Washington ranked best worker-friendly state during pandemic

Washington, Sep 3 (IANS) Washington has been ranked as the best worker-friendly state in the US amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, according to a report by Oxfam America.
In the report released on Wednesday, the organization ranked all 50 states as well as Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico, basing its findings on worker protection, healthcare and unemployment, reports Xinhua news agency.
No state or territory scored above 80 overall in the range of 0 to 100.
Washington scored 76.41, with its highest in worker protection, said the report.
The organization also gave Washington state high marks for its paid family and medical leave program, which began paying benefits earlier this year and provided some of the most progressive benefits in the country.
“Covid-19 is not only a health crisis but an economic one. This has dramatically impacted everyone in our state, businesses and workers alike, particularly those most vulnerable,” Washington Governor Jay Inslee said in a statement.
Inslee argued that the crisis has shined a light on the importance of strong worker protections and the far-reaching impacts of income inequality, noting that the state will continue to ensure that workers and families have what they need during the pandemic.
He also expressed his belief that his state can recover a strong economy without sacrificing workers’ health and safety.
“I recognize this work is not done. We continue to hear every day of challenges faced by workers as more return to their workplaces and job sites.
“I remain committed to doing this work until the crisis is over, and beyond,” Inslee added.
New Jersey with a score of 72.17 and California with 72.03 are two other best-ranking states after Washington.
The lowest was Alabama with a score of 17.76.
Oxfam also ranked Washington the best worker-friendly state in 2018.

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