Today's AFL-CIO Press Clips

ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT

Stabenow bill to boost EV tax credits to $12,500 passes Senate panel

The Detroit News

By Riley Beggin

May 27, 2021

“Today, Debbie Stabenow and Senate Democrats stood up for the American worker and protecting good paying union jobs of the future by reporting this out of committee,” UAW President Rory Gamble said in a statement Wednesday. “This legislation once and for all makes sure that federal investment in EV production will directly create the good paying union jobs of the future President Biden has championed.”

 

LABOR AND COMMUNITY

Dayton Public Schools Announces Dayton-Miami Valley AFL - 'Take Kids Fishing Day'

Patch

By Press Release Desk

May 27, 2021

The Dayton-Miami Valley AFL-CIO is hosting their annual "Take Kids Fishing Day" set for Saturday, June 19, 2021. Get the kids outdoors for fun-filled hours of fishing and a free picnic lunch! (child, grandchild, neighbor or friends invited).

 

Kids can fish for free June 5 at La Crosse park

News8000y

By Jourdan Vian

May 27, 2021

Kids will get the chance to fish for free from 9 a.m. to noon June 5 at Chad Erickson Memorial Park in La Crosse. The 9th annual Kids Free Fishing Day will come back after taking a year off due to the pandemic. Fishing poles with reels, bait, light picnic-style sealed snacks and drinks will be provided but participants must be accompanied by a parent, guardian, or chaperone. Bill Brockmiller, Treasurer Western Wisconsin AFL-CIO, said, “our fishing event is not about the fish caught, its about the time spent together catching them.” The event, which is made possible by the Western Wisconsin AFL-CIO and Union Sportsmen’s Alliance’s Boots on the Ground conservation program, is free but registration is recommended.

 

JOINING TOGETHER

Senate Democrats introduce bill to allow college athletes to unionize

The Washington Post

By Molly Hensley-Clancy

May 27, 2021

A new bill from Congressional Democrats would allow college athletes to unionize, making it possible for students from across universities to band together to form unions within athletic conferences. The bill from Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) would rewrite federal labor law to define all college athletes receiving scholarships and other pay as employees of both public and private universities, in what would be a significant reimagining of the college sports landscape.

IN THE STATES

Biden's American Jobs Plan builds back better for Michigan (Opinion)

Press & Guide

By Ron Bieber and Lisa Wozniak

May 27, 2021

Michigan sits at a transformational moment as we take steps to emerge from this terrible pandemic — not just in winning the battle against COVID-19, but using our recovery to recharge the state’s economy and put people to work as we begin to heal. As leaders with the Michigan AFL-CIO and Michigan League of Conservation Voters, we acknowledge that the labor and environmental movements haven’t always seen eye-to-eye. But one thing we can agree on: Michigan has an incredible, once-in-a-generation opportunity to build back better together.

WORKPLACE SAFETY AND HEALTH

Labor groups urge asbestos exposure screenings before North Dakota law takes effect

Jamestown Sun

By David Olson

May 27, 2021

Landis Larson, president of the North Dakota AFL-CIO, said the union has embarked on a campaign to get workers and others who may have been exposed to asbestos to get chest X-rays as soon as possible to determine if they have an injury for which they can be compensated. Larson said it is important to do the testing and contact a lawyer by July 15 in order to file a lawsuit before Aug. 1. He said the issue is personal for him because both of his in-laws died years ago from mesothelioma, which he now believes was brought on by his father-in-law's job. "He was an electrician and I'm sure he brought the asbestos home to his wife," Larson said. Brad Berg, an organizer with the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, said he has been exposed to asbestos several times in connection with work he has done, including removing insulation from pipes in ships and doing manufacturing work.