HERO VOLUNTEERS WORK 12-HOUR SHIFTS, LIVE IN FACTORY FOR 28 DAYS TO FIGHT CORONAVIRUS
So I wish we hear about more volunteer heroes like these people in Pennsylvania. 43 people made the choice to live and work in a factory for 28 days straight to produce tens of millions of pounds of the raw materials we need to make PPE supplies. So you know, like face masks and surgical gowns? The very things that the people working on the front lines of this pandemic need to protect themselves and their patients? Yeah, you know what I’m talking about. But it all depends on which news networks you watch if you know how important this sacrifice was.
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THESE HERO VOLUNTEERS WENT ALL THE WAY TO PRODUCE MILLIONS OF POUNDS OF POLYPROPYLENE, FOR PPE
So where is this factory? It sits right off the Delaware River way over in the southeastern corner of the state of Pennsylvania. 43 men signed up to do 12 hour shifts for 28 days straight, only to eat and sleep in the very same factory. The factory is owned by Braskem America. The CEO, Mark Nikolich, said that no one tried to convince the hero volunteers. They signed up on their own to produce tons and tons of polypropylene. That’s the key ingredient we need to make PPE. And now we know that workers in the same company are going to do another round of this work at another factory in West Virginia, as well.
MANAGEMENT SUPPORTED HERO VOLUNTEERS, GAVE THEM AMAZING HAZARD PAY FOR HUGE SACRIFICE, EFFORT
So far, the company says that their two plants have produced 40 million pounds of polypropylene in just the last month. But these hero volunteers had great support from their employer to make this as comfortable as possible. First off, they paid each of the 43 for every single hour of the day. But they also put in Xbox consoles and televisions for off-shift entertainment. And the on-site gym finally got some serious use, as well. Finally, this past Sunday, the hero volunteers’ work marathon came to an end. One said, “We wanted to walk out as a team. Everybody felt that way. It really hit me when my car got a little ways down from the plant — I’m finally going to see my family.”