Pharmacist Tim Riley is one of more than a million workers who have kept showing up to work in person to keep the economy going. Sandy Bressner/Shaw Local

Thousands of workers around Chicago have been labeled “essential” to maintaining our health, educational and economic infrastructures. We want to hear from those essential workers about what they need to keep going.

South Side Weekly is one of twenty newsrooms in Chicago that are collaborating to better understand and report on important issues facing essential workers. We want our coverage to adequately reflect experiences impacting life, family and community for workers in health care, schools, transit, public safety, food service and other industries that are critical to our ability to function as a city and state. 

Fill out this survey and tell us about your experience in the workplace and what should be done for those who must physically show up for work during the pandemic. Your message will be treated as confidential:

By completing this survey, you agree that your message can be used as part of ongoing coverage of essential workers and that a news organization may contact you about this and related issues at the contact information you provided.

You can find the collected reporting work on Participating newsrooms include WBEZ, Chicago Reader, La Raza, WTTW, Block Club Chicago, South Side Weekly, Austin Weekly News, Chicago Defender, Injustice Watch, Windy City Times, Borderless Magazine, Hyde Park Herald, Inside Publications, Loop North News, Chicago Music Guide, Wednesday Journal, Forest Park Review, Riverside Brookfield Landmark, Rebellious Magazine and Shaw Media.


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