Senator Chuck Schumer is calling for a pay boost to those on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic.
In his “Heroes Fund” proposal, Schumer calls for essential workers in New York – including healthcare and grocery store employees to be eligible for premium pay increases of up to $25,000.
Under the proposed package, front line workers would be eligible for a $13 an hour increase over regular wages. Workers who earn less than $200,000 annually would cap at $25,000. Those who make more than $200,000 would cap at $5,000 annually.
“Thousands of New Yorkers across the city, Long Island and upstate are leading this fight and reporting to the front lines of our state and nation’s pandemic response each and every day, placing themselves squarely in harm’s way to serve the needs of others,” Schumer said in a statement. “And this proposed Heroes Fund would provide premium pay to these essential workers, the doctors and nurses, grocery store workers, transit workers and more who are central to fighting this crisis and would establish an incentive system to retain and recruit the workforce needed for the long months to come.”