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“We put aside that our companies are competitors,” adds Smalls, who said he helped organize the strike over conference calls with workers that began two weeks ago. “We all realize that the time is now for us to speak up that’s why the alliance was easy to form.”
Willy Solis, a gig worker who has delivered for Target subsidiary Shipt since last November, said he fears coronavirus exposure because he’s immunocompromised but lacks the equipment necessary to protect himself.
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(“Shipt provides face masks and gloves for shoppers to pick up from their local Target store each day,” a Shipt spokesperson said, adding that the company has sent protective equipment to active workers or those in high risk areas.)
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Target noted low turnout among striking workers, and highlighted measures JAWS SHARK MOVIE Cover iPhone 6 / 6S implemented since the outbreak such as a $2 per hour pay increase as well as masks and gloves made available to workers.
“We’re aware of less than 10 team members who chose to participate in today’s activities,” Target Spokesperson Shane Klitzman said. “The vast majority of our more than 340,000 frontline team members have expressed pride in the role they are playing in providing an essential service in our stores across the country, and we applaud them for their efforts.”
BOSTON, MA. APRIL 7: A protester outside the South End Whole Foods to demand “adequate protections” for grocery workers during the COVID 19 pandemic on April 7, 2020 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Staff Photo By Matt Stone/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)Whole Foods said criticism of the company doesn’t represent the overall sentiment of its workforce, and noted its own pay increase of $2 per hour tiger cover s8, ELEGANT NIKE RED Cover Samsung Galaxy S8 as well as safety measures like mandatory temperature screenings and plexiglass barriers at checkouts.
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Less than five protests took place nationwide on Friday, Amazon said, involving less than 100 people, most of whom were not Amazon employees. facilities, provide all workers with protective masks, and give partial pay to workers who are sent home with a fever.
“They’re still small but the number of people participating is growing,” McAlevey says. “Importantly, the public’s awareness of them is growing because of the COVID crisis. Many Americans see what these workers are going through.”
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BOSTON, MA APRIL 7: Grocery store workers and others stage a protest rally outside the Whole Foods Market, in the South End of Boston, to demand personal protective equipment, added benefits if needed and hazard pay, during the coronavirus pandemic on Apr. 7, 2020…