President Donald Trump looks on as Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar speaks during a news conference on the COVID-19 outbreak at the White House on February 26, 2020. (Photo: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP)
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Trump, Health Secretary, say US healthcare workers ‘Don’t get infected’ with Covid-19

94,000 healthcare workers have contracted the virus. While the true toll Covid-19 has taken on healthcare workers is not yet known, one investigation found that more than 760 have died from the virus. by Jake Johnson, staff…

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Meat industry sacrificed workers during pandemic to keep exports moving

‘It Was a Fake Meat Shortage’ “Our country sacrificed the lives of meat workers to protect the business of meat companies.” by Eoin Higgins, staff writer Wednesday, June 17 As workers in meat processing plants around…

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‘How the Trump White House sees you’: top economic adviser under fire for calling workers ‘human capital stock’

“They’ve always been indifferent to human life. And in the face of mass death, the masks are coming off.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Tuesday, May 26 In a remark critics characterized as further evidence that…

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Getting OSHA on the job

by Wade Rathke Pearl River   If there were ever a time that workers needed to feel safe on the job, it’s got to be now in the middle of a pandemic. Even with the lifting…

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Inside one of Amazon’s hardest-hit warehouses: ‘Why aren’t we closing the building?

by Will Evans May 20, 2020 In late March, workers at an Amazon warehouse near Hazleton, Pennsylvania, got the dreaded announcement. Over the loudspeaker, a manager’s voice rang through the warehouse: “We have recently learned of…

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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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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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On May Day, pro-worker groups demand protections for frontline whistleblowers who expose corporate disregard for labor safety

“The current crisis has elevated workplace whistleblowing and collective action to a matter of national health.” by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Friday, May 1 As workers marked May Day with sickouts and walkouts across the U.S….

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The Trump Administration has put workers at coronavirus risk, Senators say

Citing ProPublica’s reporting, 22 Senate Democrats have asked the White House to explain its management of federal employee safety. by Maryam Jameel Wednesday, April 29, 3:40 p.m. EDT Democratic senators are questioning the Trump administration about…

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Workers gear up for major May Day strike in pushback against unsafe conditions amid pandemic

One organizer explained that the goal is to “push back with large numbers against the right-wing groups that want to risk our lives by reopening the economy.” by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Workers at some of…

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Abbott’s fast COVID test poses safety issues

by  Rachana Pradhan April 23, 2020 Lab personnel say worries are mounting over the safety of a rapid coronavirus test by Abbott Laboratories that President Donald Trump has repeatedly lauded ― particularly, the risk of infection…

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