Unions Call On The Federal Government ‘To Do More To Protect All’ Workers During The Coronavirus Pandemic, Say Worker Aid Package ‘Falls Short’
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – The American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) and the United Steelworkers (USW) are calling on the Federal Government “to do more” when it comes to protecting American Workers during the Coronavirus Pandemic, adding that a current aid package being crafted “falls short” of what Workers really need.
AFSCME President Lee Saunders said the Coronavirus Aid Package that cleared Congress is just not good enough for Public Service Workers.
Though the version of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act that passed Congress last week “takes important steps” to safeguard Public Service Workers and help Working Families, Saunders said: “This legislation ‘could have and should have been much stronger.’”
“Republicans ‘watered it down substantially, inserting loopholes and caveats to benefit businesses instead of working people.’ ‘Congress needs to get back to work,” he said.
Meanwhile, the United Steelworkers (USW) called the Families First Coronavirus Response Act “a good first step in the effort to contain the disease and support struggling Workers,” but added “more action is needed to protect the health and economic well-being of Americans.”
“Passage of this Bill ‘was important and necessary, but it doesn’t come close to solving all of the problems that Workers and families will be facing in the coming weeks and months,’” USW International President Thomas Conway said. “There are ‘too many loopholes that companies could exploit, and too many Americans who could end up left behind to fend for themselves.’ Congress ‘must continue to work to provide support and relief for everyone affected by this pandemic, no matter where they live or where they work.’”
For More On This Labor News Report, Read The Following Labor News Reports, Headlined:
USW: U.S. Virus Response Must Do More to Protect All Workers At https://www.usw.org/news/media-center/releases/2020/usw-u-s-virus-response-must-do-more-to-protect-all-workers
Coronavirus Aid Package Falls Short. Workers Need More from Congress. At www.afscme.org/blog/coronavirus-aid-package-falls-short-workers-need-more-from-congress?fbclid=IwAR1sfr7yRuGVhOR2-KjYDz9N_1RMp1y5MNTyN-izjdCgDi9Nf4iZNJimmU4