The Washington Post has a story about how mass shootings like the one at a King Soopers in Boulder, Colorado, have resulted in a supermarket workforce that feels under siege.
"The Boulder attack and other deadly grocery store shootings, including one last month in Long Island, underscore a new layer of vulnerability for millions of grocery workers, many already overwhelmed after taking on bigger workloads, longer hours and heightened health risks in the year-plus of the pandemic.
"The prolonged stress, public health experts say, can lead to depression, anxiety, high blood pressure, heart disease and other conditions. Now they’re dealing with one more stressor, said Bethany Brand, a psychology professor at Towson University in Maryland who specializes in trauma … Even workers not directly affected by the shootings say they are struggling to sleep and are fearful of going to work, as they confront an ever-present threat of gun violence in the workplace."
You can read the entire piece here.
- KC's View:
Reading this story makes me think yet again that all of the emphasis that was placed on mandated hazard pay in some quarters was misplaced. If you're worried about being caught in the kinds of mass shootings that have become all too common, and that the FBI has labeled as domestic terrorism, then a few bucks more per hour aren't going to make a difference, aren't going to assuage your anxieties.