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Coronavirus/COVID-19 Update 3/19/20
Questions and Answers about Unemployment Insurance (UI)

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the entire world are facing uncertain times with the fast spread of COVID-19.

Statement from President Steven A. Tolman, President of the Massachusetts AFL-CIO, March 4, 2020

Lorraine Llauger is a journeyman electrician and a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) in Orlando, Florida. Llauger hoped to earn a college degree, but did not know how she'd be able to fit college in with her busy life as an electrician and a mother. A coworker mentioned the Union Plus Free College Program, and within weeks, Llauger was registered and taking classes online.

The Massachusetts AFL-CIO offers its most heartfelt thoughts and prayers to the communities of Lawrence, Andover and North Andover in the wake of the devastating gas fires. Our gratitude and admiration are with all the first responders – the firefighters, EMTs, police officers and other emergency workers - for their quick, coordinated response in this unprecedented emergency.

Our hearts especially go out to the family of Leonel Rondon and to all those who were injured or displaced.

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Massachusetts AFL-CIO Executive Council Calls on National Grid President Marcy to Resign from Blue Cross Blue Shield MA Board

In a letter to BCBS, AFL-CIO highlights Reed’s “unethical” actions and conflict of interest after National Grid locks out 1,200 employees and terminates their BCBS health insurance

 

Labor union leaders Liz Shuler and Mary Kay Henry discuss how they rose up through the union ranks and what they’re trying to do to increase the number of women in the labor movement. Shuler, secretary-treasurer of the AFL-CIO, and Henry, president of the Service Employees International Union, also weigh in on recent Supreme Court decisions, Brett Kavanaugh's nomination, and what that all means for the future of the labor movement.

Listen to the full episode.

AFSCME Local 123 member Demond Stanley used the Union Plus Disaster Relief Grant after catastrophic Hurricane Harvey to assist with damage to his Houston home.

As Labor Day approached, the movement that created the holiday flexed its muscle in Seattle, where the landscape has been transformed in the last few years by labor-backed measures protecting and compensating people like in few other places across the country.

President Donald Trump has presented himself as a champion of the American worker and vowed to restore factory jobs.

For generations America’s promise has been that opportunity to create a better life for your family awaits if you work hard and play by the rules. But this Labor Day, that promise is more out of reach than ever for an increasing number of people.