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“Solidarity Brother” Tevita Uhatafe was interviewed on national television as he visited yet another American picket line.

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The core principle of organized labor in America has always been a commitment to fairness and opportunity for all working people — it’s why collective bargaining agreements have long included robust and durable protections that reflect a commitment not only to union members, but to the common good of all our communities and the people who live and work in them.

The main focus of the Dallas AFL-CIO meeting on June 17 will be our fight for voting rights, according to principal officer Lewis Fulbright. North Texans will not stand by while Republicans in the Legislature violate democracy. Actions are already underway. Just before the Central Labor Council Executive Board, a “Freedom Ride” bus will leave 1408 N Washington at 6PM on June 17. Juneteenth will especially highlight the long fight for civil and voting rights.

Dallas activists gather at 5PM tonight, June 3, at 1408 N Washington to help organize union members to win key City Council races. Everybody is invited and no special training is required. Phones and laptops will help.

Today’s energy infrastructure challenges are no less daunting. We must invest quickly and decisively to reduce emissions and stem climate change, and to improve our lagging competitiveness. New infrastructure must also deliver results on social equity, inequality, and systemic racism, 21st century crises whose solutions cannot be deferred.

Your labor movement continues to empower working families through elections and other solidarity work. Your next big opportunity to get involved is the phone banking party 10AM-2PM Saturday, May 29, at 1408 N Washington.

In 2020, Union Plus was able to give more than $2 million in hardship help to union members, plus some end-of-year gifts for extraordinary union members who were nominated by their communities. One hardship grant recipient was Beau Bittner. Bittner, a member of the UAW, worked on the line at an automaker factory in Louisville, Kentucky, performing torque inspections and ensuring the quality of big-name trucks and SUVs. He comes from a long line of union members and is heavily involved in his UAW local union.

AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler visited Mine Workers (UMWA) members yesterday in Brookwood, Alabama, who are striking against Warrior Met Coal in their fight for a fair contract. In addition to visiting the picket lines, Shuler spoke at a rally alongside UMWA International President Cecil Roberts and AFGE President Everett Kelly. The miners have been on strike since April 1 and don’t plan on slowing down until they reach their goals of fair pay and a safer workplace.

The American Jobs Plan is not threatened by America’s labor movement. It is strengthened by us and the inclusion of the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act.

Let’s clarify a few points. First, the PRO Act will not “force Americans” into anything. Instead, it will give workers the choice to form a union through a free and fair election. That’s not a power grab—just workplace democracy.