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Supermarket workers getting infected

WBUR reports Shaw's and Stop & Shop acknowledges some of its workers have tested positive for Covid-19, including at the Hyde Park Shaw's. Stop & Shop says most of its positive employees are in its New York State stores.

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all of those who are affected with this terrible virus and those who are still being asked to go to work. Supermarket workers are unsung heroes during this crisis.

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Now, if only the Democratic primary ballot included a guy who wants for someone like that to enjoy a better standard of living OH WAIT

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Why do the employers not provide their workers with any protection?

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If hospital workers can't get enough PPE to do their jobs, how would you expect a supermarket worker to get it? A nurse in NYC just died because of lack of PPE.

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Hospital-type protections aren't the only options. Some stores are getting creative, with plexiglass barriers to keep cashiers and customers separate, and other measures. Executives who aren't doing anything at all to protect workers are causing their problems.

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OK, picture this. The workers getting infected may not be cashiers. They may be stocking shelves. They may be cleaning the store. They may be working the service desk. But yeah, let's just blame executives because progressive, right?

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Because they aren't cashiers, nothing can be done to protect them? But yeah, let's excuse company executives, because profits, right?

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From the White House daily briefings that by April 12th the country will be opened for business. I’m confused with that message.

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Not only are these people interacting with each other and customers, many of them are taking public transportation to get to work. And even if they weren't, there's no way they were going to have a lower rate of infections than the population at large.

We need to recognize that the store employees, delivery drivers, public transit drivers, and other workers out there deserve our thanks for taking these risks - especially when they are not receiving pay commensurate with the risk.

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The Marriott Long Wharf workers should be tested too. Their pay is also not commensurate with the risk that they were unknowingly exposed to, and now Marriott is laying them off to boot.

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I am a Star Market employee still working full-time in the Deli Department. Customer's thank me for working. It's unbelievable just how many people are still willing to stay and shop when it's busy!! I still see many ppl standing and walking very close to one another..ugh

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Stop & Shop pays its employees an average of $11.95 an hour. Hourly pay at Stop & Shop ranges from an average of $9.38 to $19.09 an hour. Stop & Shop employees with the job title Asset Protection Associate make the most with an average hourly rate of $15.99, while employees with the title Cashier make the least with an average hourly rate of $10.26.

They should strike for improved healthcare, pay, and sick time.
Corporate isn't going to give two shits about them when this is all over.

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Because the MA minimum is $12.75, and will be $15 in 2023.

Still not great, but on this Boston-centric site, that should be made clear.

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That's a new one for me. I'm really showing my age, I guess.

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Employees make up roughly two-thirds of a company's value. Those are the assets that need protection.

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Aka security, or rent-a-cop.

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Most retail stores use this euphemism now. Many who work in retail work less than 40 hrs.a week, not because they want to but because the store doesn’t give full time hours to anyone below the management level. I don’t know if just calling workers employees has legal ramifications, but this surprised me as much as it did you when I first heard about it.

My first job (1970) was after school and Saturdays during the holiday season at the London Harness store on Franklin St. My official title was “salesclerk”. We assisted customers, wrote out a receipt, then put it and the cash in a canister which went via a tube to a cashier, at a separate station at the back of the store. She was the only person who handled money. Later, I worked summers at Jordan Marsh. They had their own peculiar name for employees: we were all “fellow workers”. This name came from a statement by the president of the company from about WW I to the early 30’s who had worked his way up in the store from salesclerk. There is a plaque to this effect by the old Fellow Workers’ entrance on Chauncey St. Both Jordan Marsh & Filene’s were run by progressive families who believed in the well-being of their employees and providing them with a living in return for their work. Jordan Marsh, in fact, was popularly known as, “The House of Progress”. Eben Jordan was an amateur musician. He built Jordan Hall and gave generously to the New England Conservatory, the Majestic Theater, and subsidized the Boston Opera Company, amongst other philanthropic endeavors. His competition across the street was no different. (Abraham) Lincoln Filene, in the early 1900’s, instituted profit sharing for his employees and provided them with a health clinic, insurance, and a retirement plan. He also funded the investigative journalism of Lincoln Steffens and the campaign for women’s suffrage. Unlike many of his business peers, he was an outspoken supporter of the New Deal. The foundation he established in his and his wife’s name went on to supply the bulk of the funds for creating WGBH.

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just before Great Depression One.

The "associates" thing has been around for a while, and I myself have had some silly titles in my day, but I hadn't heard "Asset Protection Associate" before. I guess that used to be "store detective" or "security guard"?

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Thanks for the information, I learned quite a bit from your post!

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Asset protection is what used to be called until recently, loss prevention.
And before that it was just simply security.

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