We believe that all workers are essential and together with our grantees we are working toward an economy that works for everyone.

At the start of the pandemic, people around the United States clapped for frontline workers, an important public ritual that helped hold us together during uncertain times.

The economic and health impacts of COVID-19 have been catastrophic, especially for America’s frontline workers. But the economy was broken before the pandemic. Workers in low-wage sectors who are disproportionately Black, people of color, immigrants, women, and other marginalized communities have lacked basic benefits, protections, or a living wage for decades.

In this video, essential workers and labor activists come together in a chorus to clap back against a broken economy, advocating for action to reimagine a post-pandemic economy where all workers are guaranteed a living wage and better protections, like paid sick leave, health care benefits, and a say over their working conditions.

Participants featured:

Adrian Haro, The Worker’s Lab
Ai-jen Poo, National Domestic Workers Alliance
Andrea Dehlendorf, United for Respect
Anita M. Bailey, Essential Worker & ROC United NYC
Biju Mathew, New York Taxi Workers Alliance
Christina Hayes, Essential Worker & Family Values @ Work
Dessa Cosma, Detroit Disability Power
Erica Smiley, Jobs With Justice
Heidi Shierholz, Economic Policy Institute
Kris Garcia, Essential Worker, Family Values @ Work, 9to5 & Paid Leave for All
Lakia Graham, Essential Worker
Lauren Jacobs, Partnership for Working Families
Lenny Sanchez, Essential Worker & Gig Workers Matter
Maurice BP-Weeks, Action Center on Race & the Economy (ACRE)
Michelle Miller, Coworker.org
Mónica Ramírez, Justice for Migrant Women
Rebecca Dixon, National Employment Law Project
Sekou Siby, Restaurant Opportunities Centers United
Tameka Henry, Essential Worker
Tekiah Elzey, Essential Worker
Wendy Chun-Hoon, Family Values @ Work