Media Advisory for Tuesday, July 28, 2020
Media Advisory: NC Press Call for Workers to Demand Congress Pass HEROES Act
On July 28th, working people from across North Carolina will be demanding the U.S. Senate pass the HEROES Act, a comprehensive coronavirus relief package that would confront the three crises facing America: a public health pandemic, an economic free fall and long-standing structural racism.
In a press call this Tuesday, July 28th at 12pm ET, members and leaders from unions of working people in North Carolina will be calling on Senator Thom Tillis to support the essential role of working people in this pandemic by passing the HEROES Act, legislation that already passed the U.S. House in May to protect the lives and livelihoods of working Americans still grappling with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
WHO: Senator Thom Tillis (invited); MaryBe McMillan, President, NC State AFL-CIO; William Samuel, Director of Government Affairs, AFL-CIO; Darla McGlamery, Business Agent, IATSE Local 491, representing workers in the film industry; Essie Hogue, President, AFGE Local 1738, representing frontline healthcare workers in the VA; Timmia McIlwaine, CWA Local 3640, representing essential workers in the airline industry; and Tommy Pintacuda, IBT Local 61, representing essential workers at UPS.
WHEN: Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at 12:00pm ET
WHERE: online via Zoom [LINK]
WHY: The coronavirus pandemic is not over, and Americans need additional federal relief from its effects–including hazard pay for frontline workers, extended additional federal unemployment benefits, an emergency infectious disease standard for employers to follow to protect employees on the job, and funding for essential government services like public schools and the postal service. That’s what the HEROES Act does. It passed the U.S. House on May 15th, and it is time for the U.S. Senate to debate and pass this critical legislation.
Contact: Jeremy Sprinkle, Communications Director, 336-255-2711 / firstname.lastname@example.org
The North Carolina State AFL-CIO is the largest association of unions of working people in North Carolina, representing over a hundred thousand members, working together for good jobs, safe workplaces, workers’ rights, consumer protections, and quality public services on behalf of ALL working people. PO Box 10805, Raleigh, NC 27605.
Why if the heroes act passed are we not getting hazard pay for working In the hospitals?
The Republican controlled US Senate in the last Congress refused to bring the bill up for a vote.