Fund the Front Lines Day of Action Tomorrow!

Participate in AFSCME’s Day of Action 

Thursday, February 4th by calling your Ohio House and Senate representatives and urge them to pass the American Rescue Plan.

Lawmakers face a March 14 deadline if they want to provide additional aid before the COVID support extended in December 2020 runs out.

The American Rescue Plan calls for $1.9 trillion in relief, including:

  • $350 billion in critical state and local fiscal relief in addition to targeted funding to help defeat the coronavirus including through support for vaccines, testing and public health programs.  
  • $170 billion to help K-12 schools safely re-open and $40 billion for childcare. 
  • An extension of Unemployment Insurance (UI) programs through September 2021 with a $400/week federal enhancement and an additional round of individual relief of $1,400 per-person and per-child direct payments. 
  • $160 billion in pandemic aid for vaccines, testing and contact tracing.
  • Relief funds for the millions of Americans struggling to make rent and mortgage payments, as well as those experiencing homelessness.  
  • $20 billion for transit agencies deeply impacted by the pandemic 

Without this relief package, we won’t be able to keep nurses, teachers, EMS, custodians, childcare providers and so many more on the job keeping our communities safe due to budget shortfalls caused by the pandemic. Without this relief package we will be unable to help the millions of American families struggling to put food on the table and keep a roof over their heads.

Call your senators today and tell them we need to pass the American Rescue Plan. 

Contact your Senators and Representatives at:

House call in – 1.855.329.5629                     Senate call in – 1.888.981.9704

 

Celebrate the 45th Anniversary of Black History Month

President Gerald Ford officially recognized Black History Month in 1976, calling upon the public to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.”

The National Archives holds a wealth of material documenting the African American experience and highlights these resources online.

Explore those records documenting African American History through the African American Research page and within the National Archives Catalog.

https://www.archives.gov/news/topics/african-american-history

What To Expect from Biden/Harris 

Strong unions built the great American middle class. Everything that defines what it means to live a good life and know you can take care of your family – the 40 hour workweek, paid leave, health care protections, a voice in your workplace – is because of workers who organized unions and fought for worker protections. Because of organizing and collective bargaining, there used to be a basic bargain between workers and their employers in this country that when you work hard, you share in the prosperity your work created.

There’s a war on organizing, collective bargaining, unions, and workers. It’s been raging for decades.

President Biden is proposing a plan to grow a stronger, more inclusive middle class – the backbone of the American economy – by strengthening public and private sector unions and helping all workers bargain successfully for what they deserve. 

As president, Biden promises to:

  • Check the abuse of corporate power over labor and hold corporate executives personally accountable for violations of labor laws.
  • Encourage and incentivize unionization and collective bargaining.
  • Ensure that workers are treated with dignity and receive the pay, benefits, and workplace protections they deserve.

Workers at Ohio’s GE-Savant Lighting Plant fight for jobs in Bucyrus

Workers at the GE-Savant lighting facility in Bucyrus, Ohio are fighting for their jobs after the company issued a WARN notice, informing workers they intend to move the LED residential light bulb line out of the facility to China, permanently laying off 80 workers. The GE-Savant facility is one of the only residential lighting plants left in the USA, where workers currently make bulbs for Walmart.

Will you show your support by signing the Ohio AFL-CIO Love Us, Don’t Leave Us petition? Sign here: https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/love-us-dont-leave-us
Read the full article here.

Congratulations to President Joe Biden!

Biden-Harris Inauguration

Join us for the 59th Presidential Inauguration official events, celebrating the historic inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. In keeping with public health guidance, travel to any official event is discouraged. All are welcome to participate and view these events from home.

Schedule

Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day!

President Ronald Reagan signed a bill in November 1983 establishing the holiday . The first federal King holiday was celebrated in 1986. It took longer for the 50 states to adopt the holiday. Martin Luther King Jr. changed his name from Michael to Martin after his father adopted the name Martin in honor of the Protestant leader Martin Luther.

Columbus Armed Demonstration Statement

Ten years ago in 2011, thousands of Ohio’s working women and men of all races packed the Ohio State House and Capital Square to protest the passage of Senate Bill 5 and save the right to collective bargaining. No windows were broken. No shots were fired. No one was injured.

Workers made their case based on facts without violence or threats of violence, and we won at the ballot box and in the court of public opinion. Working with the tools America provides – the rights of assembly and free speech to peacefully protest, Ohioans won.

Today, a violent mob fresh from breaching the walls of the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. which left five dead including a U.S. Capitol Police officer, is threatening to spread violence in all of America’s capital cities including Columbus.

Ohioans of good faith and conscience will refuse to approve of or take part in such violent efforts. We know from experience that this is not the way to make true and lasting change that will benefit our families and our communities.
President Sean Grayson,
AFSCME Ohio Council 8 AFL-CIO

AFSCME Member at Toledo Medical Center Receives COVID 19 Vaccine

AFSCME Local member 2415 Tammi Renner received the Moderna COVID 19 Vaccine dose #1 at the University of Toledo Medical Center – as UTMC received 1,200 doses of the vaccine and started with front line workers to make vaccinations available to all staff 

Earlier in 2020, Local 2415 members at UTMC were part of a team that once again proved the hospital’s worth as a research, training and care institution by developing a COVID19 test that yielded much faster results than others in use at the time.

According to AFSCME Local 2415 President Randy Desposito, “This is exactly why we need to keep research, teaching, and care public hospitals like UTMC strong as an essential community resource. We have the people, expertise and equipment to make a difference, not just in Toledo but for everyone,” he said.

UTMC has also been tapped as one of 40 top hospitals in the country joining the government’s national “Big Affects” study to determine which treatments work best to care for COVID 19 patients.  

 

We must move forward united.

Recent events have shown us America divided.

In Georgia, a triumph of organizing and motivating voters resulted in the election of two US Senators with the potential to end congressional gridlock and move America forward.

Twenty-four hours later this victory was eclipsed in Washington D.C. by an attempt to overturn the results of a free and fair national election by a violent mob incited and encouraged by a sitting president of the United States.

With the incoming Biden/Harris administration and a new majority in Congress I am hopeful that we can start to move forward with a rapid and coordinated response to the COVID pandemic focused first on vaccinating all front line and essential workers and those most at risk.

The incoming administration also needs to provide additional assistance to America’s working families so they can remain in their homes and keep food on the table. And after more than eight months of lobbying, we may finally see more aid for state and local governments struggling to provide vital services to their communities in the wake of revenue losses and increased costs associated with the corona virus.

Moving forward will not be easy and will take time. To do this we must start by working together. We can and must rebuild faith in the rule of law, in our institutions and each other.

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