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The Worker Institute brings together researchers, educators and students with practitioners in labor, business and policymaking to address issues related to confronting systemic inequality and building a fair economy, robust democracy and just society. We will share opinion, analysis, research, data, insights and training from our faculty and staff.

On Labor Day let’s honor workers by protecting their lives

Essential Workers Protest for the Safe Workplace

Patricia Campos Medina

"Immediately after the pandemic hit, some of us were lucky enough to be able to re-organize our lives, work from home and attend to our children’s virtual education needs. However, many workers were not so lucky; three out of four jobs in our economy cannot be done virtually.

As we celebrate Labor Day we must honor all workers’ contributions to our country by first recommitting to secure their right to join a union, but even more fundamental, their right to health and safety at work. Essential workers, in all sectors of our economy, are all at risk of getting infected with COVID-19. Thousands have gotten sick and many have died."

Read the rest of the Worker Institutes' Patricia Campos-Medina's opinion piece for the NJ Star-Ledger on the importance of honoring workers by honoring their lives at work.