More Strong Manufacturing Job Growth

From the AAM

The manufacturing sector added 13,000 new factory jobs in January, according to the latest employment data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The sector has added 261,000 jobs over the past 12 months. As the March 2 conclusion of the U.S.-China trade talks approaches, robust manufacturing job growth supports the U.S. trade team's strong position in negotiations.

Alliance for American Manufacturing President Scott Paul said: "With 13,000 new jobs, manufacturing has enjoyed another strong month of growth. This strength in factory and overall hiring gives the administration considerable leverage headed into the final leg of trade talks with China.

"We hope the president and his team will put it to good use and insist on meaningful, comprehensive and measurable changes in China's unfair trade practices."

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Human Service Workers at Persad Center Vote to Join the USW

From the USW

Workers at Persad Center, a human service organization that serves the LGBTQ+ and HIV/AIDS communities of the Pittsburgh area, voted last week to join the United Steelworkers (USW) union.

The unit of 24 workers, ranging from therapists and program coordinators to case managers and administrative staff, announced their union campaign as the Persad Staff Union last month and filed for an election with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

“We care about our work and the communities we serve,” said Johanna Smith, Persad’s Development, Communications, and Events Associate. “We strongly believe this work and our connections to our clients will only improve now that we will be represented by a union.”

The Persad workers join the growing number of white-collar professionals organizing with the USW, especially in the Pittsburgh region. Their membership is also in line with the recent work the Steelworkers have been doing to engage LGBTQ+ members and improve contract language regarding issues that affect their lives.

“Workplaces are changing and evolving, and the labor movement is changing and evolving along with that,” said USW Vice President Fred Redmond, who oversees the union’s LGBTQ+ Advisory Committee as well as the USW Health Care Workers Council. “This campaign gives us an opportunity to diversify our great union while uplifting and empowering a group of workers who give their all for others.”

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