Venting – Free COVID-19 with Every Paycheck

While nothing is likely to come of it, I find myself facing interesting thoughts in these trying times. There are some interesting observations to be made regarding the actions of employers in my region compared to the state’s shutdown of “non-essential businesses.”

At the moment, non-essential seems to be mostly hair, nail, and/or tanning salons and a few other odds and ends like gyms? I’m not sure about the last one, the gym my wife uses shut down a few weeks ago. At the moment, everything else seems to be operational.

I made the mistake of going to Walmart yesterday, and I must applaud their effort, at least. They only have one entrance opened and entry/exit are physically divided. They had someone actively pulling carts apart and wiping them all down to minimize people’s contact with multiple carts.

It brings to mind Mr. Peril’s post yesterday in how it represents a genuine attempt to make the best out of a bad situation. They didn’t have to put those measures in place, but chose to do so anyway and all the people coming and going were at least trying to comply. In way, that wonderful togetherness and cooperation is the very thing that weighs on my mind.

If I so vehemently disagree with my employer’s choice to continue operations despite the risk, should I be more proactive in behaving that way? To be fair, my employer isn’t doing nothing, they’re still trying and for the most part I agree with their methods. Compliance is a bit of a problem though. However, it all seems so… irresponsible. Why should we be putting these people at risk? At this point, continued operation seems like a public health hazard more likely to expose the vulnerable. For what? To hold onto every possible inch of market share or profitability?

I guess I’m just not convinced that what we do is essential and it annoys me that we’re using resources that would be better served to the array of medical professionals and retail workers on the front line. People need food and healthcare. They don’t need… what we make.

I find myself wondering if and where I should draw a line in the sand and say past this point I am no longer comfortable being employed by them. I am reminded a bit of Mario Savio’s “bodies upon the gears” speech.

There’s a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart, that you can’t take part! You can’t even passively take part!

The speech is more about the university system I think, and a bit too revolutionary for me. I am less concerned with stopping the machine and more concerned with not taking part. The whole thing has left me rather pensive. That the oft-maligned public and even our wholly divisive government has already embraced change in a rather beautiful way, accomplishing in a week or two things that might otherwise take years, my “corporate overlords” would settle for… whatever this is.

Okay, I’ll shut up and go sit quiet and moodily in the corner. Y’all take care, and don’t lay your bodies upon the gears. As a maintenance worker, I assure you, it’s not safe or healthy.


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