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Local leaders discuss pandemic hardships to essential workers



Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez and Board of Supervisors Chair Nathan Fletcher Wednesday promoted county and state proposals which they say will help essential workers and others disproportionately harmed by the pandemic.

Gonzalez and Fletcher, who are married, joined delivery drivers, senior care workers and custodians in a virtual town meeting to discuss repercussions of the pandemic on jobs and income.

“COVID has shown us so much about our society that a lot of us have known was there, but it showed it in a way that we ought never be able to look away again,” Fletcher said. “And I’m talking in particular about the inequities.”

People of color have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19 infections as well as its economic impact.


Fletcher said the County Board of Supervisors will consider hazard pay for county workers and will open a county Office of Labor Standards and Enforcement to ensure compliance with workplace pay and safety standards.

“We thank you, not just with our thanks, but with our actions to make your lives better,” he said.

The new office would provide information for workers and business owners about labor laws and regulations, expertise on regional labor issues, and a central place for workers on county contracts to address concerns. Fletcher plans to bring it to the board May 4. READ MORE