Soto Leads Effort to get Overtime and Hazard Pay for Essential Workers
Rep. Darren Soto (FL-09), joined by fellow Florida Members of Congress, sent a letter to the Secretary Mnuchin of the Department of the Treasury and Administrator Carranza of the Small Business Administration requesting overtime and hazard pay protections for local essential service employees.
“Countless public sector employees are putting themselves at risk to perform essential services during the COVID-19 pandemic,” wrote the Members. “This includes our first responders (fire, police, EMS), 9-11 operators, postal workers, teachers and school administrators, transportation and utility services, and countless others. These people are required to continue their service on behalf of the public and are directly exposed to the danger of the crisis.”
“Without surprise, postal workers and transportation service employees have some of the highest numbers of those who have contracted COVID-19,” continued the Members. “We must protect these public employees’ ability to work. They have been deemed essential for a reason. This is why I urge your full and fair consideration to allow local governments to use resources from the state stabilization fund to cover the overtime and hazard pay of local essential service public sector employees.”
Without essential employees, Florida and the rest of the country would be in disarray and dysfunction. For a full list of essential workers during the coronavirus pandemic, click here.
The letter was signed by Reps. Alcee L. Hastings, Frederica S. Wilson, Kathy Castor and Al Lawson.
The letter can be found here.