FRONT-LINE WORKER STORIES
Since the beginning of the COVID crisis, front-line workers have had to contend with not only front-line threats to their health, but also serving as "enforcers" of safety regulations and being verbally and sometimes physically assaulted for insisting that customers take proper precautions.
Now, with lawmakers looking to rely on front-line workers more and more in order to enforce who has to wear a mask and who doesn't, it is more important that these policymakers understand the challenges front-line workers face every day.
SHARE YOUR STORY!
Fill out the form below to send a message to lawmakers explaining what challenges you've faced at work while trying to enforce safety measures. These might be interactions with customers, co-workers, or supervisors. Keep in mind that whatever you send may become a public record (except that your email address is protected per ORS 192.355, subsection 40). You do not have to use your full name. (In order to protect against abusive language, OLPN may review e-mails before they are sent on to lawmakers.)
NOTE: Even if you don't want to give your full name, please do NOT pretend to be someone else. It diminishes the impact of other e-mails.
I am a front-line worker. Throughout the COVID pandemic, I have faced challenges at work that I would like you to know about as you consider policy changes. My story is:
Personalize your message. Let your officials know who you are, what kind of place you work at, and why you are concerned.
Be polite. Your elected officials will be much more impressed with a reasoned message than a rude one.
Don't worry if you're not an expert on the law... Your personal experience means more to them than a lobbyist's report.
WHAT ELSE YOU CAN DO
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Call the Governor
Even if you talk with staff or leave a message, remember to be polite but firm. Be personal and describe why you think front-line workers should be protected.
You can also get in touch with your State Legislators. Not sure who your Legislators are? Use this tool to find out and get their phone numbers!