EXTRA! for February 14, 2017

by AFSCME Staff  |  February 14, 2017

Here are some stories of interest to working people: 

Union Growth

Union Vote at Boeing Plant Tests Labor’s Sway Under Trump
By Noam Scheiber and Christopher Drew, New York Times, February 13, 217

Boeing came to South Carolina more than seven years ago to establish a second assembly line for its 787 Dreamliner aircraft. At least part of the attraction, analysts said, was the area’s lightly unionized labor force — giving the company more leverage over the union at its main operations outside Seattle.  Now that equation is being put to the test. Workers here will vote Wednesday on whether to unionize, an early test of organized labor’s strength in the Trump era. 

AFSCME is growing, though most other unions are struggling with membership declines.

Labor History

Unions owe debt to black women
By Steph Solis, USA Today, February 13, 2017

In the depths of the Great Depression, thousands of minority women across the country joined the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union. Among the most active — and today largely forgotten — members were the women of Local 22 in New York City. … Historians say their efforts attracted tens of thousands of African Americans and Hispanics to unions and laid the groundwork for the peak of the civil rights movement.

“Right to Work”                   

'Right-to-work' bill introduced in Ohio House
By Jackie Borchardt, Cleveland Plain-Dealer, February 13, 2017 

Legislation that would make Ohio a "right-to-work" state is back, but it's unclear how far the controversial measure will go after voters rejected a prior effort to scale back public union bargaining rights. 

AFSCME’s take on the “right-to-work” philosophy? It’s a scam.

Hypocrisy Alert

Donald Trump Requested 64 Foreign Guest Workers For His 'Winter White House'
By Tim Fernholz, Government Executive, February 13, 2017

One way Trump is maximizing profits? He got permission from the U.S. Department of Labor to hire 64 foreign guest workers to wait on his guests, cook their food and clean their rooms during the winter high season in Florida. Trump had applied to bring in these workers while promising during his presidential campaign to kick undocumented immigrants out of the United States and block imports. 

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