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Working families deserve a leader who will focus on “we, the people,” not just on the person they see in the mirror. Only Vice President Joe Biden can be that president. I’ve known Joe for 40 years. He loves his family, loves working people and loves our country. His “Made in America” plan will revitalize America's manufacturing in a way Trump never could. Biden doesn’t only have the best plan to beat the virus and help workers recover financially—he is the only candidate for president with a plan at all. And with a Biden administration, we’ll finally pass the PRO Act, allowing workers to join a union freely and fairly.

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Outstanding union-endorsed candidates Eugene DePasquale, Brittney Rodas, Patty Smith, Shana Danielson, and, of course, Joe Biden, stood together with union members across the commonwealth at voter registration drives and rallies this week in Pennsylvania.
Labor Council Presidents from Chester, Delaware, Harrisburg, Reading, Berks, Westmoreland, and York Counties led the way! 

Waiving Rights to Collective Claims

 

The Trump Administration has worked relentlessly to try and divide workers as they take up lawsuit after lawsuit against working people. For example, the brief that the Trump Justice Department filed that would make it legal to require workers to waive their rights in class or collective claims. Under previous administrations, this practice was seen to violate workers’ rights.

 

Reducing Accessibility to Healthcare

 

Half a century after Congress passed the Occupational Safety and Health Act, labor advocates say the agency in charge of enforcing the landmark law is failing to protect American workers during the coronavirus pandemic. "We lag behind the rest of the world when it comes to health and safety on the job," AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said this week in a conference call. "OSHA has been absent."

Read the full article in CBS News.

The Joint Employer Standard

 

Joint employers are important. Temporary and other staffing agencies filled over 3 million jobs last year in the United States and it is estimated that 15 million temporary and contract workers interact with these agencies every year. These agencies do not only help find employment opportunities for workers; some help people learn skills that can assist them in eventually advancing their careers.

 

“The AFL-CIO is joining this lawsuit to force the Trump administration to do what it should have done months ago — protect American workers by dramatically increasing the supply of the PPE they need to work safely during this pandemic,” AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said in a news release. “The failure to do so is immoral and inexcusable, and we demand action now.

Read the full article in Mass Device.

Tipped Workers

 

Over four million workers in America rely on tips to make ends meet. Many of these workers are women of color earning less than $3 an hour in some states. Workers relying on tips often have time on the clock where they perform tasks for their tips, and time where they do ‘untipped’ side-work, when a waitress sets tables for example.

 

The GOP Trump administration’s massive job safety and health deregulation and its lack of enforcement have worsened the toll of the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S., the AFL-CIO says. In a Zoom press conference on Death On The Job 2020, the federation’s 29th annual report on job safety and health, federation President Richard Trumka blamed GOP Oval Office occupant Donald Trump for that. He said Trump left “millions vulnerable to infection, and in far too many cases, death.”