Every Union Household Counts

Now that you’re staying home practicing social distancing, why not fill out the census? You can complete the census from home by mail, online at https://my2020census.gov/ or by phone 844-330-2020.

A complete and accurate count in the 2020 census is vital to working families in every corner of our country. This information, required every 10 years by the Constitution, is used for important decision-making that affects working people—not only at the federal level, but also at the state and local levels of government. It is the basis for decisions on reapportionment of seats in the U.S. Congress, and in state and local legislative districts.

Census data also is used to determine the allocation of billions of dollars in funds for federal, state and local programs, and such services as school construction, housing and community development, and road and transportation planning. As the COVID-19 crisis continues to evolve, state and local governments need a fair and accurate distribution of these funds.

The AFL-CIO supports the U.S. Census Bureau in its goal of assuring a complete and accurate count. Historically undercounted and hard-to-count populations must be seen and counted for this process to work.

We urge all affiliates to encourage their members to fully cooperate in the Census 2020 count, and to let their members know that all census information submitted by individuals is confidential and is not shared with other agencies.

We urge all unions and state and local labor councils to work with local Census Bureau staff in their communities to guarantee a full and accurate count—nothing less.

We have outlined a week of social media activities for you to participate in and share with your members and networks. This is an opportunity for the labor movement to come together and do our part to get out the 2020 census count. In this social media toolkit, you will find the calendar for daily topics, how to participate in activities, key messaging points, suggested graphics to post each day and links for more resources on the 2020 census.