Union labor writer explains what to expect in second stimulus package

Press Associates Union News Editor Mark Gruenberg discussed the impacts for the working class if the HEROES Act is not passed when he appeared on America’s Work Force Radio Podcast on Aug. 3.

Gruenberg said the HEROES Act is desperately needed by the working class because of the financial strain they have taken on due to COVID-19.

Gruenberg explained the highlights of the HEROES Act, especially the hazard pay that will be guaranteed to frontline workers. Although some jobs may not be seen as dangerous during normal times, things have changed amidst the pandemic and the HEROES Act ensures people are fairly compensated.

He then gave context to why the HEROES Act has not been passed. Gruenberg cited Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConell as the reason for the HEROES Act dying after being approved by the House of Representatives.

Gruenberg then criticized the Senate stimulus package, which hinged on employer liability protection as a requirement. He also criticized the low stimulus numbers compared to the HEROES Act.

The Senate plan intends to cut enhanced unemployment benefits from an extra $600 down to $200 per week. Gruenberg also expects to see an increase in evictions since rent relief is not expected to be in the Senate bill.

Lastly, he discussed schools reopening this fall. Gruenberg mentioned the American Federation of Teachers plan to strike if districts can not ensure a safe reopening of schools.

To listen to Mark Gruenberg’s last appearance on AWF Radio Podcast, click here.


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