TO: Pre-Apprentices, Apprentices, Journey-level Workers, Apprenticeship Coordinators, Business Representatives and Employers
FROM: Shana Peschek, Executive Director, Machinists Institute
Kairie Pierce, Workforce Development Director, Washington State Labor Council
DATE: April 6, 2021
SUBJECT: Child Care Task Force for the Trades Survey
We want to hear from workers in the trades that are dealing with childcare issues, have dealt with childcare issues and from those who are not impacted yet, but may be in the future. Now is the opportunity to identify the specific childcare barriers impacting workers in the trades industries. What is working? What needs to be fixed? What are your ideas that would be helpful for other workers to think about?
President Joe Biden isn’t wasting any time in making good on his promise to be the “strongest labor president you’ve ever had.” He’s selected Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, a 30-year member of LIUNA Local 223, as the next Secretary of Labor. If confirmed, Mayor Walsh would be the first union member to hold the nation’s top labor job in almost 50 years.
Walsh was elected mayor of Boston in 2014 and previously served as both president of Local 223 and the Boston Metropolitan District Building Trades Council. He brings decades of experience with the construction industry and a deep knowledge of the hazards these workers face on the job on a daily basis.
“LIUNA is thrilled that President Biden chose a dues-paying, card-carrying, second-generation Laborer to be the next U.S. Secretary of Labor,” says LIUNA General President Terry O’Sullivan. “His dedication and devotion to the labor movement are unquestioned. I’m confident he will be a powerful guardian for the health and safety of working men and women in every corner of this country.”
The LHSFNA also congratulates Mayor Walsh on his nomination and is proud that the most visible advocate for safety, health and workers’ rights on the job will be one of our own LIUNA members. This is an incredibly important time for workers across the U.S., as the COVID-19 pandemic has put millions of people out of work and caused widespread financial hardship. Millions more workers have continued to put their health at risk on a daily basis in essential and frontline jobs.
If his time as the mayor of Boston is any indication, Walsh is well-suited to handle these challenges. As the COVID-19 pandemic hit Boston, Walsh oversaw the release of sector-specific instructions to guide employers on limiting the spread of the virus and protecting workers. These steps included wearing facial coverings, physical distancing, building healthcare capacity, staggering work shifts and improving ventilation. He’s also supported frontline workers by funding emergency child care and other resources essential workers needed during the pandemic.
Prior to the pandemic, Walsh fought for the $15 minimum wage in Boston, helped secure paid family leave for workers and has been a vocal advocate for investing in good-paying union jobs in the clean energy sector. In 2016, when two construction workers were killed in a trench that hadn’t been properly protected, Walsh moved quickly to pass an ordinance allowing the city to deny permits based on a company’s safety history. Last summer, after the death of George Floyd, Walsh launched several initiatives to increase equity and fight racial injustice in Boston. During his time in office, Mayor Walsh has made it clear that keeping workers safe and respecting workers rights is a requirement for doing business in Boston.
“Working people, labor unions and those fighting every day for their shot at the middle class are the backbone of our economy and of this country,” said Walsh after his nomination. “As Secretary of Labor, I’ll work just as hard for you as you do for your families and livelihoods. You have my word.”
One of Walsh’s first tasks as Secretary of Labor will likely be directing OSHA to make a decision about whether to develop and issue an emergency temporary standard for COVID-19. We covered the ongoing push for such a standard throughout 2020, including how federal OSHA’s approach to non-binding guidance put worker health at risk and put employers in a difficult position. With President Biden vowing to double the number of OSHA inspectors and ramp up enforcement of existing standards, it’s likely that Walsh will have more resources to work with to accomplish the agency’s goals.
Marty Walsh has never shied away from his union roots. He is proud of his union background and is dedicated to improving the lives of all working people. His track record in Boston makes that clear. We look forward to seeing what he can accomplish as our next U.S. Secretary of Labor.
ANEW supports people through apprenticeships and pre-apprenticeships. One of ANEWs funding sources is for apprentices and pre-apprentices between the ages of 18-20. If you are between those ages, you may qualify for additional support services to support you through your apprenticeship.
Some of the items they can help with:
Emergency services (rent, utilities, car repairs, etc.)
Union dues and/or initiation fees
Apprenticeship books and tuition
*Passport funds are distributed on an as-needed basis. The student must be able to relay what they need; they will then be provided with a voucher or a gift card.
Please contact Emily Stochel at 425.786.6512 or email her at [email protected] to see if you qualify for this resource.
Due to COVID, refresher programs for ASB.W, ASB.S, and HazMat worker and supervisor are being held virtually. Online classes will soon have their own page, but for now you can find all scheduled classes at: https://www.nwlett.org/training-schedule/#in-local. #NWLETT #LIUNA #OnlineTraining
We are pleased to announce that NWLETT is now offering online Asbestos Worker/Supervisor recertification classes. The schedule is on the website under the “in-local” heading.
Signing up for an online class will follow the same scheduling procedure as for onsite classes. Please call your hall to request the class; your hall will send the request to Kingston for scheduling.
Due to the class being online via Zoom, there are a few prerequisites:
* Cellphones cannot be used to take the class
* One person per computer or tablet (no sharing a device)
* Must have a computer or tablet
* Computer or tablet must have a working mic and camera
* Must have a reliable internet connection
Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions!
This is a clarification on the DOSH Directive 1.60. Compliance staff will exercise enforcement discretion concerning periodic training and certifications that expired as of February 28, 2020 or later. The following are examples of required training and certifications, but it is not an all-inclusive listing:
Asbestos supervisor and worker certification cards
This temporary enforcement discretion policy will apply until further notification; however, employers/employees must come into compliance as soon as guidelines permit. As of June 30, 2020, this variance still applies.
Members can still perform work on certifications which have expired from Feb 28, 2020 onward.