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Don't let corporations dodge responsibility to their workers!
As all 50 states begin re-opening, businesses shuttered during the coronavirus pandemic are beginning to require employees to physically return to work. If essential workers in factories and warehouses are any indication of what’s to come, we can expect to see higher rates of infection as more companies open shop. Yet Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is gearing up to introduce proposals that would allow corporations to dodge responsibility for employees working to keep the company’s doors open during the pandemic—free of legal consequences! McConnell plans to propose that companies not be held legally liable if a worker gets sick—or dies—from COVID-19 while on the job.
 
Even organizations representing the business community are calling the “corporate immunity” that Mitch McConnell and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce are pushing for “a race-to-the-bottom with life or death consequences” for those exposed to COVID-19. [Main Street Alliance, May 15, 2020, letter to Congress]
 
Senator McConnell is focused on corporate immunity despite the fact that existing laws already provide companies with protection from lawsuits that lack merit. In many states, even nursing homes accused of neglect or wrongdoing (including in coronavirus-related lawsuits) are given some or total immunity!
 
Outrageously, McConnell and other Republicans have threatened that they will not support future financial relief bills unless they contain this corporate immunity. 
 
Tell Mitch McConnell and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce that corporations must be accountable if they have not taken precautions in the workplace to prevent deaths during this pandemic!
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