Recording from the Panel Discussion Is Available Here
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) joined The Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program for a virtual panel discussion examining the need for frontline essential workers to receive hazard pay and other support. The panel was moderated by Brookings Institute Fellow Molly Kinder, who recently published several reports on workers during the pandemic, including her most recent report, “Why Essential Workers Need a Raise.”
“Our economy is supposed to reward people whose talents are in high demand. These workers’ skills are keeping our economy going and their paychecks should reflect that,” said Brown. “These workers often weren’t paid nearly enough to begin with, and many of them don’t have paid sick days – if they get coronavirus, they face the choice between going to work and risking infecting their coworkers and customers, or going without the paycheck they need to pay their rent.”
Brown has been fighting to put assistance directly in the pockets of workers, expand Unemployment Insurance, provide the resources and personal protective equipment (PPE) our frontline health care workers need, and more.
In April, Brown released a plan to keep Ohioans safe, protect workers and reopen the economy safely and wrote to President Trump calling on the Administration to increase testing capacity, facilitate intensive contact tracing, enact enforceable worker safety protections, and support effective isolation and quarantine methods.