McConnell and Senate Republicans Side Against Workers with COVID-19 Package

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans today unveiled the broad strokes of a COVID-19 relief package, which would shield corporations from liability if their employees contract COVID-19 on the job, among other provisions.

July 27, 2020

The BlueGreen Alliance released the following statement from Executive Director Jason Walsh in response:

“Every day, people on the front lines are going to work and putting their own lives at risk to provide essential services and keep our economy going during a global pandemic. But today, Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans are callously prioritizing shielding corporations from liability if their workers get sick on the job.

“Instead of siding with corporations over workers, the Senate should immediately take up the Heroes Act, which includes an enforceable emergency workplace standard that will require companies to protect their workers on the job. This House-passed bill also provides much needed relief to working families, jumpstarts the manufacturing of personal protective equipment here in the United States, and provides necessary funds to local and state governments and schools.

“We urge the Senate to do what’s right and to pass urgently needed relief that prioritizes the safety and needs of workers and communities.”