Press Releases, Statements, and the Latest News from Arizona's Labor Movement

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Phoenix, AZ — On Wednesday, the Biden Administration announced its intention to revoke Arizona’s occupational safety and health plan after the State’s failure to meet basic federal health and safety guidelines in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The announcement follows Arizona’s refusal to follow federal OSHA’s temporary infectious disease standard in June and comes one week before Workers’ Memorial Day, where on April 28th each year, Arizona’s unions honor workers who have passed away due to work-related illness or injury. 

Statement from Arizona AFL-CIO Executive Director Fred Yamashita on State of the Union Address

In his first formal State of the Union Address, President Biden fervently advocated for working families. As President Biden has said for years, “when we build labor, we build the middle class.” The President understands that in order to rebuild the middle class and tackle America’s affordability crisis, we must make it easier for working people to join a union. 

Arizona AFL-CIO Executive Director Fred Yamashita celebrates a successful organizing campaign at Power and Baseline Starbucks, calls for labor law reform

Statement from Arizona AFL-CIO Executive Director Fred Yamashita Marking the Anniversary of Myanmar Military Coup and Calling for the Restoration of Democracy

Statement from Arizona AFL-CIO Executive Director Fred Yamashita on Senator Kyrsten Sinema’s Floor Speech in Support of the Filibuster

This morning, Arizona’s labor movement was saddened to learn of the passing of Richard Trumka, President of the AFL-CIO. President Trumka devoted his life to the betterment of working families across the country and the labor movement as a whole. During a visit to Arizona in 2018, Trumka said “We’re the true American patriots. We’re fearless. We’re strong. We’re powerful. We’re united. We’re rising in solidarity…real solidarity…where your picket line is my picket line, and my picket line is your picket line.”