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Union Bulletin - February 2, 2024

Austin Morgan, Field Coordinator
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Union Bulletin - February 2, 2024

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Celebrate Black History Month! From the National AFL-CIO to each Area Labor Federation and Central Labor Council, organized labor speaks with one voice when we say: Black history is not just the past—it’s also the present. It’s also Black joy. It's Black workers. It’s a celebration of culture and community. It’s coming together to fight for freedom and justice.

Labor will ALWAYS be on the front lines of fighting against racism in the workplace and systemic racism and exploitation in our economic system. 

If you're looking for ways to celebrate or educate, check out these recommended readings on Black History from the Civil, Human and Women’s Rights Department of the AFL-CIO. ⤵️

USPS Public Meeting Rescheduled: 2/27 @ 6PM

The public input meeting has been rescheduled to Tuesday, February 27th at 6PM. It will be held at the same location, the Creekside Banquet Facility at 2669 Union Road, Cheektowaga, NY 14227. You can still fill out online feedback, but our union members at APWU and NALC need you to show up and stand in solidarity against this plan. RSVP to let us know you'll be there!

Let us know you'll stand with us!
Click here for full details and to RSVP
We want to thank the educators at Erie 1 BOCES EDGE Academy who partnered with WNYALF Project Director Lilly Kahris to complete a pilot program on union career education. Students learned about apprenticeships and careers that don't require a college degree, the difference that union benefits make, and how informed employment decisions now can help them retire with comfort and dignity. The program was an absolute SUCCESS—one student has already signed a union card in their workplace!—and it will continue to grow with the Worker Empowerment Center. We also want to thank the following unions that participated in the program: SMART Local 71, IUPAT DC 4, BAC Local 3, Laborers Local 210, 1199SEIU, Teamsters Local 449, IAMAW District Council 65, and IUOE Local 17.

Attention Principal Officers and CLC Delegates:

In advance of the WNYALF's 2024 Executive Council elections, here are two notices:

  1. Delegate credentialing requests have been mailed to each principal officer. Please return these ASAP.
  2. Nominations for WNYALF officers are open. Please submit these on your union's letterhead via certified mail to the WNYALF.

For questions on either of these notices, please contact WNYALF Field Coordinator Austin Morgan at

Check this out! The New York State AFL-CIO is hard at work advocating for our 2024 Legislative Agenda. HearNYS AFL-CIO Legislative Director Mike Neidl discuss labor's top priorities in the latest episode of the Union Strong Podcast. Plus, don't miss this op-ed from NYS AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento and President and CEO of the Business Council of NYS Heather Mulligan. "It’s time to stop using immigrants as a political football, and instead acknowledge their capacity to revitalize long-stagnant local economies and improve the quality of life in these communities for both new arrivals and native-born residents alike." Read the full op-ed here.
The AFL-CIO and union members know: It's better in a union! Unions mean better wages, better health care, better protections and a voice on the job. Even in these difficult times, 71% of Americans support unions, the highest level in nearly 60 years. And our future is bright: 88% of people younger than 30 support unions, too! Watch this video of union members across the country sharing why #ItsBetterInAUnion.
Join our partners at the United Way of Buffalo and Erie County's Labor Engagement team for the Union Community Advocate Network (UCAN) program. Participants will learn skills to help and empower members, coworkers, and their families to seek available community services. The five-session program begins April 18th, and continues on Thursdays from 4-7:30PM. 
Learn More & Register 

Stand in solidarity with nursing home workers! For more than a year, union members at Williamsville Suburban and Safire Rehabilitation of the Northtowns have dealt with increasingly hostile management. They need YOU to join them as they picket against unfair labor practices.

  • Williamsville Suburban
    • 2/7 @ 2-4PM
    • 193 South Union Rd Williamsville
  • Safire Rehab of the Northtowns
    • 2/8 @ 2-4PM
    • 2799 Sheridan Dr Tonawanda
Congratulations to Buffalo AKG Workers United who recently won their NLRB election! Despite a virulent and escalating anti-union campaign from management and wealthy donors, the WNY labor movement is 71 workers stronger. We were proud to stand with them as they organized, and our solidarity will continue as they bargain for their first contract.✊🏽 #UnionStrong

Join the Coalition of Labor Union Women Buffalo Chapter for their annual breakfast! This year's exciting program will include a delicious hot breakfast (you don't want to miss it!), a panel of dynamic speakers and presenters on the issues of women's health equity (to be announced!), and tabling from organizations with information and resources that might benefit you or the women in your life.


Saturday, March 9th at the UAW Region 9 Hall. Click below for full details and to purchase tickets:

CLUW Breakfast 2024 Info & Tickets 
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The WNY Area Labor Federation has moved! Our new address is 2421 Main St. Suite 120 Buffalo, NY 14214. Please send per capita payments and correspondence to this new address. Our office number is still the same (716-852-0375).