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The Toll of Neglect
The 2019 edition of the Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect report shows how too many workers remain at serious risk of workplace injury, illness and death.
The estimated number of deaths each year attributed to occupational diseases caused by chemical exposures.
The number of worker deaths caused by workplace violence in 2017, the third-leading cause of death on the job.
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Unions help build a better life for working people, but outdated laws have hampered our basic right to join together and negotiate for better pay, benefits and working conditions. A new bill, the Protecting the Right to Organize Act, would modernize our nation's labor laws.
The new NAFTA is another corporate handout. It won't stem the outsourcing of good jobs or protect the rights of working people. Tell Congress the new NAFTA isn't good enough and to refuse to vote on it.
It's 2019 and too many women are still paid less than men for the same work. Tell your senator to support the Paycheck Fairness Act.
The rights of more than 1 million hardworking women and men working under protected status are at risk. Tell Congress to provide these working families the permanent protections they need and deserve.
Millions of working people across the country are paid wages that leave them in poverty, even when working full-time and year-round. Tell Congress it's time to raise the federal minimum wage.
May 23, 2019
For Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, the AFL-CIO is spotlighting various Asian Americans and Pacific Americans who have worked and continue to work at the intersection of civil and labor rights. Our next profiles are Silme Domingo and Gene Viernes.
May 22, 2019
Labor union member and activist Betty Guardado was elected to Phoenix City Council this week after ousting an incumbent with strong union support. Guardado easily beat her opponent as she won more than 62% of the vote.
May 20, 2019
The Rhode Island AFL-CIO has been busy in 2019, leading the fight on a number of important legislative initiatives. There are numerous union members that have been elected to the state legislature and that has provided an opportunity to pass legislation that will make a huge difference for our members and for working people across the Ocean State.