In response to COVID-19
In light of the outbreak of COVID-19 (also known as coronavirus) cases emerging in the United States, Asian American workers are speaking up on how xenophobia and racism interact with America’s inadequate healthcare system and outdated labor laws to endanger workers and hinder disease prevention. Over 2 million Asian American and Pacific Islanders work in healthcare, transportation and service industries--these workers are facing xenophobic and racial discrimination in the workplace in addition to increased exposure to communicable diseases.
Without federal policies guaranteeing paid sick leave and adequate health insurance coverage for all workers, many working people are effectively prevented from following the CDC’s guidance to stay home when they are sick.
Read APALA's full press statement here.
Also check out our COVID-19 Community Fund and Resources for Workers pages.
Employers must include a protocol against racial discrimination in their responses to COVID-19. APALA issues the following to protect AAPI workers.
Guidance for Protecting AAPI Workers
Poster to Support AAPI Workers