Jessica Wildefire writes:
There’s not enough.
There’s not enough truck drivers. There’s not enough nurses. There’s not enough doctors. There’s not enough teachers.
There’s not enough baristas.
There’s not enough servers, or cashiers, or cooks. There’s nobody to froth your latte to perfection, or make your bed at the fancy hotel, or bring you peanuts and soda on your first-class flight to wherever, or watch your kid while you’re sacrificing the best years of your life.
Here’s the worst part:
There never will be, ever again.
Essential workers ran the economy. We did everything. In return, we got nothing. No raises. No bonuses. No minimum wage laws. No childcare support. No sick leave. When the pandemic dragged on, we were forced back into dangerous workplaces for one reason:
We had to protect the bubble.
We endured sickness and death to keep the fake economy going, to keep stock prices high. We took risks our billionaire overlords never would. Essential workers got sick with Covid, and they were fired.
They were fired because they ran out of personal leave. In other words, they stayed sick for too long. Their medical bills got too expensive. So they were terminated. When they died, they left their families with staggering medical debt. If they survived, they had to find new jobs while managing the severe, lingering symptoms of a deadly disease.
There’s going to be a lot of theories when the economy collapses. (It’s already happening.) Here’s the simplest one:
We treated workers like crap.
So they quit.
I am sick and tired of business owners, CEOs and politicians (and I mean specifically Republicans) who are claiming workers are lazy. They just don’t want to work.
No workers want to be treated like human beings and respected for what they do for society. And in a long time, they are finally demanding it.