Oversight Committee to Hold Hearing on Essential Workers Compensation Fund

Jun 8, 2020
Press Release

Washington D.C. (June 8, 2020)—On Wednesday, June 10, 2020, Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, the Chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, will hold a remote hearing to examine the health and economic burdens shouldered by essential workers and their loved ones during the coronavirus pandemic.


H.R. 6909, the Pandemic Heroes Compensation Act of 2020, was introduced by Chairwoman Maloney to create a compensation fund modeled after the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF). The Pandemic Heroes Compensation Fund would be for all essential workers and their families who have suffered the effects of the coronavirus.


At a time when Americans are protesting the systemic racial inequities of this country, the coronavirus crisis continues to have a disparate impact on communities of color.  About 38% of African American workers are employed in essential industries, but only about 27% of white workers are employed in essential industries. 


Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms recently stated that “more than 80% of those hospitalized by COVID-19 in Georgia were African American.”




Full Committee Hearing on “No Worker Left Behind:  Supporting Essential Workers”


12:00 PM ET on Wednesday, June 10, 2020



John A. Costa
International President
Amalgamated Transit Union

Anthony “Marc” Perrone
International President
United Food and Commercial Workers International Union

Bonnie Castillo
Executive Director, National Nurses United
California Nurses Association, and National Nurses Organizing Committee

Eneida Becote
Wife of Edward Becote, essential worker who died from coronavirus

Clint Odom
Senior Vice President for Policy and Advocacy
Executive Director, Washington Bureau
National Urban League


A livestream will be available on YouTube and the Committee on Oversight and Reform website.



116th Congress