Donald Trump is once again making sweeping statements of success and false promises from sea to shining swing state. But the numbers — and the facts — tell a different story. Donald Trump claims he fights for working-class people and their families. He said he would protect jobs and revive dying industries. His actions have made us less safe and cost us jobs by sending innovation overseas.

He has made workers less safe. Throughout his administration, the number of OSHA inspectors has declined, which has made workplaces less safe. Where it was once difficult for regulators to effectively survey workplaces…

For the first time in the 14 year history of our organization the BlueGreen Alliance has endorsed a presidential candidate. The stakes of this election are too high not to weigh in, we enthusiastically endorse Vice President Joe Biden for president and Senator Kamala Harris for vice president. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are staunch allies of both the labor and environmental movements and America needs their leadership in the White House. Joe Biden has put forward ambitious and achievable plans to tackle the pressing issues our nation faces. His climate, manufacturing, and infrastructure plans align well with our Solidarity…

By Charlotte Brody, RN, Vice President of Health Initiatives for the BlueGreen Alliance

Donald Trump invoked the Defense Production Act to keep meat-processing plants open. The President’s Executive Order does much more than keep the poultry and pork production lines running. His action further attempts to shield Smithfield, Tyson, Perdue, JBS, and the other meat and poultry giants from any liability for worker harms, in an industry that has already seen extraordinary Covid-19 exposures and deaths.

Or to use less legalistic language, Trump is putting the Presidential Seal on forcing workers into unsafe conditions in meat processing plants.

It didn’t…

By Jason Walsh, executive director of the BlueGreen Alliance.

Congress took the first major step last week to address the immediate economic impacts of the Coronavirus pandemic when it passed legislation to provide paid time off to some workers and boost unemployment insurance, among other measures. Now they are negotiating another step forward, but facing an economy that will probably lose millions of jobs by this summer, two things are abundantly clear: we need more and we need it now.

Congress must develop an economic stimulus package focused on working people and the public good. This can’t just be a…

Americans have more reason than ever to be thankful for labor unions this year. Throughout the year unions across the country have fought to keep innovation in the United States, to defend workers from unfair “temporary” and “contractor” designations, and to make sure students are safe and learning in an optimal environment.

Unions do not fight only for their own members, but for all working Americans. Here’s how:

1. They’re fighting for fair wages and benefits for us all.

When unions are strong even non-member workers enjoy higher wagers. This fact is clearly illustrated by the gap between wages in…

After more than a month on the picket lines, members of the United Auto Workers (UAW) at General Motors (GM) returned to work this week having ratified a contract that means better and more equitable wages, secure health care benefits, and that their “temporary” co-workers have a path to permanent jobs. Under the contract, the company reduced the number of plants it had slated to close, and committed to $6 billion in specific domestic manufacturing investments — including the assembly of new electric vehicles and technology in U.S. plants. …

Candidates seeking our presidency will be in Ohio tomorrow to debate the problems our nation faces and pitch their solutions to them. While worries about health care still dominate polling when it comes to the concerns of average folks, two other interrelated crises are rising up the charts: income inequality and climate change.

In a recent poll, 68% of respondents said they were very concerned or somewhat concerned about income inequality in the United States. That shouldn’t be surprising as new data from the U.S. Census Bureau showed that income inequality — the gap between the wealthiest Americans and the…

Pets are our best friends; their loyalty, companionship, and unwavering devotion steal our hearts. It may be “a dog’s life” to lie around all day, but that doesn’t mean our pets have it easy.

1. Closer to the ground means more exposure to chemicals. Our pets are at a higher risk to chemical exposure in our homes than we are.Because …

A school is a lot things. It’s where your children learn math, science, English, and history. It’s where they make friends and meet mentors. It’s where they star in school plays and score the game-winning basket. What happens in school shapes a child’s future.

But a school isn’t just a backdrop for the big moments of youth; it is more than an abstract “where.” With so many important things happening inside, it’s easy to forget that a school is a building — a vital piece of infrastructure — and like any building, it needs upkeep and maintenance. …

The following post is from Kim Glas, executive director of the BlueGreen Alliance.

Americans value hard work and want to provide a good life for our families, but that is getting harder and harder to do. It feels like it’s impossible to keep up with the cost of living and things like health care and other necessities are becoming out of reach for average folks.

History tells us it doesn’t have to be this way. For almost two hundred years in the United States, working people have banded together in the struggle for more than just better wages. They have…

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