Listen to workers on COVID-19

McDonald’s workers and their supporters hold a drive-thru rally to protest what they allege is McDonald’s attempts to silence a worker who spoke out about unsafe conditions amid the COVID-19 pandemic, August 7, 2020, outside a McDonald’s in Los Angeles. (Robyn Beck/AFP via Getty Images/TNS)

One of us (Alejandro) nearly died from carbon monoxide poisoning while working as a janitor and now spends his days on street corners in Houston helping day laborers protect themselves on the job. The other (Michael) spent a career enforcing federal labor laws, including those intended to assure workers return home from their job with life and limb intact.