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In September, The South Dakota Federation of Labor Issued a questionnaire to all 2020 South Dakota Candidates. To be eligible for an endorsement, a candidate must have completed and returned our questionnaire. Our endorsement is a reflection of the support of the thousands of working class South Dakotans that belong to our organizations. 

While it is unfortunate that every candidate did not return our questionnaire, I am inspired by the number of candidates who do have the courage to step up and be champions for the Working Class of South Dakota - President Kooper Caraway

These are the Candidates that will Fight for the Working Class:

John Sweeney, who led an era of transformative change in America’s labor movement, passed away Feb. 1 at the age of 86.

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.

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

-South Dakota, USA     On October 22nd, Democratic US Senate Candidate Dan Ahlers sat down with a panel including South Dakota Federation of Labor President Kooper Caraway, Dakotas For America Organizer Allison Renville, and Rapid City Community Activist Natalie Stites Means for a discussion about the rights and struggles of Working Class and Indigenous People. The Conversation is below, sound begins at the 11 minute mark. 

Half a century after Congress passed the Occupational Safety and Health Act, labor advocates say the agency in charge of enforcing the landmark law is failing to protect American workers during the coronavirus pandemic. "We lag behind the rest of the world when it comes to health and safety on the job," AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said this week in a conference call. "OSHA has been absent."

Read the full article in CBS News.

“The AFL-CIO is joining this lawsuit to force the Trump administration to do what it should have done months ago — protect American workers by dramatically increasing the supply of the PPE they need to work safely during this pandemic,” AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said in a news release. “The failure to do so is immoral and inexcusable, and we demand action now.

Read the full article in Mass Device.

The GOP Trump administration’s massive job safety and health deregulation and its lack of enforcement have worsened the toll of the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S., the AFL-CIO says. In a Zoom press conference on Death On The Job 2020, the federation’s 29th annual report on job safety and health, federation President Richard Trumka blamed GOP Oval Office occupant Donald Trump for that. He said Trump left “millions vulnerable to infection, and in far too many cases, death.”

The complaint is another sign of the frustration over the treatment of workers under the Trump administration, and it places the United States in the realm of potential wrongdoing typically occupied by less-developed and less-democratic countries. “Covid has laid bare what we already knew,” Richard Trumka, the president of the AFL-CIO said in an interview. “It has demonstrated that not only is the U.S. violating workers’ rights, but those violations are resulting in people dying. It became so outrageous that we wanted to file a complaint.”