Department of Homeless Services laborers tasked with helping move the Big Apple’s least fortunate in and out of shelters are wearing trash bags to protect themselves from the coronavirus — as they demand additional protection from city officials.
The members of AFSCME District 37 Local 924 shot the photos as they moved a family from a Bronx shelter and submitted them to DHS officials to support their claims they need protective bodysuits to remain safe during the coronavirus pandemic.
“At the end of the day, you need to protect yourself by any means necessary and you have to put garbage bags around you to do that, you need to do that,” said Local 924 President Kyle Simmons. “If you’re going to do the job, you’ve got to protect yourself — or do the best you can.”
Simmons says his members need protective gowns for their clothing, commonly known as Tyvek suits, to stay safe while working with the homeless and moving their belongings.
The city, he says, has refused to provide them for the laborers while giving them to other employees.