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Oregon AFL-CIO Demands Better COVID Protection For Workers

Workers in dust masks wash fresh red bell peppers in smoky conditions outside of Eltopia, Wash. Even with the masks, the smoke is still causing tight chests, itchy eyes and dry throats.
Anna King
Northwest News Network

There's been plenty of bristling from members of the public about restrictions on activities to curb COVID-19 outbreaks. Most people have some choices: shop or stay home, dine out or eat in.

Many workers don't have choices, they have to work to keep food on the table. And the unions gathered in the Oregon AFL-CIO say protections against the virus in the workplace could be greater.

Workplace outbreaks climbed along with the total number of cases in recent weeks. Graham Trainor, Oregon AFL-CIO President, is our guest.

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