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We are entering the final throes of this coronavirus pandemic, undoubtedly, and there will soon be some tough decisions looming for much of America’s workforce.
We are already beginning to see some of the sign of trouble in certain sectors of our economy – namely in the gig and service industries, where workers are being paid more by the government to not work than they would at a part-time, minimum wage job. This means that many restaurants, (both fast food and otherwise), are remaining closed on account of a lack of workers.
In New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio is now dealing with reticence from his own work force as well, but for a different reason.
As things are slowly re-opening here in New York City, 80,000 city employees are expected to return to the office on Monday. But not everyone is happy to go back.
“It is disgusting how the mayor and city agencies have been treating city workers and using us as a pawn to bring back New York City,” a city employee, who didn’t want to give her name, said.
De Blasio wasn’t buying it, however.
“Our health care leaders are clear — this is the right time for folks to come back,” the mayor said.
“180,000 city employees have been vaccinated — very important to know that 80% of the workforce is right now at their jobs and has been through the height of the pandemic,” de Blasio said. “We’ve got to do the work to bring the city back.”
The argument spawned a protest by an organization called City Workers for Justice, who are asking the Mayor to push back this arbitrary date in order for employees to spend time arranging for child care and other services that were rendered unnecessary during the pandemic.
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Author: Andrew West
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