In This Issue:
- Hurricane Sandy: Offer Help
- Reaching Out to Professional Associations: American Public Health Association
- AFL-CIO Opposes Proposed Cut in Internet Royalties
- Actors’ Equity Book Marks 100 Years
- OECD Charts Internet Economy
- DPE Signs On
The American Red Cross opened more than 250 shelters across 16 states. Already some 11,000 people have stayed overnight. It’s also providing meals, health care, and other emergency services. To donate, click here.
United Ways on the Eastern Seaboard established the United Way Sandy Recovery Fund. Included are Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, Washington, DC, and West Virginia. To contribute, go here.
VOTE! – Hundreds of thousands of union activists are knocking on doors, making phone calls, registering voters, and fighting voter suppression. Take the crucial last step. If you haven’t already, vote on Tuesday, November 6. The stakes for all of us are high – too high to let your vote go to waste. For more about Election 2012, click here.
REACHING OUT TO PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS: AMERICAN PUBLIC HEALTH ASSOCIATION – The American Public Health Association (APHA) held its annual meeting and exposition – the oldest and largest gathering of public health professionals in the world – on October 27 – 31, 2012 in San Francisco, CA.
Over 13,000 national and international physicians, nurses, educators, researchers, administrators, epidemiologists, and related health specialists gathered at the meeting.
The APHA Labor Caucus, led by DPE Researcher and Representative Jennifer Dorning as Caucus Chair, sponsored a panel discussion focusing on what unions are doing to move the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) toward implementation.
The panelists spoke to over twenty attendees about the role unions have played in health care reform and the major concerns unions have in moving toward implementation of the ACA, including the employer responsibility penalty that could provide an incentive for employers to game the system. The panel featured Sara Flocks, Policy Coordinator for the California Labor Federation, who presented “Unions and the Future of Job-based Coverage under the ACA” and Beth Capell, of Capell and Associates, presented “Preparing for Reform in California.” Jennifer Dorning, DPE Researcher and Representative, moderated.
DPE Fact Sheets and other information were distributed at a variety of APHA meetings and events where DPE had a presence.
The theme for the 141st APHA Annual Meeting will be “Think Global, Act Local: Best Practices Around the World,” which will be held in Boston, MA, November 2-6, 2013.
If you have any questions about the APHA Labor Caucus or the programs at the APHA annual meeting and exposition, please contact Jennifer Dorning, email@example.com, (202) 638-0320 extension 114.
AFL-CIO OPPOSES PROPOSED CUT IN INTERNET ROYALTIES – Pump up profits for Internet music services like Pandora at the expense of singers and musicians: That was the goal of bills introduced in Congress on September 21, 2012. On October 19, the AFL-CIO announced its opposition.
AFL-CIO Government Affairs Director William Samuel wrote to every member of Congress. His letter, strongly backed by AFM and SAG-AFTRA and seconded by DPE, urged Senators and Representatives not to co-sponsor the so-called Internet Radio Fairness Act of 2012, S. 3609 and H.R. 6480. Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) introduced the Senate bill; Representative Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), the House bill.
Samuel declared that “webcasters do not need a government handout financed on the backs of working musicians.” A better course, he wrote, would be for Congress “to close the decades-old special interest loophole that exempts AM/FM radio stations from paying any performance royalty whatsoever.”
For a musicFIRST statement about Pandora and the proposed legislation that quotes AFM president Ray Hair, click here. For more information, please contact DPE Executive Director David Cohen, firstname.lastname@example.org, 202-638-0320 extension 113.
ACTORS’ EQUITY BOOK MARKS 100 YEARS – In 2013, Actors’ Equity Association (AEA) celebrates its centennial. A new book, “Performance of the Century: 100 Years of Actors’ Equity Association and the Rise of Professional American Theater” by Robert Simonson, tells a story that, like the art of live theatre that AEA fosters, is by turns dramatic, comic, and moving. Its lavish photos include a very young Julie Andrews in 1957, Butterfly McQueen in the 1960s, and Marlon Brando in the 1947 production of A Streetcar Named Desire.
A lively Foreword by AEA President Nick Wyman cites the “characters,” “hits and flops,” and “heroes and villains” that populate the story. It exclaims at the remarkable notion of a union for stage managers and actors, “workers in costume who work with their hands, their legs, their whole bodies, their minds, their hearts, and their souls.”
The story of that union weaves through U.S. history. The 1919 AEA national strike brought the backing of AFL founder Samuel Gompers. World War II saw AEA members in USO shows around the world. In the 1940s and 1950s, AEA distinguished itself by its bravery defending its members against witch hunts. In the 1960s, AEA played a key role in founding the National Endowment for the Arts.
To read an interview with Simonson, click here.
A new publication from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Internet Economy Outlook 2012, signals the increasing pervasiveness and importance of the Internet. The availability of detailed U.S. data led the OECD to start measuring the Internet economy here. One finding: In 2011, the information and communications technology (ICT) sector drew more than half of all U.S. venture capital.
The report places the explosion of the Internet in context. A first ICT wave was wired. A second was mobile. Today is the third wave, an era of integration, when ICT increasingly connects every device. This last era began in 2008 when cheap devices, easy connectivity, and sophisticated software converged.
Released in a webinar on October 3, 2012 in which DPE Executive Director David Cohen participated, the report shows that the ICT sector continued its growth through the global economic crisis. ICT saw increases in revenue, employment, spending for research and development, and net income. Productivity soared. The fastest growing segment: ICT services. By 2011, the OECD ICT sector accounted for 15 million jobs. In the U.S., activities related to the Internet added from 3 to 13 percent, depending on the measured scope, of all value in business.
The ICT growth has brought efficiencies to other sectors. With them has come the displacement of workers. The profound policy questions that follow – of employment, education, skills, and social safety nets – go beyond the scope of this OECD report.
To read a summary, see the charts, or download the 302-page report, click here.
DPE SIGNS ON – On October 9, 2012, DPE joined more than 1900 other organizations in a letter to Congress calling for action to avoid harming low-income and vulnerable Americans through sequestration and instead budget responsibly to strengthen our economy and future. To read the letter, click here and scroll down.
On October 16, DPE joined its affiliated unions AFGE, AFT, and USW, as well as the AFL-CIO and dozens of other organizations, in a letter to Congressional leaders opposing a substitute measure for cost-of-living adjustments that would eventually reduce Social Security and other benefits. To read the letter, click here and scroll down.