Sending Office: Honorable Alan S. Lowenthal
Deadline EXTENDED to: COB Monday April 27, 2020
Letter Co-Leads: Rep. Alan Lowenthal, Rep. Judy Chu, and Rep. Sylvia R. Garcia
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Please join us in sending a letter to Speaker Pelosi and Minority Leader McCarthy urging support for financial relief for our nation’s unions. The spread of COVID-19 has affected all sectors of the U.S. economy, but it has had a disproportionate impact on
nonprofit 501(c)(5) organizations like labor unions and the workers they represent.
Staggering numbers of union members working in critical service industries have been thrown into financial insecurity as company after company has enacted layoffs in the hundreds of thousands.
While the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) provisions of the CARES Act were meant to help frontline workers and those most in danger of losing their jobs because of the effects of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, labor unions and thereby the workers they
represent were excluded while 501(c)(3) organizations and faith-based organizations were singled out for inclusion.
The exclusion of labor unions is a serious impediment to achieving the main goal of the CARES Act—to help workers weather the economic effects of the crisis. It is especially critical at this time that the organizations fighting for America’s workers have
equal access to these funds.
Please join us in calling on Speaker Pelosi and Minority Leader McCarthy to correct this error and include 501(c)(5) organizations as organizations eligible for the Paycheck Protection Program in any upcoming legislative stimulus efforts.
If you need more information, or to sign-on to the letter, please contact Tim Hysom (Lowenthal) at
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Alan Lowenthal Judy Chu Sylvia R. Garcia
Member of Congress Member of Congress Member of Congress
April XX, 2020
Dear Speaker Pelosi and Minority Leader McCarthy:
Thank you for your leadership in fighting for our nation’s workers as our country responds to these unprecedented health and economic challenges.
As you know, as a key part of the CARES Act, Congress set up an unprecedented forgivable loan program, the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), to aid small businesses and nonprofits in retaining their workforce and ensure they can weather this crisis. However,
while faith-based nonprofit institutions and other 501(c)(3) nonprofits are among the beneficiaries of the program, 501(c)(5) organizations, like labor unions, were excluded, despite the critical role they and their members will play in overcoming—and recovering
The exclusion of labor unions is a serious impediment to achieving the main goal of the CARES Act—to help workers weather the economic effects of the crisis. In January 2020, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated that unions represented 14.6 million
hard-working Americans. Now, staggering numbers of union members who work in critical industries have been thrown into financial insecurity as company after company has furloughed or laid off millions of workers.
Compounding those layoffs, the severity of the coronavirus’ economic disruption has threatened the financial viability of many labor unions as their workers are laid off or furloughed causing dramatic declines in the union member dues that sustain their
operations and staff.
It is especially critical at this time that the organizations fighting for America’s workers have equal access to the recovery funds made possible by the CARES Act. While unions hit hard by the crisis were excluded, large corporations can benefit from exceptions
in the CARES Act that allow them to receive forgivable PPP loans meant for small businesses.
Congress must ensure labor unions can continue to do the crucial work of representing and fighting for rights of workers. Unions and their members will be crucial actors in our economic recovery, and we urge you to include them as eligible entities for
federal support in programs like the PPP.
Thank you for your consideration of this request. We look forward to working with you on legislation to contain the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus and strengthen our economy, our workers, and our families.
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