COVID-19 Frontline Workers Blast Trump and Cuomo on National Media for Lack of PPE

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Yesterday’s action outside Mount Sinai Hospital – led by rank-and-file frontline workers – brought worldwide media attention to the struggle and demands of nurses and other frontline and essential workers.

Photo by Luigi Morris

Yesterday morning, a group of rank-and-file nurses, physicians, and other frontline workers came together outside Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City to forcefully decry the lack of access to personal protective equipment (PPE) and the failure of the state, their unions, and hospital administrators to adequately respond to their demands. 

Despite the near silence from government officials and hospital executives, the worldwide media covered these workers courageously fight and speak out on behalf of their colleagues and other sectors of the working class who are exposed to COVID-19 at their workplaces. 

These media outlets brought attention to the workers who recently formed the COVID-19 Frontline Workers Task Force at Mount Sinai Hospital which includes Left Voice member and nurse Tre Kwon. Without the support of their union leadership and with the risk of losing their jobs, the world watched workers clutch portraits of frontline workers who have already died from this crisis because of the bosses’ solution of inaction. The Task Force was formed to use self-organization to confront and reject a “business-as-usual” response.

Watch our coverage and the coverage of other media outlets below. 

Frontline healthcare workers demand appropriate PPE, trained staffing, and supplies.

Today, nurses along with other frontline workers came together at Mount Sinai Hospital in Harlem to make their voices heard concerning the urgent need for personal protective equipment (PPE) — which they’ve been denied access to by government officials, union leaders, and hospital administrators alike.The newly formed COVID-19 Frontline Workers Task Force organized this action and urged workers at other essential workplaces in danger of contracting coronavirus to form similar health and safety committees for more democratic decision-making as the current pandemic exposes the crisis of leadership from the hospitals here in New York to the national government.

Posted by Left Voice on Friday, April 3, 2020

 

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