Ohio House Rep., Tom Patton spoke with America’s Work Force on April 20 to discuss fighting for retail food establishment workers to receive workers’ compensation if they contract COVID-19.
Rep. Patton spoke about updates within the Ohio House during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. He said that he is fighting for this bill because it provides support for the frontline workers. HB 605 would allow retail food establishment workers who are still working during the COVID-19 pandemic, to receive workers’ compensation if they contract COVID-19. He said that this is common sense legislation to protect those risking exposure and working during the pandemic. Rep. Patton then discussed the possibility of a premature end to the shutdown, potentially initiating a second wave of the COVID-19 virus. Lastly, he spoke about overbuying supplies and other goods.
Rachel Dissell, former reporter for the Plain Dealer spoke about how financial issues combined with the COVID-19 pandemic have impacted local newspapers in a terrible way. The Plain Dealer and other newspapers have been laying off employees in groups. Due to the decline of print media and the recent lack of advertisers, newspapers are looking to cut costs any way they can. Dissell stressed the importance of advertising and supporting local news outlets to keep journalists employed. She also spoke about how the pandemic has played a role in the downfall of some newspapers.
AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about healthcare workers and how nearly 9,000 have contracted the COVID-19 virus.
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