Labor Council

Friday, July 9, 2021
A Statement from President Trumka
For too long, lip service has been paid to infrastructure without making the investments we need. It’s time to build. The bipartisan infrastructure framework secured by President Joe Biden would be the single greatest infrastructure investment in history; it has the potential to create good union jobs and middle-class opportunity. Investing in roads, bridges, transit, rail, climate change mitigation, electric vehicles, clean drinking water, high-speed internet, resilient transmission lines and more would make America a stronger, more competitive nation. The final legislation must ensure infrastructure jobs have full labor protections, and nothing in the bill can be used as a back door to privatization. We urge Congress and the administration to continue working together to achieve a long-overdue infrastructure breakthrough. And that must be followed quickly by the rest of the multitrillion-dollar Build Back Better agenda, including the American Families Plan and the PRO Act.
Supreme Court Voting Decision Will Have Dire Consequences for Democracy
July 1, 2021 -  Statement from AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on Brnovich v. Democratic National Committee U.S. Supreme Court Decision: 

The labor movement has always fought for the freedom to vote without discrimination and without intimidation. Today, that freedom was once again attacked by a Supreme Court dead set on unraveling democracy at the workplace and the ballot box. Endorsing the efforts of extremist Arizona lawmakers to silence voters’ voices based on the color of their skin is a stain on the highest court in the land. It also makes it that much more difficult to challenge discriminatory voting laws in the future. 

America’s unions are committed to working with our allies to pass the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, the For the People Act and the PRO Act to prevent future attacks on our democratic freedoms.
Cincinnati Pro act Canvass Day of Action
Who: Cincinnati AFL-CIO and Affiliates

What: hosting a Pro Act canvass day of Action

When: July 17, 2021 @ 11am-1pm

Where: 200 Kovach drive Cincinnati Ohio 45215

Why: To raise awareness about the Pro Act

How: By canvassing our neighborhoods and reaching out to union households 
Invitation: Decarbonizing the Economy
Clean energy innovation can help us reduce carbon emissions without eliminating heavy industries and hurting working families. Join energy and labor leaders on July 12 at 11 a.m. ET as they discuss pursuing the clean energy transition.

Fighting climate change doesn’t have to come at the expense of good-paying union jobs.
We can reduce carbon emissions and create opportunities for economic revitalization in America’s manufacturing industries. If we use hydrogen and carbon capture technology, we can protect jobs in steel, concrete, petrochemicals, electricity and more.
The Ohio River Valley is a historic corridor for American manufacturing and a perfect location to implement hydrogen and carbon capture technology, because we want to create jobs and opportunities within communities impacted by clean energy transition and environmental degradation.
We’ll be joined by labor and energy leaders like:

  • Richard Trumka, President, AFL-CIO
  • Ernest J. Moniz, President and CEO, Energy Futures Initiative
  • Liz Shuler, Secretary-Treasurer, AFL-CIO
  • Roxanne Brown, International Vice President, United Steelworkers

The science is clear. These innovations aren’t optional. And they don’t require us to sacrifice our livelihoods or living standards. Join us July 12 to find out how.
In Solidarity,
Cincinnati Labor Council Bids Farwell
To Two of Our Own
This past Wednesday evening marked a number of milestones and reasons for both joy and sadness as we gathered for the first in-person Delegate meeting since February of 2020.

It was truly renewing and revitalizing to come together and celebrate in the truest sense of unity and solidarity, in person, face to face, and warm embrace meeting warm embrace.

However, it was also a time for saying goodbye to Executive Secretary Peter M. McLinden, Esq. who has rejoined the ranks of AFSCME Ohio Council 8 as the Regional Director for Dayton Area and to Ms. Yolanda Miller from LiUNA Local 265 who is stepping away from her role as the Labor Liaison to United Way of Greater Cincinnati to retire.

Special awards of recognition were presented to each Peter McLinden for his leadership and Ms. Yolanda for her dedication and years of tireless service. We wish for each of them nothing but the greatest success and deepest joy as they each turn the page and open a whole new chapter in the adventure called "Life!"

Here are some pictures captured during this very bitter/sweet evening:
Join Us For Our Labor Day Picnic at Coney Island Park!
Dear Sisters, Brothers and Friends,
We’re pleased to inform you that the 2021 Cincinnati AFL-CIO Labor Day Picnic will be held once again this year on September 6th at Coney Island.
As you know, this is the largest event of its kind in the country. The picnic celebrates union working men and women and draws approximately 20,000 people each year. The 2021 Cincinnati AFL-CIO Labor Day Picnic program book helps to finance the event, which highlights local unions, union employers, and affiliated businesses and services, and it is an excellent way to introduce your organization to union members and working families.
I am writing to ask you to consider purchasing ad space in our 2021 program book.

A rate sheet/order form is enclosed for your review as well as sample ads from last year’s program book. You may submit your artwork to the Cincinnati AFL-CIO Labor Council, 1385 Tennessee Avenue, 2nd floor, Cincinnati, Ohio 45229 and electronically to Checks should be made payable to the Cincinnati AFL-CIO Labor Council.
We also invite you to attend and participate in our Labor Day festivities. I hope you, your family, and your friends are able to join us to celebrate working families. Thank you for your consideration and support with the Labor Day picnic. If you have any questions, please email Brian Griffin at or call him at (513) 421-1846 x5.
In unity and solidarity…
Bill Froehle,
President, Cincinnati AFL-CIO Labor Council
Business Manager, Plumbers, Pipefitters, & MES Local 392
Local Bricklayers Apprentices Go Three For Three at MCAA Skills Challenge at The World of Concrete Convention in Las Vegas
Being a member of the Union Building Trades, we often boast about the quality and value of our registered apprenticeship programs. This pride in our apprenticeships is well earned. We train the future craftworkers in our trade to become highly skilled workers in our earn as you learn advanced education programs.
Our apprentices graduate from our programs with zero debt. They receive college credits for their classes and can graduate with an associates degree if desired. Our programs receive no local, state, or federal monies to operate. They are funded 100% by membership contributions. From the time an apprentice starts the program they are compensated with good wages and benefits that include health insurance and retirement contributions.
How can we measure the effectiveness of our apprenticeship program beyond just counting the number of skilled craftworkers that gain journeyman status? In the masonry industry, the Mason Contractors Association of America hosts skills competitions, where apprentices compete and are judged on projects that must be completed in a limited time frame. You must qualify for the national competition by placing in regional competitions that are held all over the country.
The MCAA Skills Challenge was held last month at The World of Concrete Convention in Las Vegas. The competition is divided into 1st, 2nd, and 3rd year categories, and I am proud to announce that Ohio Administrative District Council of International Union of Bricklayers sent three apprentices to Vegas and they all three placed.
First year apprentice Grant Miller of Local 18 took 2nd place in the 1st year category. Ryan Clark of local 46 took 1st place in the second year. Jordan Back from local 22 earned 3rd place in the 3rd year category.

Congratulations! Their performances are a result of their hard work and a testimony to the quality of the training we provide.
U.S Senator Sherrod Brown: Working For Working People!
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Chris Murphy (D-CT), and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) applauded a new, finalized rule from Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to strengthen their Made in USA label enforcement. The senators have led efforts in pressing the FTC to utilize all of their existing authority to... READ MORE

JULY 06, 2021 ― Brown, Blunt Applaud Trade Commission Ruling on Mattress Antidumping Investigation  ― WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Roy Blunt (R-MO) are applauding the ruling from the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) and the U.S. Department of Commerce for taking action on antidumping following investigations into mattresses imported from Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Serbia, Thailand, Turkey, and Vietnam,... READ MORE

JULY 02, 2021 ― by Todd Helberg  ― Brown discusses housing during Defiance roundtable
Local officials who attended a roundtable Thursday afternoon with U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio in Defiance say the city and surrounding area has a housing shortage. Brown met with those officials to discuss that topic alone — approximately two hours after he toured Spangler Candy Co. in Bryan and held a press conference there to tout a pension... READ MORE

JULY 02, 2021 — by Todd Helberg ― Brown touts pension 'fix' in Bryan
BRYAN — Ohio's Democratic U.S. senator made a visit to Spangler Candy Co. here Thursday morning to announce what he described as a pension "fix" for the company's unionized workforce. Sherrod Brown first toured the facility, then held a press conference to explain how federal legislation will help fill a multi-million-dollar gap in pension funds for... READ MORE
COPE Dinner 2021: Save the Date


6:00 pm Reception and
7:00 pm Dinner.

Details of Place and Keynote Speaker Coming SOON!!!
Ohio AFL-CIO: Southwest Field Rep Update
Saturday July 17, 2021 @ 11 am- 1pm, the Cincinnati AFL-CIO will be kicking off the Pro Act week of action with a massive community wide canvass to educate our union households and neighbors, about the the Pro Act. The Event will take place at the IUPAT (200 Kovach Dr. Cincinnati, Ohio 45215) this is our opportunity to increase awareness and support for this groundbreaking bill. Refreshments and Pro Act postcards will be available to volunteers and participants. Come out and help us get the Pro Act Passed!
HB 294: Ohio Anti-Voter Bill
 On May 6, 2021, Cong. Bill Seitz (R-30) introduced HB 294, a new voter bill meant to harm the democratic process in Ohio by making drastic changes to Ohio election Law. According to the Ohio Democratic Caucus, HB 294 would:
  • Limits counties to one ballot drop box location for 10 days before an election—regardless of how large or populated a county is.
  •  Eliminates one of the busiest final three days of early voting - Monday.
  •  Two forms of ID would be required to apply online for a mail ballot and vote-by-mail voters would be subject to a new three-tier ID rule with strict photo ID as the preference
  •  If a vote-by-mail ballot is not inside TWO envelopes--the inner envelope and the outer return envelope—it will be thrown out. 
  • The bill doesn’t add any automated voter registration to the voters’ experience. It continues the same Motor Voter policy in place since 1995. In fact, it explicitly excludes online BMV customers from the opportunity to register to vote.
  • Keeps large numbers of young people from the requesting mail ballots online by requiring 2 forms of ID, (incl. photo ID).
  • Makes ban on public offices paying return postage even stricter than current law. Paying voters’ return postage would remove a barrier to voting by mail.
For more information go to:
Pro Act
Pro Act Summary: The Pro Act (H.R. 842) passed the House of Representatives with a vote of 225-206 by the 117th congress On March 9, 2021. The bill is at a stand still in the Senate. The National AFL-CIO has revamped their efforts to fight for the key bill by asking affiliates to contact all 100 Senators to Pass the Pro Act. In Ohio specifically, we are targeting Sen. Rob Portman and Sen. Sherrod Brown. The Passage of the Pro Act would strengthen unions, penalize employers for violating labor laws and eliminate ALL Right to Work laws. There is a big push for the Pro Act week of Action which will begin July 17-July 25. Please stay tuned for an update of events and actions available during the week of action!  
PRO Act Actions
PRO Act Canvass Day of Action: On Saturday July 17, 2021 @ 11 am- 1pm, the Cincinnati AFL-CIO will be kicking off the Pro Act week of action with a massive community wide canvass to educate our union households and neighbors about the importance of the Pro Act. The Event will take place at the IUPAT (200 Kovach Dr. Cincinnati, Ohio 45215) This is our opportunity to increase awareness and support for this pivotal bill. Refreshments will be available to volunteers and participants. Come out and help us get the Pro Act Passed!
PRO Act Week of Action: From July 17- July 25, the Ohio AFL-CIO and the all the Central Labor Councils from around the state will be hosting PRO Act events through out the week! Look out for weekly updates on the upcoming Cincinnati AFL-CIO Actions!
Pro Act Postcards: PRO ACT POSTCARDS ARE IN! We have added a new action for the Pro act campaign. We have a postcard campaign geared toward our Ohio senators. The paid postage postcards are available at the CLC or you can order at any time! Every Postcard order made will contain half Sen. Portman postcard and half Sen. Brown post cards. Follow the link to request postcards today!
Labor 2021
Everyday we get closer to Election Day 2021. As we progress toward that day, we must continue to build and strengthen our Labor 2021 program. In order to build that program, we need to hit 3 big objectives by August. We must….
1. Update our L.U.C Database
We can start this process by identify local union coordinators (L.U.C’s), Political coordinators and organizers willing to learn and organize their communities and unions. This comes as a follow-up after our most robust L.U.C round up last year that contributed to the big Presidential win last November.

We can continue this trend of successful elections as long as we continue to build our Local Union Coordinator Database. If your Union has a new or existing: political director(s), LPC(s) or Political organize(s), please Email or contact me!
 2. Get members registered to Vote!
 With the end of the first phase of Labor 2021, I wanted to take the opportunity to encourage Leaders, Members and Activists to distribute voter registration forms and links to their unions and communities. As you know, the key to winning elections is voter power! Lets build that power by getting our friends and family registered. Please download voter registration or request forms from the CLC today! 

3. Educate members about our endorsed candidates
  After endorsements have completed, we will have actions and flyers with our slate of Labor endorsed candidates. I will also have a campaign plan submitted for the CLC to follow through out the Labor 2021 campaign!
Special Appeal to my Friends & Colleagues... to sponsor my Paddle to Louisville next week to support Adventure Crew
Good morning!

You may think I am crazy... But I am doing it again.

Paddling 138 miles from Cincinnati to Louisville July 8-11 to raise funds for Adventure Crew.  

I would be very grateful if you would consider sponsoring me at $.25, $.50, $.75, $1.00 or even $3.00 per mile. Every dime I raise will help Adventure Crew get more urban teens off their digital devices and outside to paddle, hike, bike, climb, camp and fish.

Through Adventure Crew, city teens in our 24 high schools develop the courageous spirit to step out of their comfort zone and discover new worlds - outside in nature, and inside themselves. This deep connection to nature will change the course of their lives no matter what environment they are in.

Here is the LINK to make your tax-deductible contribution.

You can follow my trip on my Facebook page starting next Thursday.

Thanks SO much for considering this request.  

With gratitude,
P.S. Please consider helping out even more by forwarding this note to your friends and family.

Brewster Rhoads 
Board Member, Adventure Crew 
Chair, Ohio River Paddlefest - benefiting Adventure Crew
Its on!! Paddlefest 2021, August 6 and 7
FMCS Institute Training: Registration now open for some of our most in-demand courses!
Training for the real-world challenges of labor-management relations and organizational change.
We have multiple, dynamic, online workshops to deliver practical, experience-based, conflict resolution techniques for individuals and groups. These programs provide participants the opportunity to interact with and learn from experienced practitioners. Register today for some of our most in-demand courses. 
Mediation Skills (Online)

Dealing effectively with conflict in the workplace has become a critical function in public and private organizations. Employers and employees are increasingly turning towards mediation to avoid costly and time-consuming litigation. Mediation has successfully applied to many types of workplace disputes, including grievances, EEO complaints, superior/subordinate problems, and peer conflicts. This workshop focuses on the mediation process and skills required to be successful. Facilitating difficult conversations, creative problem-solving, interpersonal negotiations, and communication will be covered.

Highly interactive, this course will use large and small group discussion, online discussion boards, role-plays reflecting a variety of workplace conflicts, and other exercises along with instructor-led presentations to prepare you for real-life workplace disputes and problem resolution.

Instructor: FMCS Commissioner Denise McKenney
Becoming a Labor Arbitrator (Online)

Please note that there will be coursework during the four weeks prior to the live webinar portion of the course.  To create the best experience, part of the course will take place asynchronously in the weeks before the live (synchronous) sessions: this means that you will be provided with readings, videos, and slide presentations that you may view at your own convenience, and then be asked to participate, within a flexible schedule, on discussion boards with each other and class instructors in response to questions and postings. This approach, which will reduce the number of hours in front of a screen during the live webinar, will be illustrated and explained during an orientation meeting to take place on September 14, at 3pm- 5pm Eastern Time. 

Instructors: Arbitrators Brian Clauss and Kathryn VanDagens
Federal Sector Arbitration (Online)

Seeking to start or expand your labor arbitration practice in the federal sector? This program is geared to current FMCS Roster arbitrators needing a greater understanding of unique aspects of arbitration of disputes between federal agencies and their unions. The course will focus on the distinction between federal and private sector practice, with a review of the statutes, regulations, executive orders, and developing changes in direction at the FLRA. Substantial emphasis will be placed on working with case scenarios.

Instructors: FMCS Director of Arbitration Services, Arthur Pearlstein and Alan Symonette, Esq.
September 21-23 and 28-30

  2-part course (6 days of training, Tues, Wed, Thurs 11a -5p EST)
$1,200 early bird by 8/23
Regular price $1,300

October 18 -22  

(Pre-requisites include biography or resume and pre-work assignments 9/14-10/17)
Fee: $2,700

October 26-27

11a - 5p Eastern
Orientation meeting on October 4, 2p-4p Eastern)
Fee: $950

NIEHS Worker Training Program (WTP) Resources
NEW Fact Sheet: Selection and Use of Portable Air Cleaners to Protect Workers from Exposure to SARS-CoV-2

WTP released a new fact sheet on selection and use of portable air cleaners. The fact sheet provides guidance to help employers, building operators, and union officials select and use portable air cleaners to remove virus-contaminated air in indoor spaces.

Building Programs to Protect Workers from COVID-19 in the Workplace Resource Now Available in Spanish

The WTP resource, Building Programs to Protect Workers from COVID-19 in the Workplace, is now available in Spanish. The goal of the resource is to increase health and safety awareness for workers to prevent potential exposure to COVID-19. Available as a pdf and ppt.
COVID-19 Dashboard

ODH is making COVID-19 data available for public review while also protecting patient privacy.

The State of Ohio COVID-19 Dashboard displays the most recent preliminary data reported to the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) about cases, hospitalizations and deaths in Ohio by selected demographics and county of residence. Data for cases and hospitalizations is reported to ODH via the Ohio Disease Reporting System (ODRS), and verified mortality data is reported via the Electronic Death Registration System (EDRS).

Below are the current reporting trends from Thursday, July 8 for key indicators calculated from data reported to the Ohio Department of Health. These trends are updated daily and are presented by report date.
Below is a snapshot of key metrics pulled Thursday, July 8 from daily data reporting to the Ohio Department of Health. These metrics are updated daily.
Hamilton County
Clermont County
Brown County
Butler County
Warren County
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