Detroit Free Press: Marick Masters on worker safety concerns
Afraid for their safety, employees of a metro Detroit Amazon fulfillment center, where three people have tested positive for COVID-19, walked off the job Wednesday. It was another example of the devastating — and likely irreversible — toll the coronavirus crisis is taking on the morale those deemed essential workers in this pandemic. From grocery stores to factories and delivery services to home improvement superstores, workers are feeling let down and, as a result, are growing increasingly angry with employers for not following the rules of social distancing, not providing enough safety equipment — a ready supply of hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes and masks — and not being up front about the number of coworkers being infected with the coronavirus. “People are working at risk for their lives,” said Marick Masters, Wayne State University business professor. "All of these things threaten the long term as well as the short term nature of the employee-employer relationship."