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Thursday, June 25, 4:30-6:30

Please join the GBLC and community panelists for a discussion on racial justice in our labor movement. We will discuss how we as union members and leaders can fight racism and promote racial justice, both internally and externally. We will listen to and learn from community leader panelists and continue to address how we, Boston's labor movement, can move forward together towards justice.

The town hall is open to all union members in the Greater Boston area. There will be an opportunity for questions and answers.

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Former Vice President Joe Biden for President: Twitter, Facebook, & Website.

The Greater Boston Labor Council and our affiliated unions are hosting Labor Solidarity actions in honor of Juneteenth across Boston. Please join the Boston labor movement as we fight for black lives.

America is suffering under the crushing weight of three crises, which are a public health pandemic, an economic free fall, and structural racism. They are knotted together in that untangling one depends on how we untangle the others. For instance, structural racism is deeply ingrained in the share of black workers unemployed and dying from the coronavirus. Today, thousands of working people across the country will join together in a national day of action called the Workers First Caravan for Racial and Economic Justice.

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka has demanded an investigation from Facebook and a public apology from founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg after an online presentation touted the ability of employers to block the word "unionize" on the company's Workplace platform. "Blacklisting is illegal. Employers censoring their employees' speech about unionizing is illegal," Trumka, the leader of the largest federation of labor unions in the U.S., tweeted on Friday.

Antonio Santana has worked for UPS for 20 years and is a proud member of Teamsters Local 25. During the COVID19 crisis, Antonio and his teammates have been working unprecedented schedules and have been fighting for their safety and rights. Antonio shares his story with us as part of the Greater Boston Labor Council's #FrontlineHeroes series. Our series profiles the work of union members and everyday heroes who are working throughout this global pandemic. To read other Frontline Hero stories, click here: https://gblc.us/tag/frontline-heroes.

"We are very disappointed that three judges did not deem the lives of America’s workers worthy of holding an argument or issuing a full opinion," AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka said in a statement responding to the decision. "The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit’s post-it length response to our petition acknowledges the 'unprecedented nature of the COVID-19 pandemic' but repeats the false claim by Big Business that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration already has done what is needed to protect workers," he added.

In early January, before most people in the U.S. had even heard of Covid-19, Bonnie Castillo called a meeting with two trusted health care deputies at the country’s largest union of registered nurses. Castillo was alarmed by news reports about how a virus — so mysterious it didn’t yet have a name — was ravaging Wuhan, China, and asked the union’s director of health and safety and its industrial hygienist to go through some scientific reports. As she listened, Castillo, the executive director of National Nurses United and a former intensive care nurse, grew worried.