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Making Worker Protections Real During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Making Worker Protections Real During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Karla Walter writes about how to make worker protections real during the coronavirus pandemic.

Federal lawmakers are working around the clock to ensure that the economic fallout of the coronavirus crisis does not cause widespread and lasting consequences—debating policies ranging from direct relief to workers and corporate bailouts, to large-scale economic stimulus packages. In order to benefit Americans from all walks of life and ensure that some corporations do not choose to reward shareholders instead of investing in workers, Congress must attach worker protections to these investments and enact policies to ensure the protections are enforced. This column details the importance of such protections and outlines strategies to ensure that any response to the pandemic centers workers.

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Karla Walter

Senior Fellow, Inclusive Economy