Iowa Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO

02/07/2023 | News release | Distributed by Public on 02/07/2023 16:51

AFL-CIO Daily Briefs: Shuler; New Jersey AFL-CIO; AFGE; AGMA and USW

Message from President Liz Shuler

  • Digital technology should help workers, not harm workers.
  • Technology companies and other employers are subjecting workers to discipline and constant surveillance using technology. This can shortchange earnings, expose workers to unsafe conditions and infringe on the right to form unions.
  • Gig economy platforms have promoted an exploitative model of employment, with low earnings, uncertain work schedules and no benefits.
  • That's why we released our first policy agenda on digital economy and trade.
  • Our evolving digital economy must center workers and safeguard our rights.

New Jersey State AFL-CIO Thanks Gov. Murphy for Signing 'Temporary Workers' Bill of Rights'

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed A1474/S511, the Temporary Workers' Bill of Rights. This new law will protect some of New Jersey's most vulnerable and exploited workers.

The new law will prevent bad actors from exploiting workers by increasing accountability for the temporary staffing industry. It will empower the Department of Labor and Workforce Development with new enforcement tools and resources, as well as create a new private right of action for temporary workers to seek a remedy in court. This will help ensure staffing agencies are legally compliant.

The New Jersey State AFL-CIO thanks all the community allies and affiliated unions who raised their voices to demand change and establish basic worker rights in the temporary staffing industry.

Read the New Jersey State AFL-CIO's full statement here.

AFGE Supports Industrial Agriculture Accountability Act

AFGE endorsed the Industrial Agriculture Accountability Act that would invest in safer workplaces for food supply and agricultural workers. It also would improve the safety of our food supply.

The Industrial Agriculture Accountability Act would increase funding for both the Food Safety and Inspection Service and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Read AFGE's full statement of support here.

AGMA Black Caucus Open Meeting

The AGMA Black Caucus (ABC) invites all American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) members and non-AGMA artists in the performing arts who identify as Black to attend its first meeting of 2023 on Wednesday, Feb. 22, at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. The meeting will be held over Zoom. Registration is required in order to receive the Zoom details.

This first national meeting of the year will be an opportunity to connect with fellow Black AGMA (and non-AGMA) artists and offer updates on how the recent work of the caucus is creating positive change across the industry. The AGMA Black Caucus also wants to hear directly from artists and learn more about what is going on in the local communities.

The ABC has accomplished many things in 2022. The caucus is continuing the work this new year and is excited to reach more Black artists, especially during Black History Month, by opening up some of the meetings to a wider audience.

USW Welcomes 78 New Union Members

Employees at Nouryon Functional Chemicals in La Porte, Texas, voted last week to join United Steelworkers (USW) Local 13-1.

We're happy to welcome 78 new brothers, sisters and siblings to our union family.