March 24, 2020

The Honorable Charles E. Schumer
322 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510

Dear Senator Schumer,

We are living through unprecedented times. In Workers United’s 100 years of service to our more than 10,000 members and retirees in Upstate New York, no single event or moment has been this disruptive, this fast, without warning. Millions of jobs are at risk nationally. As of today, thousands Workers United members in Upstate New York are out of work. We are planning for 75-80 percent of our members to be out of work by the end of the month in New York.

Capitol Hill is not working for workers. We need money in the hands of workers, not no strings attached slush funds for corporations.

Congress must act, NOW. We demand sweeping solutions from the federal government to protect health, wellbeing and livelihood.

Rapidly deployable financial support from the federal government to workers is essential so our members’ lives are stable until they can return to work. Avoiding evictions, utility cut-offs, and other dire realities this crisis has created is essential. I implore you to support this measure of save the livelihoods of our workers.

These emergency measures should vector into a new social compact. The COVID-19 pandemic only underscores the needs of workers; those needs have always been there. Too many working families stricken with health problems or loss of income live without a stable social safety net. There should be medical care for all in a single payer system not just for COVID-19, but for all health conditions. And there should be income support for workers who lose their jobs regardless of their employment sector.

I would be happy to meet virtually with you or your staff to share our reality. Thank you for your attention.

Gary Bonadonna Jr.

Link to PDF of letter.