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What points can I emphasize when talking to my co-workers about COVID-19 protections - or the lack of protections?

This question is from a series of questions and answers on Worker Rights and Strategies for Staying Safe During COVID-19 created by National COSH to support workers during the pandemic.

WHAT POINTS CAN I EMPHASIZE WHEN TALKING TO MY CO-WORKERS ABOUT COVID-19 PROTECTIONS – OR THE LACK OF PROTECTIONS? 

The COVID pandemic has exposed many of the disparities in our society, including how vulnerable workers are to be working in dangerous and life threatening conditions. There are many lessons to learn from the pandemic including:

  • Workers are being required to perform jobs necessary for community survival without being provided with adequate protections for themselves and family members.
  • Employers are responsible to protect workers from the virus, but workers need to stand up for our own health and safety rights to get the necessary protections for survival.
  • When we stick together, workers can win significant demands and improvements in pay and working conditions.
  • Knowledge can be powerful. The more that we  know about the latest information about the virus, the better we can protect ourselves and our co-workers.
  • Communication networks and strategies are key to mobilizing workers to fight for improvements.
  • The public is very supportive right now of workers who are taking daily risks to support others in our community.  This can help us win important protections when we come up with a plan to stand up for our rights.
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