Transportation Trades Department President Larry Willis spoke with America’s Work Force Radio Podcast on Aug. 24 about the HEROES Act, transportation workers and temporary emergency standards
He started off by making brief comments about the HEROES Act and explained how it would have helped working people. Ultimately the bill was dead when it arrived on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s desk.
Airline workers during the pandemic
Willis then detailed how airline workers have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Although airlines received emergency funding to keep workers on their payroll, the industry is obviously facing times when travel is minimal and there is no telling when people will feel safe enough to fly again.
With COVID-19 still looming and no sign of compromise in Washington D.C., Willis said he does not know when the next emergency assistance or relief package will come.
Temporary emergency standards
Willis then talked about temporary emergency standards. These standards are being used by states such as Virginia as a way to enforce COVID-19 standards in the absence of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
He said temporary emergency standards are needed in order to protect workers and hold businesses accountable.
With transportation workers being on the front lines, interacting with hundreds of people everyday, it is important they have some type of protection from unsafe conditions. In the absence of OSHA, Willis said these standards are helping to keep transportation workers safe.