CWA supports moratorium on utility shutoffs during the pandemic

A group of Senators led by Jeff Merkley of Oregon sent a letter to Senate leadership yesterday asking that the upcoming coronavirus relief package include safeguards to prevent Americans from losing access to critical utilities, including communications services, during the pandemic.

"Ensuring that all Americans have access to utility services during this pandemic is too important to be left to the discretion of individual utility companies," said CWA President Chris Shelton. "Essential workers have been on the job throughout the COVID-19 crisis making sure that households and businesses stay connected to energy, water, and communications services. We need a national moratorium on utility shutoffs so that service providers hold up their end of the bargain."

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Merkley, colleagues push to protect Americans from losing access to vital utilities during pandemic (US Senate, Mar. 3, 2021)