LA Labor Movement Joined National Call for Equitable Economic COVID-19 Recovery Through HEROES Act

06/17/2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Christian Castro
Communications Director, Los Angeles County Federation of Labor
(310) 857-9817 | christian@thelafed.org
 
LA Labor Movement Joined National Call for Equitable Economic COVID-19 Recovery
Los Angeles Unions Held Food Distribution and Press Conference Calling on Congress to Pass the HEROES Act, Joining Actions in 50 States
 

(Los Angeles, CA) On Wednesday, June 17, 2020, the Los Angeles labor movement joined a massive national day of action calling on bold policies like the HEROES Act to confront the three crises facing America: a public health pandemic, an economic free fall, and long-standing structural racism.
 
Along with a press conference, a food distribution feeding over 1,500 families was held at Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools (an LAUSD school in a community of color that would benefit from the HEROES Act if passed) highlighting the continued need for resources and protections for the working families of Los Angeles.

Key leaders of the Los Angeles labor movement spoke, demanding Congress pass the HEROES Act:

“I want to reach out to Washington D.C. and tell the Senators there – do the right thing,” said Ron Herrera, President of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor. “Look at this line of cars that are in line for food today. That shows you the need that we have here in Los Angeles for help. It is an outcry of a community and of workers, and I need them to listen.”
“Workers of color have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19 and it’s time that our federal government invests in workers and services to our communities,” said Cecily Myart-Cruz, President of United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA). “It is time to call on Congress to be bold and to act on behalf of workers.”
“If we’re talking about fighting structural racism in society, which we all are and we are demanding, we also have to include the structural racism that exists in our work,” said Max Arias, Executive Director of SEIU Local 99.
“Remember when they called us “heroes” throughout the entire COVID-19 pandemic?” said David Green, Treasurer of SEIU Local 721. “Let’s make them prove that they mean it. Let’s hit the phones. Let’s hit the streets. Let’s make sure that $1 trillion in funding is approved and the HEROES Act becomes law.”
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Press conference can be viewed on the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor Facebook Live.