Watch AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka’s Endorsement Video Here
The General Board of the 12.5 million-member, 55 union AFL-CIO voted today to endorse Joe Biden for president of the United States. Over the past year, working people have engaged in a comprehensive process to ensure our voices are heard and we play a prominent role in shaping the change in direction our country needs.
“Joe Biden is a lifelong supporter of workers and has fought his entire career for living wages, health care, retirement security and civil rights,” said Trumka. “Our members know Joe has done everything he could to create a fairer process for forming and joining a union, and he is ready to fight with us to restore faith in America and improve the lives of all working people.”
Over the next five months, the labor movement will draw a clear contrast between Biden and President Donald Trump. Trump’s record of slashing rules designed to protect us on the job, cutting workplace health and safety inspectors to their lowest level in history, and taking away overtime pay from millions of workers are just a few ways working people have been hurt by the current administration. Worse yet, America’s working families and communities are suffering because of Trump’s delinquent, delayed, disorganized and deadly response to the coronavirus.
“Working people have responded to COVID-19 with passion and dedication, even as our federal government falls down on the job,” Trumka said. “Just imagine what we can accomplish with an ally in the White House.”
The labor movement is mobilizing across the country, in every city, state and community to ensure our message is heard loud and clear. While the methods may look a little different in the face of COVID-19, our program will continue its massive reach through virtual phone banks, peer-to-peer texting, digital actions and, as always, union member-to-union member conversations.
“The path to the presidency runs through the labor movement,” Trumka concluded. “And with the full force and unmatched reach of our political program, we are ready to pave that road for our friend Joe Biden.”
Mayor Bowser announced that DC is moving to a new posture starting this Friday, May 29. The stay-at-home order will be lifted this Friday allowing non-essential businesses to open under certain conditions. Mayor Bowser called this next phase, "Stay-at-Home Lite." People are still asked to wear masks when social distancing is not possible and in-person gatherings remain limited to no more than ten people. Read the full mayor's order and detailed guidance for specific professions at https://coronavirus.dc.gov/phaseone
Washington D.C. will officially enter phase one of reopening on Friday, May 29, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser announced during a Wednesday press conference.
Mayor Bowser says the city has sustained a 14-day decline of new COVID-19 cases, and other metrics have been met to safely begin to slowly reopen the city and lift the stay-at-home order effective Friday.
National Capital Region DelegationStrongly Opposes Trump Plans ForJuly Fourth Military Parade In D.C.During Pandemic
WASHINGTON, DC - Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05) and Members of Congress representing the National Capital Region today wrote to the Secretaries of Defense and the Interior to state their strong opposition to President Trump’s plans to hold a second military parade in Washington D.C. on July 4th. Despite public health and social distancing precautions in the nation’s capital, which has seen one of the worst COVID-19 outbreaks in the country, the Trump Administration is reportedly “continuing to plan” the event.
Watch the press conference held 5/26/2020 on how Charles County is preparing for a phase one reopening on 5/29/2020.