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North Dakota AFL-CIO Condemns Police Brutality and Racism

WHEREAS, George Floyd, a black resident of St. Louis Park, Minn. Floyd was handcuffed and

The path to the presidency runs through the labor movement.

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka has demanded an investigation from Facebook and a public apology from founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg after an online presentation touted the ability of employers to block the word "unionize" on the company's Workplace platform. "Blacklisting is illegal. Employers censoring their employees' speech about unionizing is illegal," Trumka, the leader of the largest federation of labor unions in the U.S., tweeted on Friday.

The ruling came as demonstrations continued Thursday in both Matamoros and Mexico City demanding the release of Susan Prieto, who faces charges that include inciting riot, threats and coercion. Her case has drawn attention beyond Mexico, including a call for her release issued Wednesday by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on Wednesday. “Susana Prieto is a fierce advocate whose tireless advocacy on behalf of workers in Mexico’s maquiladoras has made her a thorn in the side of powerful companies and corrupt officials,” Trumka wrote.

In early January, before most people in the U.S. had even heard of Covid-19, Bonnie Castillo called a meeting with two trusted health care deputies at the country’s largest union of registered nurses. Castillo was alarmed by news reports about how a virus — so mysterious it didn’t yet have a name — was ravaging Wuhan, China, and asked the union’s director of health and safety and its industrial hygienist to go through some scientific reports. As she listened, Castillo, the executive director of National Nurses United and a former intensive care nurse, grew worried.

As an African American man who lived through the 1960s and now has two sons and three very young grandsons, the specter of systemic racism keeps me up at night. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve called my sons during the past week — just to know where they are, to hear their voices, to make sure they are safe. Unless things change, my sons will have the same conversations with my grandsons when they are older. There should be no controversy in declaring that the lives of my sons and grandsons matter. Black lives matter.

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka discusses the George Floyd protests, police unions and unemployment on "Bloomberg: Balance of Power."

North Dakota AFL-CIO Supports Universal School Meals

WHEREAS, proper nutrition is a necessary component of quality education; and

WHEREAS, many North Dakota students are served alternate meals or skip meals due to their
families economic conditions, even with over thirty percent of North Dakota students
participating in the Federal Free and Reduced Lunch Program; and

WHEREAS, many North Dakota families do not qualify for Free and Reduced Lunch but are still
struggling to make ends meet, and are going into debt for basic school hot lunch; and

North Dakota AFL-CIO United for Paid Family Leave

WHEREAS, Paid Family Leave is a common sense proposal that would allow an employee to
request paid leave to care for themselves or a family member when medical emergencies arise;
and

WHEREAS, Paid Family Leave is beneficial for employers and employees alike – by reducing
turnover, lowering training costs, improving morale, and attracting workers; and

WHEREAS, Too many North Dakota workers must make a choice between taking care of loved

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