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BLS March Situation Summary
Warehouse workers risk COVID-19 to ship Gucci shades, face cream, sofas
The facility recently closed for cleaning after a co-worker contracted COVID-19, but it reopened 36 hours later.

With Americans stuck at home, warehouse workers scramble to fill surging online orders. Some, such as Amazon.com Inc and Walmart Inc employees, often ship groceries and other essentials. Others risk their health for furniture or fashion retailers such as IKEA, Wayfair Inc or Macy's Inc.

Government stay-home orders have carve-outs for warehouses or e-commerce operations, allowing a wide array of retailers to piggyback on exemptions intended primarily to ensure the flow of necessities. The loophole means a large segment of retail workers - who often have scant benefits or sick time - must choose between their health and their paycheck. Some retailers, including Wayfair, Kohl's and Macy's, have given workers letters from executives to show police if they are stopped while commuting.
IKEA and Wayfair called their products essential to people who suddenly need home-office furniture or other household items. Consumers depend on "companies like Wayfair to keep them supplied with the items they need for their homes during these challenging times," Wayfair said, adding that the government has recognized its crucial role.

archived There Are Two Types of People Now: Online Shoppers and the People Who Serve Them
by Cat on Sat Apr 11th, 2020 at 09:25:58 PM EST
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