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Should grocery store workers be considered emergency workers?

Many Americans are sheltering at home for their own safety from the coronavirus outbreak, while grocery workers, truck drivers and more are putting their lives and well-being on the line so society can continue to function.

The coronavirus is an infectious respiratory disease—it primarily spreads by droplets and aerosols people give off in close contact. Since grocery workers have to interact with the public all day, their jobs have become uniquely dangerous. Some states have extended emergency worker status to these workers, recognizing how essential they are to society. In the case of Minnesota and Vermont, this gave grocery workers access to free child care during the duration of the crisis. Others are calling for guaranteed sick days, benefits and raises.

However fiscal conservatives argue that grocery store work is fundamentally a low-skill job which is priced as a minimum wage job for a reason. It's often a job for teenagers—not a career. While it's a crisis, there's no reason to fundamentally throw out everything we know about how the world works. 

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While being an unpopular opinion, not everyone thinks that grocery store workers necessarily deserve higher pay. 

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