Senator Sherrod Brown Pushes to Put More Money into the Pockets of Workers During the Pandemic

Sen. Sherrod Brown spoke with America’s Work Force Radio Podcast on May 7 to discuss his efforts to put more money into the pockets of workers who are working through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Senator Sherrod BrownSen. Brown has been working hard to push his pandemic premium pay plan that would reward frontline workers who are at risk of exposure to the COVID-19 virus. The plan, “Heroes Fund” would give a pay raise to essential workers who are at a heightened risk of exposure to the virus as compensation for their work, and to retain and recruit employees for these high exposure risk jobs. Sen. Brown then talked about President Trump reopening meat packing facilities without meeting proper safety standards. He explained that meat packing facilities can only reopen once they meet proper safety guidelines set by OSHA and the CDC. He also spoke about the possibility of a second stimulus package.

Brian Kelley, attorney with Kelley and Ferraro spoke about the ongoing Zantac case. He explained that after putting together countless reports about the heartburn medication being linked to various forms of cancer, the law firm is ready to take the case to court. Kelley said that they would like to use multi-district litigation against the heartburn drug company and present all of the cases against the drug manufacturer in front of one judge. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the law firm is unable to present their case in court and it will now be held via phone conference call. He mentioned that if anybody used the heartburn medication and was diagnosed with cancer as a result, they can contact Kelley and Ferraro to help form a case.

AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about the United Airlines plan to cut 30 percent of their managerial positions by the end of the year.



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