A catchy boo for any store that is closed on Thanksgiving Day but doesn’t have a holiday pay. And too many workers will still be called upon to do tasks that really don’t need to be done every day.
Some jobs, however, must be worked 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, regardless of holidays. Nurses. Doctors. Paramedics and paramedics. Firefighters. This year, many of those workers have spent more than a year and a half going through a pandemic that has made their jobs more difficult, more dangerous and more relentless. More than 3,600 health workers died of COVID-19 in the pandemic’s first year, and although vaccines have done a lot to protect them against serious illness and death in the past eight months or so, they have still been forced to preside over enormous amounts of suffering and death, most of which is preventable.
So on this day of thanksgiving, don’t forget to thank the people who have brought us here, who put their health and their lives on the line to care for our patients or to ensure that there are provisions in the rays. But remember how this risky and brutal job shouldn’t have been necessary or should have been done in the context of employers and a society that valued workers and work more.