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Around the world, on the front-line of the battle against COVID-19, are doctors, nurses, EMTs, technicians, cleaners, porters, administrators, volunteers, and other health care workers, daily risking infection and death to provide others with selfless care.
They are overwhelmingly female and disproportionately Black, Asian, and other minorities. Their hours are long; their pay, benefits, and job security too often inadequate; while the efforts taken for their health and safety have commonly been insufficient.
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All of them are putting their lives at risk for others – for you and for me – because that is what they do. Estimates are that they represent more than 7% of documented COVID cases. And they are dying every day – with that death toll rising rapidly. No one knows for sure how many of these heroes we have lost: They are the “unsung” – there is often no tally of their death and their names are usually not recorded for posterity.
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Their sacrifice must not be forgotten … and it must not be in vain!
Mourn their loss, but most importantly, in loving honor of their memory, commit to fighting for all workers to get the protections they need for their safety and health, for real jobs with security and benefits, for a living-wage, and for equality.