COVID-19 has been declared a pandemic, and the disease has spread quickly throughout New York State. The 160 local unions representing 250,000 union members who make up the Long Island Federation of Labor are working nonstop to empower and protect people in harm's way. We have trained and educated our members, many of whom are on the front lines, about what they need to be safe on the job.
Fortunately, many of our leaders in state and local governments have been responsive. In many cases they have stepped up to protect our front-line workers; mitigate the public health crisis; sustain people as long as the crisis lasts.
We outline below a set of immediate steps in the areas of occupational health and safety and worker protections such as paid leave, paid sick days, workers' compensation and unemployment insurance.