Stories tagged: "Essential workers"


In this photo from May 13, 2020, bags of garbage sit along the street before being picked up in Philadelphia's Ogontz section. Households are generating more trash as people stay home during the coronavirus pandemic. The city's 311 complaint line has received 9,753 calls about trash and recycling as of July 29 compared to 1,873 in February. (Tim Tai/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)
Philly’s Trash Problem Is Getting Out of Hand, Residents Say

Faced with social distancing restrictions, residents are staying home and generating more trash than ever before—about a 30% increase in residential trash collections, said Streets Commissioner Carlton Williams.

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Thousands of Workers Are Going on Strike for Black Lives Today. Here Are Their Demands.

Tens of thousands of frontline workers across the country are going on strike Monday to protest systemic racism and police brutality and to demand that corporations and the government take action to address white supremacy, end economic exploitation of Black workers, and allow all workers to unionize.

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Workers Are Taking Jobs on the Frontlines Because They Have No Other Options

“My boss told us if we needed to find other jobs we could do it, but I need to keep my job where I'm kind of furloughed because I also still have both my sons on my health insurance. So I had to try to balance it all out."

AP Photo/Janelle Cogan
My Boyfriend Is an Essential Worker. The Truth Is, I Hate It.

Reporter Janelle Cogan shares what it's like to date and live with an "essential worker," and opens up about the stress and anxiety it entails.

A woman works out on Mt. Washington overlooking the skyline of Pittsburgh that is lit in an Illumination Ovation of thanks and love from Pittsburgh to honor medical, health care and every other kind of essential worker still on the job, Tuesday, April 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Pennsylvania Has 26,000 COVID-19 Cases. The GOP Voted to Reopen Some Businesses.

The bill, which now heads to Gov. Wolf's desk, would make it so a wider range of businesses is deemed “essential,” including home construction and some small businesses.

AP Photo/Matt Rourke
Philly Is Getting Hit Hard by COVID-19. Now a Nearby Suburb Is Too.

The novel coronavirus has hammered the Philadelphia region. New data indicates the outbreak is now causing a surge in cases in a nearby New Jersey township.

AP Photo/Matt Rourke
Sen. Warren and Rep. Khanna Release ‘Essential Workers Bill of Rights’

“We have a responsibility to make sure essential workers have the protections they need, the rights they are entitled to, and the compensation they deserve.”