In a letter to Governor Lou Leon Guerrero, Congressman Michael San Nicolas advised the administration to look at a Pennsylvania program utilizing state and local CARES Act funds for compensating essential workers.
“Essential workers have held us up and kept us going, and we need to compensate that accordingly,” San Nicolas stated.
According to the congressman, the Pennsylvania program provides direct grants to eligible businesses to compensate essential workers. San Nicolas is advising eligibility for all workers earning $25 or less.
In his letter, San Nicolas urged the adoption of an essential worker compensation program “with all possible speed,” and specifically advised including the Pennsylvania categories as well as Guam categories as follows:
¤ Healthcare and Social Assistance
¤ Food Manufacturing
¤ Food Retail Facilities
¤ Transit and Ground Passenger Transportation
¤ Security Services for eligible industries listed above and commercial industries that were not closed as a result of the Governor’s Business Closure Order
¤ Janitorial Services to Buildings and Dwellings
¤ All businesses open and operating that remained open during the local government ordered shutdown
¤ All open and operating retail food, water, and medicine establishments
¤ All establishments involved in the transit, warehousing, wholesaling, or distribution of food and beverage or medically related goods
¤ All open and operating fuel retail and distribution operations
¤ All open and operating laundry, mold remediation, and pest management retail and service establishments
¤ All plumbing, electrical, hvac, and auto service and maintenance establishments
¤ All open and operating hotel, visitor lodging, and restaurant establishments
¤ All open and operating digital, print, and radio news and general radio broadcast operators
¤ All open and operating child care and adult dependent care service providers
“The resiliency of our community today is owed to the sacrifice of our eligible workers. The strength of our recovery will be carried on their shoulders and fueled by their morale. It is therefore essential we address the essentials,” San Nicolas concluded.
(Congressman MSN news release)