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IP Martinez: ‘Where are the Jobs, Mr. President?’

An op-ed by International President Robert Martinez Jr. on the importance of voting in the upcoming election written for the Union Label and Service Trades Department, AFL-CIO newsletter, the Label Letter. Working people were promised the world in 2016. Candidate Trump boastfully proclaimed that, if elected, “you won’t lose one plant. You’ll have plants coming into […]

Machinists Union Joins Call for Police Reform, Racial Justice

The IAM is supporting recommendations issued by the AFL-CIO’s general board to take concrete action to address America’s long history of racism. The board approved the recommendations after emergency meetings of the AFL-CIO Committees on Civil and Human Rights and the AFL-CIO Committee on Legislation and Policy. Both committees discussed the murder of George Floyd and unanimously […]

Free T-Shirt Opportunity

Local 389 is continuing its organizing campaign. Please fill out the following information form to be eligible for a free t-shirt. If you’ve already filled out the recently distributed survey, you do not need to fill out the info card here. You will still be eligible for the t-shirt for filling out survey as well. […]

7 Movies About Labor

Many of us are still working. But for those of you that are bored at home, or cooped up during non-working hours as you observe stay-at-home orders, here are some movies about labor you might enjoy. Most of them are on downloadable through YouTube and Google. 1. ‘Matewan’ (1987) One of the best, and most […]

Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act

Effective April 2, 2020, the Federal Government authorized paid sick leave in certain circumstances. It is anticipated that the Department of Labor will be issuing regulations which will give further clarity to what the law requires and Congress is considering additional relief packages which may supplement this new law.  Below is a summary of what […]

Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act

  Effective April 2, 2020, the Federal Government amended the FMLA to provide for increased coverage for certain employees.  The government also separately authorized paid sick leave; however, when it comes to FMLA, the pay component is actually limited to childcare responsibilities caused by Covid-19.  Further, it is anticipated that the Department of Labor will […]