Los Angeles Labor Movement Wins Major COVID-19 Protections After Mayor Garcetti Issues Executive Order

04/08/2020

Contact: Christian Castro, Communications Director

(310) 857-9817, christian@thelafed.org

Los Angeles Labor Movement Wins Major COVID-19 Protections After Mayor Garcetti Issues Executive Order

(Los Angeles, CA) The Los Angeles County Federation of Labor in collaboration with the Office of the Mayor of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles City Council has won additional protections for tens of thousands of working people who are part of the essential workforce which provide critical services for the residents of Los Angeles. These workers are the engine that keeps our city moving including janitors cleaning our buildings, grocery workers providing us with food, and delivery drivers transporting our much needed supplies to countless stores and our doorsteps.

Under the Mayor’s order, which goes into effect Friday, April 10, employers of non-medical essential businesses must provide workers with cloth face coverings that shield their noses and mouths or reimburse employees for their cost. Essential businesses must also implement physical distancing measures for employees, customers, and visitors while making sure employees have access to clean and sanitary restrooms, stocked with all necessary cleansing products, and allow workers to wash their hands every 30 minutes.

Ron Herrera, President of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO stated, “I, and the hundreds of thousands of union members across the City of Los Angeles, commend the leadership of Mayor Eric Garcetti and the Los Angeles City Council. Your unwavering efforts will protect our most critical workers and save the lives of millions more. This is the type of bold leadership needed in cities across the country. The Los Angeles Labor Movement is proud to have championed these historic worker protections and look to other municipalities to follow suit. When it is all said and done, history will tell us that in this time of crises, Los Angeles came together to put workers above profits and the safety of our city above the bottom line.”

The Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO is a federation of over 300 affiliates, representing over 800,000 members in Los Angeles County from every industry and trade.

 

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