Equity Imperative: How the Workforce System Can Advance Workplace Health and Safety During and After the Pandemic   [open pdf - 0B]

From the Document: "'In early spring 2020, staff of the Aspen Institute Economic Opportunities Program began hearing from workforce development professionals about workers' fears related to both COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] safety and loss of income. Professionals also shared the conflicts they were confronting in trying to help workers connect to jobs and provide for their families while also protecting their health and the health of their loved ones. In response, we began learning more about how workforce professionals are managing these new challenges. This brief summarizes 11 interviews with workforce development leaders and highlights key ideas for workforce professionals and funders concerned about workplace health and safety during the pandemic. It is important to note that risks are not distributed equally. Due to occupational segregation and other factors rooted in structural racism, Black, Indigenous, and people of color are more likely to face the impossible choice between health and livelihood and are suffering more severe health consequences from the virus. These equity considerations must be centered in health and safety responses.'"

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