Meet our new Interns!

Carlos Matos:
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Hello, my name is Carlos Matos. I was raised in Lowell, MA. and moved to Puerto Rico when I was thirteen years old. Furthermore, I enlisted in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Fort Bragg, NC. Surely, I made it my home for sixteen years. During my time there, I studied H.V.A.C-R (heating, ventilation, air-conditioning, and refrigeration). Also, I studied aeronautics. In the present day, I am studying to be a social worker and will be conducting my internship at the North Shore Labor Council. Furthermore, in my free time, I like to draw, read, exercise, and do volunteer work.

Damaris Cortez:
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My name is Damaris Cortez, and I will be one of the new North Shore Labor Council interns. I am super excited to begin this work. I am a Massachusetts native, I was born here in Boston, but my family is from Puerto Rico, so I also speak Spanish. I have worked for the community since I was 16, one of my first jobs was at a daycare center in Brighton and my last job was also community-based family therapy. I have done a lot of case management and connecting those I serve with other community resources. I am currently a student at Salem State University’s social work program, and I am really wanting to gain experience in policy and macro-level social work. Social work called my attention because I believe in equity. In my downtime, I enjoy spending time with my loved ones, doing art-related activities, and listening to podcasts. I look forward to working with you all, whether it be individually or me working with your unions/organizations. Hope everyone is staying safe!

 

John Sweeney, who led an era of transformative change in America’s labor movement, passed away Feb. 1 at the age of 86.

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka discusses why America needs a strong labor movement and how the Biden administration is committed to strengthening unions.

Carlos Matos:

The Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act has the support of the majority of likely voters, according to a new poll from Vox and Data for Progress.

The act, a sweeping labor rights bill, would strengthen unions through overriding Republican-led “right to work” state laws, which impede unions’ abilities by allowing workers to join without paying dues. It would also penalize companies that restrict union activity, and would bestow independent contractors — such as drivers for Uber and Lyft — with the right to organize and collectively bargain.

The Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act seems unlikely to succeed in the Senate due to a lack of Republican support — but it has the support of the majority of likely voters, according to a new poll from Vox and Data for Pr

The core principle of organized labor in America has always been a commitment to fairness and opportunity for all working people — it’s why collective bargaining agreements have long included robust and durable protections that reflect a commitment not only to union members, but to the common good of all our communities and the people who live and work in them.

Today’s energy infrastructure challenges are no less daunting. We must invest quickly and decisively to reduce emissions and stem climate change, and to improve our lagging competitiveness. New infrastructure must also deliver results on social equity, inequality, and systemic racism, 21st century crises whose solutions cannot be deferred.

In 2020, Union Plus was able to give more than $2 million in hardship help to union members, plus some end-of-year gifts for extraordinary union members who were nominated by their communities. One hardship grant recipient was Beau Bittner. Bittner, a member of the UAW, worked on the line at an automaker factory in Louisville, Kentucky, performing torque inspections and ensuring the quality of big-name trucks and SUVs. He comes from a long line of union members and is heavily involved in his UAW local union.

AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler visited Mine Workers (UMWA) members yesterday in Brookwood, Alabama, who are striking against Warrior Met Coal in their fight for a fair contract. In addition to visiting the picket lines, Shuler spoke at a rally alongside UMWA International President Cecil Roberts and AFGE President Everett Kelly. The miners have been on strike since April 1 and don’t plan on slowing down until they reach their goals of fair pay and a safer workplace.

The American Jobs Plan is not threatened by America’s labor movement. It is strengthened by us and the inclusion of the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act.

Let’s clarify a few points. First, the PRO Act will not “force Americans” into anything. Instead, it will give workers the choice to form a union through a free and fair election. That’s not a power grab—just workplace democracy.