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Pittsburgh, March 18, 2020 – State Sen. Wayne Fontana today endorsed policies and legislation that would help protect workers during and after the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.  

The “American Working Family Relief Action Plan” addresses practices for public and private employers, as well as policy positions for local, state and federal governments. Many of the items have been on the Senate Democrats’ agenda for some time, including earned sick leave for all workers and access to affordable health care.   

Fontana made the following statement:  

“A critical component to managing this worsening pandemic is doing all we can to support and protect our workforce. Whether it’s assuring access to quality healthcare or protecting their livelihood and income, government and our private business partners must step up, provide stability and protect our workers.  

“The national American Working Family Relief Action Plan would preserve and protect healthcare access, provide safety supports for front-line workers, and offer economic support to working families struggling to make ends meet.  

“These are difficult times that will test our resolve and fortitude. It is imperative that we all do what we can to navigate our way through this crisis. We all must do our part. We all must work together, leave no one out and no one behind.  

“I support this plan and will do all I can to reciprocate the loyalty and dedication our workers have proudly and diligently demonstrated throughout this crisis.”  

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