The COVID-19 pandemic has put worker health and safety measures to the test, and workplaces across the country have fallen short. Grocery store workers and garbage collectors have had to do their jobs without PPE or cleaning supplies; restaurant employees and gig workers have had to choose between going into work and risking their health or going without pay. Some workers have taken the issue into their own hands, coming up with ways to better protect their coworkers. Now, six such projects are getting help from the Workers Lab.
The Workers Lab, which funds innovations to increase the power of low-wage workers, recently announced the winners of its Innovation Fund Summer 2020 Cycle. The Innovation Fund awards cash grants to ideas and experiments that build worker power. Each cycle of the competition is focused on a different theme, and the summer 2020 cycle centered on worker health and safety.