Why Essential Workers Deserve Covid-19 Hazard Pay

By Teresa Ghilarducci

As the nation moves into an uncertain and wobbly relationship with the Covid-19 virus, it would be both just and smart to pay more to essential workers for risking their lives in the field...If labor markets had a more equal balance of power between workers and firms, hazard pay would emerge naturally...Have employers pay the hazard pay. They can avoid their excess profit tax by boosting wages, and their profits will go back to something that looks like normal.

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