CA Latino Caucus Statement on Governor’s Protections for Latino Essential Workers

July 24, 2020

SACRAMENTO On behalf of the entire California Latino Legislative Caucus, Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) and Senator Maria Elena Durazo (D-Los Angeles), Chair and Vice Chair of the Caucus, made the following joint-statement today after the Governor announced measures to protect essential workers during the coronavirus pandemic:

“Latinos are California’s essential workforce, doing the work in factories and agricultural fields to maintain the supply chain for goods and services that we all depend on. As a result, the Latino community is being disproportionately devastated in this crisis. Our community is in grave need of government intervention. Requiring businesses to be transparent with their workers and the state about positive coronavirus cases in the workplace is a basic action we can take to protect Latino workers. We applaud our Caucus members, Assemblymembers Robert Rivas (D-Hollister), Eloise Gomez Reyes (D-San Bernardino) and Joaquin Arambula (D-Fresno), for leading the charge on this issue. There is more work to be done, but we are thankful to the Governor for responding to our letter this week by announcing today this important first step to protect Latino workers.”

For questions or to schedule an interview with a member of the California Latino Legislative Caucus, contact Sami Gallegos: