AFL-CIO Calls for Executive Order on Ebola

The AFL-CIO, the U.S.'s largest labor federation, has called on President Obama and Congress to put in place mandatory protections to safeguard healthcare workers and the public from Ebola.

Here's some of what AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka had to say in his letter to President calling for an executive order to increase Ebola safeguards:

Existing protocols, standards and guidelines, and adherence to them, are deficient. The failures in the response have put dozens of additional health care workers at risk, and potentially exposed many other workers and members of the public....Immediate action is needed.

We must not lose sight of the Ebola crisis in West Africa, where thousands have died and the virus is raging out of control. The assistance that the United States is providing to this region is critical to stopping the spread of Ebola in Africa and globally. But all of us—here in this country and in other countries—must do more.

Read more on the AFL-CIO's blog.