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Essential workers: One year into the COVID-19 pandemic

The following is from Brookings: WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 18, 2021) — One year ago, the COVID-19 pandemic upended our lives, transformed work, and temporarily shut down many non-essential businesses. The last year has seen an outpouring of gratitude for essential workers, whose critical and often low-paid work has kept the country functioning. Millions of these […]

Support champions of workers to lead U.S. Department of Labor

WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 16, 2021) — President Joe Biden has nominated two lifelong champions of labor and workers’ rights to lead the U.S. Department of Labor. The AFL-CIO considers Marty Walsh and Julie Su a “Dream Team” to lead an agency that will oversee the recovery of the country’s economy and labor force. But Su, […]

Tell Congress to begin fixing our unjust immigration system

H.R. 6 would create pathway to citizenship for Dreamers, immigrants with TPS status   WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 15, 2021) — The AFL-CIO’s Workers First agenda is about expanding rights and protections for all working families, with no exclusions. That’s why union members and others across the United States are fighting for a pathway to citizenship […]

Historic labor law reform passes U.S. House of Representatives

AFL-CIO hails ‘generational change’ of PRO Act, urges prompt Senate action   WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 10, 2021) — In a major win for the labor movement and America’s working families, the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday passed the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, which would overhaul the nation’s labor laws to restore […]

AFL-CIO hails voting rights bill, urges swift Senate action

WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 4, 2021) — Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives passed sweeping voting, campaign finance disclosure and ethics legislation Wednesday over unanimous Republican opposition, and advanced to the U.S. Senate what would be the biggest overhaul of the U.S. election law in decades. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka hailed the passage of H.R. […]

Join the virtual Selma Bridge Crossing Jubilee on March 5-7

SELMA, Ala. — On “Bloody Sunday,” March 7, 1965, then-25-year-old activist John Lewis led more than 500 marchers across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama. They faced brutal attacks by state troopers, and footage of the violence collectively shocked the nation. Two weeks later, the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. and 3,200 civil rights […]

Invest in our nation’s crumbling infrastructure, Buy American

Show your support for a bold infrastructure investment that is Made in America   WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 2, 2021) — Weeks after a winter storm wreaked deadly havoc across the state of Texas, many residents still lack clean drinking water. Meanwhile in Mississippi, some cities — primarily in Black and brown communities — have also […]

Labor, Democrats celebrate House passage of Equality Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Feb. 26, 2021) — The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday passed sweeping labor-supported legislation to ban discrimination against people based on sexual orientation and gender identity, delivering a major victory to the LGBTQ community. The Equality Act, which would amend the 1964 Civil Rights Act to provide protections for LGBTQ individuals, passed […]

Railroad unions win major decision on train crew sizes

Washington State AG Bob Ferguson: ‘This decision makes workers safer, residents safer and will ensure our environment remains clean and healthy’   SEATTLE (Feb. 25, 2021) — In a major victory for unions representing railroad workers, a federal court of appeals ruled Tuesday that the Trump administration violated the law when it attempted to override […]

U.S. DOL suspends ‘duplicative, often inferior’ IRAP system

Biden administration move bolsters proven Registered Apprenticeship Programs   The following is from the U.S. Department of Labor: WASHINGTON, D.C. (Feb. 19, 2021) — The U.S. Department of Labor on Wednesday announced several actions designed to accelerate apprenticeship expansion as it considers halting the duplicative apprenticeship system that may reduce quality, strip protections for apprentices […]



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