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Politics Major unions push for paid leave in COVID-19 aid bill

17:46  06 august  2020
17:46  06 august  2020 Source:   thehill.com

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The country's top five labor unions are calling on Congress to include expanded paid leave benefits in a new COVID-19 relief bill.

a large white building: Major unions push for paid leave in COVID-19 aid bill © Bonnie Cash Major unions push for paid leave in COVID-19 aid bill

"Never before have paid leave protections been more necessary," the coalition of unions wrote in a letter to congressional leaders obtained by The Hill.

The coalition, which includes the AFL-CIO, American Federation of Teachers, Communications Workers of America, National Education Association and the SEIU, represents over 20 million workers.

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Specifically, the unions are pushing for provisions in the Heroes Act, which House Democrats passed in May, to broaden earlier paid leave provisions they say excluded 106 million workers.

"For businesses and schools to reopen in-person safely, we need to have confidence that people infected with the virus can stay home or else we're all at risk of infection - and this means closing the gaps that cut millions of workers out of emergency paid sick and family leave protections," the unions wrote in the letter, organized by the Paid Leave for All campaign.

"Meaningful paid leave that covers everyone is one of our best chances to stop the spread, allow us to safely reopen, and get the economy back on track," they added.

They also criticized Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) for his insistence on including liability protections for businesses and organizations, which they say endanger workers.

Paid leave is just one of a slew of issues House Democrats are negotiating with the White House, and has taken a back seat to questions around extending enhanced unemployment benefits and an evictions moratorium, both of which have already expired.

McConnell, who has not been directly involved in the negotiations, told CNBC Thursday that a deal is not far off.

"Exactly when that deal comes together I can't tell you, but I think it will at some point in the near future," he said.

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