- Honor and Celebrate the Labor Movement this Weekend
- Teamsters at Bluefield WV Coca Cola Distribution Center Reach Agreement for a New Contract Avoiding a Strike
- A statement regarding the passing of AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka
- Union members will rally Thursday to urge Sen. Capito to support PRO Act
- Teamsters at Bluefield WV Coca Cola Distribution Center Reject Contract
- Rally for Viatris/Mylan jobs Tuesday
- Public Employees Launch Legal Challenge of Paycheck Bill
- Josh Sword: West Virginia workers need PRO Act (Opinion)
- Workers Memorial Event | Wednesday, April 28th
- Statement from West Virginia AFL-CIO President Josh Sword on Sen. Joe Manchin’s Co-Sponsorship of the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act
- WV AFL-CIO: Gayle Manchin knows Appalachia
- WV AFL-CIO: Legislative leaders using COVID restrictions to shut out public
- Teamsters at AHF Products Ratify Agreement
- Statement from Delegate and state Senator-elect Mike Caputo, a member of the West Virginia AFL-CIO executive board, regarding the Mylan announcement this morning
- The WV AFL-CIO celebrates Labor Day
- Union representatives commemorate National Correctional Officers & Employees Week
- WV AFL-CIO's Annual Workers Memorial Service Tuesday
- WV AFL-CIO rescinds endorsement of Justice Hutchison
- WV AFL-CIO President responds to WV Supreme Court ruling
- West Virginia AFL-CIO Endorses Isaac Sponaugle for Attorney General
- West Virginia AFL-CIO Endorses Bob Beach for State Agriculture Commissioner
- Coalition of Retired Employees to Hold Annual Legislative Breakfast Meeting Thursday
- IUPAT DC 53 Joins Fifth Annual “Imagine a Day Without Water” to Raise Awareness About the Value of Water
- Day Without Water event Wednesday
- A statement from West Virginia AFL-CIO President Josh Sword regarding Murray Energy's Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing
The fact that Bill Cole is owner of a company that has a history of workplace safety violations that drew more than $20,000 in fines -- including one that ultimately resulted in the amputation of a worker’s hand -- comes as no surprise to West Virginia AFL-CIO President Kenny Perdue.
“Bill Cole and his Republican leadership team have repeatedly pushed legislation to loosen safety regulations and put in place policies that make workplaces less safe,” President Perdue said. “Bill Cole has shown a consistent pattern of placing the profit of his corporate allies far above the safety of West Virginia workers, and unfortunately that pattern appears to also hold true for Tennessee workers.”
As the Charleston Gazette-Mail noted in an article today ( https://goo.gl/K2MBRk ), government records show that S&S Screw Machine Holding Co. LLC in Sparta, Tennessee, which Bill Cole co-owns, paid more than $20,000 in fines after being cited for workplace safety violations during the past five years.
Labor 2016 Phone Banks
Labor 2016 Door-to-Door Campaign
Door-to-door activities are also up and running across the state and will continue Monday through Saturday until November 8th. Zone Leads will work with all volunteers as to the time of day and how many hours their schedules allow them to participate. Contact one of the below Zone Leads and s/he will provide training and all materials needed to start going door-to-door for this very important election, including the use of the MiniVAN App if this is preferable to paper walk lists.
Contact a Zone Lead to discuss.
- Counties of Brooke, Hancock, Marshall, Ohio, Tyler and Wetzel | Ryan Omaits – 740-298-2075
- Counties of Jefferson, Berkeley, Morgan, Mineral, Hampshire Grant and Hardy | Danny Lutz – 304-886-5771
- Counties of Marion and Taylor | Mark Dorsey – 304-777-7642
- Counties of Monongalia and Preston | JD Wilson – 304-919-0234
- Counties of Barbour, Harrison and Upshur | Steve Perdue – 304-203-8744
- Counties of Richie, Wirt, Wood and Pleasants | Andrew Stump – 304-991-6890
- Counties of Kanawha and Putnam | John Epperly – 304-747-8032
- Counties of Mason, Jackson and Roane | Dave Martin – 304-532-2842
- Counties of Fayette, Raleigh, Summers, Monroe, Mercer, Greenbrier, Wyoming and McDowell | Wayne Rebich – 304-890-3549
- Counties of Cabell, Wayne, Lincoln, Mingo and Logan | Vikki Tully – 1-304-928-4104
CHARLESTON – A group of West Virginia working people plan to protest an event to be held today in Charleston by a Koch-funded group dedicated to pursuing an anti-worker agenda intended to lower wages to the benefit of big corporations.
The West Virginia chapter of Americans for Prosperity is holding a “policy conference” today at Four Points by Sheraton featuring the Director of Policy for the national Americans for Prosperity group, Akash Chougule. West Virginia representatives who pushed for passage of the so-called “Right to Work” law and repeal of the state Prevailing Wage will also be in attendance, according to the invitation.
“This group is funded by out-of-state millionaires and billionaires who have absolutely no interest in helping working families or creating good-paying jobs in West Virginia,” West Virginia AFL-CIO President Kenny Perdue noted. “Our members will be there to point out that fact, and to remind members of the public that Bill Cole and the other legislators who carry this group’s water are only serving their own self interests, not the interests of West Virginia residents.”
What: Protest of Americans for Prosperity Event
When: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. today, Sept. 19
Where: In front of Four Points by Sheraton, 600 Kanawha Blvd. E., Charleston
As West Virginians enjoy spending time with family and friends this Labor Day weekend, the West Virginia AFL-CIO also invites residents to attend one of the many parades and events honoring the achievements of America’s working people.
“This Labor Day, let’s celebrate our working families, who are pursuing the American Dream and working for a better life,” West Virginia AFL-CIO President Kenny Perdue said. “This also is a good time to reflect on how the labor movement has worked to ensure fair wages and benefits for so many in the middle class, both union and nonunion.”
Among the many events planned throughout the state, the West Virginia AFL-CIO, the West Virginia State Building Trades, AFT-WV and several local unions are sponsoring a Labor Day Weekend Celebration at Appalachian Power Park during the West Virginia Power vs. Greenville Drive game Saturday evening.
“This is a great opportunity to take a moment to consider what strengthens our families and communities, and what we all can do, through our own activities and our vote, to help people sustain a good living in this out-of-balance economy,” Perdue said.
CHARLESTON – Kanawha Circuit Judge Jennifer Bailey has scheduled a hearing Wednesday afternoon to consider requests from West Virginia AFL-CIO and several other unions representing West Virginia employees who are challenging the so-called “Right to Work” law.
West Virginia AFL-CIO and the 10 others that have filed suit have asked that the lawsuits be combined into one, and that Judge Bailey issue an injunction to prevent the legislation, which was adopted during the 2016 regular legislative session, from being enacted.
“In addition to simply being bad public policy, this ‘Right to Work’ law generally violates the West Virginia Constitution’s prohibition of taking property without due process and compensation,” WV AFL-CIO President Kenny Perdue said.
Teamsters General Secretary-Treasurer Ken Hall, who is also President of Teamsters Local 175, will likely be called to testify during the hearing, which will take place at 2 p.m. in Judge Bailey’s courtroom at the Kanawha Circuit Court building, 111 Court St., Charleston, and will be available for reporter questions.
What: Hearing on lawsuits challenging Senate Bill 1, so-called “Right to Work.”
When: 2 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 10
Where: Judge Jennifer Bailey’s Courtroom, Kanawha Circuit Court Building, 111 Court St., Charleston