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If you heard a collective sigh of relief because the elections are over, it didn’t come from the Dallas AFL-CIO.

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California has become the fourth and largest state to adopt emergency workplace protections for COVID-19. Nearly 20 million workers in California will be protected by the new mandate, which includes requirements for face masks, physical distancing and reporting of outbreaks in the workplace. Rebecca Reindel, director of occupational safety and health at the AFL-CIO, said the federal government should follow the lead of states like California. “The virus doesn’t know boundaries,” she said.

Trece Andrews spent the last three months phone-banking and sometimes canvassing for Joe Biden in Michigan. The nursing home worker focused her efforts on Detroit residents and fellow members of the Service Employees International Union, telling them a Biden administration would protect their health care and do more to raise their wages.

Democrat Joe Biden gained more of the vote from members of the AFL-CIO than Hillary Clinton did four years ago, its president said, crediting laborers for the party’s wins in key states.

"Simply put, we got out the vote," AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka told reporters Thursday. "In Wisconsin, in Michigan, in Pennsylvania, Joe Biden's firewall was union made. And the labor movement is expanding the map--look at Arizona, look at Georgia."

At the AFL-CIO briefing at 11AM on Friday, November 6, Joe Biden was assured of victory with either 290 or 306 electoral votes. 270 is enough. In individual American votes, Biden prevailed by nearly four million. He received more votes than any presidential candidate in American history!

Working families deserve a leader who will focus on “we, the people,” not just on the person they see in the mirror. Only Vice President Joe Biden can be that president. I’ve known Joe for 40 years. He loves his family, loves working people and loves our country. His “Made in America” plan will revitalize America's manufacturing in a way Trump never could. Biden doesn’t only have the best plan to beat the virus and help workers recover financially—he is the only candidate for president with a plan at all. And with a Biden administration, we’ll finally pass the PRO Act, allowing workers to join a union freely and fairly.

Labor's election effort is far from over when Texas early voting closes at 7PM Friday, October 30. Volunteers will still be canvasing neighborhoods, phone banking, putting out signs, and working at election sites. Everyone who wants working families to prevail should contact Dallas AFL-CIO Election Coordinator Mariah Warwick for assignments.

Over the past few months, President Donald Trump’s performance has been both unprecedented and unpresidential.

With just two weeks to go before Nov. 3, the upcoming elections were a key point of focus for the largest U.S. gathering of union tradeswomen convening Oct. 17 for their annual conference.