The full extent of the COVID-19 pandemic’s effect on the nation’s workforce will likely remain unclear because of the lack of a comprehensive national system to gather such information, according t

President Biden on Nov. 15 enacted a key piece of his domestic spending agenda when he signed a $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill into law.

A first in union history was recorded Aug. 9 when the 2021 UIW Convention took place virtually. Because of the COVID-19 Pandemic, union leadership earlier this year took a cautious approach and scrapped plans for conducting the scheduled in-person quadrennial conference that traditionally spans two days at the union-affiliated Paul Hall Center for Maritime Training and Education in Piney Point, Maryland. Instead, they opted for an online event in order to maximize safety.

Redmond Tapped as Secretary-Treasurer, Forming Historic Leadership Team

 With SIU President Michael Sacco chairing the proceedings, the AFL-CIO Executive Council on Aug. 20 elected Liz Shuler, a visionary leader and longtime trade unionist, to serve as president of the federation of 56 unions and 12.5 million members. Shuler is the first woman to hold the office in the history of the labor federation.

COVID-19 vaccinations will be available at JAXPORT beginning on April 13. Vaccines will be available to all port workers, including tenants and partners.

Appointments are not necessary and you must bring your JAXPORT badge and a state-issued identification card, such as a driver’s license.

The UIW Virgin Islands Quarterly meeting will be held virtually via StarLeaf on January 25 from 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm AST (4:30 pm - 5:30 pm EST). Topics will focus on the global COVID-19 pandemic and its various effects on the union and the rank-and-file membership.

To join the meeting:

Meeting ID: 472 065 5430

Also available via phone/audio at: (669) 272-2894 and (669) 800-5335

The following press release can also be viewed PDF icon here.

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka called it “the most significant step Congress has taken to strengthen labor laws in the United States in 85 years and a win for workers everywhere.”

The U.S. House of Representatives on Feb. 6 passed the Protecting the Right to Organize Act (HR 2474), with bipartisan support. The final tally was 224 in favor and 194 against.

The last member of the AFL-CIO Executive Council to have served during World War II passed away July 30.

Morton Bahr, president emeritus of the Communications Workers of America (CWA), was a shipboard radio operator during the war before he came ashore to begin a career that culminated in heading the union that dealt with telecommunications workers.