Labor Council

Saturday, October 9, 2021
Message from President Liz Shuler
The two jobs bills before Congress, infrastructure and reconciliation, represent one of the greatest investments in working people in American history. Roads and bridges. Transit and broadband. Child care and paid leave. Clean energy jobs and health care. And a key provision of the PRO Act, the first financial penalties against union-busting employers since the National Labor Relations Act was passed in 1935. This is big. These are the investments in our families, communities and nation that we’ve championed for decades.
We remain optimistic that the House will bring this broadly popular and critically important bipartisan infrastructure legislation to the floor for a vote. The stakes remain too high to let this moment pass us by. America’s working families are counting on Congress to pass this transformative bill that invests in roads, bridges, transit, rail, climate change mitigation, electric vehicles, clean drinking water, high-speed internet, resilient transmission lines and more that will create good-paying union jobs. We remain committed to the entirety of President Biden’s Build Back Better agenda, and urge Congress to quickly complete action on the budget reconciliation bill. We will continue to support Speaker Pelosi and Majority Leader Schumer as they work to move both critical pieces of legislation across the finish line. We cannot allow trillions of dollars of investment in our jobs, families and communities to fall by the wayside.

The bottom line is we need to pass the full Build Back Better agenda. And we want it to be as big and bold as possible. The bills may be split in two, but there is one goal: good union jobs.
President Shuler Stands with NWSLPA Members Fighting Systemic Abuse
Four coaches for the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) have resigned or been fired in recent months after receiving allegations of abusing their players. The league canceled its matches last weekend as the NWSL Players Association (NWSLPA) demanded systemic change. Last night, AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler (pictured above, right) and Oregon AFL-CIO President Graham Trainor (IBEW, left) attended the Portland Thorns FC game held at Providence Park in Oregon. Shuler posted on Twitter:
“Tonight, I witnessed the power of collective voice. NWSLPA, including my home team, Thorns Football Club, are bravely fighting to fix a broken system that has gone unchecked for far too long. And the labor movement is with them, every step of the way.”
Listen: President Liz Shuler on MarketPlace
AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler spoke to “MarketPlace” host Kai Ryssdal on Friday about how our federation is working to build a modern labor movement and create more good jobs. Click here to listen to the interview. Here is a portion of President Shuler’s remarks:
“Congress is busy at work as we speak, trying to come to terms on what this investment agenda is going to look like. And right now, workers are getting the short end of the stick. The inequality levels are sky high. We have a polarized economy where some people are doing very well, and others—you know, most of us, the 99%—have to work two and three jobs just to get by, when we think one job should be enough to support a family. So that’s what we’re advocating for—that the labor movement will be that center of gravity for working people to demand more and get our fair share of the growth that’s happening in the economy.”
Build Back Better Jobs Bills
Build Back Better Jobs Bills Talking Points

Reconciliation Graphics:

State by State Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill Graphics:

The two jobs bills before Congress, infrastructure and reconciliation, represent one of the greatest investments in working people in American history:

  • Budget Reconciliation—$3.5 trillion investment in working families, education, paid leave, child care, clean energy jobs, game-changing infrastructure projects and expansion of health care access. 
  • Includes labor law enforcement with real penalties (a key provision of the PRO Act).

  • Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill—$1 trillion investment in roads, bridges, transit, rail, climate change mitigation, electric vehicles, clean drinking water, high-speed internet, resilient transmission lines and creating good-paying union jobs.

  • The bottom line is we need to pass both jobs bills. And we want the overall package to be as big and bold as possible.

  • Trillions of dollars for working people are at stake. To make life a little easier. To help us thrive. To rebuild a fair path forward for everyone coming out of this pandemic.

  • And the Build Back Better Agenda will cost working and middle class families ZERO dollars.

  • The Build Back Better Agenda will usher in an economy that rewards work, not wealth, by making the ultra-wealthy and corporations pay their fair share, cracking down on tax evasion and closing loopholes.

  • No one making under $400,000 pays a penny more in taxes, including 97 percent of small businesses.

  • The plan will lower costs for working families while creating long-term growth for our economy.

  • America’s labor movement fully supports both critical jobs bills, and it is urgent Congress passes them at once.

  • This is the agenda we voted for in the 2020 election. We cannot let this moment pass us by.
"Where We Go From Here! The 51st Annual Cincinnati AFL-CIO Labor Council COPE Celebration!
“Where We Go from Here?” That is the question that will be asked and answered by the 51st Annual Cincinnati AFL-CIO Labor Council COPE Celebration, Thursday evening, October 21, 2021. Never before has Labor had the opportunity we have today. 

  • Not in any of our lifetimes has there been a political and social environment this favorable to working people and our right to organize! 

  • We have the most pro-union administration in the white house in over 75 years, Labor Unions are more broadly popular now than they've been in over 60 years and younger workers are the biggest backers of unions, with 77% of those 34 and younger having a positive view.

  • The Executive Council Members of the AFL-CIO elected the most diverse leadership team in the history of the AFL-CIO with Liz Shuler, the organization’s first female leader, and United Steelworkers International Vice President Fred Redmond as secretary-treasurer, the first Black American to hold that office.

Our 51st Annual COPE Celebration opens with a special greeting from the newly elected leadership of the AFL-CIO followed by a Cincinnati Labor Council Rising Stars, Young Leaders perspective. Then Aftab PurevalHamilton County Clerk of Courts, and Cincinnati AFL-CIO Endorsed Mayor Candidate will introduce the first of two featured speakers, Tim Ryan, U.S. Representative for Ohio's 13th Congressional District and AFL-CIO Endorsed Candidate for U.S. Senate. Then brother Andre Washington, Vice Chair-Ohio Democratic Party will introduce our second featured speaker, Clayola Brown, AFL-CIO Director - Civil, Human and Women’s Rights.

Now is our time. It is time to embrace the pace and the changing nature of the workplace, workers and to fight for what is rightfully ours. The right to health and safety protections, a livable wage, collective bargaining, universal paid sick leave and family and medical leave, protections for whistleblowers, an end to worker misclassification, health care security, support for child care, the recognition of workers as experts, and the ability to hold corporations accountable for meeting their responsibilities. This is where we go from here. Join us for this epic celebration of Labor in 2021!

Unfortunately, because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the new threat posed by the Delta Variant, we are once again unable to hold our traditional, in-person dinner gathering. Instead, the Cincinnati AFL-CIO will be holding a special COPE online event.

Please download, print, complete and return the registration form below to join Labor Council family and friends to celebrate 51 years of Solidarity and Unity in the Cincinnati Labor movement.
In unity and solidarity,
Labor 2021: Come Lit Drop With The Sisters and Brothers!
Rides to the Polls
Volunteers Needed to Get Our Neighbors to the Polls!

The Greater Cincinnati Voter Collaborative (GCVC) is offering free rides to the polls for voters in the Cincinnati area during early voting and on election day. 

1. The collaborative is still searching for volunteer drivers to help take voters who lack access to transportation to the polls. If you're interested in learning more or signing up for a driving shift, click here

2. Please feel free to spread the word to your networks about free rides to the polls using the attached flyer.

If you have questions, please contact GCVC at
Rep. Miranda Announces $296.3 Million For Education, Health, and Other COVID-19 Support For Ohioans
State Representative
Jessica E. Miranda
Rep. Miranda announces $296.3 million for education, health and other COVID-19 support for Ohioans
COLUMBUS – Rep. Jessica E. Miranda (D-Forest Park) announced today that the state Controlling Board approved several items of note this week, including the allocation of $161.5 million to enhance early childhood education. The funds will help support child care providers navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, recruit employees, and increase access for education. Additionally, $100 million from the federal government were allocated for schools and local districts seeking to maintain vital educational services during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Controlling Board also allocated $3.7 million to support vaccine distribution and $200,000 for COVID-19 testing.
“We are taking important steps to address the educational challenges our students and teachers at all levels have been facing during the pandemic,” said Rep. Miranda. “These relief funds continue to play a critical role in our state’s response to the on-going difficulties our communities face amid COVID-19.”
The Controlling Board approved other measures Monday to support Ohioans amid the coronavirus pandemic, including:

  • $20.5 million over the next two years to support adoption in Ohio;

  • $6 million over the next two years to improve childcare curriculums and train providers;

  • $3 million for the Ohio Broadband and 5G Sector Partnership;

  • $1 million to reimburse the Adjutant General’s Department for costs incurred by providing emergency assistance to Louisiana after Hurricane Ida;

  • $250,000 to help adjudicate claims in the Office of Unemployment Insurance Operations;

  • $115,000 to improve the website and app for statewide traveler information, so that Ohioans can be informed beforehand about road closures, delays, and severe weather;

  •  $39,595 to help provide relevant information for the Office of Unemployment Insurance Operations when seeking to adjudicate claims.
NALC Branch 43 Updates
It’s official - Queen City Letter Carriers Branch 43 are the new property owners of 11070 Southland Road in Forest Park. Within forty-five days of closing, keys to the property will be handed over to us. While decisions have been made on the future of our office, much work is still ahead. Before the end of the year, we must not only prepare for the move- but complete it. The goal is to move all branch property necessary, transfer all service providers to the new property, set up all equipment necessary and be up and running without a glitch. 
Staying Safe in Cold Weather
PETITION: Support Kellogg workers on strike!
At midnight on Oct. 5, 1,400 workers at four Kellogg Co. plants went on strike against the company. Add your name to support members of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers (BCTGM) who are holding strong on the picket line.
For more than a year during the COVID-19 pandemic, Kellogg workers around the country have been working long, hard hours, day in and day out, to produce Kellogg ready-to-eat cereals for America’s families.
Kellogg’s response to these loyal, hardworking employees has been to demand the workers give up quality health care, retirement benefits, and holiday and vacation pay. The company continues to threaten to send additional jobs to Mexico if workers do not accept outrageous proposals that take away protections they have had for decades.
Kellogg is making these demands as it rakes in record profits, without regard for the well-being of the hardworking people who make the products that have created the company’s massive profits.
We are proud of Kellogg members for taking a strong stand against this company’s greed, and we will support them for as long as it takes to force Kellogg to negotiate a fair contract that rewards them for their hard work and dedication and protects the future of all Kellogg workers.
If you live near a Kellogg Co. plant, please RSVP to a strike line and stand in solidarity with the hardworking workers! There are strikes in Battle Creek, MichiganOmaha, NebraskaLancaster, Pennsylvania; and Memphis, Tennessee.
In Solidarity,
APWU Opposes USPS Changing Delivery Standards
The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) has implemented changes as of Oct. 1 that will slow down mail delivery for tens of millions of people and affect billions of pieces of mail. That date marks the first day of the new service standards for first-class mail and periodicals, which USPS management is implementing as part of its 10-year plan. The changes lengthen the delivery target from the previous two- and three-day standard to as many as five days for many pieces of mail, depending on distance of travel. The American Postal Workers Union (APWU) called it a step backward for USPS and for the millions across the country who rely on speedy mail service.
“The people deserve the prompt, reliable and efficient mail service promised under the law,” said APWU President Mark Dimondstein. “Postal workers are proud to serve our communities every single day. We believe management’s response to months of poor performance should be to improve service and regain the public’s trust, instead of this focus on moving the goalposts and slowing service standards. We’ll stay united with the public until the service standards and postal performance reflect the needs of the public for quality and fast service.”
Breaking: IATSE Members Overwhelmingly Vote to Authorize Strike
The Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) announced today that 60,000 members who work in television and film production across the country have voted—by a nearly unanimous margin—to grant IATSE International President Matthew Loeb the authority to call a strike. This is the first time in IATSE’s 128-year history that members of the union have authorized a nationwide strike.
“The members have spoken loud and clear,” said Loeb. “This vote is about the quality of life, as well as the health and safety of those who work in the film and television industry. Our people have basic human needs like time for meal breaks, adequate sleep and a weekend. For those at the bottom of the pay scale, they deserve nothing less than a living wage.”
Overall voter turnout was nearly 90%. Support for strike authorization was more than 98% nationwide. “I hope that the studios will see and understand the resolve of our members,” Loeb continued. “The ball is in their court. If they want to avoid a strike, they will return to the bargaining table and make us a reasonable offer."

You can show your solidarity by signing the petition, which is open to anyone.
Support Striking CWA Members at Mercy Hospital
Nearly 2,000 health care workers have gone on strike against Mercy Hospital in Buffalo, New York. These brave members of the Communications Workers of America (CWA) are part of a wave of collective action that is sweeping the nation. Like so many union members before them, this strike will be successful because of their ability to create change in the workplace and the solidarity of the labor movement.
Show your support for the members of CWA Local 1133 who are on strike at Mercy Hospital:

  • Contribute to the local strike fund.
  • If you’re in the area, stop by the picket line or make donations at Local 1133 at 821 Elk St., Suite A, Buffalo, NY.
  • Help spread the word on social media by accessing this toolkit.
U.S Senator Sherrod Brown: Working For Working People!
United Way Newsletter October 2021
Dear United Way friends,

In my career, I have seen far too many families held back by the same systemic challenges that create economic hardship for thousands in our community. I have also witnessed the transformative impact on communities and families when those broken systems are dismantled.
As United Way continues supporting urgent needs, we are leaning into our core work of creating systems change that prevents future need. This is the work we are designed to do, and it is the most vital way we serve our community. 
To support that mission, today we are releasing a new Call for Systems Change Partners, the first step in a process designed to provide investment in partners that are aligned around shared, measurable, systems change opportunities.
Working together magnifies impact and accelerates progress. We are learning from those closest to the issues, partnering with organizations striving to build shared solutions, and creating meaningful change so all families can thrive.
If you are doing this type of work in the community and are interested in partnering with us, we invite you to consider this opportunity.
Moira Weir
COVID-19 Dashboard
Ohio Vaccination Dashboard

The COVID-19 Vaccination Dashboard displays the most recent data reported to the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) regarding the number of individuals that have started and completed the COVID-19 vaccination series by various demographics and county of residence.

The COVID-19 Vaccination Dashboard displays the most recent data reported to the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) regarding the number of individuals that have started and completed the COVID-19 vaccination series by various demographics and county of residence. “Vaccination started” indicates that the individual has received at least one valid dose of COVID-19 vaccine. The number listed as “vaccination completed” is a subset of the number included in “vaccination started,” indicating that those individuals within that group have received all recommended COVID-19 vaccine doses and are considered fully immunized. ODH is making COVID-19 data available for public review while also protecting privacy. This dashboard will be updated daily. Please see footnotes below for more details.

Ohio 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).
Current Trends
Below is a snapshot of key metrics pulled Friday, October 8 from daily data reporting to the Ohio Department of Health. These metrics are updated daily.
Below are the current reporting trends from Friday, October 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.
Hamilton County
Clermont County
Brown County
Butler County
Warren County
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