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01 Jun Proud and powerful

The Labor Wire June 1, 2018 As 50,000 Culinary Workers members in Las Vegas fight for fair pay and good benefits and as the first group of workers at Boeing Co. in South Carolina choose to join the Machinists (IAM), America’s working people celebrate worker activism and the start of Pride Month. June is an opportunity for all of us to consider the close bonds between the labor movement and the LGBTQ community. Working families in all our diversity are ready to stand united for dignity, fair pay, good benefits and strong communities. Message of the Day - Proud and Powerful America’s labor movement and the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community cannot be separated, and we are particularly united today because the attacks on both LGBTQ equality and worker freedoms come from the same dark web of corporate interests. LGBTQ workers have relied on union contracts to secure protections not yet provided by law, and many of the advances of LGBTQ rights have been explicitly related to workplace equality. Some of the first instances of codified benefits for same-sex couples were won by working people with union contracts. In 1983, workers in Ohio won health care benefits for same-sex couples. The next year, public workers in Berkeley, California, won the same benefit. Today, labor groups like Pride At Work are championing the freedoms of LGBTQ workers by fighting against discrimination and educating the public about using union contracts to protect all workers. The AFL‑CIO supports all working people as we continue to grow a powerful movement to write new economic rules so all workers can win fair pay and good benefits, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. Kitchen Table Economics 67%: That’s the portion of Americans who agree government officials should serve all of the public regardless of their religious beliefs.  Take ActionJoin Pride At Work!                Source: The Labor Wire, AFL-CIO    June 1, 2018                         ...

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30 May We’ll vote for you if you fight for us

IThe Labor Wire May 30, 2018 The negotiations over the North American Free Trade Agreement have continued past House Speaker Paul Ryan’s arbitrary deadline, which puts them squarely into the electoral season as we head toward the midterm elections in November. Working people won’t lift a finger for candidates who want bad trade, but we will move heaven and earth for candidates who embrace our vision and values and fight for our jobs and communities.  - Message of the Day -We’ll Vote for You if You Fight for Us It’s only 159 days until the midterm elections in November, and working people are paying attention to who’s talking about our agenda. It’s time for candidates to talk about the need for good trade deals that work for working people, not for Wall Street. The AFL‑CIO supports the premise of renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement, but we reject the idea that the struggle is between Mexico, the United States and Canada. The real fight is between workers and corporate interests, which is why we support ideas that will improve the lives of working people throughout North America. We want strong rules to protect the freedom of workers to form powerful and independent unions, and we want those rules to have teeth. We also want trade rules to protect democracy and the environment, and to get rid of corporate giveaways, starting with the private corporate courts (ISDS) where investors get to write their own rules. America’s working people are ready to fight for and win a new set of economic rules, so we can win good pay and benefits and so our communities can thrive.  Kitchen Table Economics  $2.25 per hour: That’s how much autoworkers earn at a plant in central Mexico, where they make $40,000 SUVs to be sold in the United States. The pay is low because of so-called “protection” contracts signed long before the plants opened, which make it harder for workers in the United States and Canada to negotiate for better pay and benefits. Take Action Join the fight for good trade!    Source:  The Labor Wire, AFL-CIO   May 30, 2018    ...

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26 Apr Happy Retirement Chris McCormack

It is with mixed emotions that OC Labor Federation announce the retirement of Chris McCormack, our bookkeeper. She has provided us with 16 years of devoted service. Chris’s attention to detail, while keeping the broader picture in mind, has been invaluable. Her willingness to put in extra time and effort to help us meet deadlines has demonstrated a commitment to excellence that we have come to depend upon.  She will be sorely missed and impossible to replace. Happy Retirement Chris!      ...

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