Through the Cancer Free Economy Network (CCFEN), The Labor Institute helped lead a small grants program to front-line organizations providing support for COVID-19-related activities, including health and safety training, advocacy and provision of direct services such as food and personal protective equipment.

Through the CFEN, we provided substantial support to Make the Road NY for participation by 400 members in a collaborative project with the Barry Commoner Center for Health and the Environment focused on assessing exposures and risks to domestic workers and developing policies to mitigate harm; and to the Northern Oakland County (MI) Chapter of the NAACP to undertake a collaborative project with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) to prevent toxic contamination of local waterways.

In conjunction with the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), and the United Steel workers, we are currently aiding in the effort to structure and deploy back-to-work planning for essential workers.