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Trump ended Covid relief talks after McConnell said Republicans wouldn’t vote for deal

‘Telling All Working People…to Drop Dead’ “Trump is turning his back on you,” said Rep. Pramila Jayapal. “He doesn’t care about workers and families. He only cares about himself.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Wednesday, October…

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3 in 4 Americans—including 55% of Republicans—want Senate GOP to prioritize Covid-19 relief over ramming through Coney Barrett

“Trump’s Senate allies are doing everything they can to ensure Trump’s pick for the high court moves swiftly through the approvals process. Where has this urgency been as Americans have languished for weeks without new coronavirus…

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Yes, most workers can collect more in coronavirus unemployment than they earn – but that doesn’t mean Congress should cut the $600 supplement

The $600 federal jobless benefit expired on July 31. Joe Raedle/Getty Images by  David Salkever, University of Maryland, Baltimore County Americans who lost their jobs because of the pandemic had been getting a US$600 bump on…

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Yale study on $600 unemployment lifeline championed by Democrats debunks favorite GOP talking point

The analysis comes as Senate Republicans are trying to cut the expanded benefits for workers who have lost jobs during the Covid-19 pandemic. by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Wednesday, July 29 A new study by Yale…

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GOP proposes legal immunity for corporations, $0 in funding for states, and deep cuts to unemployment benefits

“Republicans have wasted months coming up with a proposal that, remarkably, would make the pandemic and economic pain even worse—especially a corporate immunity provision that would be a literal death sentence to countless Americans.” by Jake…

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‘Unconscionable’: As unemployment claims tick upward, GOP seeks to gut $600 weekly benefit

“A disaster of Congress’ making is looming for those who have lost their livelihoods during the global pandemic.” by Eoin Higgins, staff writer Thursday, July 23 As U.S. lawmakers debate the details of extending or cutting…

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McConnell laughs when asked if Covid-19 bill will pass by end of next week—when unemployment benefits expire for 30 million

“Thirty million workers won’t be able to pay rent on August 1st and McConnell is laughing.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Wednesday, July 22 Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell laughed Tuesday when asked whether he expects…

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Super-sized unemployment benefits are essential in a Depression

by Wade Rathke New Orleans  Congress is going back to work. High on the agenda with the clock ticking is the next stimulus bill. Some things are clear. Mainly that the US economy is on its…

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Congress urged to reject ‘hostage-taking’ as Trump threatens to veto any Covid-19 bill that doesn’t cut Social Security

“Beware of the payroll tax cut! It is just the administration’s attempt to cut Social Security and Medicare.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Friday, July 17 With President Donald Trump reportedly telling Republican lawmakers in private…

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McConnell drags his feet as 30 million are set to lose unemployment benefits in 10 Days

‘The Real Fiscal Cliff’ “It’s time for the Trump administration and Senate Republicans to get their act together and extend supercharged unemployment benefits. Our whole economy depends on it.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Wednesday, July…

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Supplemental unemployment has been life changing

by Wade Rathke New Orleans   What could possibly be good about a pandemic? OK, not much, but…there are some things that have turned out to be a complete win. The one that I hear over…

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Analysis finds nearly one third of owed unemployment benefits have not been paid

Bloomberg found a $67 billion gap between the sum of benefits paid out by the Treasury Department and the amount that is owed to jobless Americans. by Jake Johnson, staff writer Wednesday, June 3 A Bloomberg…

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Nearly 60% of Americans support extending boosted unemployment benefits as Trump and McConnell say let them expire

“The across-the-board $600 increase in weekly unemployment benefits should be extended well past its expiration at the end of July—until unemployment is falling rapidly and is at a manageable level.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Monday,…

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With 36 million newly out of work, Trump says he’s willing to let boosted unemployment benefits expire

“This is the worst economic crisis in 100 years and Donald Trump is doubling down on Herbert Hoover’s economic playbook and pushing workers to risk their health for his political benefit.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer…

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Many lessons in unemployment benefits meltdown

Pearl River     Losing your job through layoffs or even temporarily in a furlough is a terrible thing.  For years, state unemployment divisions, under the brutal thumbs of corporate dominated conservative legislatures and governors have seen it…

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Trump Labor Secretary under fire for efforts to roll back unemployment benefits, paid leave in coronavirus stimulus

“Trump’s Labor Department has been working diligently to ensure that no U.S. worker has it too easy in the middle of a pandemic and burgeoning economic depression.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer From his guidance rolling…

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Arizona unemployment filing process. Because, like what else have you got to do?

by Rudy Preston and Meteor Staff Saturday, April 11, update: If you are self-employed (artist, musician, Uber driver, other contract labor), ran out of UI benefits, or just didn’t make enough money in 2019 to qualify…

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A pandemic is another terrible time to be poor

Pearl River     There’s no good time to be poor in America.  Not surprisingly, a pandemic bringing rampant disease and deaths in droves is a spectacularly bad time to be poor.  Some are even noticing the poor…

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Uber CEO wins lie of the week award on gig workers unemployment

New Orleans      n the Age of Trump, we biscuit cookers get used to hearing disassembling, tall tales, falsehoods, exaggerations, spin, or, not to mince words, lies, on a daily, sometimes hourly basis. These are…

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