This vacation, give thanks for the employees who’ve gotten us this far regardless of hazard and disrespect

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A rousing boo to any retailer that’s closed on Thanksgiving however doesn’t have vacation pay. And too many employees will nonetheless be known as into jobs that actually don’t must be executed each single day.

Some jobs, although, must be labored 24 hours a day, one year a yr, with out regard to holidays. Nurses. Medical doctors. Paramedics and EMTs. Firefighters. This yr, lots of these employees have spent greater than a yr and a half working by a pandemic that has made their jobs harder, extra harmful, extra relentless. More than 3,600 health care workers died of COVID-19 within the first yr of the pandemic, and whereas vaccines have executed so much to guard them from critical sickness and demise over the previous eight months or so, they’ve nonetheless been pressured to preside over huge quantities of struggling and demise, most of it preventable.

So on this present day of giving thanks, keep in mind to thank the individuals who’ve gotten us this far, who’ve put their well being and their lives on the road to take care of our sick or be sure that there are groceries on the cabinets. However keep in mind how a lot of that danger and brutal work shouldn’t have been obligatory—or ought to have been executed within the context of employers and a society that valued the employees and the work extra extremely.

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