Low Wage Workers in the Pandemic
California's lowest paid workers are demanding change.
Low-wage, essential workers who can’t do their jobs from home are facing an unequal playing field as the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic continue. In California, many of the state’s 556,000 fast-food workers have protested what they call a widespread lack of basic health and safety protections. Now, many are advocating for a new law to address long-standing issues in the industry. The COVID-19 pandemic revealed two distinct workforces: those who could do their jobs from home and those who had to show up in person. A recent increase in labour strikes and protests is drawing attention to what some workers say was unequal treatment.