Union members call for workers' protections in Peekskill

Union workers rallied Saturday in Peekskill to demand financial security and safe working conditions as they return to work.

News 12 Staff

Jun 20, 2020, 11:58 AM

Updated 1,435 days ago

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Union workers rallied Saturday in Peekskill to demand financial security and safe working conditions as they return to work.
The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations represents 12.5 million Americans.
Workers are asking for federal lawmakers to pass bills to protect what they call "America's five economic essentials."
The essentials include expanding health insurance for all workers, keeping front-line workers safe and secure, protecting earned pension checks, hiring people for infrastructure projects and keeping public schools, postal service and local governments funded and running.
Union members are also urging Congress to pass the HEROES Act.
The $3 trillion set of bills would balance state budgets, which are losing money fighting local coronavirus outbreaks, increase pay for frontline workers, extend unemployment assistance and provide another set of $1,200 stimulus checks for everyone.
The Democrat-controlled House of Representatives passed the act in mid-May but the Republican-backed Senate has not yet taken up a vote on it.
New York's U.S. Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand say they support passing the second round of funding.
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