As Omicron Spreads, Americans Are Going To Work Sick

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Published on January 21, 2022 - Duration: 01:30s

As Omicron Spreads, Americans Are Going To Work Sick

As Omicron Spreads, , Americans Are Going To Work Sick.

CNN reports that millions of the country's frontline laborers simply do not have the luxury of being able to miss a paycheck.

A recent Shift Project survey found that of the 6,600 hourly employees they questioned, nearly 65% had recently clocked in despite feeling ill.

A recent Shift Project survey found that of the 6,600 hourly employees they questioned, nearly 65% had recently clocked in despite feeling ill.

When questioned why they would show up to work sick as the pandemic rages, 55% said they needed the money.

They're faced with the decision to either go to work and likely get COVID-19 or miss paying the bills.

Workers either end up losing pay or going to work sick.

, Jim Araby, director of strategic campaigns for the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, via CNN.

Workers either end up losing pay or going to work sick.

, Jim Araby, director of strategic campaigns for the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, via CNN.

The United States, unlike most industrialized nations of the world, does not have a policy on paid sick leave.

Clearly we don't have a social safety net that can deal with these issues.

, Jim Araby, director of strategic campaigns for the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, via CNN.

Therefore, low-income Americans who are most likely to work grueling and precarious jobs often have no other choice.

I feel like I'm playing Russian roulette with my life going in to make hamburgers and fries for $11.15 an hour.

, Bill Thompson, employee at Burger King, via CNN


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