To help us maintain our sense of normalcy and get us all of our essentials, warehouse workers, delivery drivers, grocery store and pharmacy employees, and couriers are constantly on the frontlines. Grocery stores have been busier than ever. Amazon warehouse workers must now work mandatory overtime, though they feel unsafe with limited cleaning supplies. And Amazon drivers deliver at least 250 packages a day each without adequate cleaning supplies.
As postal, UPS, FedEx, Amazon, and Costco employees begin to test positive for COVID-19, workers are demanding better protections. Amazon employees have staged protests and walkouts after Amazon refused to shut down and disinfect a building where a worker tested positive for COVID-19. Whole Foods workers organized a sick-out. Instacart employees have gone on strike. Even senators are calling for better protections for workers.
So, what can you do to support them? It's simple. There are petitions that anyone, including you, can sign to help fight for workers' rights. For example, this petition calls for USPS to ensure rights and safety for employees and customers. Or this Bernie Sanders petition calls for Amazon to protect their workers from coronavirus. Mind you, some of these workers are only making minimum wage — if that.
You can also help by contacting your representatives or senator. If you're not sure what to say, here are some scripts and talking points on a variety issues that you could potentially modify for this. By speaking up and signing petitions, you can support and fight for workers' rights, wages, safety, and protection — especially during a time that highlights how much we truly rely on them.