“The commissioners have an opportunity to give power to my voice. As a frontline worker I see firsthand the devastation that COVID has brought to my co-workers and their families. I see firsthand what happens when workers are cheated out of their wages, when safety precautions are not followed, or the right ones are not in place. This board will be a great step toward making workplaces safer and more fair.”
-Mercedes Taylor, Security Officer
Harris County becomes the first county in the country to ensure workers’ concerns are taken into account for workplace health and safety policies.
On Tuesday November 30th, Harris County Commissioners took the historic vote to lead the country in establishing the Harris County Essential Workers Board (HCEWB), the first of its kind in the U.S. to be comprised entirely of frontline workers. The HCEWB will give workers a voice in determining workplace health and safety policies and set a strong standard for similar legislation around the country.