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  • Liz Shuler Elected AFL-CIO President

    Liz Shuler Elected AFL-CIO President

    Liz Shuler Elected AFL-CIO President | site |



    Fred Redmond Tapped as Secretary-Treasurer, Forming Historic Leadership Team


    (Information contained in AFL-CIO press release dated: August 20, 2021) The AFL-CIO Executive Council today elected Liz Shuler, a visionary leader and longtime trade unionist, to serve as president of the federation of 56 unions and 12.5 million members. Shuler is the first woman to hold the office in the history of the labor federation. The Executive Council also elected United Steelworkers (USW) International Vice President Fred Redmond to succeed Shuler as secretary-treasurer, the first African American to hold the number two office. Tefere Gebre will continue as executive vice president, rounding out the most diverse team of officers ever to lead the AFL-CIO. The election of Shuler and Redmond comes after the unexpected and untimely passing of Richard Trumka, who served as AFL-CIO presi...
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  • AFL-CIO says Senate Rules Must Support Democracy for All

    AFL-CIO says Senate Rules Must Support Democracy for All

    AFL-CIO says Senate Rules Must Support Democracy for All | site |



    (Information contained in AFL-CIO press release dated: August 11, 2021)

    Statement from AFL-CIO Acting President and Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler on Senate Republicans blocking a public floor debate from starting:

    American democracy is at risk. Extremist lawmakers are waging an assault on voting rights, corporations are denying working people's rights to stand together with our co-workers in unions and chronic underinvestment has devastated working families—all fueling skyrocketing inequality. Saving American democracy now depends on exercising democracy in the U.S. Senate. That means passing the PRO Act, the Public Service Freedom to Negotiate Act, the For the People Act, the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act and the Build Back Better investment agenda with a simple 50-vote majority. We won’t let the authoritarianism of an anti-worker minority...
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  • Labor Legend Richard L. Trumka Passes Away

    Labor Legend Richard L. Trumka Passes Away

    Labor Legend Richard L. Trumka Passes Away | site |



    (Information contained in AFL-CIO press release dated: August 5, 2021)


    Statement from AFL-CIO Communications Director Tim Schlittner on the passing of AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka:


    Richard L. Trumka
    1949 - 2021


    (Photo courtesy: AFL-CIO)




    “The labor movement, the AFL-CIO and the nation lost a legend today. Rich Trumka devoted his life to working people, from his early days as president of the United Mine Workers of America to his unparalleled leadership as the voice of America’s labor movement. He was a relentless champion of workers’ rights, workplace safety, worker-centered trade, democracy and so much more. He was also a devoted father, grandfather, husband, brother, coach, colleague and friend. Rich was loved...
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  • U.S. Department of Labor announces Proposed Rulemaking to Protect Tipped Workers; Clarify use of the Tip Credit

    U.S. Department of Labor announces Proposed Rulemaking to Protect Tipped Workers; Clarify use of the Tip Credit | site |


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Labor press release dated: June 21, 2021)

    Washington, DC - - The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to limit the amount of non-tip producing work that a tipped employee can perform when an employer is taking a tip credit. The proposed rule clarifies when an employee is working in a tipped occupation and when a worker has performed such a substantial amount of non-tipped labor that an employer can no longer take a tip credit and must pay the full federal minimum wage to the worker.

    The Fair Labor Standards Act allows employers with tipped workers to pay as little as $2.13 per hour in direct wages, while taking a credit against the tips earned by the employee to make up the balance of the federal minimum wage of $7.25
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  • U.S. Department of Labor announces availability of more than 21 Million Dollars in Grants for Training on Workplace Hazards, Infectious Diseases

    U.S. Department of Labor announces availability of more than $21 Million in Grants for Training on Workplace Hazards, Infectious Diseases | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Labor press release dated: June 17, 2021)

    Washington, DC - - The U.S. Department of Labor today announced funding opportunities for more than $21 million in Occupational Safety and Health Administration training grants for non-profit organizations.

    The first availability will provide $10 million under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021for Workplace Safety and Health Training on Infectious Diseases, including the Coronavirus grants.

    To be eligible for these grants, applicants must develop training that focuses on four program emphasis areas:
    • Identifying and preventing workplace-related infectious diseases, including the coronavirus, in industries with high illness rates, those employing frontline workers or those serving
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  • U.S. Department of Labor Outlines upcoming Worker-centered Protections in Biden-Harris Administration Spring 2021 Regulatory Agenda

    U.S. Department of Labor Outlines upcoming Worker-centered Protections in Biden-Harris Administration Spring 2021 Regulatory Agenda | site |




    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Labor press release dated: June 11, 2021)


    Washington, DC - - A mother of two struggles to budget for child care expenses on an hourly income of $11.50 as a call center worker with a federal contractor. A construction company owner learns they’ve lost another federal contract because a competitor was able to underbid the job by not paying livable wages. Socially conscious investors want to maximize their savings and do the planet some good, but are frustrated by the investment options available to do that.

    As part of the Biden-Harris administration’s Spring 2021 regulatory agenda – published today as required by Executive Order 12866 – the U.S. Department of Labor is announcing a series of anticipated regulatory actions to ensure the
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  • U.S. Department of Labor implements Initiative to conduct Random, Weekend Safety Inspections to protect Construction Workers from Falls, Trench Collapses

    U.S. Department of Labor implements Initiative to conduct Random, Weekend Safety Inspections to protect Construction Workers from Falls, Trench Collapses | site |



    ‘Weekend Work’ initiative will identify safety concerns in 10 counties


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Labor press release dated: June 7, 2021)

    Denver - - As work at construction project sites increases in Colorado’s Front Range, more workers may find themselves exposed to falls and trenching and excavation hazards. Over the last two years, at least six workers have suffered fatal falls, and nearly a dozen excavation collapses and trenching incidents have led to the deaths of three workers in Colorado.

    To make these work sites safer, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has implemented a “Weekend Work” initiative in which federal workplace safety and health inspections will
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  • U.S. Department of Labor sues New York Health Center and its CEO for Firing Employee who Reported Coronavirus Safety Concerns

    U.S. Department of Labor sues New York Health Center and its CEO for Firing Employee who Reported Coronavirus Safety Concerns | site |



    Alleges defendants violated Occupational Safety and Health Act anti-retaliation provisions


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Labor press release dated: June 1, 2021) New York - - The U.S. Department of Labor is suing a Staten Island community health center and its CEO after they suspended and later fired an employee who reported coronavirus-related health and safety hazards, including possibly exposing staff to the virus and lack of proper social distancing protocols. The employee raised concern to company management that in-person attendance at a March 2020 staff meeting could lead to transmission and contraction of the virus. The worker attempted to reschedule the meeting by telephone, but ultimately refused to attend the meeting in-person after management refused the scheduling ...
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  • U.S. Department of Labor announces New Members of Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health

    U.S. Department of Labor announces New Members of Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health| site |


    15-member panel will advise OSHA on safety, health in construction


    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Labor press release dated: May 27, 2021)

    Washington, DC - - U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh has appointed 15 individuals to serve as members on the Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health, which provides advice and assistance to the assistant secretary on occupational safety and health in construction standards.

    Members will serve two-year terms and represent the interests of the public, employers, employees, and state and federal government. The committee generally meets two to four times a year. The appointed members include the following:


    Five employee representatives:
    • Cheryl M. Ambrose, United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the
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  • U.S. Department of Labor announces - - - America's Recovery - - Powered by Inclusion - - - is 2021 National Disability Employment Awareness Month Theme

    U.S. Department of Labor announces 'America's Recovery: Powered by Inclusion' is 2021 National Disability Employment Awareness Month Theme | site |



    (Information contained in U.S. Department of Labor press release dated: May 13, 2021)

    Washington, DC - - The U.S. Department of Labor has announced the theme for 2021 National Disability Employment Awareness Month is “America’s Recovery: Powered by Inclusion.” Held each October, the annual commemoration raises awareness about disability employment issues, and celebrates the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities.

    Selected by the department’s Office of Disability Employment Policy, the theme’s annual spring announcement helps the nation’s employers, disability advocates and other organizations plan their observances. As ODEP celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2021, it encourages all types of employers and community organizations, advocacy groups
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