Date(s) - May 27, 2020
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The Disproportionate Impact of Covid-19 on African American Workers

DC LERA with support from the ILO Office for the United States cordially invites you to join our guest speakers on a webinar which will address the disproportionate burden of illness and death during the Covid-19 pandemic among racial and ethnic minority groups. Our speaker will discuss these developments and how economic, social and occupational conditions contribute to these disparities, especially among essential workers.


William Spriggs

William Spriggs, Chief Economist, AFL-CIO and Professor of Economics, Howard University

William Spriggs is a professor in the Department of Economics at Howard University and serves as chief economist to the AFL-CIO. At the AFL-CIO, he chairs the Economic Policy Working Group for the Trade Union Advisory Committee and serves on the board of the National Bureau of Economic Research.Previously, Spriggs served as assistant secretary for the Office of Policy at the Department of Labor, having been appointed by President Barack Obama. He also served as chairman of the Health Care Trust for UAW Retirees of the Ford Motor Co. He has held roles leading economic policy development at the Economic Policy Institute and the National Urban League. He is a former president of the National Economics Association, the organization of America’s professional black economists.He graduated from Williams College in Massachusetts and holds a doctorate in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison