America’s working people are seeing the country through this pandemic–just as we have in past crises. We must stand together and fight to create a better country coming out of it. Working people must be able to support their families until we have the testing and vaccines to keep everyone safe. People working on the front lines must have healthcare, sick days and protective equipment. Here’s what SEIU members are fighting for–and winning.
All working people should:
Have access to paid sick time and paid leave no matter where they work.
Remain employed and keep their pay and benefits, even if they can’t safely go to work right now.
Have access to quality, affordable healthcare, whether or not they’re currently employed.
Be able to access testing, healthcare, and economic relief–regardless of immigration status.
All essential workers should:
Have access to proper personal protective equipment (PPE). We must ensure sufficient production and distribution of PPE nationally for every worker who needs it.
Receive at least time and half of their current pay and a permanent minimum wage of $15 per hour.
Congress must pass legislation to:
Protect working people’s jobs and financial security by providing aid to businesses who make a commitment to maintain workers’ pay and benefits.
Expand healthcare coverage for the uninsured and prevent workers with coverage from losing access if they experience reduced hours, lose their job, or are furloughed.
Ensure monthly direct cash payments of up to $2,000 for each adult for at least 6 months.
Increase investment in unemployment insurance, food assistance (SNAP), and child care so no one goes hungry and everyone can care for their children throughout this crisis.
Enact a nationwide moratorium on foreclosures and evictions, power and water shutoffs, and student debt collection because no one should lose their home, be exposed to dangerous heat or cold or have their credit ruined due to the pandemic.
Provide more support for states and cities to keep workers employed and ensure that essential government functions are not cut or privatized.
Prioritize resources for communities that are most affected and least-served by tracking the impact of COVID-19 by race.
Provide additional election funding to expand vote-by-mail and ensure that our elections are safe and accessible for all in these unprecedented times.