For Immediate Release
WHAT: WNYCOSH releases COVID-19 Worker Benefits Guidebook
WHEN: March 30, 2020
PRESS CONTACT: Brian Brown-Cashdollar
WNYCOSH Program Director
WNYCOSH releases COVID-19 Worker Benefits Guidebook
Buffalo, NY. Today WNYCOSH released a COVID-19 Worker Benefits Guidebook. The booklet outlines some of the worker focused programs implemented on the state and federal level to ensure that workers have the resources they need to provide for themselves and their families. The guidebook outlines the benefits and temporary qualifications of unemployment and Pandemic Unemployment Insurance, paid sick leave, paid family leave, and the federal stimulus checks. It includes step-by-step instructions on how to apply or qualify for each of the programs. WNYCOSH is working with the United Steelworkers on a Spanish translation, and a community partner on a Burmese version as well. WNYCOSH is looking for assistance to ensure it is available in up to eight languages reflecting the diversity of Western New York.
“These programs offer New York workers a sense of security in these uncertain times,” said Senator Tim Kennedy. “Thanks to WNYCOSH for their work in getting the word out to all WNY workers.”
WNYCOSH was founded in 1979 by labor, environmental, and public health activists. The founding conference of over 300 people was organized to raise public awareness about toxic exposures and illnesses at Love Canal and at the Goodyear plant in Niagara Falls, NY. Over the past 41 years, WNYCOSH has built a membership base of labor union locals, health & safety activists, as well as many public health and legal professionals and individuals interested in occupational safety and health issues. WNYCOSH has empowered hundreds of thousands of workers including young workers, refugee and immigrant workers, low-wage workers and workers in high hazard industries through direct training to identify, evaluate and control hazards in the workplace.