August 12, 2020

Cortez Masto Fights for Worker Protections During COVID-19 Pandemic

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) joined U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) and congressional colleagues in cosponsoring the Every Worker Protection Act. This bill would require the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to issue an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) to all those working during the pandemic to protect them from exposure to the coronavirus.

“Countless Nevadans are working on the front lines during this health crisis without maximum protections in place for their safety. Health care professionals, grocery store and food chain workers, hospitality providers, transportation workers, first responders and many more should not have to worry about inadequate safety protections while on the job. These occupations also have high concentrations of women and communities of color, exposing those most vulnerable to the coronavirus disease and furthering economic inequalities. This is why I’m proud to cosponsor the Every Worker Protection Act and will continue fighting to ensure Nevada has the necessary measures in place for people to safely and confidently return to work.”

BACKGROUND:

In April, 2020, Senator Cortez Masto signed onto a letter requesting Senate Leadership include provisions in future COVID-19 pandemic legislation for OSHA to develop and implement a plan to protect all frontline workers during the coronavirus pandemic.

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