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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.

As part of the Workers First Week of Action, the Wisconsin AFL-CIO is unveiling one of our ongoing initiatives to keep workers safe on the job and in the community…the Union Mask Brig

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.

The national union that represents workers in meatpacking and food processing jobs, the United Food and Commercial Workers, says the administration should enact enforceable standards instead of guidance that requires protections like protective equipment, physical distancing, daily testing for workers and paid sick leave so workers can stop the spread of illness. And Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, echoed their concerns tweeting, "Using executive power to force people back on the job without proper protections is wrong and dangerous."

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.

Last Minute, Unannounced Amendment in COVID-19 bill by Wisconsin Republicans Leaves Frontline Workers Exposed and Ineligible for Worker’s Compensation

 April 24, 2020, MILWAUKEE, WI – The following is a statement from Wisconsin AFL-CIO President Stephanie Bloomingdale, co-chair of Wisconsin’s Worker’s Compensation Advisory Council: