July 7, 2020
Essential workers rallied together at Diversity Plaza in Jackson Heights to call for state legislation that enforces personal protective equipment and other COVID-19 protection measures during the third phase of New York City’s reopening on Tuesday, July 7.
Robert Pena, a sanitation worker, said he felt unsafe and exposed at work.
“To this day, we are still working under those same conditions,” he said.
Pena said the sanitation trucks he rides in and the offices he works in are not regularly sanitized. He also shared that a co-worker, who was at a higher risk of suffering disproportionally from the virus, was forced to go back to work during the pandemic and later passed away after being exposed to COVID-19.
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