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AFL-CIO creates new task force on racial justice

The following is from the AFL-CIO: WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 10, 2020) — AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka today announced the creation of the AFL-CIO Task Force on Racial Justice, charged with implementing a series of recommendations adopted by the AFL-CIO General Board focused on taking concrete action to address America’s long history of racism and police […]

Safety, not politics, must guide reopening of schools

Trump’s political push could put children, teachers and their families in danger   WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 8, 2020) — Six groups representing America’s educators and parents — including the National Education Association and American Federation of Teachers — released the following joint statement Tuesday regarding the Trump administration’s push to reopen schools: No one wants […]

One union’s alarming COVID-19 death toll

United Food & Commercial Workers loses 238 frontline workers in 100 days   WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 30, 2020) — The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) announced last week that over the last 100 days, 238 UFCW members have died from COVID-19 and nearly 29,000 workers have been infected or exposed to this […]

Celebrate a safe, ethical Independence Day

The following is from Labor 411: 2020 will be the year that we celebrate America’s birthday in an especially challenging environment. Between a global pandemic, massive unemployment, and civil unrest spurred by the murder of George Floyd and nationwide systemic racism, many of us may not feel like celebrating. We understand that. But for those […]

With labor’s support, House passes sweeping police reform

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 26, 2020) — With strong support from organized labor, the U.S. House of Representatives passed sweeping police reform legislation Thursday night that aims to curb the use of excessive force and begin demilitarizing law enforcement one month after the death George Floyd, an unarmed Black man who was killed by Minneapolis police […]

5 Essentials: Put workers first for racial, economic justice

(June 17, 2020) — During this unsettling time of pandemic safety concerns and job losses, coupled with an overdue reckoning with the systemic racism and police accountability, it’s important to acknowledge that racism also infects our economy. As Congress debates how to address the economic fallout from COVID-19, the AFL-CIO is emphasizing that putting “Workers […]

A huge Supreme Court win for equality

AFL-CIO, Pride at Work hail decision protecting LGBTQ workers from discrimination   WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 16, 2020) — In a 6-3 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which makes it illegal for employers to discriminate because of a person’s sex, among other factors, also […]

EPA plan to reopen in Seattle could endanger its employees

Murray, Jayapal lead Democratic delegation in urging the EPA to work with AFGE to address safety concerns   SEATTLE (June 11, 2020) – Led by Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) and Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA, 7th), the Washington state Democratic congressional delegation expressed concerns about the Environmental Protection Agency’s plan to reopen its Region 10 office […]

AFL-CIO board takes action on racism, police violence

AFL-CIO backs MLK Labor on Seattle Police Guild demands, but will not oust IUPA. National federation says this moment ‘requires building a better labor movement from within.’   The following is from the AFL-CIO: WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 10, 2020) — The General Board of the AFL-CIO on Tuesday adopted a comprehensive set of recommendations to […]

AFL-CIO Maritime Trades celebrate 100 years of Jones Act

The following is from the AFL-CIO Maritime Trades Department: WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 5, 2020) — Today, June 5 marks the 100th anniversary of the passage of the Merchant Marine Act of 1920. Within this important legislation is the language that governs America’s waterborne freight cabotage — the Jones Act. Named for the bill’s primary sponsor […]



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