New York State AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento Applauds Signing of NY HERO Act

Albany, NY – “Every day working people have gone above and beyond to carry us through the COVID-19 pandemic, and for too many of them the cost has been dire. That is why the NY HERO Act is so critically important. It will help ensure a safer working environment moving forward.

“This pandemic exposed the weaknesses in workplace safety. This legislation will help ensure that employers take every reasonable measure necessary to keep workers safe on the job.

“The law establishes vital standards related to workplace protocols including providing proper safety and personal protective equipment, as well as proper ventilation and social distancing requirements to protect workers and the public.

“We thank the Democratic Majorities in both houses, the bill sponsors, Senator Mike Gianaris and Assemblymember Karines Reyes and Governor Cuomo for making workplace health and safety a priority, particularly now during the pandemic.”