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Rathke: warehouse and distribution work, tough times at the choke points

New Orleans        In the modern economy, warehouse, distribution, and logistical work has become critical for both big box stores, e-commerce, and transportation systems moving goods between all of these nodes and customers.  Some 1.2 million…

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Posted in Health Insurance Misleading advertising News Pro Publica

“Trumpcare” does not exist. Nevertheless Facebook and Google cash in on misleading ads for “garbage” health insurance.

The thousands of “Trumpcare” ads Facebook and Google have published show that the shadowy “lead generation” economy has a happy home on the platforms — and even big names like UnitedHealthcare take part. by Jeremy B….

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Posted in Columns Coronavirus Rathke: Chief Organizer Report Sick Leave Worker Safety

Dept. of Labor takes paid leave away from low wage healthcare workers

by Wade Rathke New Orleans   This is complicated, so hang with me, but here is what you need to know. Nursing home workers and other frontline healthcare providers like home health aides, and community home workers…

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A car drives through a flooded intersecton as Tropical Storm Fay passes through the New York City area on July 10, 2020 in Hoboken, New Jersey. (Photo: Gary Hershorn/Getty Images)
Posted in Business Climate change Common Dreams Energy Environment News Wealth

City of Hoboken files climate suit against Exxon

‘The Most Ruthless, Deceitful, and Unapologetic Climate Polluters on the Planet’ “With climate costs surging everywhere and local budgets depleted, more and more communities are turning to the courts as their only recourse to make polluters…

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Posted in Business Common Dreams Income Equality News Wealth

Bezos grew record-setting $13 billion richer on Monday as poor and working class in US face financial cliff

“In ONE DAY Jeff Bezos made well over 4,000 times what the average American earns in their ENTIRE LIFETIME.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Tuesday, July 21 Days before the expiration of federal unemployment benefits is…

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Posted in Bribery Investigations News SCOTUS The Conversation

Trump gets no special protections because he’s president and must release financial records, Supreme Court rules

“[N]o citizen, not even the president, is categorically above the common duty to produce evidence when called upon in a criminal proceeding,” wrote Chief Justice John Roberts in the majority opinion. Follow the money. Investigators are…

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Posted in Business News Pro Publica

Amazon’s new competitive advantage: putting Its own products first

Brands have long been able to bid for the premier slot at the top left of Amazon’s listings, but during the pandemic the online retailer has begun using this position for its private-label items, raising antitrust…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Business Common Dreams Coronavirus News While we were looking elsewhere

Coronavirus pandemic triggered ‘one of the greatest wealth transfers in history’

Small businesses are “dropping like flies,” said the “Mad Money” host. by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Friday, June 5 CNBC’s Jim Cramer said Thursday that that coronavirus pandemic has triggered “one of the greatest wealth transfers…

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Posted in Business Coronavirus Politics Pro Publica

The secret, absurd world of coronavirus mask traders and middlemen trying to get rich off government money

The federal government and states have fueled an unregulated, chaotic market for masks ruled by oddballs, ganjapreneurs and a shadowy network of investors. by J. David McSwane Monday, June 1, 5 a.m. EDT It was 10…

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Posted in Accountability Congressional Oversight Coronavirus Misleading advertising News Pro Publica

A closer look at federal COVID contractors reveals inexperience, fraud accusations and a weapons dealer operating out of someone’s house

The Trump administration has promised at least $1.8 billion to 335 first-time contractors, often without competitive bidding or thorough vetting of their backgrounds. by Ryan Gabrielson, Lydia DePillis, J. David McSwane and Derek Willis, ProPublica, and…

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Posted in Analysis Business Kaiser Health News

Reopening in the COVID Era: How to adapt to a new normal

  by Julie Appleby, May 8, 2020 As many states begin to reopen — most without meeting the thresholds recommended by the White House — a new level of COVID-19 risk analysis begins for Americans. Should…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Business Columns Coronavirus Rathke: Chief Organizer Report Worker Safety

Workers and bosses are caught in a reopening Catch-22

Pearl River    In the United States when dealing with a program that is touted as a lifesaver for what will likely be fifty million unemployed workers and another program that is designed, ostensibly, to help…

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Posted in Business Common Dreams Energy Environment News

‘Milestone Moment’ as JPMorgan Chase announces former Exxon CEO to no longer be Lead Director of bank’s board

The ousting of “America’s #1 climate denier” from the leadership position on the board of the largest global lender of fossil fuels is being welcomed by the climate movement. by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Saturday, May…

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Posted in Analysis Business Coronavirus Law The Conversation Worker Safety

Why offering businesses immunity from coronavirus liability is a bad idea

  by Timothy D. Lytton, Georgia State University Governors around the country are attempting to restart the economy by easing restrictions put in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The prospect of returning to “normal”…

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Posted in Analysis Business Columns Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Airbnb’s gray market is collapsing

Pearl River    There were some pieces of the Airbnb business model that had appeal. Homeowners that were willing to open their own homes to visiting guests seemed like it could build relationships and even, dare…

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Posted in Business Economy Pro Publica

The Amazon Lockdown: How an unforgiving algorithm drives suppliers to favor the e-commerce giant over other retailers

At a time when much of the retail sector is collapsing, Amazon is strengthening its competitive position in ways that could outlast the pandemic — and raise antitrust concerns. by Renee Dudley April 26, 5 a.m….

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Business Coronavirus News Pro Publica

Medical staffing companies owned by rich investors cut doctor pay and now want bailout money

Companies that employ emergency room medical personnel, many owned by private equity firms, say they are reeling from vanishing demand for non-coronavirus care. But critics worry that bailout money would be a windfall for rich investors….

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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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