Civilization as we know it has ground to a standstill and nearly everyone has been forced to stay home except for one group: Essential workers.
These include doctors and nurses, public transportation workers, service and logistics workers, and food service employees among others. These are the folks who need to keep going to work so that supermarkets stay open, trains keep running, and our lights stay on
While essential workers can, and should, take pride in the service they are providing society during this challenging time, they also have it harder than almost anyone else. While the rest of the population is being asked to stay home and often being paid to do so, these workers are being asked to put their health at risk often for no additional compensation.
In many ways, essential workers are getting a raw deal and should be treated with more dignity (and pay) for the important work they’re doing.
Until then we have these memes.
Got a letter that says I’m an essential employee, and a paycheck that says I’m not.
— jake merch (@jakefm) March 20, 2020