“If we see massive layoffs and cuts to public services, entire communities will suffer — both from a public health and economic perspective.”

Ramon Williams Ramon Williams Respiratory Therapist, AFSCME Florida

“These days, our office is serving more claimants than ever before. That’s increasing call volume. That’s increasing wait times. And that’s increasing frustrations."

Jason Suggs Jason Suggs Unemployment Insurance Professional, AFSCME Maryland

"We are pushing for DCFS field staff to be considered first responders. Without PPE, we could possibly go home and infect our families or bring the infection to homes we investigate."

Stephen Mittons Stephen Mittons Child Protection Investigator, AFSCME Council 31

“I urge our elected leaders to do their part. That means ensuring we have the tools we need to keep doing the job and providing timely and accurate information to the public about how they can prevent exposure."

Blake Anderson Blake Anderson EMT, AFSCME Local 4911/UEMSW

“We are really taking some vigorous interventions so we can protect us and the community since the library is a community hub.”

Leo Lafitte Leo Lafitte Custodian, AFSCME Local 1716 (Council 4)

“I’m proud to be able to help so many people each day because it means people will be able to stay in their homes or feed their families.

Maria Ortiz-Huey Maria Ortiz-Huey Workforce Services Representative, AFSCME Local 4041

“We’ve been shorthanded, as far as staffing levels go, for quite some time. We don’t have enough N95 masks. We don’t have the gowns or the full protective equipment we need."

Patti Davidson Patti Davidson Paramedic, AFSCME Local 2960

"Right now, as we speak, the future is very grim for many providers. I have heard from countless providers who are wondering if we’re going to be forced to close and what's next."

Miren Algorri Miren Algorri Child Care Provider, Child Care Providers United (United Domestic Workers/AFSCME Local 3930)

“Amid the spread of a highly contagious and lethal virus, this work – although largely out of sight – becomes even more important in keeping our communities safe and healthy.”

Derrick Fields Derrick Fields Head Custodian, OAPSE Local 580