Press Release | Workplace Health and Safety

CDC Must Revoke Latest Harmful Guidance Issued

Statement from AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on the latest recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on essential workers exposed to COVID-19:

Once again the CDC is putting profits over people with its latest recommendations that downgrade worker protections at a time when they are needed most. These dangerous new guidelines tell employers to keep potentially infected workers at work, which does not protect essential workers on the front lines and ignores firmly established science that there is significant transmission from asymptomatic and presymptomatic individuals. These reckless guidelines were not issued to protect workers, but rather to ensure the continuity of business profits. These recommendations will lead to many more deaths of those working on our front lines. They must be immediately revoked.

Contact: Carolyn Bobb (202) 637-5018