Even Before the Coronavirus, Working Class People Were Barely Getting By

15 min
Empty restaurants at Fisherman's Wharf on Mar. 17, 2020 after a shelter-in-place order was issued for San Francisco. (Beth LaBerge/KQED)

Lots of workers and contractors are in trouble: Either their employers have closed up shop, or they're continuing to work, often without paid sick leave or health insurance.

It's part of a bigger story of how, as one UCSF researcher puts it, there's been a "shift in risk" from corporations to workers over time. All it took was a life-changing event like the coronavirus to make things really go sideways.

Guest: Sam Harnett, KQED Silicon Valley reporter

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