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Essential workers to protest working conditions during COVID-19 on International Worker's Day

Posted at 5:51 AM, May 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-01 07:36:21-04

PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. — As part of International Worker’s Day on Friday, several groups are using it as an opportunity to call for a change in working conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

National Nurses United, a union for registered nurses, is urging healthcare facilities to protect RN’s better.

Three protests are scheduled in the area on Friday at hospitals in Largo, Trinity and Bradenton.

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National Nurses United has been organizing these protests for the past several weeks.

Friday’s demonstrations are a part of 139 others in 13 different states.

The group is calling for optimal personal protection equipment during the pandemic and plans to survey nurses during shift changes.

Other essential workers are also using May Day to send an important message to employers.

Workers are organizing strikes nationwide.

Employees from several big companies are planning to walk out on Friday.

Some of those include Amazon, Walmart, Target and Instacart.

Many of the companies have made changes already to protect the health and safety of employees, but many say it’s not enough.