In a letter sent to fellow lawmakers yesterday, Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) asked for signatures supporting mandatory hazard pay for many front-line workers during the pandemic, including postal employees.
“Eligibility for the additional pay should include, but not be limited to, health care workers along the spectrum of care, grocery workers, restaurant workers, child care providers, public sector workers (including police, fire, corrections, postal), farmworkers, utility workers, transportation workers, sanitation workers and other hourly employees deemed essential,” the letter said.
Rep. Grijalva also argued that current protective actions for essential personnel are not enough. He called for the next bill to “include a requirement for OSHA to issue an Emergency Temporary Standard that requires employers to implement protections for these at-risk workers.”
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