6 innovative projects to improve health and safety for workers during the pandemic

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Many businesses failed to protect their workers as COVID-19 struck. Now a series of grants is supporting worker-powered projects that help solve those issues. The COVID-19 pandemic has put worker health and safety measures to the test, and workplaces across the country have fallen short . Grocery store workers and garbage collectors have had to do their jobs without PPE or cleaning supplies; restaurant employees and gig workers have had to choose between going into work and risking their health or going without pay. Some workers have taken the issue into their own hands, coming up with ways to better protect their coworkers. Now, six such projects are getting help from the Workers Lab. Read Full Story

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Companies’ bad response to the pandemic is leading to greater support for worker power

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A new survey finds that a large cross-section of people agree that workers shouldn’t be fired for protesting unsafe conditions—and support for unions is growing, as well. The COVID-19 pandemic has made it painfully clear how small of a voice many American workers have in how their workplaces are run. Essential employees from grocery store workers to garbage collectors have been forced to do their jobs without necessary safety measures that they’ve demanded. Gig and domestic workers, without any labor safety nets at all, have had to choose between going to work, at the risk of their own and others’ health, or going without any income at all. But the spotlight on these issues could also be the inspiration for new fights for worker power. Read Full Story

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Employers say they’re protecting essential workers from COVID-19. The workers disagree

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A year after COVID-19 hit, essential workers say they still feel unsafe on the job. The most basic indicator of a people-centered economy is worker health and safety. And yet today, one year since the World Health Organization designated COVID-19 a global pandemic, a significant number of America’s essential workers still feel unsafe on the job. If we are to recover from the pandemic and rebuild equitably, corporate leaders need to double down on workplace safety. It’s not only a business imperative, but a moral one. Read Full Story

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Chicago’s COVID-19 recovery plan aims to go beyond the crisis to correct historical inequities

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Economic inequalities aren’t new in Chicago, but 2020’s challenges may have provided a unique opportunity to fix them. In April, the city of Chicago announced it had pulled together an economic recovery task force , divided into areas from policy to mental health to business, and composed of labor leaders, academics, advocacy organizations, city council members, and regional representatives from surrounding counties, to help the city overcome the coronavirus crisis. Now, they’re releasing a report that details guidelines for an inclusive economic revival that not only focuses on the immediate issues sparked by the COVID-19 pandemic but fixes wealth disparities and addresses racial inequities that have long existed. Read Full Story

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Racism is built into U.S. cities. Here’s how architects can fight back

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Police brutality and the coronavirus pandemic are two health crises that disproportionately impact black Americans. Architects, who take an oath to protect the “health, safety, and welfare” of the public, must be part of the solution. I am an architect. I’m also the daughter of a man who lost his life to the coronavirus. My father was an African American artist from Detroit who was just shy of his 80th birthday when he died in April. We’ll now have to celebrate his birthday without him. Over 100,000 Americans will not be celebrating their next birthday with their families as a result of this pandemic. The statistics tell us that COVID-19 is disproportionately infecting and killing black Americans. Read Full Story

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Employers need to address their workers’ mental health. Here are 3 ways to start

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Since the pandemic started, some workers are in crisis and could be at risk for longer-term mental health issues, which can impact business productivity, healthcare costs, and disability absence. The COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic fallout are creating nothing short of a mental health crisis for American workers, which isn’t surprising when you consider that more than 40 million Americans have recently lost their jobs and millions more have had their work hours or pay reduced. Of those fortunate enough to still have jobs, many are working long hours at home, away from colleagues but constantly connected through always-on digital channels and email. Others are in roles that require contact with the public and come with a higher risk of infection as a result. Read Full Story

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Hey engineers: These 4 COVID-19 volunteer projects need your skills

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Hospitals need masks and ventilators. Small businesses need to change how they operate. If you’re versed in hardware engineering or web development, you can help. Engineers at Apple recently helped develop an adjustable face shield to protect healthcare workers on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic. By the end of this week, Apple CEO Tim Cook said yesterday , the company expects to have shipped 1 million of the shields. Read Full Story

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CEOs: It’s time to take a stand on gun safety. It will help your business

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Gun violence hasn’t stopped during the pandemic—it’s gotten worse. And gun safety organization Giffords wants the business community to commit to fighting the problem. In the face of the Trump administration’s failure to battle COVID-19 or take meaningful action in response to this summer’s national reckoning on systemic racism, an overwhelming majority of Americans are now looking to the corporate world for much-needed leadership on critical issues facing our country. Those issues increasingly include not only COVID-19 and racial justice, but another crisis that is raging in our communities as the federal government fails to act: gun violence. According to a new nationwide poll by my organization, gun safety organization Giffords , Americans expect companies to speak out and take a stand on gun safety. Read Full Story

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Somehow, we still don’t have enough N95 masks

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In an ideal world, there would now be an N95 for anyone who wanted one. Instead, even doctors are having a hard time getting them—10 months after the pandemic began. At the start of the pandemic, there was a sudden realization that hospitals did not have enough N95 respirators, the masks that are the industry standard to protect workers from respiratory illness. Because healthcare personnel working around COVID-19 patients needed many more N95s than usual, hospitals’ stockpiles weren’t large enough. The problem was so acute that members of the public were asked to donate N95s they had at home to hospitals . Read Full Story

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Garbage collectors are on the front lines of the COVID-19 response, but without the protection they need

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During COVID-19, garbage collection is more essential—and dangerous—than ever. But workers are finding themselves without proper gear, leave policies, or cleaning protocols. Even before the coronavirus pandemic, sanitation work was one of the most dangerous jobs in the U.S. Refuse and recyclable-material collectors rank in the top five occupations for fatal work injuries . The job involves lifting and interacting with heavy and potentially toxic material on any given day. Now, garbage collectors have seen their workload increase as people generate far more residential trash while staying at home. The collectors say that dangerous conditions have increased too, and that their calls for more protections aren’t being answered. Read Full Story

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How Your Local Business Can Be a Helper

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Posted by MiriamEllis “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of disaster, I remember my mother's words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers — so many caring people in this world.” — Fred Rogers This quote is one I find myself turning to frequently these days as a local SEO. It calls to mind my irreplaceable neighborhood grocer. On my last essential run to their store, they not only shared a stashed 4-pack of bath tissue with me, but also stocked their market with local distillery-produced hand sanitizer which I was warned will reek of bourbon, but will get the job done. When times are hard, finding helpers comes as such …

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