COVID-19 Labor Resources

The COVID-19 pandemic isn’t just a public health crisis — it’s a labor crisis as well. Across the country and in Philadelphia, workers are facing employment issues such as layoffs, inadequate or no paid sick leave, and job insecurity. Labor issues and public health issues in the case of COVID-19 are intertwined — if workers are sick but they have inadequate sick leave and are forced to come to work, it risks exposure to the public. For our city to be safe, our workers must have adequate protections.

In order to have a prepared and well-informed labor movement, we wanted to compile a hub of resources created by unions, labor organizations, city agencies, and community allies. At the end of the document, we are including crucial policy recommendations and legislative action from our affiliates and partners that would promote the safety of not just workers, but all Philadelphians.

If you have a resource you think should be added, please email Natalie Sowinski at nsowinski[at]philaflcio.org. 

General COVID-19 Resources

Health

CDC | What to do if you’re sick, and how to protect yourself https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

CDC | COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html 

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia | Greater Philadelphia Coronavirus 24/7 Helpline 1-800-722-7112 (Can be used for anyone, not just for cases involving children)

World Health Organization (WHO) | Information and Guidance Regarding the Current Outbreak of Coronavirus Disease https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019 

 

Local/Regional Updates

City of Philadelphia | Text COVIDPHL to 888777 to get the latest COVID-19 updates for Philadelphia

Pennsylvania Dept. of Health | Latest COVID-19 Updates for Pennsylvania https://www.health.pa.gov/Pages/default.aspx 

State of New Jersey | New Jersey COVID-19 Information Hub https://covid19.nj.gov 

 

Unemployment

PA Unemployment | Special instructions for applying for PA unemployment https://www.uc.pa.gov/Pages/covid19.aspx

NJ Unemployment | Apply for unemployment if you work in NJ https://myunemployment.nj.gov/apply/ 

PA Department of Labor & Industry | Information for PA Employees Impacted by COVID-19 (Unemployment and Workers’ Comp Information) https://www.uc.pa.gov/Pages/covid19.aspx 

NABTU (National Building Trades) | Building Trades Unemployment Information https://dc21.b-cdn.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/UNEMPLOYED-OR-REDUCED-HOURS-DUE-TO-COVID.pdf 

NJDOL | Benefits and COVID-19 (New Jersey) https://www.nj.gov/labor/worker-protections/earnedsick/covid.shtml 

AFL-CIO | When the Paycheck Stops: A Survival Guide to Unemployment https://www.iowaaflcio.org/system/files/when_the_pay_check_stops.pdf 

 

Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) Info

US Dept. of Labor Wage and Hour Division | FFCRA Employee Rights Poster -- Worksite poster outlining employer paid leave requirements https://drive.google.com/file/d/12vsKR6P6YIq6oXZ3AzdHsREDtI9owme7/view?usp=sharing 

US Department of Labor | FFCRA Information site about employer paid leave requirements https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-employer-paid-leave 

 

Meal Sites/Food Pantries

Coalition Against Hunger | Food Pantries in the Philadelphia Area http://www.hungercoalition.org/food-pantries 

Feeding Pennsylvania | Food Pantries in Pennsylvania/Philadelphia https://www.feedingpa.org/find-assistance/ 

Foodpantries.org | Food Pantries in Pennsylvania https://www.foodpantries.org/st/pennsylvania 

Philadelphia School District | Youth Meal Sites Map http://phl.maps.arcgis.com/apps/View/index.html?appid=34b210c6dd684b8e944768c82c0efa5e&mc_cid=a86dd9e830&mc_eid=b6bac83ba6 

 

Benefits

County Assistance Office Benefits: SNAP, Medicaid, LIHEAP, etc. | https://www.compass.state.pa.us/Compass.Web/Public/CMPHome

BenePhilly | 844-848-4376 M-F 8:30am-5pm Benefits Assistance

Change Center | 215-560-7226 Benefits Assistance

NJDOL | NJDOL Benefits and Coronavirus (Information about benefits including Earned Sick Leave, Temporary Disability, and Family Leave Insurance for NJ Employees) https://www.nj.gov/labor/worker-protections/earnedsick/covid.shtml 

PA Dept. of Labor | Benefits Information for Pennsylvania Workers (Unemployment and Workers Compensation) https://www.uc.pa.gov/Pages/covid19.aspx 

State Customer Service Line | 877-395-8930 (If you live outside Philadelphia)

 

Union Plus

Union Plus | Hardship Help Benefits https://www.unionplus.org/hardship-help/union-plus-hardship-help-benefits 

Union Plus | Mortgage Assistance Program https://www.unionplus.org/hardship-help/mortgage-assistance 

Legal Services

AIDS Law Project | Legal Resources https://www.aidslawpa.org/coronavirus/ 

Community Legal Services | Resources and legal assistance for public benefits, employment, housing, debt & consumer rights, utilities, family, criminal records, and seniors https://clsphila.org 215-227-2400

Legal Clinic for the Disabled | https://lcdphila.org 

Medical-Legal Partnerships | https://helpmlp.org 

Philadelphia Legal Assistance | Unemployment compensation, bankruptcy, probate, lawsuit defense, homeownership issues, public benefits, tax income disputes and any other general intake legal problem. Open Monday through Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 12pm. 215-981-3800

PhillyTenant.org | Resources for tenants in Philadelphia http://www.phillytenant.org 

Senior Law Project | Legal services for seniors in Philadelphia and its surrounding counties http://seniorlawcenter.org 

TURN | Resources for Tenants https://rturn.net 

OSHA Guidance

OSHA | Coronavirus Control and Prevention https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/covid-19/controlprevention.html 

OSHA | Information for Workers and Employers About the Coronavirus Pandemic https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/covid-19/ 

OSHA | Protecting Workers during a Pandemic https://www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHAFS-3747.pdf 

Other Community-Based Services

Clarifi | Free financial planning and counseling services https://clarifi.org 

Public Citizens for Children and Youth (PCCY) | Toolkit To Help Kids During The Coronavirus Shutdown https://www.pccy.org/covid/ 

Local Union Resources

 

***UFCW Local 1776 KS | COVID-19 Hiring Hall for Grocery and Pharmacy Jobs for Laid-Off Workers www.ufcw1776.org/jobs 

AFSCME Council 13 | COVID-19 Workplace Issues: Frequently Asked Questions https://www.afscme13.org/members/covid-19-workplace-issues-frequently-asked-questions/ 

AFSCME DC 33 | District Council 33 Coronavirus Update http://www.afscme33.org/coronavirus-update.html 

CWA Local 13000 | Update on COVID-19 https://5682a812-272a-4db9-9d07-d965427e71d6.filesusr.com/ugd/5e3432_d051c61ea7f74b1a869733cd2d6e7337.pdf 

HPAE | COVID-19 resources for health care workers https://www.hpae.org/issues/coronavirus-what-you-need-to-know/ 

IAFF Local 22 | IAFF Local 22 COVID-19 Compensation Information https://iaff22.org/NewsDoc/Compensation_Letter.pdf 

IATSE Local 8 | COVID-19 resources for stagehands http://www.iatse8.com/?zone=/unionactive/view_page.cfm&page=Virus20Information 

IATSE Local 8 | Mutual Assistance Form for IATSE Members http://www.iatse8.com/index.cfm?zone=/unionactive/form_page.cfm&formID=104983 

IBEW Local 98 | COVID-19 Updates for IBEW Local 98 http://www.ibew98.org/covid-19-updates-for-ibew-98/ 

IUOE Local 542 | COVID-19 Important Links https://www.iuoe542.com/?zone=/unionactive/view_article.cfm&HomeID=820919&page=COVID2019 

IUPAT DC 21 | IUPAT COVID-19 Update https://www.dc21.org/2020/03/17/newest-covid-19-update/ 

IUPAT DC 21 | Get the Facts on Coronavirus https://www.dc21.org/2020/03/18/get-the-facts-on-coronavirus/ 

IUPAT DC 21 | Unemployment Update for Members https://www.dc21.org/2020/03/18/unemployment-update-on-covid-19/ 

NALC Keystone Branch 157 | COVID-19 News https://keystonebranch157.org/covid.php 

New Jersey AFL-CIO | COVID Resources for NJ Workers https://njaflcio.org/breakingnews/ 

PASNAP | COVID-19 FAQs for PASNAP Members https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5b2c11038ab722c308a11cd9/t/5e6f97d614ecd33f62bbf4f2/1584371987125/COVID-19 

Philadelphia Joint Board, Workers United | Coronavirus Information http://www.pjbworkersunited.org/coronavirus-information.html 

Plumbers Local 690 | Plumbers COVID-19 News (Scroll to “Plumbers 690 News”) https://plumbers690.org 

SEIU 32BJ | COVID-19 Guidance for Members https://www.seiu32bj.org/coronavirus-guidance 

SEIU 32BJ | COVID-19 Guidance for Airport Workers https://d3jpbvtfqku4tu.cloudfront.net/assets/Covid-19-Guidelines-for-Airports-Final-3.9.pdf 

SEIU 32BJ | COVID-19 Guidance for Security Officers https://d3jpbvtfqku4tu.cloudfront.net/assets/Covid-Guidance-for-Security-Final.pdf 

SEIU 32BJ | 10 Steps to Preventing Coronavirus for Janitors http://www.seiu.org/members 

SEIU Local 668 | http://www.seiu668.org/pennsylvanias-government-is-failing-its-workforce/ 

Sheet Metal Workers Local 19 | COVID-19 Information & Resources https://www.smartlu19.org/covid-19-info--resources.html 

TAUP | COVID-19 Resources for TAUP Members http://taup.org/covid-19/ 

Teamsters Local 107 | COVID-19 Outbreak Resources http://teamsters107.com/?zone=/unionactive/view_article.cfm&HomeID=425783 

TWU Local 234 | TWU Local 234 COVID-19 Updates https://www.twulocal234.net 

UFCW Local 1776 KS | COVID-19 Resources http://www.ufcw1776.org/covid19  

UFCW Local 1776 KS | COVID Frequently Asked Questions https://www.ufcw1776.org/index.cfm?zone=/unionactive/view_article.cfm&HomeID=821127&page=COVID2D1920RESOURCES 

National Union Resources

 

AFL-CIO | COVID-19 Flyer https://aflcio.org/sites/default/files/2020-03/Coronavirus3_Nobug.pdf 

AFGE | Latest Guidance on Coronavirus http://www.age.org/coronavirus/  

AFM | COVID-19 Resources for Musicians https://www.afm.org/covid-19/ 

AFSCME | COVID-19 Resources https://www.afscme.org/covid-19 

AFSCME Council 28/WFSE | COVID-19 Resources https://wfse.org/news/coronavirus-covid-19-information 

AFT | AFT Resources on COVID-19 https://www.aft.org/coronavirus 

APALA | Guidance for how to protect AAPI (Asian American and Pacific Islander) workers https://www.facebook.com/APALAnational/posts/10156909434886884?notif_id=1583442085735123&notif_t=page_post_reaction

APWU | Coronavirus Information for Postal Workers https://apwu.org/coronavirus 

ATU | Amalgamated Transit Union Response to COVID-19 https://www.atu.org/media/news/atu-response-to-coronavirus-covid-19 

BCTGM | Coronavirus Resource Center http://www.bctgm.org/coronavirus/ 

Boilermakers | COVID-19 Information and Resources https://boilermakers.org/covid-19 

California Federation of Labor | COVID-19 Resources https://www.calaborfed.org/coronavirus-outbreak-resources-and-information-for-workers/ 

CWA | COVID-19 Resources for CWA Members https://cwa-union.org/covid-19 

IAFF | COVID-19 Information https://www.iaff.org/coronavirus/ 

IAMAW | COVID-19 Resource Center for Machinists http://www.goiam.org/news/iam-coronavirus-covid-19-resource-center/ 

IATSE | IATSE Coronavirus Update Portal https://www.iatse.net/coronavirus-update-portal 

Insulators | COVID-19 Information https://www.insulators.org/covid-19 

IUPAT | IUPAT COVID-19 Updates https://www.iupat.org/covid-19/ 

IUPAT | IUPAT COVID-19 Mobile Updates: Text IUPAT to 33222

Laborers’ Health and Safety Fund | Coronavirus and COVID-19 Preparation and Response https://www.lhsfna.org/index.cfm/coronavirus-fact-sheet/ 

Metro Baltimore Council AFL-CIO | COVID Priorities and Resources https://drive.google.com/open?id=1CPEh0AgFHc4NmNIY8LS5-QtyNj3HRngS 

NALC | COVID-19 Information https://www.nalc.org/news/covid-19 

News Guild | COVID Resources for Media Professionals https://newsguild.org/14935-2/ 

Seafarers International Union | COVID-19 Safety Information https://www.seafarers.org 

SEIU | Member Resource List http://www.seiu.org/members 

SEIU | Does FFCRA Give Me the Right to Take Paid Leave? https://d3jpbvtfqku4tu.cloudfront.net/assets/FFCRA-FAQ-for-Members.pdf 

SMART | COVID-19 Resources for Sheet Metal Workers https://smart-union.org/news/smart-cov-id-resources-for-union-members/ 

Teamsters | COVID-19 Resources for Teamsters https://teamster.org/covid-19 

TWU | COVID-19 Update from the TWU Administrative Council http://www.twu.org/covid-19-update-from-the-twu-international-administrative-council/ 

UA | COVID-19 Resource Guide (Plumbers, Fitters, Welders, & Service Techs) http://www.ua.org/media/184421/COVID-19-Resource-Center-Page.pdf 

UAW | Coronavirus Resources https://uaw.org/coronavirus/ 

UDW (AFSCME) | COVID Resources for Home Care Workers http://www.udwa.org/2020/03/protecting-yourself-and-your-clients-from-coronavirus-covid-19/ 

UFCW | UFCW COVID-19 Resources http://www.ufcw.org/coronavirus/ 

UFCW | Coronavirus Safety Guide for Grocery Workers http://www.ufcw.org/2020/03/25/grocerysafety/ 

UNITE HERE | Resources on COVID-19 for members https://unitehere.org/covid-19/ 

USW | COVID-19 Resources for USW Members https://www.usw.org/members/coronavirus-resources 

Workers United | COVID-19 Information https://www.workersunited.org/covid-19-information 

Working America | New Research: Increasing Commitment to Social Distancing Among Important Populations https://workingamerica.org/news/post/COVID19 

 

Funds

 

CORE | Children of Restaurant Employees food and beverage service worker relief fund https://coregives.org 

Governor Tom Wolf | Economic Injury Disaster Loans Available to Small Businesses and Non-Profits Facing Losses Related to COVID-19 https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/gov-wolf-economic-injury-disaster-loans-available-to-small-businesses-and-non-profits-facing-losses-related-to-covid-19/ 

National Domestic Workers Alliance | Coronavirus Care Fund for Domestic Workers https://secure.actblue.com/donate/coronavirus-care-fund 

OFW | Emergency cash assistance to restaurant workers, delivery drivers and other tipped workers and service workers https://ofwemergencyfund.org/help 

Philadelphia Foundation & United Way | PHL COVID-19 Fund https://phlcovid19fund.org/covid-19/ 

Rent Assistance | Rental Assistance Funds https://www.rentassistance.us 

ROC United | ROC United Restaurant Worker Relief Fund https://rocunited.org/relief/ 

ROC United | Donate to a Disaster Relief Fund https://rocunited.org/relief/donate/ 

RWCF | Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation COVID-19 Crisis Relief Fund https://www.restaurantworkerscf.org/news/2020/3/15/restaurant-workers-community-foundation-announces-the-formation-of-restaurant-workers-covid19-crisis-relief-fund?fbclid=IwAR22Ell7wctxYHvtAbC5W8mPABMzvcwXAe8sAOizVJIQatX1c32Qncv49rw 

Seafarers International Union | Seafarers Disaster Aid Fund https://www.seafarers.org/about/siu-information/disaster-aid-fund/ 

UNITE HERE Local 234 | UNITE HERE Philly Education and Relief Fund https://app.moonclerk.com/pay/xjd6dg454sv 

USBG | Bartender Emergency Assistance Program https://www.usbgfoundation.org/beap 

 

Local Policy Recommendations and Legislative Action 

 

AFT Pennsylvania | AFT Pennsylvania Arthur Steinberg on COVID-19 Education Relief Package http://pa.aft.org/aft-pennsylvania-president-arthur-steinberg-covid-19-education-relief-package 

AFSCME DC 1199C | 1199C Demands Overtime for Prison Medical Workers https://www.phillytrib.com/news/health/coronavirus/hospital-workers-union-demands-ot-for-prison-medical-workers/article_c7a35713-4f15-588e-ba9d-e1aa18ecbdd9.html 

AFSCME DC 47 | Tell Congress: Fund the Front Lines! https://us16.campaign-archive.com/?e=&u=2f71c8fbef6b49648f96b90b2&id=93f66ecd27 

Jobs With Justice Philadelphia | Philadelphia Workers COVID Petition https://docs.google.com/document/d/1E1ccct2UkzvAuAcXPdHmlvkxXk5RVhajkk4PPTlUHvE/edit 

PA Coalition for Healthy Families and Workplaces | Petition for Earned Sick Days https://www.phillyearnedsickdays.com/2020/03/blog-post.html 

PASNAP | Local Hospital Report Card https://www.pasnap.com/reportcard 

PCCY | Tell your legislator to support relief funds for teachers and students https://secure.everyaction.com/BH8eTiQgvkWCaMShkBllbA2 

Pennsylvania AFL-CIO | Pennsylvania AFL-CIO Calls on Legislature to Expand Unemployment Benefits http://www.paaflcio.org/?p=9933 

Pennsylvania Domestic Workers Alliance | Petition for stronger paid sick leave, job protections, workplace accommodations, health coverage, job security, affordable testing & ICE-free testing facilities, direct payments to workers who lose income https://familyvaluesatwork.salsalabs.org/pacoalitionpetition/index.html 

Pennsylvania Health Access Network (PHAN) | Write a letter and call to support HB 1862, a bill to end unfair surprise medical bills and rate increases https://pahealthaccess.org/pa-smb-hb1862/  

PFT | Letter from PFT President Jerry Jordan on COVID-19 Response https://pft.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/JJtolegislatureMar20.pdf 

SEIU Local 668 | Tell your State Reps to Expand OSHA Protections to Public Sector Workers https://act.seiu.org/onlineactions/SBEL0SJMiUKaoEyjrJ0-3Q2  

We The People | Send a letter to Gov. Wolf demanding immediate action on COVID-19 and a package of legislation that helps working families https://actionnetwork.org/letters/demand-immediate-action-on-the-response-to-covid-19/ 

National Policy Recommendations and Legislative Action

 

Actors’ Equity | Protect Live Entertainment Workers https://actionnetwork.org/letters/emergency-action-needed-protect-live-entertainment-workers-as-they-experience-loss-of-work 

AFA | Congress Must Put Aviation Workers Ahead of Corporations https://actionnetwork.org/letters/congress-must-put-aviation-workers-ahead-of-corporations 

AFT | Healthcare Workers Need Protective Personal Equipment Now https://sign.moveon.org/petitions/healthcare-workers-need-protective-equipment-now 

AFT | AFT Top ‘Asks’ from Congress on COVID-19 https://www.aft.org/aft-top-asks-congress-covid-19 

AFL-CIO | OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard for Infectious Disease https://aflcio.org/statements/petition-secretary-scalia-osha-emergency-temporary-standard-infectious-disease 

AFM | Entertainment Workers Need a Relief Package https://actionnetwork.org/letters/entertainment-workers-need-a-relief-package 

Alliance for Retired Americans | Send a message to your Senator demanding that S.3544 (Senator Casey’s bill to protect older Americans) is included in the next stimulus package https://actionnetwork.org/letters/its-time-for-senators-to-co-sponsor-sen-caseys-coronavirus-bill?source=direct_link&&link_id=7&can_id=75c512202123fe566e2f1bf729b946e2&email_referrer=email_755356&email_subject=march-20-2020-friday-alert-retiree-news 

APALA | Asian American and Pacific Islander Leaders and Over 260 Civil Rights Organizations Call on Congress to Denounce Anti-Asian Racism around COVID-19 http://www.ncapaonline.org/aapi_leaders_and_over_260_civil_rights_organizations_call_on_congress_to_denounce_anti_asian_racism?fbclid=IwAR1xLvV9Roj5iJMQ3ttXIhmfpO7XVfUmWK5f7X9q6AQcmugO6cGEuWL9fi4 

IAM | Urge Congress to Save Airline Jobs https://www.goiam.org/departments/headquarters/politics-and-legislation/iam-action-alerts/#/135 

IATSE | Tell Congress to Include Displaced Workers in Relief Package https://actionnetwork.org/letters/tell-congress-to-include-displaced-workers-in-relief-package 

IBEW | Transportation Labor Joint Statement on COVID-19 Response http://www.ibew.org/Portals/31/documents/railroad/Transportation Labor Joint Statement on COVID-19 Response.pdf 

IUPAT | Tell Congress Not to Leave Construction Workers Behind https://actionnetwork.org/letters/tell-congress-dont-leave-construction-workers-behind 

LIUNA | LIUNA Pushes for COVID-19 Relief and Infrastructure https://www.liuna.org/news/story/liuna-pushes-for-covid19-relief-and-infrastructure 

ROC United | Petition to urge food chains to adopt a paid sick leave measure https://rocunited.org/stop-the-spread/ 

SEIU | Protect All Workers project & demands https://protectallworkers.org 

UNITE HERE | Pay Laid Off Arena and Stadium Workers https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/pay-laid-off-arena-and-stadium-workers 

UNITE HERE | Tell Congress to Put Workers First https://unitehere.org/call-congress/ 

We The People | Demand Federal Aid for People, Not Corporations https://actionnetwork.org/letters/tell-them-we-need-federal-aid-for-people-not-corporations