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Pandemic exposes corporations’ true aims: Gig-ifying more jobs

Pandemic exposes corporations’ true aims: Gig-ifying more jobs
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In summary Lawmakers must stand with workers and oppose efforts by gig companies that want legislation to further dismantle workers’ rights. If you thought a global pandemic would be the wake-up call America needed to rectify the deep and deadly economic inequality between the “haves” and the “have-nots” – think again.

While most workers remained safely at home under shelter-in-place orders, essential workers have kept reporting to work day after day. Rather than recognizing the life-saving sacrifices frontline workers have made in this time of crisis, giant corporations have heartlessly sought opportunities to permanently eliminate middle-class jobs for the sake of profit.

The savagery of grocery and retail corporations are prime examples. Grocery and retail workers have been heroes ever since COVID-19 forced us all into a quarantined existence, but far too many grocery and pharmacy clerks and meatpackers have been exposed to the virus at work, fallen ill, brought the virus home to family members, and even lost their lives and loved ones.

A recent study from the University of California, San Francisco, shows mortality rates for jobs in the food and agriculture industries have jumped nearly 40% during the pandemic, ranking these jobs among […]

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