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Clap all you like now, but workers with meaningful jobs deserve to be valued in a post-coronavirus economy too

May 26, 2020

"The coronavirus recession has laid bare how illogically the U.S. labor market values work that matters. In the United States, as elsewhere, citizens have been extolling the role of essential workers – such as nurses, grocery suppliers and delivery drivers – by, for example, rewarding them with nightly claps. Yet many of these employees receive low pay and few protections, suggesting a different appreciation of their worth in the market." 

Written by Christopher Michaelson, PhD, Center for Bioethics Affiliate faculty member and Professor of Ethics & Business Law at the University of St. Thomas.