May 6, 2020
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Today’s EO Important First Step in Adding Vital Protections for Essential Workers
Statement by California Labor Federation Executive Secretary-Treasurer Art Pulaski
“Gov. Newsom’s order today adds a vital layer of protection to essential workers putting their lives at risk to provide for our families during this pandemic. We commend the governor for taking action to ensure workers on the frontlines of this crisis are able to access health care and other benefits from workers’ compensation without costly delays that could acutely endanger their health and safety.
“California continues to set the national standard for worker protection during this crisis. We look forward to working with the legislature and the governor in the coming weeks to build upon these important protections so that all workers who put their health at risk on the job have this critical safety net program to rely upon if illness strikes.”