Meanwhile, some companies that employ essential workers right now have seen increased sales and boosted executive pay in recent months.
Many essential workers, by contrast, are making less than a living wage even with the increase in pay.
Millions of essential workers also lack health insurance, jeopardizing their ability to seek treatment and making any illness potentially financially devastating for them and their families.
Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) has put forth a plan to give workers a similar raise, though for a shorter period.
Before the pandemic, hazard pay was often something military or government employees got when they took on dangerous assignments, Kinder said.
In her interviews with dozens of essential workers in recent weeks, Kinder said, “Everyone brought up the issue of hazard pay.”.
And Democrats will need the support of Senate Republicans if they hope to secure additional pay for essential workers. »