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John Sweeney, who led an era of transformative change in America’s labor movement, passed away Feb. 1 at the age of 86.

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka discusses why America needs a strong labor movement and how the Biden administration is committed to strengthening unions.

The Western Mass Area Labor Federation, is proud to join with many of our brothers and sisters in the Massachusetts labor movement in signing on to the following open letter. 

Our country stands at a moment of peril.  A rejected president threatens to overturn the clear verdict of the American people.

We urge everyone to take President Trump’s threats seriously, and prepare to act: to defend democracy in the courts, in the streets and in our workplaces, if Trump tries to steal the election.

California has become the fourth and largest state to adopt emergency workplace protections for COVID-19. Nearly 20 million workers in California will be protected by the new mandate, which includes requirements for face masks, physical distancing and reporting of outbreaks in the workplace. Rebecca Reindel, director of occupational safety and health at the AFL-CIO, said the federal government should follow the lead of states like California. “The virus doesn’t know boundaries,” she said.

Trece Andrews spent the last three months phone-banking and sometimes canvassing for Joe Biden in Michigan. The nursing home worker focused her efforts on Detroit residents and fellow members of the Service Employees International Union, telling them a Biden administration would protect their health care and do more to raise their wages.

Democrat Joe Biden gained more of the vote from members of the AFL-CIO than Hillary Clinton did four years ago, its president said, crediting laborers for the party’s wins in key states.

"Simply put, we got out the vote," AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka told reporters Thursday. "In Wisconsin, in Michigan, in Pennsylvania, Joe Biden's firewall was union made. And the labor movement is expanding the map--look at Arizona, look at Georgia."

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.

1. MASSACHUSETTS COVID- 19 WORKPLACE SAFETY STANDARDS

2. COVID-19: PAID AND UNPAID LEAVE DURING ILLNESS RELATED TO COVID-19: EMERGENCY SICK LEAVE UNDER FFCRA,FMLA, WORKERS COMPENSATION, AND UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE

3. KNOW YOUR RIGHTS: FAMILIES FIRST CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE ACT (FFCRA)

4. I AM NOW COLLECTING UNUNEMPLOYMENT IN URANCE  FOR  REASONS RELATED TO COVID-19. BUSINESSES IN MASSACHUSETTS ARE S TAR T I N G T O R E O OPEN CAN MY EMPLOYER FORCE TO RETURN TO WORK? 

5. UNEMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

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Over the past few months, President Donald Trump’s performance has been both unprecedented and unpresidential.

At the Western Mass Area Labor Federation, AFL-CIO meeting on Monday, October 19, 2020 the following resolution was unanimously passed

RESOLUTION:
LABOR MUST DEFEND DEMOCRACY AND OPPOSE AUTHORITARIANISM: A CALL FOR PREPARATION OF A NATIONAL GENERAL STRIKE