Union leadership and the workers they represent are pushing hard for worker protections including sick leave. As usual, for capitalists the motto is "every crisis is an opportunity". So workers should be planning to respond with equal force for workers rights. 

Please visit the UnionBase discussion page and talk with other union leaders and members about what you are doing to protect workers.

Here are the policies unions are pushing for during this crisis and other stories about what workers are facing:

Union Related

UPS reaches coronavirus sick leave deal with Teamsters (IBT)
https://www.courier-journal.com/story/money/companies/2020/03/20/coronavirus-kentucky-ups-reaches-sick-leave-deal-teamsters/2884351001/

Stop & Shop grants workers pay raise and paid sick leave amid pandemic United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW)
https://thehill.com/homenews/news/488838-stop-shop-grants-pay-raise-and-paid-leave-amid-pandemic

USPS urges supervisors to grant ‘liberal sick leave’ during coronavirus pandemic American Postal Workers Union (APWU)
https://federalnewsnetwork.com/agency-oversight/2020/03/usps-urges-supervisors-to-grant-liberal-sick-leave-in-coronavirus-pandemic/

Labor unions asking employers to extend sick leave during coronavirus outbreak (Western Massachusetts Area Labor Federation)
https://www.wwlp.com/news/health/coronavirus-local-impact/labor-unions-asking-employers-to-extend-sick-leave-during-coronavirus-outbreak/

Union workers say coronavirus proves need for paid sick leave Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
https://kdvr.com/news/coronavirus/union-workers-say-coronavirus-proves-need-for-paid-sick-leave/

Union files grievance over coronavirus sick leave policy Association of Western Pulp and Paper Workers Local 153 (AWPPW)
https://tdn.com/news/local/union-files-grievance-over-coronavirus-sick-leave-policy/article_5a99cea7-6ce7-5136-b938-ee2ff5f0513f.html

Verizon Unions Win Model Paid Leave Policy for Coronavirus—Will Other Unions Demand the Same - IBEW and CWA
https://labornotes.org/blogs/2020/03/verizon-union-wins-model-paid-leave-policy-coronavirus-will-other-unions-demand-same

Union leaders call for closure of BIW over coronavirus policies - Machinists (IAM)
https://www.pressherald.com/2020/03/16/biw-union-dispute-shipyard-coronavirus-sick-pay-containment-policies/

GM, Ford, FIAT, Chrysler join UAW to form Coronavirus task force (not specifically about sick leave)
https://techcrunch.com/2020/03/15/gm-ford-fiat-chrysler-join-uaw-to-form-coronavirus-task-force/

Other Stories about Sick Leave


Coronavirus Outbreak Underscores Gap Between Workers Who Have Paid Sick Leave And Those Who Don't
https://www.wbur.org/bostonomix/2020/03/12/coronavirus-outbreak-sick-leave

As coronavirus spreads, which U.S. workers have paid sick leave – and which don’t?
https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2020/03/12/as-coronavirus-spreads-which-u-s-workers-have-paid-sick-leave-and-which-dont/

What the coronavirus bill means for employers and workers
https://www.politico.com/newsletters/morning-shift/2020/03/16/what-the-coronavirus-bill-means-for-employers-and-workers-786103

Lack of Sick Time Worries Workers as Coronavirus Looms
https://www.wsj.com/articles/lack-of-sick-time-worries-workers-as-coronavirus-looms-11583938713

What companies are doing to protect vulnerable hourly workers amid coronavirus outbreak
https://abcnews.go.com/Business/companies-protect-vulnerable-hourly-workers-amid-coronavirus-outbreak/story?id=69555759

Employees, union and community leaders call for paid sick leave
https://www.whas11.com/article/news/local/employees-union-and-community-leaders-call-for-paid-sick-leave/417-79760f79-0910-42ea-ae0a-6338ec13599e

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