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Hudson Valley Area Labor Federation in Solidarity with the New Paltz International Women’s Day March

While a demonstrator stood behind her holding a sign depicting an indigenous version of Rosie the Riveter and the caption “A woman’s place is in her union,” Janette Clark of the Hudson Valley Area Labor Federation traced International Women’s Day’s roots in the garment workers’ strikes of the early 20th century. 

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 Announcing the HVALF 2021 Summer School for Troublemakers

As summer beckons, troublemakers are plotting.

The Hudson Valley Area Labor Federation's Central Labor Councils have endorsed the following candidates for the 2021 election cycle:

Thank you for your interest in Hudson Valley Area Labor Federation's endorsement and for your interest in the labor movement. Below, you will find a link to our 2021 Judicial Questionnaire.

Hudson Valley Area Labor Federation's Education Committee had an informative online discussion on Labor's organizing challenges at America's largest online retailer. 

Featuring:

Mike Neidl, Legislative Director NYS AFL-CIO

Chris Smalls, Staten Island Amazon worker who led walkout over lack of COVID-19 protections for workers

Rene Mejia Jr., Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson

Dan Maldonado, President International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 445

Nick Moran, Mid-Hudson Democratic Socialists of America

In May, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the HEROES Act, a piece of legislation that would provide much-needed solutions to our current economic and public safety crisis. Unfortunately, its path forward has been uncertain. There has been no debate on the bill in the Senate, and Mitch McConnell even sent the Senate on vacation without hearing it.

More than three years after taking office, the administration has never filled the job running the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which is charged with enforcing workplace safety laws. The $560 million-a-year agency, whose estimated 2,000 inspectors performed 32,020 on-site inspections in 2018, spent months not doing any in-person inspections related to coronavirus, other than in hospitals, said Rebecca Reindel, director of occupational safety and health for the AFL-CIO.

Working people are bearing the brunt of this global pandemic and economic crisis. The physical toll, death, pain, and suffering that Oregon’s frontline and essential workers have experienced is unprecedented.

Coupled with the economic collapse that has exacerbated long-term inequities for low wage workers and BIPOC communities, workers are hurting and they need protections.

Daniel DiSalvo asks: “Will Unions Let Schools Reopen?” (op-ed, June 30). Of course! The AFT published our school reopening plan in April. We said it isn’t a question of whether to reopen, but how to do it safely. We need the infrastructure and investment to physically distance, stagger classes, provide personal protective equipment and test, trace and isolate new cases.

Racial disparities in who contracts the virus have played out in big cities like Milwaukee and New York, but also in smaller metropolitan areas like Grand Rapids, Mich., where the Bradleys live. Those inequities became painfully apparent when Ms. Bradley, who is Black, was wheeled through the emergency room. Early numbers had shown that Black and Latino people were being harmed by the virus at higher rates.

On Saturday, June 20, working people from the Hudson Valley joined with workers in Kingston, NY to take part in a Workers First Caravan for Racial and Economic Justice, calling on Congress to pass the HEROES Act.