Press Room

The entire labor movement is grieving as the nation lost a true champion for working people. From his early days as a coal miner to President of the 12.5 million member AFL-CIO, Trumka dedicated his entire life to championing workers’ rights.
CT working families need an economy that puts them first. With this bill, CT can create thousands of good-paying cannabis jobs that will strengthen our communities and help to speed our economic recovery.
This fund will help potentially thousands of essential workers – healthcare workers, first responders, grocery store workers, bus drivers, corrections employees and many others – who contracted the novel coronavirus on the job through no fault of their own.
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka unveiled the safety conditions working people are demanding before the economy is reopened.

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.

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) weakening its written guidance protections for health care workers during the COVID-19 outbreak:

The CDC weakening its protection guidelines in the face of a pandemic is unconscionable. America’s health care workers have shown true courage by tirelessly working the frontlines during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak. These workers are among the most at risk of contracting the virus and if they are not properly protected, the effects could be devastating.

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) joint employer rule:

This rule will allow companies to manipulate the system to limit working people’s freedom to negotiate for fair wages and benefits by hiring contractors to serve as a shield between the companies and their obligations to employees. It is a step backward in modernizing our outdated labor laws, by empowering corporations and special interests instead of supporting rules that will level the playing field and reflect the true nature of today’s economy.