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Top 10 Things to Happen for Missouri Labor in 2021

Grinding through the second year of the pandemic has been tough for everyone.

It was a great honor to welcome President Joe Biden to Kansas City today. President Biden took office with big ideas focused around union jobs.

Cole County Judge Rules that Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft's Ballot Language on the “Right-to-Work” Initiative is Insufficient and Unfair. 

The nation watched earlier this year as heroic warehouse workers at the Amazon facility in Bessemer, Alabama, made history.

Despite intense pressure, intimidation and bullying by one of the largest corporations in the world, they fought to reclaim their fair share of power and form a union. They spoke out about an experience familiar to so many working people—the stress of being overworked, underpaid, and afraid for the future.

The MO Apprentice Ready - Project Coordinator is a professional position dedicated to expanding access to registered apprenticeship opportunities through an introduction to apprenticeship program. This position will be funded by a grant from the Missouri Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development.

The Missouri AFL-CIO is an equal opportunity employer.

This week, the AFL-CIO is leading a PRO Act Week of Action, part of the labor movement’s national campaign urging senators to pass this transformative labor law reform. This week of action includes at least one event near every U.S. senator’s office.

Building Union Diversity (BUD) STL - Program Coordinator 

The Building Union Diversity (BUD) STL Program Coordinator is a professional position dedicated to expanding access to registered apprenticeship opportunities through an introduction to construction apprenticeship program.

The MO AFL-CIO is an equal opportunity employer.

In April 2020, after the labor market took its largest one-month hit in modern history, Black men and women suffered job losses proportionate to those of white women. Still, their losses were far less severe than those of Hispanic men and women. Black workers already had higher unemployment rates, as has always been the case, but their unemployment rates did not skyrocket as much as other groups.

This month, Union Plus launched a new Retiree Healthcare Program in partnership with Anthem and the AFL-CIO Mutual Benefit Trust.

Union Plus and the AFL-CIO are proud of this innovative program that provides comprehensive health care options to Medicare-eligible retirees through two Anthem BlueCross and BlueShield group Medicare Advantage plans designed exclusively for retired union members (and their spouses/partners). These group plans feature enhanced benefits compared to what members could purchase for themselves through the individual insurance market.

2020’s growth in pay inequity between workers and CEOs confirms the “executive base salary reductions” touted during the COVID-19 crisis were just lip service, per this year’s AFL-CIO Executive Paywatch report, which was unveiled this morning by AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler (IBEW).

Union Plus offers a variety of hardship benefits to union members and our families, including grants for eligible union members who participate in certain Union Plus programs. An expansion of hardship benefits took effect on July 1, 2021. The trustees for the AFL-CIO Mutual Benefit Fund updated hardship grant eligibility for job loss, furlough, strike, disability, hospital and disaster relief to have a greater positive impact on union families.