Posted in Analysis Business Coronavirus The Conversation

Why your local store keeps running out of flour, toilet paper and prescription drugs

by Nada R. Sanders, Northeastern University Retailers are frequently running out of everything from flour and fresh meat to toilet paper and pharmaceuticals as supply chains hammered by the coronavirus struggle to keep up with stockpiling…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Business Coronavirus Safety Net

AZ Governor Ducey Issues Executive Order halting evictions for small businesses and nonprofits

by Meteor Staff April 6, 2020 Arizona Governor Doug Ducey (R) today issued an Executive Order halting evictions in the state for small businesses and nonprofits that are unable to pay rent due to financial hardship…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Business Common Dreams Coronavirus News Safety Net

Trump White House weighing tax cut for rich investors as workers and small businesses struggle

‘Smash-and-Grab Economics’ Critics slammed the Trump administration for considering “rewarding vulture capitalists profiting off a crisis.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer As desperate workers, the unemployed, and small businesses struggle to obtain benefits authorized under the…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus News Public Policy Safety Net Sick Leave

Labor Department to slash paid sick leave amid pandemic

“The Trump administration is robbing workers of the paid sick days and paid leave Congress passed into law for them. That is unconscionable.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Two Democratic members of Congress on Thursday accused…

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Posted in Business Columns Journalism News Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Pandemic challenges ad-based business models

New Orleans   One of the stark realities undergirding a number of industries that has been vividly exposed during the current coronavirus pandemic is the fragility of advertising-based business models that actually power tech giants and…

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Posted in Business Common Dreams Coronavirus Labor National News

Amazon, Whole Foods workers walk off job to protest “unjust and unsafe” labor practices

‘The Strike Wave Is in Full Swing’ “One of the best ways to thank essential workers is to support the fight to improve their lives.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Labor rights advocates on Monday urged…

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Posted in Business Common Dreams Economy Labor News Politics While we were looking elsewhere

#NotDying4WallStreet goes viral as progressives reject efforts to put corporate profits over public health

“We will not die for oligarchs’ quarterly profit margin.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer As President Donald Trump and business elites suggest the U.S. public should go back to work in the midst of the worsening…

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Posted in Business Common Dreams Energy News While we were looking elsewhere

Nuclear industry effort to exploit crisis for bailout decried as ‘disaster capitalism at its worst’

“The nuclear industry begged for a bailout last fall and is now using coronavirus to try and brazenly grab more cash,” warned Friends of the Earth.   by Andrea Germanos, staff writer, Jon Queally, staff writer Friends…

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Posted in Business Columns Coronavirus Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

No place to run, no place to hide

Greenville Talking to ACORN’s head organizer in France from one of the organization’s offices in Lyon was something of an other-worldly experience. He was cancelling a train trip to Paris and had only hours to get…

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Posted in Analysis Common Dreams Health Insurance News Public Policy Safety Net Sick Leave

New polling shows widespread US public support for paid sick leave, Medicare for all to fight coronavirus

“Humane policies are popular policies.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer CommonDreams Strong majorities of U.S. voters across the political spectrum support an array of progressive policy proposals that would provide immediate relief to those affected by the…

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Posted in Columns Coronavirus Public Health Public Policy Rathke: Chief Organizer Report Sick Leave

Some political issues around health should be settling now

Pearl River   Yes, we’re all tired of hearing about covid-19 and our powerlessness to protect ourselves, our federal government’s incompetence, our local government’s uncertainty, and the general chaos. On the other hand, perhaps the virus this…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus economic justice Labor Labor News Public Health Safety Net Sick Leave

Jeff Bezos, Whole Foods wants workers to pay for colleagues’ sick leave during coronavirus pandemic

“Absolute bullshit. With the amount Jeff Bezos makes in one day, he could shut stores down and pay employees to stay safe.” by Jon Queally, staff writer   When progressives like Sen. Bernie Sanders say “now…

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Posted in Bribery Business Corruption National News Pro Publica Race for the White House 2020

Trump’s company paid bribes to reduce property taxes, assessors say

Five former city employees and a former Trump Organization employee say the company used middlemen to pay New York City tax assessors to lower building assessments and pay less taxes in the 1980s and 1990s.  …

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Posted in Business Common Dreams Coronavirus Economy Energy Environment Fracking News Politics Public Policy

Trump considers fracking industry bailout amid coronavirus outbreak

“Using a worldwide public health crisis to bail out the fracking industry now would be a disgraceful waste of taxpayer dollars, and would spell further climate calamity.” by Eoin Higgins, staff writer Critics are denouncing as…

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Posted in Business Common Dreams Coronavirus Economy News Payroll Taxes Public Policy Senior Citizens

‘Stealth Attack on Social Security’: Trump condemned for exploiting coronavirus crisis to push Payroll Tax cut

“This is a Trojan Horse attack on our Social Security system.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Economists and progressive advocacy groups are warning that President Donald Trump’s proposal to cut or temporarily suspend the payroll tax…

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Posted in Business Coronavirus Health News Public Health Sick Leave

Will sick leave protect me if I get ill from coronavirus? 5 questions answered

By Elizabeth C. Tippett, University of Oregon Monday, March 9, 2020 Editor’s note: In the coming weeks and months, an outbreak of COVID-19 in the United States could leave workers scrambling to figure out what happens…

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Posted in Business Columns Labor Labor Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Louisiana case study of delivery app scams

New Orleans A funny thing happened to platform capitalism and its predatory business model in Louisiana of all places making the experience there a case in point. Being Louisiana, the fact that somehow booze triggered the…

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Posted in Columns Community organizing Health Care Non-Profits Public Health Rathke: Chief Organizer Report Taxes

Nonprofit hospitals are “Confused” about charity and profits

New Orleans       Over the last several years, ACORN International and the Labor Neighbor Research & Training Center have been collecting and analyzing the IRS 990 forms filed by tax exempt, nonprofit hospitals in Arkansas, Louisiana,…

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Posted in Business Columns Misleading advertising Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Delivery apps rip-off workers, customers, and even restaurants

New Orleans   DoorDash allowed sources to whisper to the Wall Street Journal that they were preparing to go public and cash in from investors despite losing money in its business. They need to hurry, because reality…

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Posted in Common Dreams Greenpeace Misleading advertising News Plastic Waste

Greenpeace finds labels on plastic products ‘Mislead the public and harm America’s recycling systems’

Instead of getting serious about moving away from single-use plastic, corporations are hiding behind the pretense that their throwaway packaging is recyclable. “Retailers and consumer goods companies across the country are frequently putting labels on their…

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Utah Representative proposes bill to stop Payday Lenders from taking bail money from borrowers

THE NEW DEBTORS PRISONS Debtors prisons were banned by Congress in 1833, but a ProPublica article that revealed the sweeping powers of high-interest lenders in Utah caught the attention of one legislator. Now, he’s trying to…

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Posted in Business Columns Corporate Influence Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Foundations as “extensions” of corporate reach

New Orleans   Foundations created by corporations and the superrich are multi-headed monster of tax havens and public relations that combine to whitewash a story for the people down below that makes us swallow rather than spit. …

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Posted in Business Climate Climate change Common Dreams Environment News Science

Temperature in Antarctica soars past 69°F as NOAA reports last month was world’s hottest January on record

While the reading in Antarctica still needs to be confirmed, the Brazilian scientists who logged it called the new record “incredible and abnormal.” by Jessica Corbett, staff writer As the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on…

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Posted in Analysis Business Pro Publica Public Policy Taxes

TurboTax and others charged at least 14 million Americans for tax prep that should have been free, audit finds

Tax software companies made around $1 billion in revenue by charging people who were eligible to file for free. by Paul Kiel and Justin Elliott Feb. 5, 3:18 p.m. EST More than 14 million taxpayers paid…

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