“While we applaud the employers who have provided hazard pay to essential workers as a step in the right direction, it brings temporary relief at best to low-wage workers, who were living paycheck to paycheck before the pandemic,” said Arnie Alpert of the American Friends Service Committee, a spokesperson for the advocacy group. “For the longer term, we call on the New Hampshire legislature to pass – and the governor to sign — legislation to re-establish and raise the state’s minimum wage, and to create a system of paid medical and family leave that provide long-term relief and award workers a decent quality of life,” he emphasized.
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“The praise received by essential workers during the pandemic has been enormous. I, for one, am glad to see that the once invisible workers are being acknowledged. However, words of appreciation do not help workers make ends meet. We need to implement long-term systematic change by passing legislation to raise the state’s minimum wage and paid family and medical leave for workers,” Patricia Nyantakyi, Retail Worker said.
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