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Working people are being infected at work and dying from COVID-19 in every sector.
Fifty-five years ago, in a speech to the convention of the Illinois AFL-CIO, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. laid out with characteristic moral clarity the essential role of unions in American life. “The labor movement,” he explained, “was the principal force that transformed misery and despair into hope and progress … [When] the wave of union organization crested over the nation, it carried to secure shores not only itself but the whole society. Civilization began to grow in the economic life of man, and a decent life with a sense of security and dignity became a reality rather than a distant dream.”

Stephanie Bloomingdale, President of the Wisconsin AFL-CIO, released the following statement:

Statement from Stephanie Bloomingdale, President of the Wisconsin AFL-CIO, on Governor Evers' statewide masking order: 

The Wisconsin AFL-CIO is proud to announce the following endorsements for Wisconsin 2020. Vote on August 11, 2020 in the Partisan Primary Election and on November 3, 2020 in the General Presidential Election.

Help turn out the union vote for Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, and pro-worker candidates up and down the ballot for the November 3, 2020 Presidential election. 

Sign up to talk with union voters at wisaflcio.org/mobilize or click here. 

More than three years after taking office, the administration has never filled the job running the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which is charged with enforcing workplace safety laws. The $560 million-a-year agency, whose estimated 2,000 inspectors performed 32,020 on-site inspections in 2018, spent months not doing any in-person inspections related to coronavirus, other than in hospitals, said Rebecca Reindel, director of occupational safety and health for the AFL-CIO.

Working people are bearing the brunt of this global pandemic and economic crisis. The physical toll, death, pain, and suffering that Oregon’s frontline and essential workers have experienced is unprecedented.

Coupled with the economic collapse that has exacerbated long-term inequities for low wage workers and BIPOC communities, workers are hurting and they need protections.

Daniel DiSalvo asks: “Will Unions Let Schools Reopen?” (op-ed, June 30). Of course! The AFT published our school reopening plan in April. We said it isn’t a question of whether to reopen, but how to do it safely. We need the infrastructure and investment to physically distance, stagger classes, provide personal protective equipment and test, trace and isolate new cases.