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AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler talks about the top priorities of the biggest federation on unions (Start at 28:52)

By Brian Tyler Cohen

September 12, 2021

The new president of the AFL-CIO, Liz Shuler, joins Brian Tyler Cohen to talk about the top priorities of the biggest federation of unions in the country.  (Start at 28:52).

JOINING TOGETHER

Vice Media Union to Top Execs: Severance Terms for Laid Off Staffers Are “Unconscionable”

The Hollywood Reporter

By J. Clara Chan

September 11, 2021

The Vice Media union’s labor management committee has requested the company improve its “unconscionable” severance terms for the 17 staffers at Vice Digital and Refinery29 who were laid off in late August.

IATSE And AMPTP Fail to Reach Deal On New Film & TV Contract, But Negotiations Continue

Deadline

By David Robb

September 11, 2021

IATSE and management’s AMPTP failed to reach agreement on a new film and TV contract at last night’s bargaining deadline for a new deal, but negotiations are continuing. “The basic agreement bargaining committee has met over the last two days with the AMPTP. An agreement has not been reached,” the union said in its latest update to its members. “The parties’ extension agreement expired at midnight on Sept. 10th but negotiations continue. In the meantime, the status quo remains in effect and all members should continue to report to work. Information will be provided as it becomes available.”

Art Institute of Chicago Staff Push to Form Union

NBC Chicago

September 11, 2021

Dozens of employees of the Art Institute of Chicago rallied this week in support of a move to start a union at one of the country's largest art museums. Organizers hope the museum will voluntarily recognize the union if enough employees sign signature cards in support, avoiding a formal vote. They declined to say this week how many employees have signed so far. The Chicago Tribune reports that about 200 employees of the museum and the associated School of the Art Institute marched down Michigan Avenue on Thursday evening before holding a rally outside the museum. The union would be part of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. Employees of other prominent art museums have successfully formed unions with AFSCME in recent years, including the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles.

IN THE STATES

Illinois Senate returns to debate clean energy provision. Here's what the bill will do

The State Journal-Register

By Staff

September 12, 2021

Organized labor, which represents workers in the nuclear plants as well as many coal-fired plants, supported the bill. Pat Devaney, secretary-treasurer of the AFL-CIO, said the measure contains a “robust set of labor standards that will ensure jobs in the renewable energy sector will expand the middle class in Illinois,” and equity standards “that will ensure that we are creating opportunities for people of color in the new green energy space.”