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COVID-19 Response and Worker Protections Town Hall with SEIU1199 and AFSCME


It is a big week for our organization and movement. As you know, the COVID-19 pandemic has been hard on working people. Many of us have lost our jobs, lost our healthcare, and even lost loved ones to this pandemic.  The emotional and financial have been overwhelming for so many, and we need relief NOW.  That is why the Lower Shore Progressive Caucus is not sitting on our hands, and instead, we are demanding relief. 

However, to be successful in this effort, we need your help and support this Thursday at 6 pm (February 11.) What is on Thursday night?  Well, we are holding a joint COVID Response & Worker Protections Town Hall with 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East and AFSCME Maryland Council 3. 

At this event, we will be building support for two crucial bills.  The first one is the Maryland Essential Workers Act.  These bills will help our frontline heroes by doing the following...

-Requirements for Safe & Hygenic Working Conditions

-Minimum State Level of Hazard Pay & Healthcare Assistants

-Emergency Action Plans

-Universal Health and Bereavement Leave

-Right to Refuse Dangerous Work

-Free Testing and Reporting of Positive Test Results

The Second Bill is the Medical Debt Protection Act. This bill will put restraints on  to collect their unpaid debts, set up the creation of payment plans, and limit to negative hits to patients' creditreports.  

At the event you will get information about the bills, hear stories from each organization and the community at large about why we need to pass these important bills, and be given concrete action on how you can help us pass these bills.   So your attendance really does play a major impact on how this will turn out. 

To attend this all you have to do is register here. If you have any questions please feel free to reach out and if not I can’t wait to see you at the event! 

In Solidarity, 

Jared Schablein 

Chair, LSPC

Last week our chair Jared Schablein testified before the House Economic Committee on behalf of the Lower Shore Progressive Caucus in support of the Maryland Essential Workers Act.   

"No working person in Maryland from the Eastern Shore to Western Maryland and everywhere in between can afford to go without pay for weeks to be in quarantine or mourn family loss. This legislative body must require employers to provide 14 days of paid quarantine leave and three days of paid bereavement leave to help workers cope with their financial and health burdens." Jared Schablein, Chair of the Lower Shore Progressive Caucus. 
Read the full testimony here
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