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‘Doing Essential Work Under a Cloud of Fear…’
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‘Doing Essential Work Under a Cloud of Fear…’

NEW YORK, N.Y.—More than 130,000 workers deemed “essential” during the COVID-19 epidemic are facing the specter of deportation—and, with a federal court decision looming on whether the Trump administration can terminate their right to stay in the country, are calling on Congress to give them protection and a path to citizenship. Trump began trying in…

America’s Meatpacking Workers Must Be Protected
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America’s Meatpacking Workers Must Be Protected

Washington DC – “To protect America’s food supply, America’s meatpacking workers must be protected. The reality is that these workers are putting their lives on the line every day to keep our country fed during this deadly outbreak, and at least 20 meatpacking workers have tragically died from coronavirus while more than 5,000 workers have been hospitalized or…

Walmart Workers Help Launch COVID-19 Tracer Site Following Employee Fatalities
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Walmart Workers Help Launch COVID-19 Tracer Site Following Employee Fatalities

New York, NY – Walmart workers and associates have launched a new website that will allow them to upload and read in real time the number of suspected Covid-19 infections in their store and surrounding area.  The non-profit United for Respect that represents Walmart associates said they created the areyousafe.work site because of the alarming…

COVID-19 Looms Large On Workers’ Memorial Day; Pressure on OSHA to Act
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COVID-19 Looms Large On Workers’ Memorial Day; Pressure on OSHA to Act

New York, NY – Despite being inundated with more than 3,000 COVID-19 complaints since the outbreak began in January, the federal agency tasked with protecting American workers has, so far, failed to issue enforceable emergency guidelines. The BlueGreen Alliance, a coalition of labor and environmental organizations took OSHA [Occupational Safety and Health Administration] to task…

Concern for Worker Safety Continues at McDonald’s
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Concern for Worker Safety Continues at McDonald’s

San Jose, California – Twenty-two percent of McDonald’s workers reported they went to work feeling sick during the COVID-19 pandemic because of a lack of paid sick leave, fear of management retaliation for missing shifts or because they simply cannot afford to miss a paycheck, according to a survey last month of 843 McDonald’s workers…

Labor Unions Blast Trump Administration for Skirting CARES Act Payroll Requirements
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Labor Unions Blast Trump Administration for Skirting CARES Act Payroll Requirements

Washington, DC – Seven leading labor unions, representing millions of working people across the country, have blasted the Trump Administration for skirting payroll requirements in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act at the expense of working families.  In letters to Senators Chuck Schumer and Sherrod Brown and Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the Communications Workers…

Bank Workers Call On Wells Fargo to Step Up During COVID-19
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Bank Workers Call On Wells Fargo to Step Up During COVID-19

New York, NY – Frontline bank workers with multinational financial services giant Wells Fargo are speaking out this week about the lack of Personal Protective Equipment [PPE] and other workplace protections ahead of a pivotal shareholders meeting.   Three Wells Fargo employees, on Monday, discussed the dangers in their respective worksites during a press call…

SAG-AFTRA Confronts Tough Challenges During COVID-19 Crisis
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SAG-AFTRA Confronts Tough Challenges During COVID-19 Crisis

New York, NY – From shuttered TV and film production, to journalists forced onto unemployment — the media industry has been particularly hard hit by the COVID-19 epidemic. When performers and broadcasters are in potential jeopardy, it’s their union, SAG-AFTRA (The Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists), that looks out…

Chipotle, Victoria’s Secret Among 2020’s ‘Dirty Dozen’ Employers
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Chipotle, Victoria’s Secret Among 2020’s ‘Dirty Dozen’ Employers

Multiple American companies made the cut this year for the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health’s list of 2020 “Dirty Dozen” employers.  The Special Coronavirus Edition highlights how the actions of the companies on the list are contributing to hazardous work environments.  The edition’s release coincides with Workers Memorial Week, a global event to…

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