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New York Workers ‘Need A Hero In This Time Of Crisis’ & ‘They Expect Governor Andrew Cuomo To Be That Guy’

Published Thursday, May 14, 2020
by Joe Maniscalco/
New York Workers ‘Need A Hero In This Time Of Crisis’ & ‘They Expect Governor Andrew Cuomo To Be That Guy’

(NEW YORK CITY) - Governor Andrew Cuomo could soon end up becoming a hero or a goat - depending on how he reacts to calls from Labor Rights Advocates to issue a new Executive Order aimed at protecting Workers across the state.

Supporters of HERO - the New York Health and Essential Rights Order - say immediate action is needed to better protect the 2.2 million Essential Workers who continue to leave their homes and go to work every day during the COVID-19 Pandemic. 

New York remains the epicenter of the Coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. with nearly 27,000 fatalities, more than 344,000 confirmed cases and the advent of a mysterious new COVID-19-related disease striking small children.

Despite all that, the clamor to reopen the economy - both here and across the country where the COVID-19 death toll is fast surpassing 84,000 - is intensifying.

Corporate America has reaped trillions of dollars in successive aid packages that distributed $1,200 in crumbs and unemployment insurance to everyone else - and the elites want the Working Class back on the job

Health Care Professionals in the COVID-filled trenches, however, insist the virus is far from being subdued and is set for a deadly new surge in the Fall. 

“I ‘don’t think it’s been fully internalized by our political system - how dangerous the virus is,’” Sean Petty, a Board-Certified Nurse at Jacobi Hospital, said this week during a teleconference with reporters advocating the New York Health and Essential Rights Order.

“It’s an ‘unprecedented virus easily transmittable via air and surfaces.’  ‘If you’re in an enclosed space with stagnant air, the virus can last on droplets for two to three hours,’” Petty said.

Without full testing, tracing and quarantining - “there is ‘no way we can stop the spread,’” Petty said. “Federal ‘inaction led to deaths.’  ‘We can act immediately to fix what is broken.’”

HERO advocates have an on-line petition to help convince Cuomo to take action

Bob Master, who serves as Communications Workers of America (CWA) District 1 Assistant to the Vice President, said New York State needs “mandates ‘no’ employer ‘can evade.’” 

“OSHA (U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration) ‘abdicated its responsibility to protect Workers in this new environment,’” Master said. “New York State ‘has blazed its own path.’  As we begin to go back (to work) en masse, ‘we need’ the governor ‘to step up.’  ‘This has to be a comprehensive top-down and bottom-up approach.’”

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