Essential food workers across the country aren’t ‘heroes’ by choice

While many essential workers are feeding America and being called ‘heroes’, some would prefer actual improvements to their benefits and pay, Business Insider reports. For many food workers, their essential jobs are barely paying the bills. One fast-food worker in Waco, Texas, quit his job at Wendy’s after feeling “disrespected and humiliated” when his location received a bag of candy from the franchise as a token of appreciation. Many fast-food employees said they were terrified of catching the virus at work while being in contact with so many people. Similarly, major supermarket chains are reporting their first coronavirus-related employee deaths. Thousands of grocery employees continue to work as the infection and death rates continue to rise. Industry experts say that as infections climb, it will likely affect grocers’ ability to add new workers. The Washington Post has the story.

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