In This Issue:
- Happy Labor Day! Thank a Worker
- Happy Labor Day Twice! Tweet to Celebrate Unions
- AFL-CIO Charters SAG-AFTRA
- AFGE Elects J. David Cox National President
- DPE Provides Latest Info on Guest Worker Visas
- DPE Signs On
- DPE In the News
Thanks to the AFL-CIO, you can send a card or a video. Just click here.
At the site, check the video thanks from Ken Howard, SAG-AFTRA National Co-President (to the director of the Actors’ Fund), Roberta Reardon, SAG-AFTRA National Co-President (to a man who puts joy in the work of young actors), Gabrielle Carteris, SAG-AFTRA National Vice President (to librarians), Leo Gerard, USW International President (to a woman who keeps the union strong), or others.
In the words of AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler:
No matter what you do, work connects us all. We depend on one another’s work. Together, it’s how we build, create, teach, re-wire, heal, and grow what’s important.
I bet you can think of plenty of workers in your life who deserve thanks – the teachers who inspire your children, the firefighters who keep us safe, the nurses who heal our wounds, or the electricians who keep the lights on. It might be workers you sometimes forget about – the waitresses who served your dinner, the accountants who worried about your taxes so you didn’t have to, or the mail carriers who got your package there in time for your mom’s birthday.
Who will you thank? Here’s your chance.
Spread the word in 140 characters or less. Just tweet a message with the hashtag #unionmember.
When you do, you’ll be joining celebrities and other union members across the country. In the words of Grammy-winning singer and songwriter Rosanne Cash (@RosanneCash), a member of AFM and SAG-AFTRA: “For my entire adult life, I have been a proud member of three unions: AFTRA, SAG, and the AFM. As a union member, I am part of the greatness of America and the beauty of democracy.”
Entertainment and sports unions affiliated with DPE – Actors’ Equity, SAG-AFTRA, Writers Guild of America East, and the National Football League Players Association – have joined workers’ rights group American Rights at Work and the Major League Baseball Players Association to encourage their members, actors, recording artists, broadcasters, athletes, and more, to share the good word.
You can join the conversation too. Tell us why you’re proud to be a #unionmember (or why you support a #unionmember) by clicking here.
The charter followed the March merger of AFTRA and SAG by an overwhelming vote of members in both unions. See “SAG-AFTRA: Big Votes, Huge Majorities Merge Two Unions into One.” Both unions originally received charters through the Associated Actors and Artistes of America in the 1930s. AFTRA received a direct charter in 2008.
“With workers’ rights under attack nationwide, this charter represents a bright spot in the union movement, and we are proud to add our new, unified voice in support of all workers in this country,” said SAG-AFTRA Co-President Roberta Reardon. SAG-AFTRA Co-President Ken Howard called the new charter “a terrific capstone to the historic merger.” AFL-CIO President Richard L. Trumka lauded the merger as “union democracy at its best.”
For the SAG-AFTRA press release, click here. For an account on the AFL-CIO Now blog, go here. Photo: www.sagaftra.org (from left: AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler, Roberta Reardon, Richard Trumka, Ken Howard, AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Arlene Holt Baker).
Cox previously served two terms as AFGE National Secretary-Treasurer. He has also led the DPE General Board as its Chair since January 2011.
DPE President Paul E. Almeida commented, “All of us at DPE know the leadership that J. David shows daily. We congratulate him on his new role – and we’re enormously pleased that he will continue as DPE Chair.”
In the words of the Fact Sheet: “Critics of these visas point to the lack of worker protections, below market wages, body shops, and absence of a labor market test that result in guest workers being exploited and used to replace qualified U.S. workers. Despite growing concerns, proponents of H-1B and L-1 visas seek to increase the number of available visas.”
To view the DPE Fact Sheet, visit our website. For more information, contact DPE Researcher and Representative Jennifer Dorning, (202) 638-0320 extension 114, firstname.lastname@example.org.
DPE SIGNS ON – On August 1, 2012, DPE joined a letter to the Chair and Ranking Member of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee supporting the Marketplace Fairness Act (S. 1832). Also signing were DPE affiliated unions AFT, IAFF, and IFPTE; the AFL-CIO; and other unions. To read the letter, click here and scroll down.
On August 17, DPE joined 140 other organizations including AFGE on a letter urging Congress to pass the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act. To read the letter, click here and scroll down.
DPE IN THE NEWS – In an article on multigenerational households, the September/October 2011 issue of Aging Today, the bi-monthly newspaper of the American Society on Aging, cited a DPE Fact Sheet about the increasing number of working women. To read the original article, click here. To read a modified version posted by AARP that also cites DPE, go here.
In an August 2 electronic newsletter about H-1B and L-1 visas and offshoring, professor of computer science Norman Matloff of the University of California, Davis described the DPE report Gaming the System 2012: Guest Worker Visa Programs and Professional and Technical Workers in the U.S. as “invaluable” and “the best centralized, up-to-date compendium of information.” He said it “should be required reading for any researcher, journalist, or congressional staffer who has a serious interest.” To read the DPE report, go here and scroll down.