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As #BlackHistoryMonth comes to a close, we honor Caron Reese, Iron Workers Local 7 member activist and leader.

Calling all delegates! Register for the March 16th 6pm delegates meeting here:

Tony Lein, a member of the Fire Fighters (IAFF) Local 95 in Chicago, is among the 2020 Union Plus Scholarship award winners. He is a firefighter/paramedic and peer fitness trainer with the Oak Park [Illinois] Fire Department, where he has worked since 2015. He also teaches American Heart Association CPR classes with Save-A-Life. Lein was awarded a $4,000 scholarship as he pursues a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling.

The United States has the sad distinction of having the most confirmed coronavirus cases and death in the world, which has kept many schools shuttered for instruction in person. Parents and educators know that our children do best at schools, where they can get support, and they worry that the lack of learning in person has hurt students in need.

Larry Willis’s colleagues liked to joke that he kept a copy of the Railway Labor Act, passed a few years before the Great Depression, under his pillow.

“He loved the wonk,” said his wife, Amy York. “He could explain things in a way that normal people could understand.”

“It’s absolutely essential,” AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said in an interview. “If you tell a worker, ‘Don’t come to work when you’re sick so you don’t spread Covid, but you’re not going to get paid and your family’s not going to eat and you’re not going to pay your rent,’ you’re asking too much of them.”

Read the full article in Politico.

California has become the fourth and largest state to adopt emergency workplace protections for COVID-19. Nearly 20 million workers in California will be protected by the new mandate, which includes requirements for face masks, physical distancing and reporting of outbreaks in the workplace. Rebecca Reindel, director of occupational safety and health at the AFL-CIO, said the federal government should follow the lead of states like California. “The virus doesn’t know boundaries,” she said.

Delegates, new and old, please join us for our final meeting of 2020 and end of year celebration via Zoom!

On Tuesday, November 17 from 5-6:30pm, join the Massachusetts Labor Movement as we celebrate our hard work during this historic election season. We will reflect on our victories and look ahead to what’s coming next.
Special guests will be announced soon.

Register here.

Please donate this Saturday at our union member to member food drive to help some of the hardest hit in our union family. Hospitality and entertainment workers hit record rates of unemployment when the pandemic hit. Many have been out of work since March.