ITS LIKE ROAD RAGE WITHOUT THE CARS. Retail workers are now targets of customer anger verging on rage. “We had the occasional mean and picky customer before Covid-19,” says Shannon Ferris, “but now it’s a million times worse.”
HEROES DON’T DESERVE A PAY CUT. But they got one anyway. All our big grocery chains recently clawed back the $2-an-hour “hero pay” they had given their workers in the early days of the corona pandemic.
IT’S THE LAST LIST ANYONE WANTS TO TOP. It’s a list of jobs ranked by the risk of getting the coronavirus, from the most risky to the least. The Alberta Federation of Labour (AFL) created the list as part of a campaign to promote COVID-19 awareness and caution among workers as they go back to work.
“TRUDEAU’S A DAY LATE AND A DOLLAR SHORT AGAIN,” SAYS ANN KUZYK. “What we need are millions of N95 masks and the jobs making them. What we don't need is more political grandstanding and a PR stunt from GM.”
“WORKERS DON’T COUNT FOR SHIT HERE." That’s the real story of what’s going on at Cargill says Calgary labour activist Lev Bronstein. “They’re bullied into going back when they don’t feel safe. Filipino workers are turned into scapegoats. The whole thing stinks.”
BOSSES SAY “YOU’RE NOT PAID TO THINK”. But workers always do. They’re proving that right now. The results can be inspiring, provocative and unsettling. Here’s a sampling of what happens when workers think for themselves.