Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)



Resources for Workers Impacted by Outbreak-Related Job Loss  

Resources to Keep Yourself Safe

Local Updates

How To Help
Industry-Specific Resources


The recent outbreak of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is impacting the health, safety, and finances of Chicago's workers. At the CFL, we are committed to bringing our affiliates the resources they need to keep union members safe during these uncertain times. We are also working to mitigate the economic impact of the outbreak and to advocate for all workers with political leaders.


Right now, the health and safety of Cook County residents is paramount. Be sure to stay current with the latest information from trusted public health resource providers like the Chicago and Illinois Departments of Public Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the World Health Organization (WHO).

The CFL will be working with affiliates, businesses, and elected leaders to develop options for assisting workers whose livelihoods have been impacted by the outbreak. As we know more about the outbreak and the efforts to support workers and the local economy, we will share that information.


Resources for Workers Impacted by Outbreak-Related Job Loss:

Chicago Labor Relief Fund

In times of crisis, it is solidarity that keeps the labor movement strong. The Chicago Federation of Labor and its partners have set up the Chicago Labor Relief Fund to make direct payments to families who have lost their livelihoods because of the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are able, please consider donating to the Chicago Labor Relief Fund at

Illinois Department of Employment Security - Unemployment Insurance

Unemployment benefits may be available to some individuals whose unemployment is attributable to COVID-19. The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) recently adopted emergency rules to try to make the unemployment insurance system as responsive to the current situation as possible. Find out more at


CFL Workforce and Community Initiative

Any individuals who have had hours cut, are facing a possible lay off or closure, been laid off from their job, or are unemployed and have not been able to obtain employment on their own can receive job search, re-employment, training, referrals to partners, and support services from the Chicago Federation of Labor Workforce & Community Initiative.  Visit or email to learn more.


Economic Impact Payment Information Center

Click here for IRS information regarding Economic Impact Payments. For most taxpayers, payments are automatic, and no further action is needed. This includes taxpayers who filed tax returns in 2018 and 2019 and most seniors and retirees.


COVID Support Services/Service Finder Tool

The United Way of Metro Chicago has created a service locator tool that uses zip-code based geo-location. It will help affected individuals find different services close to their home. Additional resources for those needing immediate food and housing assistance can be found on the United Way website as well.


Illinois Crisis Assistance Program

The Crisis Assistance Program provides payment for rent, food, clothes, household supplies and important essential furniture for families who are eligible for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and:

Call the automated help line at 1-800-843-6154 or click here to be linked to their website.


Chicago Emergency Rental Assistance

Emergency Rental Assistance is available for people suffering financial hardship due to a crisis such as loss of job, home fire or illness. The program is intended to allow families to maintain housing during the time it takes to regain stability.Eligible clients must demonstrate that moving forward they will have sufficient income to cover rent and other living expenses. The program offers a one-time grant up to $900 to cover one month’s rent. Applications can be filed at any of the City’s six Community Service Centers.

For more information about Emergency Rental Assistance, visit your local Community Service Center or call 3-1-1.


The Emergency Fund

All Chicago administers the Emergency Fund which provides critical financial assistance to people experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness or another serious emergency. They can quickly provide payments on a person’s behalf for things like rent, utilities, or transportation. Click here to more.


Housing Forward – Suburban Cook County Emergency Services
Housing Forward has an Emergency Assistance program for suburban Cook County residents. The Emergency Assistance program provides referrals and emergency financial assistance for food, housing, utilities and transportation to individuals and families at urgent risk. The goal is to address the immediate crisis so the individual or family can work on additional steps on the path toward stability. The Prevail program’s staff and volunteers listen to each person’s individual situation and, working together with the client, use solutions-based counseling to develop a plan of action. Plans could include assistance for a range of services.

Go to to learn more.


Job Openings

Chicago Area Grocers

Chicago-area grocers Jewel Osco and Marianos are hiring additional staff in light of a recent spike in demand. Many employees are represented by the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW). For more information on open positions at Jewel Osco, click here. For more information on open positions at Marianos, click here.


2020 U.S. Census

The federal government is looking to fill thousands of jobs for the ongoing 2020 U.S. Census. The jobs pay between $25 to $30 an hour. Click here for more information and job applications.


Resources to Keep Yourself Safe:


If you develop a fever (100.4F/38C) or cough, seek medical care right away. Call ahead before going to a doctor’s office or emergency room. Tell them your symptoms and that you were in an affected area. You could also call the Chicago Department of Public Health at 312-746-7425 (SICK) during business hours, after hours call 311 and request to speak to the Medical Director on call. In the case of a medical emergency, call 911. (Information via the Chicago Department of Public Health)


Local Updates:



How to Help

Donate Personal Protective Equipment

As the COVID-19 crisis continues to unfold, healthcare workers in Illinois have been hit by a shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE). Our nurses, doctors, paramedics, and other healthcare providers need PPE to effectively care for their patients and keep themselves safe on the job. Some workers are being forced to ration, reuse, or substitute for basic PPE.

The Chicago Federation of Labor, in conjunction with the Pritzker Administration, is requesting donation of any unused PPE that can safely be spared at this time.

The equipment most urgently needed includes:

  • Surgical masks
  • N95 masks
  • Gowns
  • Gloves
  • Eye shields
  • Face shields

Anyone with unused PPE can arrange for donation of those materials by emailing

People or organizations should not donate PPE if that equipment is needed in ongoing work as essential employees unless there is a surplus of PPE that can safely be spared for others.

All items should be in the manufacture's original packaging and unopened. Unfortunately, the state cannot accept open product or homemade items. We recommend you contact your local first responders (Police, Fire, EMS) to see if they can utilize your items.

If you have any questions, please contact Gus Fuguitt, CFL Director of Community Engagement at


Industry-Specific Resources and Guidance (via the AFL-CIO)

Airline Workers

AFA-CWA: Coronavirus Outbreak (COVID-19) Update
AFA-CWA: Communicable Disease Incident Response Checklist
ALPA: Coronavirus Information for Flight Crews
CDC: Interim Recommendations for Airlines and Airline Crew: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in China
CDC: Guidance for Airlines on Reporting Onboard Deaths or Illnesses to CDC
CDC: Preventing Spread of Disease on Commercial Aircraft: Guidance for Cabin Crew
FAA: Interim Health Guidance for Air Carriers and Crews
IAM: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resource Center
OSHA: Interim Guidance for Airline Workers and Employers


Educators and School Support Staff

AFT: Resources on the Coronavirus
AFT: Coronavirus: Information for Educators and School Support Staff
AFT: COVID-19—How to Be Prepared: Bulletin for Higher Ed Faculty and Staff
AFT: Cleaning Tips – Custodians and Others Coronavirus (COVID-19)
CDC: Interim Guidance for Childcare Programs and K-12 Schools


Emergency Response Workers

CDC: Interim Guidance for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Systems and 911 Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) for COVID-19 in the United States
IAFF: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
IAFF: Interim Guidance for EMS for COVID-19 in the United States


Entertainment and Arts Workers

AFM: COVID-19 Resources
AGMA: Updates and Resources for Members Regarding Coronavirus


Government and Public Service Workers

AFGE: Latest Guidance on Coronavirus
AFSCME: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources
AFT: COVID-19—How to Be Prepared: Bulletin for Public Employees
NTEU: Agency Coronavirus Responses
OSHA: Interim Guidance for Border Protection Workers and Employers
OSHA: Interim Guidance for Solid Waste and Wastewater Management Workers and Employers


Health Care Workers

AFT: Coronavirus: Information for AFT Nurses and Health Professional Members and Employers
CDC: Information for Health Care Professionals: COVID-19
IAM: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resource Center
NNU: COVID-19: What Nurses Need to Know
NNU: Selection of Protective Protective Equipment for Nurses and Other Health Care Workers Caring for Patients with COVID-19 
OSHA: Interim Guidance for Health Care Workers and Employers
WHO: Infection Prevention and Control During Health Care When Novel Coronavirus (nCoV) Infection Is Suspected
SEIU Healthcare: SEIU HCII Toolkit for Healthcare and Child Care Workers 
WHO: Rational use of personal protective equipment for coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
WHO: Advice on the use of masks in the community, during home care and in healthcare settings in the context of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak
WHO: Infection prevention and control during health care when novel coronavirus (nCoV) infection is suspected
WHO: Home care for patients with suspected novel coronavirus (nCoV) infection presenting with mild symptoms and management of contacts


Laboratory Workers

CDC: Information for Laboratories: 2019-nCoV
OSHA: Interim Guidance for Laboratory Workers and Employers
OSHA: Interim Guidance for Deathcare Workers and Employers


Maritime and Transportation Workers

ATU: Response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)
CDC: Interim Guidance for Ships on Managing Suspected Coronavirus Disease 2019
IAM: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resource Center
ILA: OSH Coronavirus Update
International Transport Workers’ Federation: Coronavirus Update and Advice 
SIU: Seafarers and American Maritime Association Coronavirus Protection Protocols for SIU-Crewed Vessels Calling on Ports in China
TWU: Health and Safety: Coronavirus Resources
U.S. Coast Guard: Marine Safety Information Bulletin on Novel Coronavirus

Updated 6/23/2020