COVID-19 Information for Workers

NEW: The Department of Labor has posted a helpful Q&A about the extension of COVID-19 unemployment benefits contained in the Coronavirus Response and Relief Appropriations Act.

Update, January 11, 2021

  • The Coronavirus Response and Relief Appropriations Act, which was signed into law on December 27, is far from the comprehensive relief bill working people need, but it provides some necessary stop-gap funding. Of particular importance for UE locals to note, if private-sector workplaces were granted paid sick and family leave by the Families First bill, then locals will need to take action to make sure it continues. Read our summary of the bill here.

Update, January 8, 2021

  • COVID19 vaccinations will be an important issue for workers in 2021. Employers may make efforts to require employees to get vaccines. UE members who hear about such policies in their workplaces should contact their UE staff member immediately. While vaccinations are critical to getting normal life back on track, there will be a number of workplace issues that need to be properly addressed. Staff will be prepared to assist UE locals in dealing with an employer on those issues.

As our nation and our world take measures to mitigate the impact of the novel coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, workers need effective rank-and-file unions more than ever, to make sure workers’ voices are heard as decisions are being made which impact our health, our jobs, and our ability to provide for our families.

In this section of our website you will find suggestions for maintaining local union functioningdemands locals should consider making on employers, and suggestions for what to do if COVID-19 comes into your workplace.

​Other COVID-19 Links