Union leaders filed a formal complaint with the United Nations agency that oversees labor, alleging that the Trump Administration was violating numerous international labor standards during the pandemic, The Washington Post reported. 

The complaint, filed with the International Labour Organization by the Service Employees International Union and the AFL-CIO, charged that the United States was violating workers’ rights by, for instance, forcing them to risk a coronavirus infection or lose their job. The weakening of worker protections and oversight during the Trump Administration has left especially farmers, gig workers, contractors and others vulnerable, according to the unions’ complaint. 

“Covid has laid bare what we already knew,” Richard Trumka, the president of the AFL-CIO, told the newspaper. “It has demonstrated that not only is the U.S. violating workers’ rights, but those violations are resulting in people dying. It became so outrageous that we wanted to file a complaint.”

The Labor Department and Occupational Safety and Health Administration did not respond to The Post’s requests for comment.


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