The municipal workforce has shown just how essential it is during this pandemic. From sanitation workers to teachers, and nurses to subway conductors, public sector workers have kept New York running in the face of the biggest public health crisis in over a century.
Importantly, these workers have been unionized. Unions have helped address workforce issues like inadequate personal protective equipment (PPE) and hazardous working conditions. Without municipal unions, undoubtedly we would have lost many more lives to COVID-19.