Shane Larsen, Political and Legislative Director for the Communication Workers of America spoke with America’s Work Force on April 14 to discuss why workers should be entitled to paid leave.
Due to the pandemic and the stay at home orders in many states, businesses across the United States are suffering from decreased business. Some businesses have been deemed essential and are open during the pandemic. Although this sounds great, it means that workers at these places are at a much higher risk of exposure. Larsen said that without receiving a paycheck, they may not be able to get by. But if they work, they are exposed to people every single day, increasing their risk of catching the COVID-19 virus. He noted that many of these workers do not have paid leave, giving them no choice but to work. Larsen explained further that there needs to be stronger legislation drawn up so that it can pass in the house and through Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. This is meant to offer more protections to workers during their time of need.
Dave Wondolowski, Executive Secretary of the Cleveland Building and Construction Trades Council, spoke about ensuring the safety of construction workers on their job sites. He said that his affiliated members have been following the recommended safety guidelines. Along with wearing personal protective equipment, he said that they are practicing distancing on the job whenever possible. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Wondolowski said that construction in the Cleveland area has slowed down and work is only being done on essential projects. Lastly, he talked about voting online and why people should apply for a mail in ballot.
AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about the positives of the first stimulus package and what should be included in the second package.
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