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    New AFL-CIO president: ‘Everyone should be vaccinated’

    Washington — Liz Shuler, the new president of the largest federation of unions in America, said Tuesday that everyone should be vaccinated against COVID-19 and urged AFL-CIO member unions to be a source of “reliable, good information” on vaccines for their members.

    Her comments come nearly a week after Ray Curry — the new president of the United Auto Workers, an AFL-CIO member — told reporters the union is advocating for vaccines but thinks they should remain voluntary for workers.

    “We think everyone should be vaccinated. That’s the only way we’re going to bring back the economy,” Shuler said Tuesday. “I’ll be honest with you: Our unions are in different places.” 

    Shuler said every workplace has its own needs for coronavirus safety, but that labor leaders should have a voice in shaping return-to-work policies and can help convince hesitant members to get a vaccine. 

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