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Working people are being infected at work and dying from COVID-19 in every sector.

Congratulations to Justice Jill Karofsky who was been elected by the people of Wisconsin to a 10-year term on the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

View and download the Updated Wisconsin AFL-CIO Voter Guide at wisaflio.org/voter-guide

Entertainment workplaces need more time and data to prepare and change the way show business works. “Here’s the reality: Because of the nature of the industry, arts and entertainment professionals may likely be some of the last workers able to return safely to their jobs,” said Liz Shuler, the AFL-CIO’s secretary-treasurer. “And when they do, they’re not going to be returning to ‘normal’; it’s going to be a very different approach to the industry.

The United States now has more than a million reported coronavirus cases, by far the most of any country in the world. The health of our nation, physically and economically, depends on the safety of our workers. That has always been true, but perhaps never more so than in the face of today’s crisis — and it’s why we need clear and decisive action from the White House. President Trump has given us more confusion than solutions, failing to use his executive authority to protect working people.

As Richard Trumka, the president of the AFL-CIO, wrote in a public letter to the U.S.

Join the Wisconsin AFL-CIO Virtual Phone Bank at wisaflcio.org/mobilize as we get out the vote for union member Tricia Zunker in Wisconsin's Congressional District 7 special election on Tuesday, May 12.

This Thursday, May 7, at 5:00 p.m., is the deadline to request an absentee mail-in ballot for regular and permanent overseas voters in the May 12 special election in Wisconsin’s Congressional District 7. Request your absentee ballot online at myvote.wi.gov.

The people of Wisconsin’s 7th Congressional District have been without a representative in Congress for months. The Wisconsin AFL-CIO is supporting union member Tricia Zunker (SAG-AFTRA) for the special election on May 12. Zunker will represent all people and work to protect and advance the rights of workers.

Be prepared to vote early or absentee in this coronavirus public health emergency.

“For all workers, the toll of COVID-19 infections and deaths is mounting and will increase even more rapidly as workers return to work without necessary safety and health protections,” AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka wrote in the letter, which listed dozens of members who have died from the virus. He faulted the agency for not doing more inspections, not issuing citations and releasing only voluntary coronavirus safety guidelines. “Without government oversight and enforcement, too many employers are disregarding safety and health standards,” he wrote.

Every April 28, the unions of the AFL-CIO observe Workers Memorial Day, a day to honor workers who have died or suffered illness or injuries while on the job.