Despite obstacles, essential worker wages are up slightly during COVID-19

SAN DIEGO — In the early days of the pandemic, grocery worker Roger McCullough was taken aback by the praise he’d regularly receive from customers. Even a member of the military thanked him for his service. But, then things started to change.McCullough, 55, who’d worked at Vons for 30 years, said customers grew more frustrated with workers about everything from having to wear a mask to items being out of stock. It didn’t help when his Vons made national news for a customer wearing a Ku Klux Klan hood in the store, and people criticized workers for not beating up the hood-wearing patron.But, it…

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