In this time of global crisis, it’s more important than ever that we look out for one another. We are collecting resources for working families on this page and we will keep it updated as this crisis evolves. If you have an urgent need for support or want to help please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call or text 209-225-9784.
The coronavirus stimulus bill (officially the CARES Act) provides $2 trillion in benefits to workers, corporations, and public entities. It's a massive bill that will have a huge impact on working people. Here are some of the most important parts
- A direct payment of up to $1,200 per adult and $500 per child to working families who (1) have a work eligible social security number, (2) filed an income tax return for 2018 or 2019, and (3) meet certain income requirements (less than $98k/year for an individual, less than $198k/year for a family)
- An additional $600/week in unemployment benefits for up to 4 months (through July 31)
- An extension of the maximum period of state unemployment benefits of up to 39 weeks
- An expansion of unemployment insurance eligibility to provide some benefits to self-employed workers, gig workers, independent contractors, freelancers, and part-time workers
- Lons to small businesses (generally less than 500 employees) which don't have be repaid if they are used to pay salaries, leave benefits, health benefits, rent, retirement obligations, utilities. This program is knows as the Payroll Protection Act and is intended to prevent layoffs.
- A substantial tax credit designed to motivate employers to keep workers on payroll and avoid layoffs
- Loans for mid-size business (500-10,000 employees) who agree not to engage in union busting or offshoring for a period of time
- $150 billion for state and local governments, $100 billion for healthcare providers, $25 billion in food assistance, and $3.5 billion for childcare
- Lot's more, see this presentation for addition info: unioncounsel.net/two_trillion_cares_act.pdf
- Here is some additional information on these benefits compiled by Merced County: co.merced.ca.us/3365/Businesses-Employers
We'll be unpacking the bill in the coming weeks and months. Please don't hesitate to reach out if you have questions about how this bill impacts you or your fellow workers.
If you've lost your job, had your hours reduced, or are unable to work you may be eligible for unemployment insurance, paid sick leave, paid family leave, disability insurance, or workers compensation. See the chart below (produced by the California Labor & Workforce Development Agency) or click here for more information.
In particular, if you need to care for an ill or quarantined family member with COVID-19 (certified by a medical professional), you can file a Paid Family Leave (PFL) claim. Also, if your child’s school is closed, and you have to miss work to be there for them, you may be eligible for Unemployment Insurance benefits. See the CA Employment Development Department website for more information.
For detailed instructions to apply for unemployment insurance online (in English and Spanish), click on the link below:
The California Labor Federation is also maintaining a page with useful information and resources:
If you have questions or need assistance applying for benefits, please reach out to us directly at email@example.com or call or text 209-225-9784
The AFL-CIO has put together a resource page with links to information from the CDC, OSHA, and WHO:
Utility Shutoff Moratorium
PG&E has put a moratorium on service disconnections for non-payment, effective immediately, more information here:
On March 25, Governor Newsom announced that many California banks will provide a 90-day grace period on mortgage payments and a 60-day moratorium on initiating foreclosures, sales, or evictions. More details are available here:
On March 17 the city of Stockton adopted an ordinance that enacted a two-month moratorium on certain residential tenant evictions, due to nonpayment of rent caused by loss of income from COVID-19. We are urging other cities and counties in our jurisdiction to adopt similar measures. If you'd like to help advocate for these important worker protections email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call or text 209-225-9784.
On March 16, Governor Newsom issued an executive order encouraging banks and local governments to halt evictions for renters and homeowners, at least until May 31, 2020.
The latest available information about school closings is below. Some jurisdictions are continuing to offer meals for students during school closings, check your school districts website for details.
San Joaquin: sjcoe.org/newsdetails.aspx?id=4912