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Companies’ bad response to the pandemic is leading to greater support for worker power

14 May 2020

A new survey finds that a large cross-section of people agree that workers shouldn’t be fired for protesting unsafe conditions—and support for unions is growing, as well.

The COVID-19 pandemic has made it painfully clear how small of a voice many American workers have in how their workplaces are run. Essential employees from grocery store workers to garbage collectors have been forced to do their jobs without necessary safety measures that they’ve demanded. Gig and domestic workers, without any labor safety nets at all, have had to choose between going to work, at the risk of their own and others’ health, or going without any income at all. But the spotlight on these issues could also be the inspiration for new fights for worker power.

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