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 AFL-CIO, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the Sindicato Nacional Independiente de Trabajadores de Industrias y de Servicios Movimiento 20/32 (SNITIS) and Public Citizen announced Monday that they have filed the first complaint under the Rapid Response Mechanism of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) against Tridonex, an auto parts factory located in Matamoros in the state of Tamaulipas, Mexico.

Billionaire Elon Musk is slated to host Saturday Night Live this weekend, and AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler (IBEW) is calling his infamous labor practices and anti-union tactics anything but funny. “Musk has used his social-media megaphone to spread misinformation about COVID-19, endanger employees’ health and violate their organizing rights.

The PRO Act is about as important a piece of labor legislation as we’ve seen in some time. It holds the potential to open the door for workers and organizers to step up and reverse 40 years of losses for organized labor. The law, whose initials stand for Protecting the Right to Organize, aims to do just that: protect workers from being harassed or fired if they try to organize a union or if they try to help their already existing union become more active in their workplace. This is seen as the number one legislative priority for organized labor.

Before we even find out if Elon Musk can do comedy, we know this: Letting him host “Saturday Night Live” is a joke.

In 2019, 5,333 working people were killed on the job and an estimated 95,000 died from occupational diseases, according to the 30th edition of Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect report released today. That means every day, on average, 275 U.S. workers die from hazardous working conditions. And this was before the devastating COVID-19 pandemic that has been responsible for far too many worker infections and deaths in our country.

The U.S. Senate should pass the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, five human rights and labor groups said today in releasing a question-and-answer document about the issue. The groups—including Human Rights Watch, the AFL-CIO, Amnesty International USA, the Economic Policy Institute and the National Employment Law Project—called on senators to seize this once-in-a-generation opportunity to tackle rampant economic inequality by empowering workers and building a more just and human rights-based economy.

Few presidents in America’s history have demonstrated a higher commitment to the labor movement than President Biden. “The truth is I’m a union president, and I make no bones about that,” he said on Saturday. “I’m committed to strengthening our unions and rebuilding the backbone of this country—the middle class.” Biden sat down with a UAW local president and talked about his administration’s policies to promote American manufacturing.