Democrats propose $25K bonuses for workers on the job during coronavirus pandemic

Grocery store workers, doctors, nurses, postal employees, and others still on the job during the coronavirus pandemic should get “hazard pay” of up to $25,000, Democrats said Tuesday, announcing a plan to provide the bonuses in the next economic relief package that would amount to a raise of $13 an hour for workers.

Big businesses would cover the cost of the pay raise and the federal government would foot the bill for smaller companies, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said, announcing the proposal to reporters in a conference call.

“It goes to all essential workers, not just those in the medical facilities and home care workers, but also truck drivers who deliver supplies and grocery store clerks who keep food on the shelves and transit workers,” Schumer, a New York Democrat, said.

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