Let’s Protect and Reward Workers Who Are Keeping America Going

As Richard Trumka, the president of the AFL-CIO, wrote in a public letter to the U.S. Secretary of Labor, Eugene Scalia, “the Department of Labor and federal government have failed to meet their obligation and duty to protect workers; the government’s response has been delinquent, delayed, disorganized, chaotic and totally inadequate.” To remedy some of these failures, Trumka asked the Administration to order all employers to develop a “workplace infection control plan,” which would include “an exposure risk assessment; engineering and administrative and work practice controls (including social distancing); respiratory protection and other PPE; sanitation and cleaning; medical removal and wage protection for COVID-19 infected and exposed workers; and training and education.”

Read the full article in the New Yorker.