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As a new strain of coronavirus (COVID-19) swept through the world in 2020, preparedness plans, masking policies and more public policy changed just as quickly. WVXU has covered the pandemic's impact on the Tri-State from the very beginning, when on March 3, 2020, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine barred spectators from attending the Arnold Sports Festival in Columbus over concerns about the virus, even though Ohio had yet to confirm a single case of COVID-19.

What It's Like For Grocery Workers On The Front Lines Of The Coronavirus Pandemic


Grocery workers play an even more vital role in our lives amid this COVID-19 global pandemic. But what is life like for them? On Cincinnati Edition, we examine the conditions these workers are under and what kind of protections and compensation they are receiving during a time of increased demands on the industry.

We're joined by United Food and Commercial Workers Local 75 President Kevin Garvey and Director of Organizing, Political and Legislative Affairs Bill Benner to discuss the push to get grocery workers designated at "first responders." Think Progress Founder and Popular Information author Judd Legum also joined us to discuss his reporting on Kroger's sick leave policy. And we have responses from Ohio Grocers Association President and CEO Kristin Mullins; and The Kroger Company Group Vice President of Corporate Affairs Keith Dailey.

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Michael Monks brings a broad range of experience to WVXU-FM as the host of Cincinnati Edition, Cincinnati Public Radio's weekday news and information talk show.