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Essential workers rally for state law mandating workplace safety


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The law’s standards would include providing workers with personal protective equipment, implementing testing protocols, supplying hand sanitizer, following social distancing, and disinfecting areas in the workplace. | Stephanie Keith/Getty Images

Essential workers, union leaders and elected officials are pushing for legislation that would mandate workplace safety standards for Covid-19 and establish industry-specific worker committees to determine what those standards will be.

Though not yet introduced, the NY HERO Act, sponsored by Assemblywoman Karines Reyes, and State Sen. Michael Gianaris, would include fines for businesses that rack up violations and encourage workers to monitor and report them, along with guarantees the workers would be protected from retaliation.

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“We’re still working on the benchmarks and the language,” Reyes said during a rally in front of Northwell Health’s Greenwich Village location Wednesday. She highlighted the importance of worker input into what the bill’s protocols will entail.

“We believe worker committees are the most important concept here,” Reyes said.

Fines, which have not yet been set, would function as additional revenue for the Department of Labor. The standards include providing workers with personal protective equipment, implementing testing protocols, supplying hand sanitizer, following social distancing, and disinfecting areas in the workplace.

UPS worker Lennox James said the company was not proactive enough in supplying worker protections back in April, more than a month into the pandemic. He said his union, Teamsters Local 804, pushed his employers to do so and directed them to masks available at wholesale prices.

“They did not do their due diligence until the heart of this pandemic,” James said, noting that adequate protections have since been maintained for himself and his colleagues.

Others had to take time off because of a lack of protections that exacerbated fears of contracting Covid-19.

“I had to leave my job for one month because I didn’t have access to [personal protective] equipment,” said Maria Parra, a restaurant worker, in Spanish.

Beena Martinez, a member of the Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union and trainer for the Retail Action Project, lost her mother, a retired nurse who spent most of her career at Flushing Hospital, to Covid-19 this May after a two week battle with the virus.

Martinez, who moved to New York from India in 1991 and has been in the retail industry for more than 20 years, noted additional concern for her brother, who works in a nursing home.

“It was scary [for them] but they had to take care of patients,” said United Food & Commercial Workers Union Local 2013 union field director Francine Streich, carrying a folder stuffed with letters from union members relaying their on-the-job experiences. Streich works with many immigrant workers on Long Island, including those in the home care field.

“We don’t depend on drivers of their cars to keep to a certain speed; we have rules and regulations. Without enforceable standards, many people would die on the highway. That’s what happened to essential workers during the last pandemic,” said Judy Sheridan-Gonzalez, president of the New York State

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UK government urged to classify leisure centres ‘essential’ or face mass closures

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The government has been urged to reclassify swimming pools, gyms and leisure centres as ‘essential services’ vital to public health – or face the prospect of thousands of facilities being shut permanently if a second lockdown is introduced.



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As the Guardian revealed in June, nearly half of Britain’s public leisure centres and 20% of the country’s swimming pools risk being closed for good before Christmas – putting more than 58,000 jobs in peril – because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Even though lockdown restrictions have been eased, a third of leisure centres have still not reopened because of their parlous financial state. And amid reports that the government is planning a new three-tier lockdown system – which could see gyms and pools close again this winter – UK Active says the government needs to do more to recognise the benefits of the industry on the nation’s health.



a group of people sitting at a station: A third of leisure centres have still not reopened since the first lockdown.


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A third of leisure centres have still not reopened since the first lockdown.

“We are calling for the government to recategorise all fitness and leisure facilities as essential services so that they can be fully supported to stay open during this period and play their role in the nation’s fight against Covid-19,” UK Active chief executive Huw Edwards told the Guardian.

“The government and its health agencies must lean on our sector over the coming weeks and months to keep the nation fit and healthy, and in particular to support the prime minister’s ambitions to address obesity.”

Edwards added: “We note the reports of a new three-tier lockdown system which includes ‘leisure businesses’, but it is important our sector remains open given the vital role it plays in every community.”

The sports sector has collectively asked for a support fund but there are growing concerns that the government will only focus on those sports which have been impacted by the current ban on fans at elite competition.

Insiders have told this paper that the treasury is sitting on proposals for a £500m bailout for leisure centres and grassroots sport but are “sceptical” about providing the funds.

Meanwhile, UK Active, which represents more than 4,000 gyms and leisure centres, said that there was little evidence to suggest that reopening of facilities had spread the virus. They said that gyms and leisure facilities in England have seen more than 22m visits since reopening in July but just 78 confirmed cases of Covid-19 among customers.

Data from over 1,500 facilities across the nation shows that the prevalence of the virus within the sector’s facilities remains extremely low, measured from 25 July to 13 September, and that very few people are visiting gyms with the virus.

“Since reopening, all of the evidence shows that the sector has been successful

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Seven Reasons Why Dowry Is Essential In African Traditional Marriages

A superb company citizen is a company that first views the importance of being a good citizen as an integral part of their core business. Culturally, all the attainable youngsters of Atlantis had a matriarchal previous or, in historic times, a minimum of an egalitarian (gender neutral) society. In many international locations, financial youth empowerment which is a sort of youth empowerment is given primarily to the male gender than the female gender as a result of the men are seen as being extra vital than the feminine.

All in all, I feel that it is determined by the particular person and how they decide to view the norms, beliefs, and values of their society and how they wish to incorporate them into their lives. The other facet of the coin to the oppressive government and large business management described above is the potential of technology to empower odd people.

One particular person said, The hippies just wished peace and love.” The rationale they wished peace was as a result of the Vietnam Warfare was starting and many people were dying. I do know patriarchal men wish to blame girls, but you cannot escape the truth that all governments of our world are dominated by men and masculine values.

It would also depend upon by some means mitigating the social issues that arise when matriarchy extends to the base unit of society-the 2-32 occasions better danger fatherless kids have of a complete host of social maladies that cause them to be burdens on, fairly than productive members of, society.

So this is the reason we have to have Matriarchal political events of solely women, so they don’t have to compete within their party with very competitive men and together can create a powerful sisterhood. Partial support given to girls should cease and authorities and individuals should arrange women empowerment applications in many nations to reduce the unfair treatment given to women.…

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Seven Causes Why Dowry Is Essential In African Traditional Marriages

A very good corporate citizen is a company that first views the significance of being a good citizen as an integral part of their core business. It would additionally rely on by some means mitigating the social problems that come up when matriarchy extends to the base unit of society-the two-32 occasions higher danger fatherless kids have of an entire host of social maladies that make them be burdens on, somewhat than productive members of, society.

Based on Campaigner Uzma Noorami “Usually the husbands are attacking the women because of the facility construction that exists within our society; a really patriarchal system the place girls are handled as commodities.” There has not too long ago been a rise in acid assaults on men by girls, nevertheless as they say, “what goes round comes around,” and I see this as these men getting a fair taste of their very own medication.

Many of the people who suffer despair in a single part of their lives realize that this can be a kind of condition that might return and hit them in later stages in life, this understanding makes despair sufferers search answers that will have a significant effect all through an extended period of time.

I feel that society views loners as not wanting or attempting to be aside of society subsequently loners really feel that they have no one to express their feelings or thoughts to. we at the very least someone in our lives to care or to be there as a result of it is human tendency and yearn for a reference to another person.

While women are step by step usurping the normal male function of acquiring a high training and specializing in career and professional development, they’re increasingly giving up what use to be anticipated of them: having youngsters and taking care of a family.…

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