NELP and Other State and National Organizations Oppose Corporate Immunity Bill

Dear Speaker Pelosi, Leader McConnell, Leader McCarthy, and Leader Schumer,

We write on behalf of 208 organizations from 44 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, and 64 national organizations, all fighting to protect the health and lives of working people during the COVID-19 pandemic to express our deep concern about the Senate Republican corporate immunity bill.

In April, one month into the pandemic, corporate lobbyists from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the American Legislative Exchange Council began a concerted national campaign to get both Congress and state governments to grant corporations legal immunity from accountability for their workers’ and consumers’ health and safety. Between May and early July, corporate immunity bills or executive orders were enacted in 10 states: Utah, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Alabama, Louisiana, Wyoming, Iowa, Kansas, Arkansas, and Mississippi.

Legislators in those states were warned that these bills would exacerbate the health and safety crisis facing essential and frontline workers, but they did not listen. And since early June, all of those states have witnessed surging COVID-19 case numbers and deaths. Many of the outbreaks in these states have been linked to unsafe working conditions, including in meatpacking and food processing plants, agriculture, and warehouses.

The Senate Republican corporate immunity bill would replicate this dynamic at a national level, leading to unsafe working conditions because employers would be incentivized to cut costs on safety measures they might otherwise take if the threat of legal action remained. It would be an outright disaster for Congress to encourage such behavior. If the Senate Republican proposal is enacted, there will be a race to the bottom in workplace health and safety, as even law-abiding employers will be disincentivized from implementing proper health and safety protections—endangering working people, their families, and their communities.

The Senate Republican corporate immunity bill would also let employers off the hook for ‘pandemic-related’ violations of minimum wage and overtime laws, discrimination laws, paid leave laws, and more. But a global pandemic is no excuse for employers to flout long-standing workplace protections.

Granting employers immunity from liability for COVID-related claims would especially endanger Black, Latinx, Indigenous, and other workers of color and women who make up a large share of workers in essential and in-person reopening jobs—even as communities of color have been the most vulnerable to coronavirus infection and death.

We therefore urge you to immediately drop consideration of the Senate Republican corporate immunity bill, and of any other legislation that grants businesses such immunity.


The Undersigned Organizations


Alabama Arise


SPLC Action Fund


Arizona Center for Economic Progress

Workers’ Rights Clinic, James E. Rogers College of Law


Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families


350 Silicon Valley

Alvin Dayoan

APALA, Alameda County Chapter

Bet Tzedek Legal Services

Closing the Women’s Wealth Gap

Consumer Federation of California

Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety

California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation

Equal Rights Advocates

Housing and Economic Rights Advocates

Labor Occupational Health Program

Legal Aid at Work

Legal Aid of Marin

Long Beach Alliance for Clean Energy

Restaurant Opportunities Center of Los Angeles

Restaurant Opportunities Center of The Bay

The Greenlining Institute

Unite Here Local 30



American Constitution Society, University of Denver Chapter

Colorado Fiscal Institute

SEIU Colorado

Towards Justice


CT Working Families

SEIU – CT State Council

United Auto Workers, Region 9A

Community Legal Aid Society, Inc.

District of Columbia

APALA DC Chapter

Fund for Community Reparations for Autistic People of Color’s Interdependence, Survival, & Empowerment

Restaurant Opportunities Center of DC


Earth Action, Inc.

Miami Freedom Project

Opportunity For All Floridians

SEIU Florida

The Common Ground Project


Georgia AFL-CIO

Georgia Budget and Policy Institute


United Vision for Idaho


Interfaith Worker Justice

ROC Chicago

Shifting Hearts and Minds


Indiana Institute for Working Families



Iowa Citizen Action Network

Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement

Iowa Main Street Alliance


SEIU Local 199

UFCW District Union Local Two

Kentucky Center for Economic Policy
Kentucky Equal Justice Center

Workplace Justice Project at Loyola Law Clinic

Cambodian Community Association of Maine


Maine Center for Economic Policy

Maine Employment Lawyers Association

Maine Labor Group on Health

Maine Service Employees Association

Maine Small Business Coalition

Maine Women’s Lobby


APALA Maryland

Centro de los Derechos del Migrante

Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd, U.S. Provinces

MDC Consulting and Training

National Advocacy Center of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd

Public Justice Center

SEIU Local 500


Corporate Accountability

Harvard Parity Project


11th District Democrats

First United Methodist Church of Ferndale

Flint Rising

Michigan APALA

Michigan Nurses Association

Michigan Parity Project

Restaurant Opportunities Center of Michigan (ROC Michigan)

SEIU Healthcare Michigan

SEIU Local 517M

SEIU Michigan State Council


Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy

SEIU MN State Council


Mississippi Workers’ Center for Human Rights

Restaurant Opportunities Centers United – Mississippi


SEIU Healthcare Missouri/Kansas

SEIU MO/KS State Council


Autistic Women & Nonbinary Network


Battle Born Progress

Make It Work Nevada

Make the Road Nevada

Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada

New Hampshire


Rights & Democracy – NH

University of New Hampshire School of Law – People’s Parity Project

New Jersey

HPAE, Health Professionals and Allied Employees, AFT/ AFL-CIO

National Workrights Institute

New Jersey Citizen Action

New Jersey Policy Perspective

New Mexico

Native Women Lead

New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty

New Mexico Immigrant Law Center

New York

Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF)

Citizen Action of New York

Communications Workers of America, District 1

DRUM – Desis Rising Up & Moving

ECE On The Move

Justice in Motion

LatinoJustice PRLDEF

Legal Services Staff Association, NOLSW/UAW 2320

Make the Road New York

National Center for Law and Economic Justice

National Employment Lawyers Association/New York

New York Communities for Change

New York Taxi Workers Alliance

Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson

NY NJ Regional Joint Board, Workers United/SEIU

Occupational Health Clinical Center, Syracuse

Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU)



The Legal Aid Society

United University Professions

We All Rise

Western New York Council on Occupational Safety And Health

Worker Justice Center of New York

Workers Center of Central New York

North Carolina

Equality North Carolina


North Carolina Justice Center

ROC City Of Oaks


Move to Amend Ohio Network

Ohio Citizen Action



Disability Rights Oregon

Northwest Workers’ Justice Project

Oregon AFL-CIO

SEIU Oregon

UFCW Local 555


Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA) Pittsburgh Chapter

Philly CLUW

Pittsburgh United

The Restaurant Opportunities Center of Pennsylvania

Women’s Law Project

Puerto Rico

Taller Salud

Rhode Island

Direct Action for Rights and Equality

The Rhode Island Center for Justice

South Carolina

Women’s Rights and Empowerment Network


Restaurant Opportunities Centers-Music City

SEIU Tennessee State Council

Tennessee AFL-CIO Labor Council

Tennessee Citizen Action


Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance ( APALA )

Border Workers United

Equal Justice Center

Every Texan

Proyecto Azteca, Inc.

Rio Grande Valley Equal Voice Network

Tarrant County Central Labor Council AFL-CIO

Texas Progressive Action Network

Texas Watch

Workers Defense Action Fund


Rights & Democracy – VT


Virginia AFL-CIO

Virginia Poverty Law Center


350 Seattle

AFT Washington

Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, AFL-CIO, Seattle chapter

Casa Latina

Clark County Volunteer Attorney Program

Fix Democracy First

Inlandboatmen’s Union of the Pacific – Marine Division of the ILWU

Our Revolution Washington

PROTEC17 – Professional & Technical Employees, Local 17

QLaw Foundation of Washington

Seattle University School of Law Labor & Employment Law Association

SEIU 775

SEIU 925

SEIU Healthcare 1199NW

SEIU6 Property Services NW

Teamsters 117

Unemployment Law Project

Washington Community Action Network

Washington Defender Association

Washington Federation of State Employees/AFSCME Council 28

Washington Progressive Party

Washington State Alliance for Retired Americans

Washington State Council of County and City Employees/AFSCME Council 2

Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO

Working Washington/Fair Work Center

West Virginia

National Association of Social Workers West Virginia Chapter

Our Future WV

Rise Up WV

West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy

WV Center on Budget and Policy

WV Citizen Action Group


Citizen Action of Wisconsin

End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin

Kids Forward

Milwaukee Area Service & Hospitality Workers Organization

SEIU Healthcare Wisconsin

SEIU Wisconsin State Council

Wisconsin Faith Voices for Justice




Alianza Nacional de Campesinas

Alliance for Justice

Alliance for Retired Americans

American Association for Justice

American Association of University Women (AAUW)

Americans for Democratic Action (ADA)

Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, AFL-CIO

Bend the Arc Jewish Action

Center for American Progress

Center for Constitutional Rights

Center for Justice & Democracy

Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP)

Coalition of Labor Union Women

Coalition on Human Needs

Communications Workers of America (CWA)

Consumer Federation of America

Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety



Economic Policy Institute

Equal Rights Advocates

Food Chain Workers Alliance

Friends of the Earth U.S.

Greenpeace USA

HEAL (Health, Environment, Agriculture, Labor) Food Alliance

Health Care for America Now

Hispanic Federation

In the Public Interest

International Brotherhood of Teamsters

Jobs to Move America

Justice in Aging

Legal Momentum: The Women’s Legal Defense and Education Fund


Move to Amend Coalition

Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC)

National Association of Social Workers

National Council for Occupational Safety & Health

National Domestic Workers Alliance

National Education Association

National Employment Law Project

National Employment Lawyers Association

National Immigration Law Center

National Organization for Women

National Partnership for Women & Families

National Rural Social Work Caucus

Oxfam America

People’s Parity Project

People’s Action

Public Advocacy for Kids

Public Citizen

Public Justice

Public Rights Project

Service Employees International Union (SEIU)

Shriver Center on Poverty Law

Sierra Club

Tax March

Temp Worker Justice

The Center for Popular Democracy

Union of Concerned Scientists


Voices for Progress

Workplace Fairness

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