Rep. García Convenes Meeting with Illinois Unidos and Labor Groups for Briefing on COVID-19

January 14, 2021
Press Release

Chicago, IL – This week, Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04) convened a virtual meeting between labor groups leaders and Illinois Unidos to address the COVID-19 pandemic through multi-sector collaboration across groups.

“Essential workers, many of whom are Latino, Black, immigrant, and working-class, keep our country going during this pandemic. As states and cities have rolled out COVID-19 plans our essential workforce remains invisible and underserved. Our brothers and sisters in the labor movement have unveiled the injustices workers face to protect the right to organize and secure PPE, hazard pay, and sick pay. Still, nurses, doctors, grocery store, food and meat packing workers remain among those most affected by the pandemic. As a proud, former union member and member of Illinois Unidos, I know there is great potential to create stronger partnerships across all sectors to strengthen workers’ rights,” said Congressman García.

Data presented by Illinois Unidos shows that factories and restaurants continue to be among the top locations for COVID-19 outbreaks and potential for exposure in Illinois. Congressman García will continue convening meetings between Illinois Unidos and different sectors of the community to promote strategic partnerships to help keep people in Chicago safe.

Unions and worker organizations that participated on the call: American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), Arise Chicago, Chicago and Cook County Building and Construction Trades Council, Chicago Teachers Union (CTU), Chicago Workers Collaborative, Illinois Nurse Association (INA), Jobs with Justice, Latino Union of Chicago, Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA), National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC), One Fair Wage, Raise the Floor, S by EIU Local 1, SEIU HCII, Warehouse Workers for Justice (WWJ), United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) LOCAL 881, United Electric (UE), and the Shriver Poverty Law Center.

Illinois Unidos: A consortium of more than 70 Latino health professionals, service providers, elected and appointed officials, and community-based organizations with the goal to promote and secure the equitable testing, tracing, isolation, and prevention of COVID-19 exposure in the Latino community through policy, research, and practice.