Sign-up for WA Worker Relief Fund Updates
In response to the urgent needs facing undocumented immigrant workers as a result of the COVID19 pandemic impacts in Washington State, a broad coalition has formed to demand immediate action by the state and Governor Jay Inslee, Senate Majority Leader Andy Billig, and House Speaker Laurie Jinkins.
While the coronavirus pandemic has impacted us all, undocumented immigrants are uniquely at risk. Undocumented immigrants and their families are completely excluded from the $2 trillion relief package Congress passed months ago, despite broad consensus that providing economic stability to all workers is essential to ending this public health crisis.
More than 250,000 undocumented immigrants call Washington home. They are part of our families and community, make substantial contributions to our state, and deserve fair treatment and respect as human beings regardless of their immigration or employment status. It must also be recognized that those who are employed and participate in Washington’s economy pay more than $316 million each year in state and local taxes.
The WA Worker Relief Campaign demands include:
1. Create a “Washington Worker Relief Fund” through the Governor’s office with an allocation of at least $100 million. The Fund will be administered by community based organizations to provide emergency economic assistance to undocumented Washingtonians, and;
2. Create a permanent system to provide wage-replacement protection to workers who lose their jobs and are excluded from the current unemployment insurance system, including undocumented immigrants
On April 20th, our coalition organized the diverse support of over 430 organizations and launched into action to uplift the voices of those directly impacted. Undocumented, immigrant, black, queer, womxn identified, faith leaders and our allies joined in action by leading a community driven campaign and held our leaders accountable for swift action.
A Hard Fought Win for Undocumented Communities, Washington State Finally Moves To Provide COVID-19 Relief
This week, Governor’s Inslee’s Office announced the Request For Proposal (RFP) seeking a foundation or nonprofit that will initially receive the funds. This entity will engage impacted community leaders to ensure that disaster relief funds reach those most in need of assistance.
As the coalition celebrates $40 million in relief for communities, the work is not done and greater funding will be needed. The coalition asks both the Governor, the legislature and private donors and funders to respond to the needs of the community, help fill the gap and create a permanent statewide unemployment system.
Sign up here to be updated on next steps for the fund and forms to continue taking action. We will need everyones support