talking points

Labor Day Talking Points

Press + Traditional Media

Sample Letters to the Editor

Labor Day 2020 LTES
Labor Day // Letters to the Editor

Digital Assets

Sample Email

2020 Labor Day Email


Labor Day 2020 // Event Ideas List


Social Graphics

Placards + Stickers

Labor 2020 Graphics

Support the HEROES Act.

Worksite Flyering

Leading into Labor Day 2020 is the perfect opportunity to initiate and expand the strategically important work of communicating with workers at the worksite about our movement’s priorities this election cycle. In light of the COVID-19 conditions restricting canvassing, worksite distribution of Working Families Toolkit flyers has a heightened value.

From Monday, August 24 through Labor Day, September 7, we are calling on all of our State Federations and Central Labor Councils to increase their efforts in getting flyers into the hands of a significant number of local unions and coordinating and tracking their distribution.

We defer to each local union whether worksite distribution methods can be accomplished legally in their union worksites in a safe manner while keeping to social distance and safety guidelines. If worksite distribution is not possible, we strongly encourage local affiliates to mail flyers directly to their members’ homes.

Please record each worksite flyer action in the “Submit Your Events” section in the Labor Day Toolkit:

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Materials for Resolutions, Sample Resolutions

The State and Local legislative team has been tracking numerous issues in states across the country. By sharing information, we are able to learn best practices for potential legislation and action. We've put together examples and successes that some states have had around paid sick days and family leave, foreclosure and evictions, as well as sample resolutions on Labor Day and the HEROES Act.

Labor Day Live

Labor Live: The Power of the Union Economy

Thursday, Sept. 3, | Noon ET

America’s economy is in crisis, and many union members are hurting. Millions of workers have been laid off through no fault of their own, and many more have lost income and benefits. The labor movement knows how to use our collective purchasing power to make a positive impact for working people. Join us as we show how the AFL-CIO is harnessing the full strength of the union economy through our partnerships with Union Plus, the AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust and the AFL-CIO Building Investment Trust.

Labor Live: Front-Line Workers and COVID-19

Friday, Sept. 4 | 6 p.m. ET

Join AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka for a conversation with union members who are serving on the front lines as we battle COVID-19. From teaching our kids to caring for the sick to serving our communities, these workers will share their personal journeys and discuss why we need to pass the HEROES Act to protect and support those on the job.

Labor Live: The Ongoing Economic Fallout
of COVID-19

Saturday, Sept. 5 | Noon ET

The COVID-19 pandemic and the incompetent federal government response has plunged our economy into the worst crisis since the Great Depression. Nearly half of all Americans say they or a member of their household have lost income as a result of the pandemic. Join AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler for a discussion with union members in some of the hardest-hit industries, as the labor movement fights for the HEROES Act and other relief for workers who have lost jobs, pay and hours through no fault of their own.

Labor Live: Protecting the U.S. Postal Service and Vote by Mail

Sunday, Sept. 6 | 6 p.m. ET

The U.S. Postal Service is one of America’s greatest institutions. It connects everyone all across the country—urban, suburban, rural. And our postal workers, letter carriers and mail handlers, 500,000 union members strong, are on the job and ready to deliver the mail—including all our mail-in ballots for the upcoming election. Join us for a discussion with these dedicated workers about how the labor movement is fighting back against attacks and misinformation and mobilizing for the HEROES Act, which includes $25 billion in postal funding to deal with the consequences of COVID-19.

Catholic Labor Network: Labor Day Mass

Monday, Sept. 7 | 2 p.m. ET

When Kentucky legislators proposed anti-union “right to work” legislation in 2017, Bishop John Stowe of the Lexington Diocese spoke out boldly in defense of Catholic social teaching on unions and worker justice. Please join us for the Catholic Labor Network’s first annual livestreamed Labor Day mass, celebrated by Bishop Stowe!