Let's be honest, grocery stores likely will not close due to coronavirus because everyone needs food. Grocery store associates are just seen as cogs in the machine, because we are replaceable. That's not okay, especially with the current state of the world.
We work hard, and are assisting the general public all day long every day. But we cannot wear face masks. We work long hours, risking our health and well-being. Hundreds of people are in a store at any given time. Lines are backed up, parking lots full, aisles impossible to squeeze through because of how busy it is. Employees from other departments are being pulled to help with the demand of online grocery orders. Customers are leaving the store with baskets full of French bread.
I'm asking Fred Meyer to pay their hardworking associates hazard pay in this time of crisis.
Why is this important?
It's important because we are risking everything by remaining at work.
"Hazard pay is a form of compensation granted to staff members who have been requested to remain and report for work in duty stations where very hazardous conditions."
Perfect example of why Fred Meyer employees should be payed hazard pay: I had a customer come to the bakery to get a single donut (we have to store them behind the counter now instead of in the donut case due to the virus) and he coughed right in my face, didn't cover his mouth or anything. He instantly realized what he did and apologized. I am lucky to still be able to work, don't get me wrong I am grateful to be considered an essential employee, but I am putting myself and my loved ones at risk by dealing with the public every damn day. I deserve a temporary wage increase. Not some measly one-time-only $300 bonus that will surely be taxed. Granted it is more than some are receiving, so again, I am grateful for it. But I think Fred Meyer can do better for its employees.
Rant over. Stay healthy & stay home. And certainly don't cough in people's faces.