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Fair and Safe Return to Work: Protecting Workers and Communities during Reopening

Thursday, August 6, 2020 at 12:00pm to 1:30pm

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Hosted by the Worker Institute at Cornell University ILR School and Restaurant Opportunities Centers (ROC) - New York 

This webinar will examine the issues that workers and communities are facing as New York City undergoes phase 4 of the reopening of its economy. The panel will bring together community and worker advocates, as well as policymakers and experts to discuss the protections needed during reopening, and to evaluate the possible solutions to such needs. Among the questions that the panelists will address: What are the most pressing needs that workers and communities are experiencing in NYC as a result of the COVID crisis? How are safety precautions affecting workers and small businesses? What policies would be most appropriate to protect workers’ rights during this economic crisis?


NYS Assemblywoman Catalina Cruz 
D, District 39, Queens

Lowell Peterson
Executive Director, Writers’ Guild of America-East

Sekou Siby
President, Restaurant Opportunities Centers-United (ROC-United)

Alexander Colvin, Ph.D
Dean ILR School, Cornell University.

Diana Florence
Former ADA and head of the Manhattan DA’s Construction Fraud Task Force

Prabhu Sigamani
Director, ROC-United New York

Ileen DeVault 
Academic Director of The Worker Institute at Cornell

Nellie Brown, CIH
Director of Workplace Health & Safety Programs, The Worker Institute

Haeya Yim
Director of Policy, OLPS at NYC Dept. of Consumer and Worker Protection

Ashanti Middleton
Restaurant Opportunities Centers-United (ROC-United) Member

Yesenia Mata
Executive Director of La Colmena Staten Island Community Job Center

Charlie Uruchima
Program Coordinator, NYCOSH, Manhattan Justice for Workers Collaborative


Maria Figueroa
Director, Labor and Policy Research, The Worker Institute  

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