Front-line workers at grocery and retail stores have been flocking to a nonprofit site, Coworker.org, to make demands such as better pay and better schedules — with a fair degree of success.
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The tools of the Internet and a bit of public embarrassment can go a long way in drawing attention to a cause. Front-line workers at grocery and retail stores have used them effectively during the pandemic. Most of those workers aren’t unionized, so they’ve been flocking to a nonprofit website to fight for a fair workplace. NPR’s Reflect America fellow Ashish Valentine has more.
ASHISH VALENTINE, BYLINE: Takaya Elzey (ph) works at a New Seasons organic grocery store in Portland, Ore. When the coronavirus pandemic hit back in March, employees petitioned New Seasons for better wages. They did it on a website called coworker.org, and it worked. They got thank-you pay for coming back to