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Contract workers cleaning the subways of COVID-19 say in cellphone video the supplies they use are dirty and the personal protective equipment (PPE) they’re given is inadequate. One of the workers claims their lives are in danger while they’re not even able to make the subways safer.

“This is not an isolated issue,” explained Maritza Silva-Farrell, who is the executive director at ALIGN, a nonprofit that works with unions advocating for worker’s rights. ALIGN is pushing a petition called HERO, or "New York Health and Essential Rights Order," asking the governor to mandate by executive order PPE and COVID-19 healthy safety protocols for all essential workers, with investigative powers to hold employers accountable.

“The employer is not providing the materials and equipment that are adequate for subway cleaning to prevent any spread of the virus,” Silva-Farrell said.


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