'As frontline workers, we are experts in our industry and we know best what needs to change. Now, with the help of this newly passed ordinance, every worker in our city will have access to a table with employers, ensuring our voices are heard and respected.'
Essential workers across industries including janitorial, fast-food, nursing homes and beyond protested, rallied, testified in front of the Detroit City Council and even went on strike to demand a seat at the table. Last month, the Detroit City Council voted unanimously to pass the Industry Standards Board ordinance, giving workers a voice on the job and a stronger say in the conditions of our workplace.
Through an Industry Standards Board, which went into effect last week, workers within a specific industry will be able to sit down with employers and city officials to recommend the standards that should exist and the industry-wide measures needed to create safer, healthier and fairer workplaces.
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