Business Manager Mike Prohaska writes Op-Ed: Unions are essential during COVID-19 Pandemic

Business Manager Mike Prohaska writes Op-Ed: Unions are essential during COVID-19 Pandemic

Local 79 Business Manager Mike Prohaska wrote an Op-Ed in the New York Daily News about how essential UNIONS are in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Read an excerpt below:

“Workers in hospitals, grocery stores, transit, warehouses, construction sites and elsewhere have been rightly deemed essential. But a tale of two cities is playing out before our eyes: The privileged shelter in place, while others put their bodies on the line to provide healthcare, food, housing and infrastructure.

Unfair working conditions have long existed, but coronavirus has brought into clearer focus the struggles of nonunion workers who are vulnerable to risk, injury, and death.

As a society, we have to ask, what do we owe these workers?

At a minimum, they should be guaranteed fair wages and the best protection money can buy.

No one should have to risk dying to earn a paycheck, and no one should be compelled to stay silent while observing co-workers exposed to lethal danger.

The situation is much different at workplaces where employees are represented by unions. Unionized workers can use the power of collective bargaining to demand safety and other improvements that are absent from nonunion workplaces.

Indeed, when bosses are legally required to bargain in good faith, workers get heard. Helping more workers become union members should be a key part of New York’s plan for rebuilding our economy after coronavirus dissipates.”

Read the full op-ed at: https://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/ny-oped-pandemic-unionization-health-20200420-vzr5eyf4szgm5l32nxpytui6ye-story.html