?

Are you an Early Retiree -or would you like to be one?  Are you no longer on an Employer Group health plan, but not yet eligible for Medicare?

We know the value of getting simple answers to your health insurance questions. To lessen the confusion around pre- Medicare health insurance, the Cincinnati AFL-CIO Labor Council and RetireMEDiQ have partnered to communicate the latest options for Early Retirees.

If you’d like to learn more about your health care options, we invite you to attend our upcoming webinar: Retiring Before Age 65 – Your Health coverage Options.

Please click the link to join us at 12:00 PM on Tuesday April 27 for this informative webinar.

This webinar will provide a resource for reviewing your COBRA, ACA Marketplace and other Early Retiree Health insurance options. 
This change is a good one...
Mark your calendars: Double Your Dollars Day is moving to the spring this year — April 21 to be exact!

Why the change? Because we need to prepare now to support tristate kids this summer.
When summer begins and free or reduced school meals are no longer available, having enough food can become a challenge for many families. And when you add in continued financial hardship due to the pandemic, we know this summer will be even harder.

We need to raise funds to help fill the gap, and we hope you’ll join us.

Double Your Dollars Day
April 21

Join us for Double Your Dollars Day (spring edition), when every $1 you give will become $2—up to $100K—thanks to American Mortgage and our Second Helping Donors.

Want to give now? You can! All early gifts made in response to this email will count toward our goal and be matched $1 for $1. Donate today and double your gift to help hungry kids, struggling families and seniors facing hunger this summer.

Thanks for standing with us in the belief that hunger should be the furthest thing from a child’s mind.

— Your Friends at Freestore Foodbank

PS: This summer help kids focus on just being kids. Mark your calendar for Double Your Dollars Day on April 21 (Google CalendariCal or Outlook) and give today!

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Ohio Department of Health COVID-19 Update
Take the Shot
Retired Cincinnati Bengal and Pro Football Hall of Famer Anthony Munoz has always listened to his doctors. He’s listening now, too. He took his shot.
COVID-19 Mass Vaccination Clinics
March 31, 2021 COVID-19 - The State of Ohio is sponsoring 18 mass vaccination clinics to ensure all Ohioans have access to COVID-19 vaccine as it becomes more widely available. Once they are operating, any Ohioan who is eligible to receive the vaccine under the Ohio Department of Health’s vaccination plan will be able to get a vaccination at any of Ohio's mass vaccination clinics. Find information here about each clinic and how to sign up for a vaccine appointment.

Youth ages 16 and 17 must have parental consent for any vaccine and must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian to receive the vaccine. These individuals are eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine, the only COVID-19 vaccine authorized for use with people under age 18.
COVID-19 Vaccination Program
Check Eligibility and Book Your Vaccination

How to sign up:

Learn more: Find answers to your questions about COVID-19 vaccines at
COVID-19 By The Numbers
Global Confirmed ─ 129,032,284
Global Deaths ─ 2,818,245
U.S. Confirmed ─ 30,461,312
U.S. Deaths ─ 552,073
Global Map        U.S. Map

Current Trends

Below are the current reporting trends for key indicators calculated from data reported to the Ohio Department of Health. The graphics and information were taken from the Ohio Department of Health Coronavirus (COVID-19) website Thursday, April 1, 2021.
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