Many of the workers most essential in our communities and society, especially during the COVID-19 crisis, are also among the most low-paid, exploited and undervalued professions. Farmworkers, service and hospitality industry staff, gig economy contractors, healthcare workers, janitorial staff, and others. Even in the best of times, these workers are often denied basic health and safety precautions, subjected to unjust layoffs and not paid a living wage.
They deserve more - far more. To help all recover this pandemic, we need to give our frontline workers all the support they need. Just as we need to remedy the economic inequalities that divide our society in order to address the root of the climate crisis, we need economic justice to grapple with the outcomes of this pandemic.
Need helping figuring out what your rights are as a worker? As a renter? OregonLawHelp.org is a great resource in multiple languages to help you get the knowledge and support you need.
The Oregon Energy Fund provides energy bill assistance to low-income Oregonians in support of household stability. Since 1989, OEF has helped almost 300,000 people pay their bills in times of crisis, ensuring that families in need don’t have to sacrifice food, rent, or medicine to pay for electricity.
Worksource Oregon has services available for job seekers. See the COVID-19 updates to find out about virtual services and resources available.There is a shortage of Oregon child care providers The state of Oregon is rapidly screening home child care providers.
Stay safe out there, and thank you for all you do.