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UFCW LOCAL UNIONS WITH MEMBERSHIP IN MASSACHUSETTS CALL FOR HAZARD PAY FOR FRONTLINE ESSENTIAL WORKERS The $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act (ARP) signed into law in March includes $350 billion to state and local governments. With Massachusetts set to receive $5.3 billion in aid, Rhode Island set to receive $1.6 billion and Connecticut to receive $6 billion, lawmakers are presented with the opportunity to offer a portion of these funds as long overdue hazard pay for essential workers. The pandemic has continued to exert both a mental and physical toll on frontline workers. While crowd gatherings were prohibited elsewhere and millions of workers transitioned to work remotely, essential workers continued to show up each day, increasing the likelihood of contracting the virus and spreading it to a loved one. Essential workers found it nearly impossible to remain socially distanced from customers and other workers as well. Additionally, frontline essential workers have suffered from greater levels of anxiety and depression due to stresses of contracting COVID-19. (Source: R.I. AFL-CIO) Similar efforts are underway in Rhode Island. For the testimony given on the ARP State funding by Local 791 Director of Political & Legislative Affairs Peter Derouen.
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BUILD BACK BETTER WITH UNIONS Outdated labor laws have hampered our fundamental right to join together and negotiate for better wages, benefits and working conditions. The Protecting the Right to Organize Act will empower America’s workers and make our economy work for working people.
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