Arkansas AFL-CIO

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Billboarding @ Tim Griffin's Fundraiser: 6.9.2011
Community and Labor activists joined outside of Luigi's in Bryant, AR where Representative Tim Griffin was holding a fundraiser in order to highlight his most recent votes to harmfully cut Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security.

LiUNA Call-In Action: 5.26.2011
Members of LiUNA from Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Texas called into their elected Congressmen and Senators to hold them accountable for their votes on the Rep. Paul Ryan Budget titled, Path to Prosperity, which would have had a devastating effect upon the middle class.

Tax Day Event: 4.18.2011
Union and Community members joined together at the state Capitol to ask that Corporations be required to pay their fair share of taxes! Some attendees then marched to the Bank of America downtown to highlight the bank as a tax dodger.

AICWJ Worker Memorial Day Luncheon: 4.27.2011

Save Social Security Events, 4.28.2011, Pine Bluff & Little Rock

April 4th Solidarity Events Across Arkansas
On April 4, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis where he had gone to stand with sanitation workers demanding their dream: The right to bargain collectively for a voice at work and a better life. Today, that same demand is electrifying people across America. April 4th was a day to stnad in solidarity with working people in states where politicians are trying to take away those same rights Dr. King gave his life for.

2011 Democratic Black Caucus's King/Kennedy Dinner
The AFL-CIO purchased a table at the King/Kennedy Dinner on February 22, 2011. Dr. Samuel "Billy" Kyles was the keynote speaker. Dr. Kyles was by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s side during the sanitation workers' strike in Memphis, TN. He was also a witness to Dr. King's assassination. His speech was both powerful and inspiring.

WE ARE ONE Rally 2.22.2011 Part 2
The rally was to show solidarity with tens of thousands of people who have taken to the streets and statehouse in Madison, Wisconsin and Columbus, Ohio to protest legislation that would eliminate collective bargaining rights for state and local public employees there.

Solidarity Rally 2.22.2011 Photos provided by Alan Tetkoskie, IAFF Local 35
In a show of support for our brothers and sisters in Wisconsin and across the nation who are fighting to keep their collective bargaining rights and also to those legislators who have fled their states in support of workers' rights, the Arkansas AFL-CIO joined with working families, community, and faith organizations of Arkansas for a "We are One" Solidarity Rally on the steps of the state Capitol February 22nd.

APFF Legislative Conference 2.2.2011-2.3.2011
The Arkansas Professional Fire Fighters Association held their 2011 Legislative Conference on Feb 2nd and 3rd. These are photos taken by IAFF Local 35's Alan Tetkoskie. They were at the Capitol to meet with Representative Toni Bradford regarding HB1288, which would have allowed cities to abolish the existing police dept, fire dept, and civil service comissions. The bill is being withdrawn.

Labor Lobbying at the Capitol. February 2011
The pace at the Capitol is starting to pick up in February...Members of Building Trades and Locals have come out to Lobby legislators at the Capitol.

Labor Lobbying at the Capitol January 2011
Members of the AFL-CIO, UTU, IBEW, UA, USW, BSOIW, LIUNA, and IUPAT all came out to lobby at the Capitol in Little Rock in January.

Meeting with Legislators 2011
After the elections are over, we continue our political activism by meeting with our newly elected legislators. It is important that we continue to let them know what is best for organized labor and working Arkansans.

Jobs Press Event
We held a press conference on the steps of the Capitol February 15th to release a new report “Putting Arkansas Back to Work: How Investment in Public Services will Save Jobs and Grow the Economy” and discuss the critical importance of investments in public services as part of the jobs bill currently being debated in Washington.

Dr. Martin Luther King Day Marade
The Central Arkansas CLC and APRI sponsored a float in the Marade in Little Rock on January 18th, and handed out candy and stickers.

Standing up for PACT
Many union members attended the meeting of the Pulaski County Special School District school board to discuss reinstating recognition of PACT (Pulaski Association of Classroom Teachers).

Caroling at the Capitol
At noon on Friday December 18th, we met at the AEA for coffee and hot chocolate, then sang health care Christmas carols on the steps of the Capitol.

24-Hour "Round-the-Clock for Reform"
On December 17th at noon beginning outside Senator Lincoln's office, community leaders and local residents will kick off a 24-hour marathon session urging Blanche Lincoln to support real health insurance reform, countering Republicans and insurance companies who are working overtime using scare tactics to kill it.

Health Care Hearing
The AFL-CIO sponsored a hearing on health care on Monday December 14th, at noon at the Arkansas Studies Institute in Little Rock, so a distinguished group of panelists could hear from Arkansas residents who are struggling under the current system.

Lobbying in Washington DC
Several Arkansas Union members traveled to Washington DC ON December 9-10th to lobby our Representatives for health care reform.

Cost of Delay Vigil
We held a vigil at the QuaPaw Quarter United Methodist Church in Little Rock, at 6:30pm on Tuesday December 8th. Sponsored by the Interfaith Coalition for Worker Justice, Move-On, AFL-CIO, HCAN, AFSCME, and Change That Works.

Unions Give Back
TWU Local 555 coat drive, donating calculators to Children's Hospital

Delivering Letters to Senator Lincoln
On Wednesday November 18th, several community members and the AFL-CIO, Working America, AFSCME and AEA delivered letters to Senator Lincoln's office.

Thank You to Congressmen Berry and Snyder
On Monday November 9th and Tuesday November 10th, several groups working for health care reform held thank you events for our Congressmen for voting for the bill.

Mid-South Union Leadership Institute
The Labor Education Program at UALR hosted the Mid-South Union Leadership Institute at the Clarion in Hot Springs November 5th.

Day of Action November 5th
November 5th was the national Day of Action for health care reform, with activists across Arkansas making calls and writing letters to their representatives.

Health Insurance Reform Press Conferences in Texarkana and Jonesboro
Press conferences held 11-3 and 11-4 to talk about the benefits of health care reform in Arkansas.

Health Insurance Reform Press Conference in Little Rock
Held at the Arkansas Studies Institute 10-20.

Health Care Rally in Fayetteville
People rallied outside Senator Lincoln's office in Fayetteville on 10-14, in favor of a public option and health care reform.

Crime Scene Health Insurance Reform event
Held inside the Capitol rotunda, Tuesday October 6th.

Health Insurance Protest outside Senator Lincoln's Office
This protest took place on Thursday October 1st outside Senator Lincoln's office in Fayetteville. The rally was to protest her vote in committee against the public option.

Letter Writing on Health Care
Workers in the Little Rock area gathered on September 30th at lunch to write letters and make phone calls to their representatives in support of health insurance reform.

Congressman Mike Ross Health Care Town Hall
Congressman Mike Ross held a health care town hall with members of USW Local 752L and their families on 9/28.

Sick of It Health Insurance Reform Rally
Held September 22nd at the Capitol in Little Rock.

Employee Free Choice Act debate
The University of Arkansas at Little Rock Bowen School of Law held an informational session on the Employee Free Choice Act on Monday September 14th, and a debate that evening between former Judge Wendell Griffen and State Senator Gilbert Baker.

Int'l AFL-CIO Convention in Pittsburgh
The AFL-CIO held their convention in Pittsburgh, September 13-17 2009.

Labor Day Picnics
Labor Day picnics were held across the state this year, including Fort Smith area (Van Buren), Texarkana, Little Rock and Fayetteville.

Employee Free Choice Act activities around Arkansas 2009
Union members and allies are doing work around the state to help pass the Employee Free Choice Act.

Young Workers Survey Event 9-1
On Tuesday September 1st at the UA 155 hall in Little Rock, several area young workers talked about the new survey from the AFL-CIO, their lives, the economy and being part of a union.

AFSCME's Highway to Healthcare RV Tour
The RV stopped by Little Rock on Monday August 17th and we held a press conference at the capitol on Tuesday as well.

Phone calling and letter writing in Fort Smith
Workers from the Fort Smith area gathered on Tuesday August 11th at USW Local 7893 in Fort Smith to write and call their Senators for the Employee Free Choice Act.

Fort Smith Kick-off Rally
In the morning of the July 11th rally in Little Rock, a kick off event took place in Fort Smith. CWA Secretary-Treasurer Jeff Rechenbach spoke at the event about the importance of this bill for working families in Arkansas. Over 70 workers then boarded a bus to Little Rock to participate in a rally, march and fish fry with workers from all over the state.

Texarkana Kick Off Rally 7-11-09
In the morning of the July 11th rally in Little Rock, a kick off event took place at the USW 752L hall in Texarkana. AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Rich Trumka, Steelworkers International President Leo Gerard and USW 752L President David Boone spoke at the event about the importance of this bill for working families in Arkansas. Over 70 workers then boarded a bus to Little Rock to participate in a rally, march and fish fry with workers from all over the state.

Little Rock Rally, March and Fish Fry 7-11-09
On July 11, 2009, over 1,000 Arkansas workers from all over the state gathered in Little Rock for a rally, march and fish fry in support of the Employee Free Choice Act. Starting at Central High School, the marchers gathered to hear AFL-CIO Executive President Arlene Holt-Baker and other civil rights leaders speak about the connection between civil rights and workers' rights. From Central High, the workers marched to the State Capitol building, where AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Rich Trumka, Steelworkers International President Leo Gerard and others spoke of the importance of the Employee Free Choice Act to turning our economy around and urged Senators Lincoln and Pryor to support the bill. The event concluded with an old-fashioned fish fry at the nearby AEA offices.

Pine Bluff Kick-off Rally
In the morning of the July 11th rally in Little Rock, a kick off event took place in Pine Bluff also, featuring Stewart Acuff.

Working America Letter Delivery to Senator Lincoln June 2009
In June 2009, Working America, a community affiliate of the AFL-CIO, delivered thousands of handwritten letters to Senator Lincoln. The letters urged the Senator to support the Employee Free Choice Act.

Jefferson County Labor Council Day of Action
The Day of Action event for the Jefferson County Trades & Labor Council was held outside of the Tyson Foods entrance on Thursday, June 25th.

Academics for Employee Free Choice in Jonesboro
Panel of three ASU professors talked about the bill on June 24th at the Jonesboro campus, why it is needed, and how it will help workers.

Working America Letter Delivery
Working America members spoke about their support for the Employee Free Choice Act on June 4th, and delivered letters to Senator Lincoln's office in Little Rock, collected all over the state.

Turn Around Arkansas Vigil around the state
The "Turn Around Arkansas" coalition held a 24-hour vigil for the Employee Free Choice Act and Health Care Reform on Wednesday May 27. The Vigil will kick off at Senator Blanche Lincoln's office, 912 West Fourth Street, in Little Rock where workers will deliver hundreds of letters in support of the Employee Free Choice Act. After an hour, the group will move to the First Presbyterian Church, 800 Scott Street where the vigil will continue until 4:30 PM Thursday afternoon May 28. Similar vigils will be also be held from 4:30 - 5:30 PM at the District offices of Arkansas's congressional delegation in Fayetteville, Jonesboro, El Dorado, and Thursday in Texarkana.

Working Women's Lunch in Little Rock
On Tuesday May 19th in Little Rock, working women met to discuss issues that matter to women and the community, including health care and the Employee Free Choice Act.

Working Women's Lunch in El Dorado
On Monday May 18th in El Dorado, working women met to discuss issues that matter to women and the community, including health care and the Employee Free Choice Act.

Keep it Made in America Tour
This event was sponsored by the USW and the Alliance for American Manufacturing, to raise public awareness of the economic importance of the American auto industry supply chain. The bus tour wase in Little Rock on the steps of the Capitol and at the USW 752L Hall in Texarkana on Wednesday May 13th.

Community Town Hall in West Memphis
Workers came together for a Town Hall on the Employee Free Choice Act in West Memphis on Thursday May 7th.

AT&T Informational Picket in Hot Springs
CWA (Communications Workers of America) members and workers across Arkansas gathered outside the AT&T offices in Hot Springs on Tuesday May 5th to talk about their struggle for a new contract.

Arkansas AFL-CIO Convention 2009
This convention was held May 4-6th in Hot Springs at the Clarion.

Rally outside Rep. Mike Ross's Office in Hot Springs
On Monday May 4th local workers and labor leaders gathered outside Representative Mike Ross’s office to thank him for past support of the Employee Free Choice Act.

Arkansas Democratic Black Caucus mtg
On Saturday May 2nd the Arkansas Democratic Black Caucus met at the state party headquarters. The AFL-CIO was there to talk about the Employee Free Choice Act.

Community Forum on EFCA in Jonesboro
On Friday May 1st, there was a Community Forum on the Employee Free Choice Act in Jonesboro.Speakers include union members and veterans.

Employee Free Choice Act symposium in Arkadelphia
Jointly with the Young Democrats on campus, some Henderson State University faculty members held an Employee Free Choice Act Symposium to educate our campus and the Arkadelphia community on the legislation.

Workers Memorial Day Service
The Arkansas Interfaith Committee for Worker Justice held their annual Workers Memorial Day Service on Tuesday, April 28th at the NLR Riverfront Park. This service honored the workers who lost their lives on the job last year.

Employee Free Choice Act vigil in Texarkana
On Monday April 27th in Texarkana, workers from across Arkansas and Texas and Louisiana held a vigil in front of the Post Office to shine a light on the injustices that workers face when organizing.

Veterans event
On Wednesday April 22nd, several veterans who support the Employee Free Choice Act talked at First Presbyterian Church of Little Rock. Speakers included Gordon Brehm, veteran of the Korean War and retired union member, Mark Starr, veteran of the Iraq War, and David Anderson, veteran of the Vietnam War and President of the Arkansas State Association of Letter Carriers.

Roving Billboard in Arkansas
During the second week of congressional recess in April, the roving billboard traveled around Arkansas to spread the word on Employee Free Choice.

Small Businesses Support Employee Free Choice
Small businesses around the state are showing their support.

A. Philip Randolph 120th Birthday Dinner
This banquet, honoring Rev. Howard (Flash) Gordon, pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Little Rock, was held on 4/14/09.

Employee Free Choice event outside Senator Lincoln's office
On Monday April 6th, workers rallied outside Senator Lincoln's office to thank her for her previous support of the Employee Free Choice Act, and ask for her to support it again.

Main Street Supports the Employee Free Choice Act event
On Friday April 3rd in Van Buren, several small business owners held a roundtable event to discuss how the Employee Free Choice Act would benefit them and the local economy more generally.

Economy that Works for Everyone event
On Friday March 27th, working people in Fort Smith held a town hall gathering at USW Local 7893 to talk about the economy, and to call for the passage of the Employee Free Choice Act.

AFL-CIO & Central Arkansas Building & Construction Trades Council Legislative Reception
The Arkansas AFL-CIO and Central Arkansas Building & Construction Trades Council held a State Legislative Reception on Tuesday March 17th at the Capitol Hill Lounge in Little Rock.

Employee Free Choice Act vigil at the Capitol
On Monday March 16th in Little Rock, workers from across Arkansas held a vigil at the Capitol to shine a light on the injustices that workers face when organizing.

Central Arkansas Trades & Labor Council Labor Day Picnic
Labor Day Picnic, 2008

Jefferson County Labor Council Day of Action
The Jefferson County Labor Council's Day of Action in 2008 was a great success. Members of IBEW, AFSCME, CWA, OPEIU and IUPAT passed out over 300 Employee Free Choice Leaflets at Central Moloney in Pine Bluff.

Arkansas AFL-CIO Special Convention 2008
The Special Convention of the Arkansas AFL-CIO was held March 29th in Little Rock, Arkansas. The purpose of the convention was to take action on recommendations of State COPE concerning candidates who will be running for office in the May 20th Preferential Primaries.

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