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“It’s absolutely essential,” AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said in an interview. “If you tell a worker, ‘Don’t come to work when you’re sick so you don’t spread Covid, but you’re not going to get paid and your family’s not going to eat and you’re not going to pay your rent,’ you’re asking too much of them.”

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California has become the fourth and largest state to adopt emergency workplace protections for COVID-19. Nearly 20 million workers in California will be protected by the new mandate, which includes requirements for face masks, physical distancing and reporting of outbreaks in the workplace. Rebecca Reindel, director of occupational safety and health at the AFL-CIO, said the federal government should follow the lead of states like California. “The virus doesn’t know boundaries,” she said.

Trece Andrews spent the last three months phone-banking and sometimes canvassing for Joe Biden in Michigan. The nursing home worker focused her efforts on Detroit residents and fellow members of the Service Employees International Union, telling them a Biden administration would protect their health care and do more to raise their wages.

The voters have spoken and Joe Biden has won more votes than any presidential candidate in history, including 60 percent of union households. Biden has now won the Electoral College, flipping multiple states from Trump, and is the next President of the United States of America. The bedrock of our American democracy is that the voters, not the candidates, get to decide who our next leaders are.

Instead of partisan fights, Wisconsin leaders should let Governor Evers lead

(November 6, 2020) – Stephanie Bloomingdale, President of the Wisconsin AFL-CIO, released the following statement reacting to the Wisconsin circuit court ruling stating that Governor Evers’ orders to limit the size of indoor gatherings is invalid and unenforceable.

Democrat Joe Biden gained more of the vote from members of the AFL-CIO than Hillary Clinton did four years ago, its president said, crediting laborers for the party’s wins in key states.

"Simply put, we got out the vote," AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka told reporters Thursday. "In Wisconsin, in Michigan, in Pennsylvania, Joe Biden's firewall was union made. And the labor movement is expanding the map--look at Arizona, look at Georgia."

Stephanie Bloomingdale, President of the Wisconsin AFL-CIO, released the following statement as Wisconsin is called for Biden:

“Wisconsin workers have delivered the state for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. Voters turned out in record numbers in Wisconsin and across our country to make our voices heard. When all the votes are counted across our country, we are confident that the people will have elected Joe Biden as our next President.