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On behalf of our 500,000 members across the Commonwealth, we are sad to learn of the passing of Joseph C. Faherty, who served as president of the Massachusetts AFL-CIO from 1990-1998. Mr.

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

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."

Congratulations to our endorsed candidates for U.S. Congress, State Senate, and State Representative who won their races on Election Day. An additional congratulations to our endorsed candidates who came up just short; when champions for working people run for office, we all win! See our winning candidates below:

U.S. Congress

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.

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 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.