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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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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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Workers virus rights for big companies

Pearl River     The stimulus bill overs some expanded rights for workers at companies with under 500 workers.  What do you do if your employer has over 500 workers and is refusing to do the right things…

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Paying for coronavirus and medical debt

by Wade Rathke Pearl River    Ten percent of Americans have absolutely, flat-to-the-bone, no health insurance. Many others have Trump-plan insurance with high deductibles, covering nothing much at all, but maybe catastrophes up to certain lifetime…

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This VA hospital cited “misleading” data to restrict mask use for health care workers

Workers at a VA hospital in New Mexico have been told not to wear face masks in certain cases, even though earlier CDC guidance said masks can protect against spread of the coronavirus. by Bryant Furlow,…

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Some changes the coronavirus should bring

Pearl River    In the Age of Trump and the Time of the Coronavirus, there seems to be constant speculation about what changes in our society, habits, and government might be permanent given our collective experience….

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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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Job guarantees, basic income can save us from COVID-19 depression

A universal basic income and a job guarantee are critical ways to help us weather the economic storm of the coronavirus pandemic. (Shutterstock) by D.T. Cochrane, York University, Canada COVID-19 is both a public health crisis…

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#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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‘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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Nurses Send Petition to Congress Demanding Immediate Protections

Quarter of a Million People Sign Petition to Congress; Nurses Union Demands OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard to Protect Workers Monday, March 23, 2020 ational Nurses United, the largest union of registered nurses, sent a petition to…

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Updated COVID-19 survey of Registered Nurses shows little improvement and worsening availability of personal protective equipment

By Meteor Staff A nationwide survey National Nurses United (NNU) has been conducting of registered nurses, the country’s frontline health care staff, continues to show that the vast majority of United States hospitals and health care…

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Posted in Columns Gig Economy Labor Rathke: Chief Organizer Report Safety Net

Virus exposes gig economy for predatory business model it promoted

By Wade Rathke New Orleans    A lot of Silicon Valley are self-isolating in what should be shame as their app-based, platform capitalism, or whatever they wanted to call it, is exposed as little more than…

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How many Americans are really infected with the coronavirus?

Health care reporter Caroline Chen dug into the projections to learn what to make of them. Forecasts are fuzzy, but the takeaway is clear: Stay home. by Caroline Chen March 18, 5 a.m. EDT There’s a…

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Letter Carriers Say the Postal Service Pressured Them to Deliver Mail Despite Coronavirus Symptoms — and Often Without Hand Sanitizer

Experts say coronavirus could be transferred through mail delivery by sick employees. Postal workers say USPS isn’t doing much to keep them or their customers safe. by Maryam Jameel March 18, 4:50 p.m. EDT Postal carriers…

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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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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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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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Emergency Medical Responders have lacked guidance and are stretched for supplies and personnel to combat coronavirus

Key direction from the CDC on how to protect emergency responders came after the first American case and the exposure of at least one firefighter. It’s yet another example of a fragmented and halting response at…

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Frontline care workers are undervalued

New Orleans   In the “time of the virus,” I talked to Jackie Dartz, a member of the Local 100 United Labor Unions executive board and longtime steward at LARC, the Lafayette Association of Retarded Citizens,…

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Civil Rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson endorses Bernie Sanders for President

‘Our Needs Are Not Moderate’ “The most progressive social and economic path gives us the best chance to catch up and Senator Bernie Sanders represents the most progressive path.” “With the exception of Native Americans, African…

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Coronavirus policy and financial failures put nursing home workers at risk

New Orleans    Is the coronavirus a pandemic and economic catastrophe or a hiccup along the road to progress as the President promises? Who knows? What already seems clear is that for all of the talk…

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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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App delivery as part of the “Care” industry

New Orleans    I’m scratching my head trying to figure out what kind of sand platform applications around food delivery are built on. The workers are hardly paid, precarious and unhappy. The restaurants are complaining and…

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