"Mayday has historically been about workers," said Erica Mighetto, who drives for Uber.
"This is the first Mayday I have done something big for. The first Mayday for me," added Adrienne Williams, the one person here who actually does work for Amazon, as a driver.
It was a small protest of workers and former workers for Whole Foods, Instacart, and other companies as gig workers in business environments made all the more difficult because of COVID-19. They want hazard pay and better protections.
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Hence the protesting, "...because they're all the same. They all practice people over profits. And it is disgusting," said Mighetto.
One might argue that health fears contributed to keeping the turnout low, here.
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There were protests across the nation and the rest of the Bay Area on Friday. That afternoon, Governor Gavin Newsom acknowledged the spirit of this day. "I think it is a wonderful tradition. People protesting the status-quo. We could celebrate people for expressing themselves," he said.
Since the 1890's in Europe, May Day has always been about the workers and working conditions. Among them, Kaiser nurses in Oakland. "If the nurses are not safe, the community is not safe, and community is not safe," said Katy Roemer, speaking for everyone. "We are sick of being expendable. We are not expendable!"
On this Mayday, as any other, that is a universal theme made all the more urgent in the midst of a pandemic.
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