U.S. Rep. Donald Norcross, D-1 of Camden, announced his intentions on Tuesday to make April 28 -- which is already commemorated by labor unions and other groups as Workers Memorial Day -- the 11th federal holiday. He said doing so would be a fitting way to honor health care workers, first responders and others who have lost their lives during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
“Working families and businesses are hurting right now and need the tools and resources to help weather this difficult time,” Norcross said. “Labor organizations and business trade associations play an integral role, even in good times, in helping workers and businesses wade through the details of federal resources and regulations, something especially important now.”
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“The federal government needs to provide support for our state and municipalities who have been frontline responders during this difficult time,” wrote members of the delegation.
Donald Norcross has been meeting with constituents across South Jersey, as well as the leaders of the region's healthcare organizations. His conversation with Virtua Health President and CEO Dennis Pullin can be found on the Here For Good podcast.
“The coronavirus not only threatens our health as Americans, it also threatens the economic security of workers and families,” said Congressman Norcross. “In order to properly fight the coronavirus and protect our communities, today we acted to ensure that everyone who needs to be tested can be, free of charge. And if you or a loved one gets sick, we secured paid emergency leave, so workers have the peace of mind that they can stay home to treat an illness and still be able provide for their families. The Senate and the President must take swift action and make this bill law.”