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] 

General COVID-19 Resources


CDC | What to do if you’re sick, and how to protect yourself

CDC | COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions 

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 


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 

State of New Jersey | New Jersey COVID-19 Information Hub 



PA Unemployment | Special instructions for applying for PA unemployment

NJ Unemployment | Apply for unemployment if you work in NJ 

PA Department of Labor & Industry | Information for PA Employees Impacted by COVID-19 (Unemployment and Workers’ Comp Information) 

NABTU (National Building Trades) | Building Trades Unemployment Information 

NJDOL | Benefits and COVID-19 (New Jersey) 

AFL-CIO | When the Paycheck Stops: A Survival Guide to Unemployment 


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 

US Department of Labor | FFCRA Information site about employer paid leave requirements 


Meal Sites/Food Pantries

Coalition Against Hunger | Food Pantries in the Philadelphia Area 

Feeding Pennsylvania | Food Pantries in Pennsylvania/Philadelphia | Food Pantries in Pennsylvania 

Philadelphia School District | Youth Meal Sites Map 



County Assistance Office Benefits: SNAP, Medicaid, LIHEAP, etc. |

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) 

PA Dept. of Labor | Benefits Information for Pennsylvania Workers (Unemployment and Workers Compensation) 

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


Union Plus

Union Plus | Hardship Help Benefits 

Union Plus | Mortgage Assistance Program 

Legal Services

AIDS Law Project | Legal Resources 

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

Legal Clinic for the Disabled | 

Medical-Legal Partnerships | 

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 | Resources for tenants in Philadelphia 

Senior Law Project | Legal services for seniors in Philadelphia and its surrounding counties 

TURN | Resources for Tenants 

OSHA Guidance

OSHA | Coronavirus Control and Prevention 

OSHA | Information for Workers and Employers About the Coronavirus Pandemic 

OSHA | Protecting Workers during a Pandemic 

Other Community-Based Services

Clarifi | Free financial planning and counseling services 

Public Citizens for Children and Youth (PCCY) | Toolkit To Help Kids During The Coronavirus Shutdown 

Local Union Resources


***UFCW Local 1776 KS | COVID-19 Hiring Hall for Grocery and Pharmacy Jobs for Laid-Off Workers 

AFSCME Council 13 | COVID-19 Workplace Issues: Frequently Asked Questions 

AFSCME DC 33 | District Council 33 Coronavirus Update 

CWA Local 13000 | Update on COVID-19 

HPAE | COVID-19 resources for health care workers 

IAFF Local 22 | IAFF Local 22 COVID-19 Compensation Information 

IATSE Local 8 | COVID-19 resources for stagehands 

IATSE Local 8 | Mutual Assistance Form for IATSE Members 

IBEW Local 98 | COVID-19 Updates for IBEW Local 98 

IUOE Local 542 | COVID-19 Important Links 

IUPAT DC 21 | IUPAT COVID-19 Update 

IUPAT DC 21 | Get the Facts on Coronavirus 

IUPAT DC 21 | Unemployment Update for Members 

NALC Keystone Branch 157 | COVID-19 News 

New Jersey AFL-CIO | COVID Resources for NJ Workers 

PASNAP | COVID-19 FAQs for PASNAP Members 

Philadelphia Joint Board, Workers United | Coronavirus Information 

Plumbers Local 690 | Plumbers COVID-19 News (Scroll to “Plumbers 690 News”) 

SEIU 32BJ | COVID-19 Guidance for Members 

SEIU 32BJ | COVID-19 Guidance for Airport Workers 

SEIU 32BJ | COVID-19 Guidance for Security Officers 

SEIU 32BJ | 10 Steps to Preventing Coronavirus for Janitors 

SEIU Local 668 | 

Sheet Metal Workers Local 19 | COVID-19 Information & Resources 

TAUP | COVID-19 Resources for TAUP Members 

Teamsters Local 107 | COVID-19 Outbreak Resources 

TWU Local 234 | TWU Local 234 COVID-19 Updates 

UFCW Local 1776 KS | COVID-19 Resources  

UFCW Local 1776 KS | COVID Frequently Asked Questions 

National Union Resources


AFL-CIO | COVID-19 Flyer 

AFGE | Latest Guidance on Coronavirus  

AFM | COVID-19 Resources for Musicians 

AFSCME | COVID-19 Resources 

AFSCME Council 28/WFSE | COVID-19 Resources 

AFT | AFT Resources on COVID-19 

APALA | Guidance for how to protect AAPI (Asian American and Pacific Islander) workers

APWU | Coronavirus Information for Postal Workers 

ATU | Amalgamated Transit Union Response to COVID-19 

BCTGM | Coronavirus Resource Center 

Boilermakers | COVID-19 Information and Resources 

California Federation of Labor | COVID-19 Resources 

CWA | COVID-19 Resources for CWA Members 

IAFF | COVID-19 Information 

IAMAW | COVID-19 Resource Center for Machinists 

IATSE | IATSE Coronavirus Update Portal 

Insulators | COVID-19 Information 


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

Laborers’ Health and Safety Fund | Coronavirus and COVID-19 Preparation and Response 

Metro Baltimore Council AFL-CIO | COVID Priorities and Resources 

NALC | COVID-19 Information 

News Guild | COVID Resources for Media Professionals 

Seafarers International Union | COVID-19 Safety Information 

SEIU | Member Resource List 

SEIU | Does FFCRA Give Me the Right to Take Paid Leave? 

SMART | COVID-19 Resources for Sheet Metal Workers 

Teamsters | COVID-19 Resources for Teamsters 

TWU | COVID-19 Update from the TWU Administrative Council 

UA | COVID-19 Resource Guide (Plumbers, Fitters, Welders, & Service Techs) 

UAW | Coronavirus Resources 

UDW (AFSCME) | COVID Resources for Home Care Workers 

UFCW | UFCW COVID-19 Resources 

UFCW | Coronavirus Safety Guide for Grocery Workers 

UNITE HERE | Resources on COVID-19 for members 

USW | COVID-19 Resources for USW Members 

Workers United | COVID-19 Information 

Working America | New Research: Increasing Commitment to Social Distancing Among Important Populations 




CORE | Children of Restaurant Employees food and beverage service worker relief fund 

Governor Tom 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 

OFW | Emergency cash assistance to restaurant workers, delivery drivers and other tipped workers and service workers 

Philadelphia Foundation & United Way | PHL COVID-19 Fund 

Rent Assistance | Rental Assistance Funds 

ROC United | ROC United Restaurant Worker Relief Fund 

ROC United | Donate to a Disaster Relief Fund 

RWCF | Restaurant Workers’ Community Foundation COVID-19 Crisis Relief Fund 

Seafarers International Union | Seafarers Disaster Aid Fund 

UNITE HERE Local 234 | UNITE HERE Philly Education and Relief Fund 

USBG | Bartender Emergency Assistance Program 


Local Policy Recommendations and Legislative Action 


AFT Pennsylvania | AFT Pennsylvania Arthur Steinberg on COVID-19 Education Relief Package 

AFSCME DC 1199C | 1199C Demands Overtime for Prison Medical Workers 

AFSCME DC 47 | Tell Congress: Fund the Front Lines! 

Jobs With Justice Philadelphia | Philadelphia Workers COVID Petition 

PA Coalition for Healthy Families and Workplaces | Petition for Earned Sick Days 

PASNAP | Local Hospital Report Card 

PCCY | Tell your legislator to support relief funds for teachers and students 

Pennsylvania AFL-CIO | Pennsylvania AFL-CIO Calls on Legislature to Expand Unemployment Benefits 

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 

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  

PFT | Letter from PFT President Jerry Jordan on COVID-19 Response 

SEIU Local 668 | Tell your State Reps to Expand OSHA Protections to Public Sector Workers  

We The People | Send a letter to Gov. Wolf demanding immediate action on COVID-19 and a package of legislation that helps working families 

National Policy Recommendations and Legislative Action


Actors’ Equity | Protect Live Entertainment Workers 

AFA | Congress Must Put Aviation Workers Ahead of Corporations 

AFT | Healthcare Workers Need Protective Personal Equipment Now 

AFT | AFT Top ‘Asks’ from Congress on COVID-19 

AFL-CIO | OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard for Infectious Disease 

AFM | 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 

APALA | Asian American and Pacific Islander Leaders and Over 260 Civil Rights Organizations Call on Congress to Denounce Anti-Asian Racism around COVID-19 

IAM | Urge Congress to Save Airline Jobs 

IATSE | Tell Congress to Include Displaced Workers in Relief Package 

IBEW | Transportation Labor Joint Statement on COVID-19 Response Labor Joint Statement on COVID-19 Response.pdf 

IUPAT | Tell Congress Not to Leave Construction Workers Behind 

LIUNA | LIUNA Pushes for COVID-19 Relief and Infrastructure 

ROC United | Petition to urge food chains to adopt a paid sick leave measure 

SEIU | Protect All Workers project & demands 

UNITE HERE | Pay Laid Off Arena and Stadium Workers 

UNITE HERE | Tell Congress to Put Workers First 

We The People | Demand Federal Aid for People, Not Corporations