The importance of unions is more obvious than ever during the COVID-19 pandemic

Chicago Federation of Labor Facebook post dated 5/2/20

Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters Executive Secretary Treasurer and CFL Executive Board member Gary Perinar writes that during the COVID-19 pandemic, unions are more important than ever.


The importance of unions is more obvious than ever during the COVID-19 pandemic

Of all the injustices exposed by this public health crisis, the risks faced by non-union workers are the most apparent.

 

Construction workers have been deemed “essential workers” in Illinois during the coronavirus shutdown. They are building hospitals, long-term care facilities and other vital infrastructure. Hagen Hopkins

 

In the space of just over a month, the coronavirus outbreak has become an all-encompassing global crisis, whose economic ramifications, though still developing, are certain to be catastrophic.

As spring turns to summer and then fall, and we’re be able to take fuller stock of the devastation, we’ll know which industries came out stronger, which need to reinvent themselves, and which unfortunately will never come back.  With the benefit of hindsight, one thing that will be made abundantly clear is the need for organized labor in times of crisis.

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To read the entire opinion piece in the Chicago Sun-Times dated 30 April 2020:

https://chicago.suntimes.com/2020/4/30/21242986/organized-labor-unions-chicago-regional-council-carpenters-gary-perinar-pandemic-coronavirus