Bernie Sanders Says It Is ‘Nauseating’ to See Corporations Praise Frontline Workers as ‘Heroes’ While Refusing to Pay Them More

Bernie Sanders Says It Is 'Nauseating' to See Corporations Praise Frontline Workers as 'Heroes' While Refusing to Pay Them More

Bernie Sanders Says It Is ‘Nauseating’ to See Corporations Praise Frontline Workers as ‘Heroes’ While Refusing to Pay Them More



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23.05.2020 08:35

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Tonychaudhry
Tonychaudhry
23.05.2020 08:35

There’s a corporate meeting going on right now “what if we start calling them super heroes”.

sleepytimegirl
sleepytimegirl
23.05.2020 08:35

I wonder if my internet service provider accepts claps as payment.

kokoronokawari
kokoronokawari
23.05.2020 08:35

Nurse here. They been cutting hours for nurses and techs pretty much maximizing how many patients a nurse can have. Before, they were willing to give us the extra nurse/tech to help out during the early covid-19 crisis. But because of elective surgeries having been held for so long (they are active again now), they lost a lot of money so they started to penny pinch like this. They cut the pay of doctors by nearly 20% and were making threats we were having glove shortage in order to conserve PPE and cost. They also got rid of half of… Read more »

foolmanchoo
foolmanchoo
23.05.2020 08:35

For the corporations, their frontline worker’s lives are just a great marketing campaign during the pandemic.

Grunchlk
Grunchlk
23.05.2020 08:35

It’s meant to make people feel good about themselves without actually having done anything.

gustavo1fring
gustavo1fring
23.05.2020 08:35

Honestly I started watching a tv show that has ads I can’t skip and the amount of “we are here for you” ads coming from companies like fucking UBER makes me want to scream …. fucking UBER !!!! UBER ???? Fuck off !!!!

Aisteach19
Aisteach19
23.05.2020 08:35

Nobody wants claps they want pay and ppe. These clap for so and so are just a way to make people feel something is being done for them when in fact nothing is, they are risking their lives and billionaires and companies are getting richer. None of the frontline workers in my sphere want these claps.

PoppaGriff
PoppaGriff
23.05.2020 08:35

This isn’t surprising. Calling someone a “hero” shifts them into an expendable class. In America, at least, soldiers are considered “heroes”; when these “heroes” go to war and return missing limbs or psychologically fucked up, they don’t receive the help they need or deserve because they’re expendable and it’s cheaper to consider them as consumable products. With coronavirus, this mentality has been retrofitted to move the goalposts closer to everyone’s front door.

obscurereference234
obscurereference234
23.05.2020 08:35

“We’ll pay them with nice, cheap *words*.”

rebelliousmuse
rebelliousmuse
23.05.2020 08:35

And yet McConnell won’t pass the stimulus bill from the House, as he doesn’t want people making more on unemployment than they do while they’re working. But have you ever heard him talk about paying workers a livable wage?

oldcreaker
oldcreaker
23.05.2020 08:35

Praise for the living – and thoughts and prayers for the dead. How to give without actually giving anything.

TheResuscitologist
TheResuscitologist
23.05.2020 08:35

I’m a front line worker. This isnt neccesarily a political issue. The healthcare workers are heroes bit is being pushed by hospitals as well as politicians. Why? Because you expect heroes to work without the right ppe. You expect heroes to take pay cuts. You expect heroes to die. Hospitals are calling us heroes while letting us be on the front lines literally dying, getting sued, cutting our pay and then put up signs to make us feel good. So that the general public doesnt cause an uproar because its normal for noble heroes to die. It changes the narrative… Read more »

joddish
joddish
23.05.2020 08:35

the fact that they do this when they *are* putting money into fucking ADS trumpeting how understanding they are says all you need to know about capitalism

Jedi-El1823
Jedi-El1823
23.05.2020 08:35

Corporations and some customers: “You guys are heroes. You’re working during all this. You’re cleaning the stores, stocking the shelves, making sure I’ve got food. You’re cleaning the hospitals, so people have some peace of mind that the place is clean. You’re cleaning and maintaining the hotels, so people traveling have somewhere clean and safe to stay. You’re serving food so I’ve got something to eat. All of you are heroes.” The employees: “Yeah, words are nice. Can we have raises and more benefits?” Those same people after this: “Get a real job if you want those things.”

dmetzcher
dmetzcher
23.05.2020 08:35

It’s nauseating, but it’s the cornerstone of modern America—empty platitudes are what we do best. In fact, they’re pretty much all we do these days. If we could bottle that and sell it, we’d be wealthier than any country sitting on a sea of oil. We’ve seen it with our military for decades now. “Support the Troops” means “support all wars and question nothing.” It doesn’t mean give soldiers the body armor and equipment needed in the field. It doesn’t mean give them prompt access to mental healthcare when they return home. That’s costs money, and Americans prefer to wage… Read more »

Innocul8
Innocul8
23.05.2020 08:35

Words do not pay bills. Give these folks MORE MONEY!!!

Midgetmunky13
Midgetmunky13
23.05.2020 08:35

I’m a cable technician. When this started getting serious in March, we got hazard pay, 25% increase. Nothing really changed at the office, just “wash your hands, keep distance, don’t hang out here. Last week was the start of manitory masks whenever in the office, tape marking off where to stand, blocking of certain routes, all that. It was also the end of hazard pay. So they know the risk, there’s more infected people now than when they started hazard pay. We have stricter rules, but there is less of a hazard now? They have given us one n95 mask… Read more »

kakretsc
kakretsc
23.05.2020 08:35

THIS. I’m a Detroit nurse still caring for covid patients on a daily basis. If I’m called a hero one more time while management simultaneously refuses to give us hazard pay and cuts our vacation time, I’m bout to go off.

CubanLynx312
CubanLynx312
23.05.2020 08:35

Just fly the Blue Angels over them

Scotchrogers
Scotchrogers
23.05.2020 08:35

Not only are they not paying them more but some places, like the CVS my friend works for, are not even giving them the proper safety equipment. As soon as our state started lifting restrictions they got rid of the plastic dividers, told her she has to provide her own PPE now and basically just went back to business as usual. This is a pharmacy, where people that have covid come for medicine.

crookedbirds
crookedbirds
23.05.2020 08:35

If they call us heroes, it makes it easier to cast us as opportunistic or selfish when we ourselves demand greater compensation. They can just throw around hollow platitudes while we’re martyred against our will, but when we advocate for ourselves it’s somehow reduced to a cynical cash grab.

Nir91
Nir91
23.05.2020 08:35

The entire way the government and media hijacked the narrative has made me sick. In the U.K. every ‘hero’ I’ve spoken to finds the term patronising and borderline insulting. They don’t want idiots clapping outside their windows once a week, go write a letter to your representative demanding better pay and protections. The cause has been hijacked precisely so people don’t think about doing something actually worthwhile that might result in a positive action for their ‘heroes’.

Ghostofme77
Ghostofme77
23.05.2020 08:35

I’m responsible for cleaning and sanitizing a place that has had multiple covid cases, no healthcare no hazard pay.

jordan-kepper
jordan-kepper
23.05.2020 08:35

if this pandemic doesn’t start a revolution that overthrows the corporate overlords and the politicians in their pockets, I don’t know what will. Maybe nothing.

ThatDamnFrank
ThatDamnFrank
23.05.2020 08:35

“Clapping costs us nothing. Let’s clap for them…!”

xray_anonymous
xray_anonymous
23.05.2020 08:35

Hospital employee here.
Some are furloughing employees.
Our is CUTTING our wages by 10% to save money.

The moral of this country is “WE NEED YOU THANK YOU FOR YOUR SACRIFICE but we need profits so we have to fire you and cut your income. BUT THANK YOU FOR WORKING ANYWAY BECAUSE YOU HAVE TO.”

I’ve never wanted to quit more in my life. But I can’t pay my bills with gratitude of strangers so…

destijl-atmospheres
destijl-atmospheres
23.05.2020 08:35

Your higher ups calling you essential should be its its own reward. /s

What’s really being expressed is that the positions themselves are essential, while the individual workers are disposable. We need a Ralphs employee. We don’t need Maria, the cashier who died because some asshole customer coughed in her face.

DichloroMeth
DichloroMeth
23.05.2020 08:35

A super hero is someone we can throw at the wolves guilt free.

Pay your so called heroes corporate America!

amberyoung
amberyoung
23.05.2020 08:35

We are all getting $2 extra, since Covid really settled in, but they just announced that this is officially the last month that we are getting it. So starting June 1st, all Whole Foods employees are being stripped of that $2 extra an hour. We are NOT safer. We still are risking the lives of our loved ones. We still have to work harder to clean our store, we still have to wear masks, bathe in hand sanitizer, shower the moment we get home, constantly admonish customers for not wearing their masks properly or flouting social distancing. Our whole lives… Read more »

meatball402
meatball402
23.05.2020 08:35

“We call the heroes so we dont have to pay them any more.”

C_The_Bear
C_The_Bear
23.05.2020 08:35

“Here at Company, we don’t see you frontline workers as just our employees and customers. We see you as a golden marketing opportunity!”

uggamugga2903
uggamugga2903
23.05.2020 08:35

Er nurse here, so there’s a giant sign in our er that reads “THANK YOU HEROES!” Yet they’re using the low census to lay off 10% of our staff and trying to take our shift differentials away. Over 40 nurses have been furloughed from my department and those of us who were chosen to stay have been forced to take 5:1 patient assignments; which is unsafe staffing. Because of the low census the only people who are coming in are very sick. I’m also pediatric specific and they’ve been closings peds at night and making me take adult patients. So… Read more »

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23.05.2020 08:35

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