Thank you to everyone who contributed to the AFL-CIO Holiday fundraiser. Due to your generosity, Community Services was able to provide assistance for hundreds of union families over the past two months. A huge Thank You to brother Blaine Boone from the Local 24 Renew Group who facilitated this years fundraising.
Many organizations that are focused on the well-being of working families are putting together informational guides and publicizing special programs to help alleviate the impact of COVID-19 on our households, our communities and workplaces. Local 24 is sharing these updates as they become available so that our members are aware of available resources.
One of the most devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic will be income loss, both for individuals who get sick and for those who are laid off as a result of the drastic slow-down of the U.S. economy. The AFL-CIO, which is an affiliation of most of the labor unions in the United States, has released the AFL-CIO Survival Guide , with many tips on how to survive without a paycheck.
Union Privilege is a nonprofit organization founded by the AFL-CIO in 1986 to provide excellent consumer Union Plus benefit programs exclusively to union members (current and retired) and their families. These programs include mortgage loans, credit cards, discount programs and more. Union Plus is working with its program providers to facilitate additional assistance to members, and you can get the details by reading Union Plus Benefits COVID-19 Special Programs. Please note that some programs, including the hardship programs, do require members to be participants and product holders of those programs and meet certain eligibility requirements to receive benefits. There are over 950,000 credit card holders and over 140,000 mortgage program participants.
Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on the 2016 Presidential Election
Donald Trump has been elected president. America is a democratic nation, and the voters have spoken. The AFL-CIO accepts the outcome of this election, and offers our congratulations to President-elect Trump.
More than anything, this election is an indictment of politics as usual.
For too long, the political elites have embraced economic policies that hold down wages, increase inequality, diminish opportunity and ship American jobs overseas. Voters in both the primary and general election have delivered a clear message: enough.
The President-elect made promises in this campaign—on trade, on restoring manufacturing, on reviving our communities. We will work to make many of those promises a reality. If he is willing to work with us, consistent with our values, we are ready to work with him.
But make no mistake, we can never back down from our values. The presence of racism, misogyny, and anti-immigrant appeals caused damage in this campaign and we must all try to repair it with inclusion, decency and honesty.
As we move forward, the labor movement is committed to defending our American democracy. Ultimately, the fundamental duty of America’s President, symbolized by swearing to uphold our Constitution, is to protect and preserve our democracy and the institutions that make it real. We hope to work with President Elect Trump to help him carry out this solemn responsibility. Regardless, America’s labor movement will protect our democracy and safeguard the most vulnerable among us.
This election is a statement about our broken economic and political rules. Therefore, the work of the labor movement continues with fresh urgency. The change voters cried out for in this campaign can be found by standing together in unions. The election is over. But we are more committed than ever to helping working people win a voice on the job and in our democracy.
We will never stop striving to represent everyone, fighting for basic human dignity, expanding our diversity and growing our ranks to give working people a strong, united voice.