The Heroes Act, a COVID-19 relief bill, introduced by Congressional Democrats and passed by the House last week, would provide compensation and critical health and safety protections for workers. But Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans are likely to block it and not even put it up for a vote in the Senate.
"Donald Trump quickly declared he would veto the bill, alarmed that it closes loopholes that provide tax breaks to the super-rich. He needs to get his priorities straight and stop acting like the best way to recover from this pandemic is to pretend like it doesn't exist," said CWA President Chris Shelton.
The bill contains provisions that would support employment for CWA members and allow them to continue to serve their communities, including funding for state and local public services, internet access for schools and families, access for local news outlets to the Paycheck Protection Program, premium pay for essential workers, improved access to paid leave for millions of workers, new payments to individuals to offset lost pay, and would extend unemployment insurance and help prevent foreclosures and evictions.