Published in Fortune

By José García

Every generation has a moment of reckoning–and the pandemic has been ours. The onset of COVID-19 in 2020 brought to light the importance of essential workers—farmers, delivery drivers, first responders, and others—who provide enormous value to society but have long been overlooked. These individuals are disproportionately exposed to poverty and unhealthy conditions without fair wages or health care, which is why protections for all workers will play a central role in reversing centuries of inequality.

Everyone deserves access to fair compensation, a safe working environment, and good benefits. Those are the components of the higher-quality jobs that lead to financial stability. It is heartening to see steps in the right direction.

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