SF Employers Must Provide Essential Workers With Protective Gear During COVID-19 Pandemic

SF supervisors approved an emergency ordinance to require employers like stores, pharmacies, restaurants and delivery services to provide their employees with personal protective equipment during the COVID-19 pandemic.

SF Employers Must Provide Essential Workers With Protective Gear During COVID-19 Pandemic

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – San Francisco supervisors on Tuesday unanimously approved an emergency ordinance to temporarily require employers like grocery stores, pharmacies, restaurants and on-demand delivery service companies to provide their employees with protections from the coronavirus.

The ordinance ensures an expanded workers’ rights package, which includes personal protective equipment; paid time while drivers clean their cars and wash their hands; no-contact options during delivery; and a no retaliation clause.

“This is a scary, challenging time for all of us, and especially for our frontline workers who are still out there making sure we all have access to food, medicine, and essential goods. They need to be protected so they don’t get sick or get anyone else sick, and they never face retaliation for it,” said Supervisor Matt Haney, who introduced the ordinance.

The legislation mandates, among other things, that employers provide gloves, masks, hand sanitizer, disinfectant, soap and water in the workplace, or that on-demand delivery service workers be reimbursed for buying such items.

According to an online survey conducted by researchers at the University of California at Santa Cruz for the San Francisco Local Agency Formation Commission, the ordinance is desperately needed as delivery drivers who rely on on-demand work via mobile apps, have seen a dramatic drop in earnings.

More than half reported losing between 75 and 100 percent of their weekly earnings since February. Given this, nearly one-third of drivers reported they’re still accepting jobs despite concerns of spreading or contracting COVID-19.

In addition, 58 percent of those surveyed reported not getting gloves or sanitizing products from their employers, and 73 percent reported their employers are not providing financial support if they are exposed to or contract the virus.

“App-based workers have long struggled to have their rights recognized as employees and now are struggling to get basic protections from COVID-19 as they provide essential services to SF residents,” San Francisco LAFCo Chair and Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer said in a statement.

“Locally and at the state level, we must hold these companies accountable for protecting their workers, and I am proud of this groundbreaking study for bringing these issues to light,” she said.

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Patriots Trade Rob Gronkowski To Buccaneers For Fourth-Round Pick

Rob Gronkowski will be back to catching passes from Tom Brady in 2020.

Patriots Trade Rob Gronkowski To Buccaneers For Fourth-Round Pick

BOSTON (CBS) — Rob Gronkowski will be back to catching passes from Tom Brady in 2020. The soon-to-be unretired tight end has been traded by the Patriots to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the team confirmed Tuesday night.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Patriots will receive a fourth-round pick from Tampa Bay. New England is also reportedly sending a seventh-round selection to the Buccaneers as part of the deal.

Gronkowski reportedly let the Patriots know that he wanted to make a comeback, though he wanted to do so with Brady and the Buccaneers. The Patriots still owned his rights following his retirement last March, and were able to get something for nothing, essentially.

The Buccaneers own the 117th and 139th overall picks in the fourth round, though it’s unclear which one of those is heading to New England in the Gronk swap. The Patriots will now have a pair of fourth-round selections in this week’s draft.

Gronk will make $9 million in 2020 with the Bucs, the final year of a six-year, $54 million deal he had previously signed with the Patriots.

Gronkowski retired after a nine-year run with the Patriots, putting up some big numbers with Brady in the New England offense. The dominant tight end caught 521 passes for 7,861 yards and 79 touchdowns over 115 regular season games, adding another 81 receptions and 12 touchdowns in 16 postseason games. He won two Super Bowls while in New England.

New England had a Gronkowski trade worked out with the Detroit Lions ahead of the 2018 draft, but Gronkowski threatened to retire and the deal never went through.

“Brady is my quarterback. That’s all,” Gronkowski said of the deal-that-wasn’t the following September. “I wasn’t going anywhere without Brady.”

Those words still ring true in 2020.

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