For Immediate Release March 26, 2020
Washington, D.C.— A stimulus package is only the first step towards ensuring that working families across the country—regardless of immigration status, have access to COVID-19 testing, medical treatment, and economic relief. The coronavirus has led our nation to an economic, social, and health crisis that is not new for many communities, but rather conditions they have endured for far too long, and that COVID-19 has worsened.
Worker-led organizations stand together as we continue to fight for all working class people, ensuring they have access to the protections and benefits they need to survive and thrive.
National Black Worker Center Project: “The burden of rampant unemployment and low-wage work has held Black workers and their families back for generations and the Coronavirus has just made things worse. Yes, we need economic relief now to stop the spread of this virus, but we also need economic relief that addresses the repeated failure of our system to ensure Black workers are not only able to survive but thrive in this country.”- Tanya Wallace-Gobern, Executive Director of the National Black Worker Center Project
National Day Laborer Organizing Network: “Day Laborers and gig workers alike faced an economic crisis long before the Coronavirus. In fact, they have put their lives on the line on a regular basis to make a living and uphold our economy and safety net. In this moment of crisis, we cannot invisibalize immigrant communities and cut them off from accessing lifesaving testing, treatment and economic relief. As a society, we have to ensure undocumented workers are protected as they will be essential in helping us survive and recover from this pandemic” – Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director of NDLON
International Union of Painters and Allied Trades: “This pandemic has already been devastating for the working class and we still have far to go to ensure a just recovery for working families. Workers all across the country are being put into an impossible position of either jeopardizing their health or losing their ability to provide for their families. Our economy is only as strong as the most vulnerable worker and we all must stand together to ensure that working people are supported during this crisis.” – Jim Williams Jr., Organizing Director of the IUPAT
The Labor Council for Latin American Advancement:“Working families across our nation are bearing the brunt of this pandemic, facing fear and rampant unemployment. The legislation that aims to alleviate these economic hardships is a commendable first step that must be taken. However our nation cannot disregard the thousands of farmworkers and undocumented immigrants whose labor largely contributes to the national economy. These workers, and all workers need to be fully included in optimal relief packages that can protect and grant them the tools they need to lead a life of dignity.”- Yanira Merino, LCLAA National President