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New York State Senator Michael Gianaris (D, WF) on Wednesday, stood with public and private sector workers to announce a new bill that will set up enforceable standards for workplace safety and carry penalties for employers who violate the standards.

With 75-percent of the more than 1 million workers deemed essential in New York City being Black and Latinx, Maritza Silva-Farrell, executive director of ALIGN, says the lack of workplace protection is also a racial justice issue, as well.

“What we’re here to talk about today is the importance of passing legislation that would ensure that workers would have protections and there would be requirements and standards that would allow for employers to be held accountable,” Silva-Farrell said.

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