Why Essential Workers Are Not Paid More After Their Jobs Got Risky
'We're Risking Our Lives': Front-Line Federal Workers Sue For Hazard Pay
Additional resources to think about
How 4 Small Businesses Are Coping Amidst a Crisis
This episode of a short series by Vice covers the experiences of people and small businesses who are considered essential in the “new reality” that is the coronavirus pandemic.
As 'Hero' Pay Ends, Essential Workers Wonder What They Are Worth
This article from NPR talks to employees from all across the workforce who received a pay bump as part of their jobs on the frontlines.
Amazon, Instacart Grocery Delivery Workers Demand Coronavirus Protection And Pay
A brief NPR piece that talks to Amazon warehouse workers in New York and Instacart grocery delivery workers across the country who are demanding more protections for their health and safety and higher pay.
Whitmer announces program that gives free college tuition to essential frontline workers
Article about Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s announcement that a state-wide program will offer essential and frontline workers in the COVID-19 crisis a tuition-free path to community college.
'Essential' Status Means Jobs For Farmworkers, But Greater Virus Risk
This article from NPR details the risks for farm workers, some of whom share temporary housing, rides, and meals together as they help provide food for tables across the country and the world.
About That Hazard Pay
Women, especially women of color, are disproportionately likely to be working in jobs deemed essential. This episode of Planet Money explores this phenomenon.
Hazard Pay | U.S. Department of Labor
The United States Department of Labor's definition of hazard pay, including links to the Fair Labor Standards Act fact sheet and other types of premium pay.
Who created this message?
- What kind of “text” is it?
- How similar or different is it to others of the same genre?
- What are the various elements (building blocks) that make up the whole?
What creative techniques are used to attract my attention?
- What do you notice (about the way the message is constructed)?
- What’s the emotional appeal?
- What makes it seem “real?”
- What's the emotional appeal? Persuasive devices used?
How might different people understand this message differently from me?
- How many other interpretations could there be?
- How could we hear about them?
- How can you explain the different responses?
What lifestyles, values, and points of view are represented in, or omitted from, this message?
- What type of person is the reader/watcher/listener invited to identify with?
- What ideas or perspectives are left out?
- How would you find what’s missing?
- What judgments or statements are made about how we treat other people?
Why is this message being sent?
- What's being sold in this message? What's being told?
- Who is served by or benefits from the message
– the public?
– private interests?
Should essential workers during the coronavirus pandemic receive hazard pay?
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