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AFL-CIO issues call to action on COVID-19; Call Congress now!

Demand that OSHA issue an emergency temporary standard for infectious diseases   WASHINGTON D.C. (March 9, 2020) — The following is an important Call to Action from AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka: In just a moment, I am going to ask you to call your representative. But first, I want to tell you what’s going on. […]

Murray introduces emergency paid sick leave legislation

The following is from the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee: WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 6, 2020) — Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT-3rd), Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee responsible for funding the Department of Labor, introduced new, […]

AFL-CIO spotlights Black leaders, activists

For Black History Month, the AFL-CIO is spotlighting various African American leaders and activists who have worked at the intersection of civil and labor rights. Here is their latest profile, along with a look back at the AFL-CIO’s past profiles: Rev. George W. Lee — In 1955, the murder of Emmett Till shocked the United […]

Call Tuesday to support USPS Fairness Act

  WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Tuesday, Feb. 25, postal workers and their supporters will be standing up (once again) for our public Postal Service. The AFL-CIO and the Washington State Labor Council are calling on all to participate and protect America’s most cherished institution. TAKE A STAND! — The U.S. House of Representatives has overwhelmingly […]

AFGE urges Congress to protect Defense workers’ union rights

The following is from the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE): WASHINGTON, D.C. (Feb. 20, 2020) — The American Federation of Government Employees is urging members of Congress to protect the rights of Department of Defense workers to join a union after President Trump authorized DoD to end collective bargaining wherever it sees fit, citing […]

House passage of PRO Act hailed as ‘win for workers everywhere’

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Feb. 7, 2020) –The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday passed the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, comprehensive labor legislation would strengthen workers’ right to organize a union and bargain for higher wages, better benefits, and safer working conditions. The 224-193 vote was mostly along partisan lines with Washington Reps. Suzan […]

UNITE HERE: Reject Marriott’s ‘Green Choice’ program

(Feb. 5, 2020) — Last year, thousands of Marriott workers represented by UNITE HERE went on strike because “One Job Should Be Enough.” (Workers at Marriott’s Westin Hotel in Seattle avoided a strike by securing a groundbreaking new contract.) Thanks to support from the community and other unions, Marriott workers across the nation won historic, life-changing gains […]

Trump’s latest travel restrictions are ‘driven by overt racism’

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Feb. 5, 2020) — Last week, the Trump Administration expanded its travel restrictions — commonly referred to as the “Muslim Ban” — to include six more countries. Under the new restrictions, nationals of Nigeria, Eritrea, Myanmar and Kyrgyzstan will no longer be able to obtain visas to live and work in the U.S., […]

Ahead of vote, call Congress to urge support for PRO Act

The following is from the AFL-CIO: WASHINGTON, D.C. (Feb. 4, 2020) — Right now, Congress has a critical opportunity to strengthen workers’ rights. Lawmakers, in 2019, introduced the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, H.R. 2474, which would give millions of America’s workers additional protections to organize and negotiate for better pay and benefits, […]

AFL-CIO: U.S.-China deal fails to address workers rights, cheating

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Jan. 17, 2020) — The following statement from AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka was issued Thursday regarding the trade deal with China signed on Wednesday: There is precious little in this deal that addresses China’s long-standing denial of basic labor rights. The deal also fails to address the worst aspects of China’s cheating — […]

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