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As the Virus Rampages through Washington, Essential Workers Nationwide Are Paying the Price

Beyond the headlines about the First Family and the host of White House officials, senators, and military officials now testing positive for COVID-19, we should not forget that essential workers on the frontlines of the pandemic continue to pay the biggest price for a national response to the crisis that verges on fratricidal. Read more >

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The Deadly Consequences of Sidelining Science and Government During a Pandemic

, Research Analyst

In the US to date, more than 185,000 people have died due to COVID-19—many times in pain, unable to breathe, and separated from their families. Many of these deaths, which disproportionately affect Black and Brown communities, could have been prevented if governments had made different public policy choices. And yet at every stage of the pandemic, some federal and state governments have chosen to sideline science and policy choices based on science. Read more >

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COVID-19 and Worker Safety: An Absence of Federal Leadership Is Putting Lives at Risk

, executive director

Our nation’s system for safeguarding the health and safety of working people is in crisis. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has gone from hampered to virtually absent in the face of a pandemic that has killed or sickened tens of thousands of health care and other essential workers. It’s an agency missing in action and essentially AWOL. Perhaps this should come as no surprise. Since its inception, the Trump administration has taken a wrecking ball to public health protections, favoring private over public interests, employers over working people, and profits over the health and safety of people. Read more >

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Data tell only part of the story; they don’t begin to capture the pain and loss of the families left behind.

Worker Memorial Day in the Time of COVID-19

, executive director

Tuesday, April 28, is Worker Memorial Day, when we should all pause from our daily routines to recognize, remember, and honor those who have suffered and died of injuries and illnesses related to their work. Every year, the toll is far too high. But this year, in the midst of a pandemic, the story is especially egregious, heartbreaking, and worthy of our attention and action. Every year, the toll on workers’ lives, health, and livelihoods is far too high. But this year, in the midst of a pandemic, the story is especially egregious and heartbreaking. Read more >

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Score One for Worker Safety: Trump Administration Drops Proposed Beryllium Rollback

, executive director

It appears that the Trump administration has come to its senses and reconsidered its dangerous and hare-brained plan to roll back safety protections for construction and shipyard workers exposed to beryllium. Read more >

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