Washington health care unions demand coronavirus hazard pay for workers


Several Washington unions repre­senting nurses and other health care workers have joined together to demand hazard pay for those on the front­lines of the coron­avirus pandemic.

The Washington State Nurses Associ­a­tion issued a state­ment on Wednesday night:

Nurses and other health care workers are using and re-using protec­tive equip­ment under crisis guide­lines that would never be accept­able in normal circum­stances. And yet, they are still showing up, without adequate N95s, surgical masks or face shields. They are using and reusing protec­tive equip­ment in ways that put them at risk far above and beyond the infec­tious disease care they trained for and provided before the coron­avirus pandemic. That is the heroism and dedica­tion we are seeking to recog­nize through hazard pay for our workers on the front­lines. Hazard pay cannot replace adequate supplies and proper use, but would recog­nize that our health care workers on the front­lines are facing down a dangerous situa­tion every time they go to work.”


KREM 2: Washington health care unions demand coronavirus hazard pay for workers (4/8/20)