State employee union questions who’s essential

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The Michigan State Employees Association has joined those questioning who is truly essential under the governor’s order to stay at home to slow the spread of coronavirus.

The union represents more than 4,700 people who work for the state of Michigan. 

“We just believe it’s paramount that health and safety of the employees come first in this situation,” MSEA Deputy Administrator Erik Bailey told News 8 Wednesday.

The union has sent formal requests for Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and other state leaders to reevaluate who’s deemed “critical” right now. 

The main concern? Those still going to work don’t have proper protection against COVID-19.

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