Jorge Cabrera

State Senator

Jorge Cabrera

Deputy President Pro Tempore

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March 25, 2021

Sen. Cabrera Applauds Labor Committee’s Passage of Legislation That Will Protect Workers Impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic

HARTFORD, CT – Today, state Senator Jorge Cabrera (D-Hamden) applauded fellow members of the Labor and Public Employees Committee that voted for the passage of legislation addressing issues workers face amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This is an extremely important and timely piece of legislation to help workers across the state,” said Sen. Cabrera, who is Vice Chair of the Labor and Public Employees Committee. “In one way or another, we have all been impacted by COVID-19. From residents who have been laid off, lost their business, contracted the virus or lost a loved one to COVID-19, each and every worker needs help at this moment and going forward. I am confident this bill will address the many needs of our state’s frontline workers, gain passage in both chambers of the General Assembly and arrive at the governor’s desk.”

House Bill 6595 “An Act Concerning Labor Matters Related to COVID-19, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Other Staffing Issues,” contains a number of provisions that address workers’ compensation, COVID-19 sick leave, requirements for PPE stockpiles and COVID-19-related layoffs. The bill passed by a 9-4 vote tally.

About Sen. Cabrera: The senator was the first in his family to attend college, earning a degree in Political Science from Quinnipiac University. The senator is a business representative with UFCW Local 919 and has devoted the last 25 years fighting for working families across the 17th District and country. Sen. Cabrera is Senate Chair of the Veterans’ Affairs Committee and Vice Chair of the Labor Committee.