100 Cities and 1000+ Workers Walk Out For BLM
History is being made each and every day but this is something amazing. 100 cities had essential workers walk out and go on strike. Thousands more people walked away from their jobs for 8 minutes and 48 seconds. That time seems familiar because that was the same amount of time an officer had their knee on George Floyd. This walkout/strike is called Strike for Black Lives. This Strike included Black and Latino fast food employees, janitors, home health aids, and other industries Black workers are unfairly represented.
The Strike for Black Lives was organized by a number of movements. Movement for Black Lives lead the charge with the help of Service Employees International Union(SEIU), The Fight for $15, and the Poor People’s Campaign.
This strike was aimed at corporations like Amazon, McDonalds, and Uber. Rev. Dr. William Barber II, leader of Poor People’s Campaign met with CNN and had strong feelings. He told CNN, ” If you’re concerned about life, you have to challenge corporations that will put up a hashtag or slogan but do nothing about workers having healthcare or a living wage or decent employment”!
Many of these companies stopped giving pay raises and sick leave the minute coronavirus started. Why would they need raises and sick leave now? It’s not like Black Americans, who make up a large part of the employees at these companies, make up 60% percent of Rona deaths despite only making up 13.4% of the population. Nope sick leave and raises aren’t important at all. It’d only help stop the spread to other employees and customers. Maybe help them pay for medical attention.
These companies are trying to just save a dollar instead of a life, unlike their meaningless posts suggest. “The danger facing essential workers hasn’t diminished. “Any job where a worker is interacting closely with the public or coworkers for an extended period of time elevates the possibility of contracting coronavirus” economist AnnElizabeth Konkel said.
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