Mike Polensek, member of the Cleveland City Council spoke with America’s Work Force on March 16 to discuss how the Coronavirus has impacted the public.
Polensek explained how cities are being affected because of the increase in shutdowns due to the Coronavirus pandemic. With the widespread panic about the virus, people are being told to avoid public spaces, avoid congregations and stay home as much as possible. As a result of people staying home and avoiding public activity, businesses all over are being affected. Polensek said that travel industry workers are being heavily impacted by this outbreak because they are in contact with hundreds of thousands of people per day. Lastly, he offered listeners alternative methods for voting, such as absentee ballots, since election day is taking place early this week during a time in which people are recommended to stay home.
Kezia Scales, Director of Policy Research at PHI National spoke about the devaluation of care and labor for the elderly and disabled. She noted that there is a decline in proper care for the elderly and disabled, resulting in a lack of resources and abuse from caregivers. Scales also explained that with the lack of funding and resources, there is a lack of quality direct care workers able to work full-time. She then talked about PHI National and their work to find the best quality workers and caregivers, as to ensure that the disabled and elderly are given the attention and care that they desperately need.
AWF host Ed “Flash” Ferenc spoke about fast food workers and how they are still required to show up to work amidst this ongoing pandemic because they cannot afford to miss their shifts.
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