Weekly Roundup

A recap of last week’s labor union news. Week of 1/16-1/22

 

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Will the Starbucks union victories light a fuse of organizing across the country?: Starbucks workers are now organizing in Boston, Chicago, Seattle and also at stores in several states which have historically had weak union movements, including Arizona, Colorado, Tennessee, and elsewhere, thus raising the question of whether this represents a pivotal moment in the history of American unions. [Read More] 

Latest data release on unionization is a wake-up call to lawmakers: One of the most important things that could be done to generate a more equitable economy is to dismantle the barriers to union organizing and collective bargaining. [Read More]

White House forms council to oversee ‘Made in America’ push: The White House on Wednesday established a council of officials from dozens of federal agencies to guide the administration’s efforts to boost purchasing of U.S.-made goods. [Read More]

Biden endures up-and-down first year on labor issues: President Biden, who ran on promises of being the most pro-labor president in history, has struggled to secure pro-worker legislation during his first year in office and recently clashed with major unions over his administration’s COVID-19 policies. [Read More] 

ACTIONS

Stand with Euclid Teachers: The Euclid Teachers Association (ETA) has issued a 10-day strike notice. Sign the ETAs petition to the Euclid Board of Education. [Sign the Petition]

Send a thank you to Congresswoman Brown: The Federation is sending thank you cards to Congresswoman Brown in recognition of her support of the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. Contact [email protected] to make a request for postcards. Postage is paid.

Tell the Menlo Park Academy Board of Directors: Stop using taxpayer funds for union-busting: AFT/OFT is attempting to organize a union at Menlo Park Academy. 96% of the eligible staff signed union cards, but management refuses to recognize their union and is using public money to thwart the organizing effort. [Sign the Petition]

Verify your voter registration: Ohio’s voter purge laws kick tens of thousands of voters off the rolls each year. In 2019, nearly one in five purged voters were removed in error. Verify your registration ahead of the May 3 Primary Election. [Verify]

EVENTS

Union Night with The Dropkick Murphys: Don’t miss your opportunity to see union-friendly band The Dropkick Murphys at Masonic Cleveland on February 24th. Reserve your tickets now, pay later. Tickets ordered through the North Shore AFL-CIO include access to a preshow party. More details to come! [Request Ticket Hold]