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Grocery workers’ sick deal
From Nicole Brodeur in the Seattle Times:
Tasha West-Baker can make you a latte, slice your lunch meat or make you a cake at Safeway.
And she could make your entire family ill for days.
West-Baker doesn’t get paid sick days from the grocery chain, where she has worked for seven years. She works four days a week to support three kids on her own. Just staying home with a cold for three days could cost her 75 percent of her weekly paycheck.
That means that when she’s sick, she’s at Safeway – at the Starbucks kiosk, at the deli, in the bakery – and sending her sickness home with our groceries.