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By Charlotte Robinson, April 29, 2020
While Trump is attempting to force workers to work in unsafe food processing plants during the COVID-19 pandemic Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) & Representative Ro Khanna (CA-17) sent their proposal for an Essential Workers Bill of Rights to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (CA-12) Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) & Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) cosigned with over 50 additional members of the House & Senate.  Senator Warren stated, “Frontline workers -- including health care workers, transit workers, farm workers, grocery workers, domestic workers & delivery workers -- are risking their lives to keep America running. Congress has a responsibility to protect them & their families. Essential workers in all fields lack the basic safety equipment & guarantees they need & many essential workers are low-wage workers who were underpaid with minimal job protections even before this crisis hit. The next relief package needs to put these workers front & center & include our Essential Workers Bill of Rights." Representative Khanna concluded, "Every day this crisis continues, more & more essential workers risk their lives on the front lines so we can get urgently needed resources & services. That work, undervalued for far too long, is finally being recognized for what it really is. The grocery clerk that packs our groceries behind a plastic shield, the bus driver sanitizing seats between shifts & the security guard on watch from a distance: these heroic workers are keeping this country afloat. They deserve every benefit & protection we can give them, starting with those outlined in our Essential Workers Bill of Rights."
Read Letter Here…
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