Many Essential Workers Are Unprotected on the Frontline, According to New Shift Data

The Shift data document a lack of COVID-19-related protective measures in frontline service-sector jobs.
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Essential workers still lack basic safety protections on the job

The Shift Project's survey examines how service industry workers are being protected from COVID by employers. The survey finds that about two-thirds of employees said cleaning in their workplaces had improved, but companies are still not doing enough to provide protective equipment such as masks and gloves.
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Which Companies Still Aren’t Offering Paid Sick Days?

This tracker, containing data from The Shift Project, examines which companies exempt from the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act have announced paid sick leave policies.
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Why did it take a pandemic to make us value the lives of California’s essential workers?

In their op-ed, Kristen Harknett and Daniel Schneider outline service industry workers continued lack of adequate access to paid sick leave, despite the health risks posed by COVID. Despite national efforts to expand paid sick leave, such as through The Federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), these have fallen short due to exemption, leaving individual states to enact orders.
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Coronavirus energizes the labor movement. Can it last?

Due to COVID, there has been a reigniting of labor movement across California, and the rest of the country. Unions are pushing for new policies that cover worker safety, pay, and benefits.
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Unions Call for Grocery Store Workers to be Recognized as First Responders

United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), a union that represents 1.3 million people, is calling for grocery store workers to be temporarily designated as first responders or emergency personnel.
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US grocery workers risk coronavirus daily, and most don’t have paid sick leave

According to The Shift Project's study, only 8% of workers can take off at least 14 days—the length of a recommended COVID-19 quarantine—and even fewer report being able to take more days. The report also notes how many employees report having to skip medical care due to affordability issues (27%), how many have faced hunger hardships (34%), and how many do not have $400 available for an emergency (45%).
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Unpredictable work hours and volatile incomes are long-term risks for American workers

Brookings outlines what "just-in-time" scheduling practices are, which groups they affect, across which industries, the consequences on personal and family life, and what is being done across cities, states, and companies create more fair scheduling.
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Opinion: Sephora Never Valued Workers Like Me

Violet Moya, a Texas resident, describes her spontaneous firing from Sephora and how, from her point of view, the incident exemplifies that Sephora never really cared about employees like her. She describes herself as one of the hourly service sector workers that wanted more hours, but instead was given unstable schedules and few benefits.
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Elizabeth Warren Has a Plan to Protect Essential Workers

The new Essential Workers Bill of Rights, proposed by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.), aims to protect frontline workers in the next COVID-19 relief package. The bill has support from various organizations including MoveOn, SEIU, the American Federation of Teachers, the National Domestic Workers Alliance, Color of Change, and the Sunrise Movement.
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