The coronavirus pandemic has spurred organizing drives in industries not typically represented by labor unions, with workers organizing for higher wages and safer workplaces as the country revs back up following weeks of relative inactivity.
Workers in customarily low-paying jobs are seeking to cash in on their “essential” status, according to Politico.
“In literally a day, grocery store workers have gone from ‘just a job,’ to having a job that’s incredibly stressful, demanding and scary,” the website quoted the policy director and special counsel for the AFL-CIO, Damon Silvers, as saying. “The nature of the job has been transformed. Employees are saying, ‘If I’m going to risk my life, how about paying me more?’”