Lisa Savage, U.S. Senate candidate for Maine spoke with America’s Work Force on April 8 to discuss why there has been a strong push for medicare for all during the COVID-19 pandemic.
As a result of many businesses shutting down or cutting staff due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many people who are laid off are struggling to make rent and afford other basic necessities. Savage explained that some of these people are now missing out on health insurance. Without jobs, they no longer have health insurance through their work. With an ongoing pandemic, there is no worse time to be without health insurance. Before, medicare for all was a hot button issue and now that there is a pandemic happening, Savage said that we need it now more than ever so that everyone can get the help that they deserve.
Tom Germuska Jr., Editor for The Labor Citizen spoke about the upcoming edition of the publication. One of the major stories that will be featured in the upcoming issue is about COVID-19 and how it is impacting the construction industry. Construction is deemed essential work in certain states, therefore tradesmen and tradeswomen are still working and are at a higher risk of exposure to the virus. Germuska said that unions are strictly following the CDC guidelines and recommended safety precautions. However, some work requires more than one person, meaning that workers may inadvertently break the six foot separation rule. While they are doing their best to ensure that the workers have proper protections, it may be difficult to follow all of the rules perfectly. He then discussed having proper protective gear at job sites, such as gloves, masks, disinfectants and handwashing stations. If a job site does not provide these for workers, a union representative would be more than happy to talk to the person in charge.
AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about the American Federation of Government Employees suing the government for hazard pay for frontline workers.
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