Low-wage frontline workers have kept Californians fed and vulnerable populations cared for since the start of the pandemic. And they’ve borne a high cost for their work. A recent study out of UC Merced finds a 30% increase in deaths for essential workers in 2020. We’ll hear about people working in restaurants, grocery stores, home care and other industries who feared losing income -- or their jobs --if they took time off to recover from COVID-19. And as the state moves toward a full reopening next month, we’ll look at lessons learned during the pandemic on how we can better protect and support low-wage frontline workers.
Lessons From the Pandemic on How to Protect and Support Essential Workers
Susan Dovi, staff attorney, California Department of Labor
Alejandra Domenzain, coordinator of public programs, Labor Occupational Health Program, UC Berkeley
Stanley Edwards, essential worker in a San Francisco homeless shelter
John Kabateck, state director, National Federation of Independent Business