Standing with workers, especially those in low wage industries, by expanding critical safety net programs and addressing sexual harassment.
• Creating a Temporary Unemployment Insurance Program for Undocumented and Other Ineligible Workers. Approximately 143,000 workers in Washington State are undocumented, and they contribute to the economy, pay taxes, and support their communities. They are excluded from accessing both federal relief (CARES Act stimulus funding) as well as state based safety net programs including unemployment insurance. As COVID-19 continues to exacerbate racial inequities, WA has the opportunity to join with other states in ensuring that immigrant workers have access to wage replacement as part of the state’s COVID-19 response and recovery.
• Preventing Sexual Harassment and Building Community Power. Legal Voice supports a budget proviso to help advance the farmworker sexual harassment training effort that is led by the Washington Coalition to Eliminate Farmworker Sexual Harassment (WCEFSH). WCEFSH would use the funding to implement a peer training program and build the leadership capacity of farmworker women by establishing a collective/group focused on sexual harassment prevention and education.