Small businesses and their workers are really hurting during this crisis. Please consider giving a larger tip than usual to local restaurants and small businesses. As a guideline, government officials are proposing funding to give all healthcare and essential business workers a 50% bonus until we all get through this together.
Ideas to Help Essential Business Workers
Nearly 60 million Americans are still working to keep our internet running, to deliver our groceries, to make sure we have electricity, and to care for the sick. Sadly, many employers are not giving their front-line employees masks, sterile gloves or other things they need to stay safe and healthy to benefit all of us.
Please contact your elected officials and demand they support an essential workers Bill of Rights that includes:
- Health and safety protections.
- Robust premium compensation.
- Protections for collective bargaining agreements
- Truly universal paid sick leave and family and medical leave.
- Protections for whistle blowers.
- An end to worker misclassification.
- Health care security.
- Support for childcare.
- Treat workers as experts.
- Hold corporations accountable for meeting their responsibilities.
If you have access to masks and gloves, please consider giving them to front line workers whose employers are not providing it for them.
Find your local hospital, fire station and other first responder locations and organize a 5 car Rolling Thunder Thank You Caravan with THANK YOU signs. Go to local hospitals, nursing homes, police and fire stations at shift changes to show your appreciation by shouting thank you for working today, ringing cow bells, honking horns, etc. Please make sure all participants wear masks and gloves and stand 6+ feet apart!
Watch our recent Rolling Thunder Thank You Caravan:
Join people around the world thanking healthcare workers and others on the front lines by leaning out your window or going outside tonight at 7 PM and clapping, cheering, ringing a bell, etc. for 20 seconds to show your support for health care workers and all those on the front lines fighting and most effected by the virus.
Order takeout from my local independent restaurant.
Call your national, state and local representatives and demand they provide economic, health and safety support to all essential workers.
If you know anyone who is living alone, please call them frequently.
We just realized that even though everyone should be wearing a mask, you can still see people smiling through their eyes! Smiling at a stranger and saying a muffled hello might be the best thing that happens to them all day!
Many essential business workers on the front lines, including delivery drivers, garbage collectors, cleaning people, are low wage earners, people of color and DO NOT HAVE THE PPE THEY NEED TO PROTECT THEMSELVES! Please donate to Masks for the People to address this critical need.