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President Joe Biden presented the nation’s highest civilian honor to the late AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka during a White House ceremony on July 7.

In June, the US Congress Joint Economic Committee (JEC) and the House Committee on Education and Labor released 

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 to the AFL-CIO’s annual report on the state of safety and health protections for U.S. workers.

The 30th edition of Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect – released May 4 – stated that “employer reporting of COVID-19 cases still is mandatory only in a few states with specific standards or orders.”

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. The legislation, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, will funnel billions of dollars to state and local governments to upgrade outdated roads, bridges, transit systems and more.

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:

https://meet.starleaf.com/4720655430/app

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.