'I'm working to survive, not to live.' Essential workers face pay gaps during the pandemic

“Stuart Appelbaum, president of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, which represents over 100,000 workers, echoed Brudney's points regarding the difficulty workers face when it comes to organizing. ‘I think that employers have opposed coming together to have a stronger voice,’ Appelbaum told USA TODAY. ‘There’s been constant union-busting behavior among too many employers.’ Appelbaum says he's hopeful that this type of behavior will change as more people start understanding the importance of essential workers. ‘During the pandemic, people have noticed the value of the jobs essential workers do,’ Appelbaum said. ‘They are jobs that are more important than those that are more compensated.’”

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