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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.

ND AFL-CIO Supports Public Employee Collective Bargaining 

WHEREAS, a union fundamentally is an association of individual workers seeking to address
common workplace issues, the statutory right to engage in collective bargaining is necessary to
ensure that workers can exercise their civil right to associate with other workers on issues of
mutual concern ​ and restore the balance of economic power in our country; and

WHEREAS, collective bargaining is the process in which working people negotiate contracts

ND AFL-CIO Honors Grand Forks Police Officer Cody Holte

WHEREAS, North Dakota responders put their lives on the line in the interest of public safety on
a daily basis; and

WHEREAS, The North Dakota AFL-CIO recognizes that North Dakota is one of the most
dangerous places to work in America; and

WHEREAS, The North Dakota AFL-CIO believes that all workers deserve to go home to their
families at the end of their shift; and

WHEREAS, Grand Forks Police Officer Cody Holte, while performing his daily duties, was shot

ND AFL-CIO Commits to Civil Rights and Economic Justice

WHEREAS, working people are diverse, we are different colors, gender identities, religions,
sexual orientations and ages; and

WHEREAS, the labor movement has been at the forefront of the struggle for every major civil
rights law and stands strong in the fight for dignity, life and liberty for every worker at the
intersection of economic justice and civil rights; and

WHEREAS, America’s legacy of racism, exclusion and injustice continues to obstruct working

North Dakota AFL-CIO Condemns Police Brutality and Racism

WHEREAS, George Floyd, a black resident of St. Louis Park, Minn. Floyd was handcuffed and
pinned to the ground by a local police officer’s knee for over eight minutes as three other
officers stood by, watching as he was killed; and

WHEREAS, This tragedy is all too familiar, highlighting the double standard experienced by
black and brown people in America, including North Dakota, when interacting with law
enforcement; and

WHEREAS, Racism causes pain to people of color every day in America; and

NPR's David Greene talks to NPR's Scott Horsley and William Spriggs, chief economist for the AFL-CIO, about the pandemic's effect on joblessness — especially on minority employees. SPRIGGS: Well, in this case, it's, for the Hispanic community, the industries in which they dominate. So they're very important to the restaurant industry. That industry lost the most amount of jobs. Before this downturn, we had 12.6 million Americans who worked in restaurants.

Declaring that working people are saying, “We’ve had enough,” AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said unions will continue the fight to root out systemic racism in the U.S. In a 77-minute Zoom telecast on June 3, Trumka and other labor leaders—AFSCME President Lee Saunders, Teachers (AFT) President Randi Weingarten, IBEW President Lonnie Stephenson, Painters President Ken Rigmaiden, Unite Here President D. Taylor, and two Unite Here regional leaders—laid blame for that racism at the feet of U.S. history and U.S. politicians.

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka argued that the GOP’s reluctance to act quickly on another expansive relief bill would become unsustainable. “The pressure is building on them. People are about to run out of the $1,200 checks, the extra unemployment benefits will run out soon, that needs to be extended, the number of people without health care grows every day,” Trumka said in an interview. “All of that puts additional pressure on them to act.”

Nurses and other health care worker advocates and the labor movement represented by the AFL-CIO filed legal charges against the government to require mandated COVID-19 -related standards. Last week the AFL-CIO filed a 70-page petition in federal court to compel the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to issue an emergency temporary standard protecting U.S. workers against being infected by the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) at work. The lawsuit asks the courts to require OSHA to fulfill its lawful duty.