Local organizations working to keep essential workers safe through pandemic

Local organizations working to keep essential workers safe through pandemic

By: WMAR Staff | WMAR Baltimore Channel 2 ABC | January 12, 2021 BALTIMORE — Local organizations are working to keep essential workers safe through the pandemic. Members of the Baltimore NAACP, SEIU 1199, United Food and Commercial Workers and more are teaming up to form the coalition to protect essential workers. They kicked off the initiative in Baltimore Tuesday morning, handing out PPE and hand sanitizer to more than 2,000 workers. The coalition is backing the Maryland Essential Workers Protection Act. It requires employers to provide workers with a safe workspace, PPE, and emergency pandemic action plans that include sanitation…
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Bill would protect workers who risk Covid-19 to keep their jobs

Bill would protect workers who risk Covid-19 to keep their jobs

By: Louis Krauss | Baltimore Brew | Wednesday, January 13, 2021 - Coalition backs measure to guarantee “hazard pay” and on the job safeguards for essential workers who face the daily risk of Covid-19 Unions, civil rights and other groups rallied outside of a North Baltimore Safeway store in support of state legislation that would prevent unsafe practices by employers during the Covid pandemic. Aimed at protecting workers who face the public on a daily basis, the bill would guarantee enhanced pay, safe working conditions, free testing, sick leave and the right to refuse to work in dangerous conditions. The measure…
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Bill calls for increased protections for essential workers

Bill calls for increased protections for essential workers

By: Abby Isaacs | Posted at 5:12 PM, Dec 08, 2020 and last updated 5:15 PM, Dec 08, 2020 BALTIMORE (WMAR) — Through this whole pandemic, we’ve counted on our essential workers, and as cases increase, they are looking for support. "We put our life on the line day in and day out with exposure to this deadly virus," said Jennifer Chase, a bus operator and board member of WMATA Montgomery division. "We transport the sick, the elderly to doctors appointments." It’s been a source of constant anxiety for these essential workers since March, getting exposed to COVID-19 at work. "We too are hurting,…
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Coalition of frontline workers urges COVID-19 labor protections

Coalition of frontline workers urges COVID-19 labor protections

By: Johanna Alonso | Daily Record business reporter, December 8, 2020 — Members of unions representing Maryland’s frontline workers gathered on Tuesday to launch Protect Maryland Workers, a coalition advocating for legislation that would protect grocery, health care, transit and other essential employees during pandemics and other emergencies. The proposed legislation, called the Maryland Essential Workers Protections Act, would require employers to provide increased support and safety protocols to essential workers during an emergency — the definition of which is outlined in the bill. These protections include providing personal protective equipment at no cost to the employee, paying essential employees hourly hazard pay on…
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Unions, advocates push for more protections in Maryland for essential workers

Unions, advocates push for more protections in Maryland for essential workers

By PAMELA WOOD | BALTIMORE SUN |DEC 08, 2020 AT 7:28 PM — Maryland labor unions are making a push for essential workers to get greater protections and hazard pay not only during the coronavirus pandemic, but also in future health emergencies. They’re drafting a bill called the “Essential Workers Protection Act” that would guarantee those workers enhanced pay, safe working conditions, free testing, sick and bereavement leave, and the right to refuse to work in dangerous conditions. “Essential workers are willing to show up for us and we have to show up for them,” said Ricarra Jones of the 1199 SEIU union, which…
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Legislation Proposed to Protect Essential Workers as the Pandemic Worsens

Legislation Proposed to Protect Essential Workers as the Pandemic Worsens

By Hannah Gaskill - December 8, 2020 — Sophia Atu has been a nurse at Prince George’s Hospital Center for over 20 years. She knew that the job would be challenging when she started, but didn’t imagine fighting her way through an unprecedented pandemic like COVID-19.  “It’s like going to war,” she said at a news conference Tuesday morning. “When you say bye to your family you are gone. You either come back alive or you come back in a body bag.” As a healthcare worker constantly exposing herself to the virus, Atu worries about having enough personal protective equipment to shield…
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Protect MD Workers Virtual Kick-Off Rally

Protect MD Workers Virtual Kick-Off Rally

Essential healthcare (Sophia Atu), grocery (Jeffrey Reid), transportation (Jennifer Chase), and state (Christal Cooper) workers share their stories from the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis. Senator Malcolm Augustine, Chairman Derrick Davis, and 1199SEIU Political Director Ricarra Jones explain how the Maryland Essential Workers Protection Act will protect all our essential workers.
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