U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown expresses hope for COVID-19 relief

United States Senator Sherrod Brown joined host Ed “Flash” Ferenc to talk about a list of topics as they relate to the election, the working class and more on the Oct. 1 episode of America’s Work Force Union Podcast.

2020 election

Sen. Brown discussed the first debate between President Trump and Joe Biden. He said the yelling match was expected and the President pulled all of the typical moves. Sen. Brown said it is Trump’s record of failure that led to his strategy of constantly interrupting his counterpart, hurling insults and changing topics.

As a United States Senator representing the people of Ohio, Sen. Brown said Joe Biden is the most pro-worker candidate in a long time.

He also said President Trump has completely abandoned the Ohioans who supported him in 2016. He said Trump failed on the COVID-19 pandemic, leading to massive unemployment. He also said the President has shattered the rights of working people by appointing union-busting, corporate lawyers to the National Labor Relations Board and into cabinet positions.

COVID-19 assistance and healthcare

Sen. Brown said the COVID-19 pandemic has affected healthcare and many other industry’s. He said although COBRA is good, it does not help enough people. He said there is still a heavy monetary burden on those using the program.

Sen. Brown stressed that aid is needed across the board. Emergency rent assistance is needed so people do not end up on the street, state and local governments need money to continue providing public services and school districts need money so they can afford the things needed to reopen safely.

Sen. Brown remains hopeful that a rejuvenated version of the HEROES Act will provide this aid.

Finally, Sen. Brown got to the topic of legislation and what he expects to see in the coming months. He said there is currently legislation in the works that will protect gig workers from being misclassified as independent contractors. If passed, gig workers will receive fair compensation and benefits.

He added that if elected, Joe Biden will protect the right of workers to organize.


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