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 Bailout 2020 Common Dreams Corporate Influence Energy Environment News

Trump to hold in-person meeting with Big Oil CEOs to discuss coronavirus relief

‘Moving to Rob Us Blind in Broad Daylight’?   “Right now money is needed for people’s health, direct relief, and making sure we have a resilient future—not bolstering the fossil fuel industry.” by Jake Johnson, staff…

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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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A Trilogy Evo portable ventilator from an instructional video on YouTube. (Obtained by ProPublica)
Posted in Coronavirus News Pro Publica Public Health

Taxpayers paid millions to design a low-cost ventilator for a pandemic. Instead, the company is selling versions of it overseas.

As coronavirus sweeps the globe, there is not a single Trilogy Evo Universal ventilator — developed with government funds — in the U.S. stockpile. Meanwhile, Royal Philips N.V. has sold higher-priced versions to clients around the…

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Posted in Analysis Common Dreams Coronavirus Economy Labor Recession While we were looking elsewhere

The Senate corporate bailout package is a ‘robbery in progress,’ warn critics

“It’s not a bailout for the coronavirus. It’s a bailout for twelve years of corporate irresponsibility.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer As details of the Senate’s coronavirus stimulus plan slowly trickled in Wednesday, progressive critics characterized…

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Posted in Columns Rathke: Chief Organizer Report Safety Net Unemployment insurance

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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Posted in Climate change Common Dreams Economy Environment Green New Deal Income Equality News Public Health Public Policy Wealth

‘Green Stimulus’ demanded to battle convergent crises of coronavirus, economic injustice, and climate emergency

The plan calls for spending at least $2 trillion on millions of green jobs, strategic investments to aid frontline communities, expanding public and employee ownership, and rapidly cutting carbon pollution.   by Jessica Corbett, staff writer…

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Three Mile Island Nuclear Generating Station Unit 2
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 Columns Coronavirus Economy Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

A little money won’t cut it in the pandemic crisis

New Orleans     On the USA pandemic map, there’s a big fat circle around New Orleans now along with New York, San Francisco, and Boston, some of the oldest cities in the country. Of course, Miami…

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Posted in Common Dreams Insider trading National News Politics

Demands for resignations as more GOP Senators accused of ‘Smash and Grab’ stock dumps ahead of coronavirus crash

“They didn’t mobilize to help families, or prep response. They dumped stock.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Friday, March 20 After news of Republican Sen. Richard Burr’s stock sell-off ahead of the coronavirus-induced market crash prompted…

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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 Columns Economy Housing Housing Policy Neighborhoods Rathke: Chief Organizer Report Real estate Wealth

Wall Street is crippling the single-family housing market

New Orleans        The financial meltdown in the real estate market of 2007, marked by foreclosures triggered by speculation and broker scams and wiping out the citizen wealth of millions of families, continues to carry a…

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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 Analysis Coronavirus Economy Health Labor Public Health Public Policy The Conversation Wages

Coronavirus: A simple way to keep workers – and the economy – from getting sick

Jay L. Zagorsky, Boston University The COVID-19 outbreak appears headed for the U.S., and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are urging Americans to prepare now, such as by stocking up on food and prescription…

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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 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 Analysis Business Health Health Insurance Public Policy

To boost bottom lines, Single-Payer may be just what these restaurateurs ordered

Shefali Luthra, Kaiser Health News February 6, 2020 Providence, R.I. — Last winter, James Mark was a 2018 James Beard Award finalist. A few months later, both GQ and Bon Appétit ranked Big King, his newest…

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