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Democrats Ramp Up Get-Out-the-Vote Efforts in Closing Hours of Recall Election

CBS SF Bay Area

By John Ramos

September 12, 2021

The fact that AFL-CIO president Liz Shuler was in attendance, was an indication of how closely this recall is being watched across the nation.

“The progressive gains that have been made in California are at stake,” said Shuler. “If this recall were to go in the other direction we see that as a tipping point — that positive gains throughout the country would be at risk.” 

JOINING TOGETHER

Cinematographers Guild To Hold Informational Meeting On Status Of IATSE Contract Negotiations

Deadline

By David Robb

September 13, 2021

The Cinematographers Guild will hold an online informational meeting for members Sunday to update them on the status of IATSE’s negotiations for a new film and TV contract. The union’s current pact with management’s AMPTP, which covers IATSE’s 13 West Coast studio locals, expired on September 10, but negotiations are continuing. “We continue to work towards reaching an agreement that your bargaining committee and National Executive Board can recommend, and our members can ratify. We are not there yet, but that is our goal,” said John Lindley, president of the Cinematographers Guild, IATSE Local 600, in an email to members.

IN THE STATES

NJ AFL-CIO and Monmouth/Ocean CLC kick off Labor Walks for 2021 election 

Insider NJ

September 13, 2021

Labor Candidates garnered the support of brothers and sisters from New Jersey State AFL-CIO-affiliated unions in all sectors of labor on Saturday, September 11. Men and women from the Eastern Atlantic Regional Council of Carpenters, CWA, IBEW, Teamsters, UA and other unions dedicated their morning to get out the word about pro-labor candidates in this year’s election. Labor Candidates for the 13th Legislative District Vincent Solomeno, CWA 1033, and Allison Friedman, CWA 1037, met with the New Jersey State AFL-CIO’s COPE team and dedicated union volunteers at Teamsters Local 469 in Hazlet. The Labor volunteers then distributed flyers supporting Gov. Phil Murphy, Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver, and our labor-endorsed candidates for state, county and local elected offices. This Labor Walk was coordinated by the Monmouth/Ocean Central Labor Council, and was the first of dozens scheduled between now and November 2.

Worker advocates seek more NC aid as federal benefits expire

The News & Observer

By The Associated Press

North Carolina's unemployed need higher and longer jobless benefits from the state more than ever now that additional federal benefits created during the COVID-19 pandemic expired this month, advocates for workers and the poor said Monday. Monday's speakers said there's little evidence the federal benefits affected job-offer decisions. Many people can't work because they lack affordable child care, or fear for their own health as coronavirus keeps spreading, state AFL-CIO President MaryBe McMillian said.

Philly Labor Celebrates Its Might on Parade

Philadelphia Public Record

September 13, 2021

AFL-CIO President Pat Eiding starts the rally with a stirring address.