Protection for Farm Workers

United Farm Workers members wearing protective gear distributed to them through Harbor’s Logistics Victory LA program.

Program highlighted in last month’s issue donates equipment to keep farm workers safe.

The cover of the September 2020 issue of Alive!.

On Aug. 31, Logistics Victory LA (LoVLA), a program managed by the Harbor Dept., donated 75,000 masks to the United Farm Workers of America to keep its member farm workers safe during the pandemic, the wildfires and extreme heat.

LoVLA sources, collects, stores and distributes the millions of pieces of medical equipment and gear desperately needed by area medical centers to fight the virus and keep LA healthy. As we reported, LoVLA shipped its millionth piece of medical gear last month.

“Reaching out and assisting the United Farm Workers, a critical group of workers facing challenging conditions, is directly aligned with our mission to help keep workers stay safe and assist in the re-emergence of our state and nation’s economy,” said Gene Seroka, Executive Director of the Port of Los Angeles and City of Los Angeles’ Chief Logistics Officer. “We’re thankful to CMA CGM, who signed on as an early supporter of LoVLA, as well as the partnership with the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor.”

Donated by French shipping line CMA CGM, a world leader in shipping and logistics, to the City of Los Angeles through LoVLA, the FFP2 respirator masks—the European equivalent to N95— were first distributed last week and will continue to be given to farm workers this week. Launched at the outset of the pandemic, LoVLA was designed to match both medical and non-medical suppliers of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) with organizations in critical need of PPE and other supplies.