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Congratulations to our endorsed candidates for U.S. Congress, State Senate, and State Representative who won their races on Election Day.

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

The Massachusetts AFL-CIO is proud of everything that the Labor Movement and our community and elected allies are doing to fight for the economic security and public health of union members and the general public during this pandemic.  

The National AFL-CIO has put together a resource guide which covers how to protect yourself from COVID-19, how to manage your finances while unemployed, and how to search for a job.

Read this resource guide here: PDF icon When the Paycheck Stops

**For latest information visit: https://www.masslegalservices.org/covid-19-and-ui

Coronavirus/COVID-19 Update 3/19/20

Questions and Answers about Unemployment Insurance (UI)

You should contact the Department of Unemployment and apply for unemployment insurance (UI) right away if:

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the entire world are facing uncertain times with the fast spread of COVID-19. The Massachusetts AFL-CIO and the Labor Movement as a whole have a proud history of stepping up and leading on issues surrounding workplace standards to keep hard working men and women safe on the job as well as community standards to keep their families safe at home.

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

“On behalf of the MA AFL-CIO I would like to congratulate MTA member Carol Doherty for her Primary win in the 3rd Bristol House District. I would also like to commend IUEC 4 member John Mahoney and former MTA member Dina Samfield on their hard fought special election campaigns. Although John and Dina came up just short, every time a union member runs for office and puts working family issues front and center, the Labor Movement grows stronger.”

 

North Carolina workers need a raise. For 11 consecutive years, the cost of living (food, rent, education, childcare) has increased causing our minimum wage to decline in value by 24 percent. Now, a person working full-time while making $7.25 an hour lives thousands of dollars below the federal poverty threshold.

Campaigning for the presidency in 2016, Donald Trump promised that, if he was elected, “American worker[s] will finally have a president who will protect them and fight for them.”  Has he kept this promise? When it comes to protecting workers’ health and safety, his administration has been a disaster. Once in office, Trump packed the leadership of U.S.