A rousing boo to any retailer that’s closed on Thanksgiving however doesn’t have vacation pay. And too many employees will nonetheless be referred to as into jobs that actually don’t have to be performed each single day.

Some jobs, although, have to be labored 24 hours a day, one year a yr, with out regard to holidays. Nurses. Docs. Paramedics and EMTs. Firefighters. This yr, lots of these employees have spent greater than a yr and a half working by a pandemic that has made their jobs harder, extra harmful, extra relentless. More than 3,600 health care workers died of COVID-19 within the first yr of the pandemic, and whereas vaccines have performed lots to guard them from critical sickness and dying over the previous eight months or so, they’ve nonetheless been compelled to preside over monumental quantities of struggling and dying, most of it preventable.

So on this present day of giving thanks, keep in mind to thank the individuals who’ve gotten us this far, who’ve put their well being and their lives on the road to look after our sick or make sure that there are groceries on the cabinets. However keep in mind how a lot of that threat and brutal work shouldn’t have been vital—or ought to have been performed within the context of employers and a society that valued the employees and the work extra extremely.

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