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Report: 20% of Union Members Got Sick Or Lost Jobs Due to Virus

Posted 9/11/20

A recently-released report from the City University of New York’s School of Labor and Urban Studies found that more than one in five union members were furloughed, laid off or contracted the coronavirus during the height of the COVID crisis, illustrating how the pandemic has exacerbated challenges faced by the labor movement.

The School of Labor and Urban Studies’ Ruth Milkman, a Distinguished Professor of Sociology, and Stephanie Luce, a Professor of Labor Studies, collected data from 20 public- and private-sector unions in the city to determine how many of their members lost employment or became sick during the pandemic.

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