As the state of Minnesota continues to band together and fight to flatten the curve, it is important to give credit where it’s due. While we all have had to sacrifice and adjust our lives to protect ourselves and our community, it’s important to give special acknowledgement and a platform to those who have done more than their share. Our front-line workers have poured their blood, sweat, and tears into stabilizing society and caring for us. This week, a Who Cares for Us Day of Action will be held to serve as a catalyst for lifting up those who have carried us through these dark moments.
Although we want to offer our sincerest gratitude for the sacrifice our front-line workers and their families have given, we know it does not scratch the surface of the deserved response to their selflessness. Mere “thanks” and admiration is not enough if we do not use it to motivate the fight for justice in our legislature. Our health care workers, caregivers, law enforcement, firefighters, grocery store workers, and many more have not been given the support they deserve. Their much-deserved wage increases, on-site job protection, and general support is long overdue and it’s time our priorities shift to changing this.
The impact of COVID-19 serve as a wakeup call to prioritize legislative solutions that care for our front-line workers such as paid family leave, earned sick and safe time, hazard pay for grocery store workers, wage increases for PCAs, protection for school workers, and rent and mortgage assistance. No essential worker in the state of Minnesota should go without the tools to protect themselves or struggle to make ends meet.