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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.
Fifty-five years ago, in a speech to the convention of the Illinois AFL-CIO, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. laid out with characteristic moral clarity the essential role of unions in American life. “The labor movement,” he explained, “was the principal force that transformed misery and despair into hope and progress … [When] the wave of union organization crested over the nation, it carried to secure shores not only itself but the whole society. Civilization began to grow in the economic life of man, and a decent life with a sense of security and dignity became a reality rather than a distant dream.”

This Labor Day, America’s working families are facing unprecedented challenges.

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 Labor Endorsed
Candidates for November 2020

Representative in Congress                       Zach Raknerud
Governor and Lt. Governor                         Shelley Lenz and Ben Vig
State Treasurer                                             Mark Haugen
Public Service Commissioner                    Brian Kroshus
Superintendent of Public Instruction       Kirsten Baesler
            
State Representative    District 04            Hunter Andes

State Representative    District 06            Trygve Hammer

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

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