Steve Campisi, mental health counselor, and Darryll Bell, legislative political coordinator with American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 31 spoke with America’s Work Force on Jan. 15 about switching to e-dues.
Campisi explained that the AFGE is switching to e-dues in order to be sure that union members are in control of the money and where it goes rather than government controlled entities. He explained how this will help the union and its members, and why it will better protect the workers and their dues. Campisi also talked about the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act and how it will shift power back to the workers. Bell explained how the Washington Executive Orders are hurting workers. He said that the orders do not allow government employees in a union to file official grievances whenever they want. He said it also impedes their collective bargaining rights.
Tom Germuska, Jr., editor for the Labor Citizen magazine spoke about the outlook on construction in Cleveland for 2020. Germuska described the winter construction as productive and how it will remain the same going into the spring and summer. Germuska also discussed the drop in construction worker deaths when there were union construction workers present, noting the quality of safety training for union tradespeople. He also touched on a recent visit to the Greater Cleveland Food Bank from local union members, as they volunteered their time to help those in need.
AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about the WNBA reaching a new eight year collective bargaining agreement that will increase pay and benefits for players, provide better marketing and a 53 percent total increase in cash compensation.
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