USW Live: May Day, Immigrant Workers and COVID-19

This May Day – International Workers Day – we’re reminded of the horrible impact of the current pandemic, with millions suffering furloughs and layoffs, and tens of thousands dying as a result of infection. Too many healthcare workers and others doing essential work are risking infection every day for lack of PPE and other important safety precautions. Join USW Education Department’s Guillermo Perez with two of the labor movement’s leading advocates for the health and well-being of immigrant workers – Yanira Merino, National President of the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA), and Alvina Yeh, Executive Director of the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA), as they report on the on-going fight for immigrant rights in midst of this pandemic.

COVID-19 AND IMMIGRANT WORKERS

The horrible impact of the current pandemic is being felt across the country, with millions suffering furloughs and layoffs, and tens of thousands dying as a result of infection. Too many healthcare workers and others doing essential work are risking infection every day for lack of protective personal equipment and other important safety precautions. With so many working families enduring so much hardship, it’s challenging to even focus momentarily on one particular group, but with the disproportionate number of COVID-related fatalities occurring among people of color, the USW is taking time this week to look at one category of workers being especially hard hit – immigrant workers, and in particular, undocumented immigrant workers.