The COVID-19 (also known as coronavirus) outbreak is a public health crisis, and as is often the case, working people will be faced with the worst effects of the crisis.
This crisis has only highlighted how desperately we all need the things we have been fighting for — things like paid sick leave, unions for all, and healthcare as a human right.
The Fight for $15 and a Union wants to highlight the following resources — it is our hope that this information will help individuals and families navigate this unprecedented situation.
Resources for Workers
The following list of resources cover everything from how to file for unemployment, how to find food assistance, an explanation of the Senate stimulus package, what to do if you’re put on unpaid leave, and more. This list does not cover everything and updates will be provided.
- How to file for unemployment
- Unemployment benefits finder by state
- What to do if you’re put on unpaid leave over coronavirus
- Immigrants eligibility for unemployment compensation
- The coronavirus unemployment insurance plan, explained
- Food assistance resources
- Resources for restaurant workers
- Resources for domestic workers
- The Senate just passed a $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus package. Here’s what’s in it.
- Federal Guidance
What can I do to support the Fight for $15 at this time?
- Sign our petition telling McDonald’s to guarantee paid sick leave for ALL workers.
- Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for updates.
- Have a story you’d like to share about how COVID-19 has affected you personally? Share it here.
Actions You Can take to stay healthy and protect the people around you
- Wash your hands. A lot. Use soap and water for at least 20 seconds and wash often.
- Stay home when you’re sick. We want everyone to stay as healthy as possible.
- If you believe you were exposed to COVID-19, or have a fever, cough, or shortness of breath, call your healthcare provider immediately.
- Cover your nose and mouth when you sneeze. Make sure you use tissues and throw them away in a lined trash can.
- Avoid sharing household items. This applies to cups, eating utensils, bedding, and towels.
- Disinfect objects and surfaces in your home and at work when they come in contact with items from outside. Use an alcohol-based sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Sleep well. Your immune system is working best if you are well-rested.
- Stay calm. Think carefully about how you can help your community and loved ones.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. This helps reduce the chances of you getting sick.
- Get a flu shot. It’s still flu season so it’s best to stay at full health.