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"Joe Biden is a lifelong supporter of workers and has fought his entire career for living wages, health care, retirement security and civil rights," said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.
While unemployment has skyrocketed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the combined wealth of America's billionaires increased by $282 billion.
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka unveiled the safety conditions working people are demanding before the economy is reopened.

On Thursday, May 7, at 11:00 a.m., essential frontline workers who are currently sick or have recovered from COVID-19 will speak out and urge Gov. Ned Lamont to sign an executive order that establishes a workers’ compensation presumption.

On Thursday, April 30, at 10:30 a.m., labor leaders representing essential, frontline workers and those working from home, along with national AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, will release the working people’s plan for reopening the State of Connecticut.

HARTFORD – The Connecticut AFL-CIO, a labor federation representing over 220,000 workers, many of whom are essential frontline workers, wrote to Governor Ned Lamont last week to urge him to quickly establish a workers’ compensation presumption for COVID-19.

On Monday, April 20, at 11:30 a.m., essential workers and legislators will hold a press conference on Zoom to urge Gov. Ned Lamont to sign an executive order that creates a workers’ compensation presumption when they are stricken with COVID-19.

The new national campaign, entitled #ShopSmart, will target American grocery shoppers and is in response to the growing number of food and grocery workers who are becoming exposed to the coronavirus.
Members of SMART are collaborating with union contractors to produce and donate metal nose strips for the millions of masks being made by volunteer groups across the country.
On Friday, UFCW Local 371 sent a letter to Gov. Lamont urging the administration to issue guidance on how grocery store and other essential workers can access state funded childcare during the COVID-19 pandemic.

(Washington, D.C., March 30, 2020) —The AFL-CIO calls on the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to resume the conduct of union elections, election-related hearings and unfair labor practice proceedings as soon as possible, consistent with public health. The NLRB suspension of operations destroys a vital resource for workers’ rights at an unprecedented time in history when it is needed most.