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As Cities Begin Shutting Down, How Will Front Line Workers Be Affected?

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An Uber Eats delivery bike rider wears face mask as a precaution against transmission of the coronavirus at Madrid Rio park on March 14, 2020 in Madrid, Spain.

On this edition of Your Call, we'll discuss how workers on the frontline of the coronavirus outbreak are being affected. What protections are in place for them, including paid sick leave and unemployment benefits?

Yesterday, people in six Bay Area counties including San Francisco, Santa Clara, San Mateo, Marin, Contra Costa and Alameda were askedd to stay inside their homes and away from others as much as possible until at least April 7th. This is the first drastic measure to take place in the country. If efforts to flatten the curve are successful in the Bay Area, shelter in place policies will also happen in other areas.


Ken Jacobs, Chair of the UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education

Nicole Grigg, journalist and Trader Joe's employee

MJ (anonymous), driver for Lyft

Web Resources:

NY Times: The Workers Who Face the Greatest Coronavirus Risk

Technology Review: Coronavirus is revealing the gig economy’s sharp inequalities