Labor Notes

Over 100 Hospitals Cut Staff as Pandemic Spreads

Steward's Corner - Wed, 2020-04-15 20:46

More than 100 hospitals in the U.S. have laid off workers since the pandemic began. Tens of thousands of medical workers are furloughed at the exact moment hospitals should be staffing up and training everyone in intensive care.

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Over 100 Hospitals Cut Staff as Pandemic Spreads

Magazine Stories - Wed, 2020-04-15 20:46

More than 100 hospitals in the U.S. have laid off workers since the pandemic began. Tens of thousands of medical workers are furloughed at the exact moment hospitals should be staffing up and training everyone in intensive care.

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Workers' Just-in-Time Moment

Steward's Corner - Wed, 2020-04-15 14:09

From the Black Plague of the Middle Ages to the flu pandemic of 1918 to COVID-19, disease and pestilence have always followed two of humanity’s most well-trod paths: those of war and trade.

When the plague ravaged Europe in the 14th century it took years to cross the Silk Road from Asia to Europe and then to cover that continent through the footsteps of traders and the mobile armies of the Hundred Years War. The influenza of 1918 followed the trenches and troop movements of World War I in months.

Categories: Labor Notes

Workers' Just-in-Time Moment

Magazine Stories - Wed, 2020-04-15 14:09

From the Black Plague of the Middle Ages to the flu pandemic of 1918 to COVID-19, disease and pestilence have always followed two of humanity’s most well-trod paths: those of war and trade.

When the plague ravaged Europe in the 14th century it took years to cross the Silk Road from Asia to Europe and then to cover that continent through the footsteps of traders and the mobile armies of the Hundred Years War. The influenza of 1918 followed the trenches and troop movements of World War I in months.

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How Medicare for All Would Fix Both Public Health and the Economy

Steward's Corner - Wed, 2020-04-15 11:37

Big problems demand bold solutions. The Labor Campaign for Single Payer is calling on Congress to expand Medicare coverage to everyone in America for the duration of the crisis.

All Medicare deductibles and Part B premiums should be waived for the duration and Medicare should be empowered to negotiate all drug and medical equipment prices, to put a lid on profiteering.

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How Medicare for All Would Fix Both Public Health and the Economy

Magazine Stories - Wed, 2020-04-15 11:37

Big problems demand bold solutions. The Labor Campaign for Single Payer is calling on Congress to expand Medicare coverage to everyone in America for the duration of the crisis.

All Medicare deductibles and Part B premiums should be waived for the duration and Medicare should be empowered to negotiate all drug and medical equipment prices, to put a lid on profiteering.

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What Are My Rights to Paid Leave and Unemployment During the Pandemic?

Steward's Corner - Tue, 2020-04-14 13:33

On March 18 Congress passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), in part to discourage layoffs and in part to guarantee paid leave to workers who need to stay home due to the COVID-19 emergency. On March 27 Congress enacted the CARES Act to expand unemployment insurance eligibility and benefits. Both laws expire on December 31, 2020, unless extended.

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What Are My Rights to Paid Leave and Unemployment During the Pandemic?

Magazine Stories - Tue, 2020-04-14 13:33

On March 18 Congress passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), in part to discourage layoffs and in part to guarantee paid leave to workers who need to stay home due to the COVID-19 emergency. On March 27 Congress enacted the CARES Act to expand unemployment insurance eligibility and benefits. Both laws expire on December 31, 2020, unless extended.

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Threats and Opportunities: What’s the Post-Crisis Forecast for Workers?

Steward's Corner - Tue, 2020-04-14 10:34
Threats and Opportunities: What’s the Post-Crisis Forecast for Workers? April 14, 2020 / Alexandra Bradbury

This pandemic creates openings for privatizers and budget-choppers to make their plays. But it also creates some new openings for workers to build power.

At the same time that we’re all sprinting to meet the urgent challenges of the present, workers and unions should take time to analyze the new threats and opportunities that our workplace movements will be facing in the coming months.

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Threats and Opportunities: What’s the Post-Crisis Forecast for Workers?

Magazine Stories - Tue, 2020-04-14 10:34
Threats and Opportunities: What’s the Post-Crisis Forecast for Workers? April 14, 2020 / Alexandra Bradbury

This pandemic creates openings for privatizers and budget-choppers to make their plays. But it also creates some new openings for workers to build power.

At the same time that we’re all sprinting to meet the urgent challenges of the present, workers and unions should take time to analyze the new threats and opportunities that our workplace movements will be facing in the coming months.

Categories: Labor Notes

GE Workers Protest, Demand to Make Ventilators

Steward's Corner - Mon, 2020-04-13 16:33

Last Wednesday union members at General Electric plants across the country protested to pressure the $88 billion company to shift production to ventilators and ensure safe working conditions during COVID-19.

Actions at plants in Massachusetts, Virginia, Texas, and New York were coordinated by the Industrial Division of the Communications Workers (IUE-CWA)—the latest in an escalating pressure campaign.

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GE Workers Protest, Demand to Make Ventilators

Magazine Stories - Mon, 2020-04-13 16:33

Last Wednesday union members at General Electric plants across the country protested to pressure the $88 billion company to shift production to ventilators and ensure safe working conditions during COVID-19.

Actions at plants in Massachusetts, Virginia, Texas, and New York were coordinated by the Industrial Division of the Communications Workers (IUE-CWA)—the latest in an escalating pressure campaign.

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Interview: Noam Chomsky on How Bosses Are Making Coronavirus ‘Worse, for Their Benefit’

Steward's Corner - Mon, 2020-04-13 09:21
Interview: Noam Chomsky on How Bosses Are Making Coronavirus ‘Worse, for Their Benefit’ April 13, 2020 / Chris Brooks

For decades Noam Chomsky has been a leading intellectual troublemaker. His books and speeches have helped to explain how a world run by corporations and billionaires has led to endless war and catastrophic climate change. Now he is helping to explain how corporations and billionaires are actually making the coronavirus pandemic worse by pursuing savage policies that benefit themselves at the expense of everyone else.

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Interview: Noam Chomsky on How Bosses Are Making Coronavirus ‘Worse, for Their Benefit’

Magazine Stories - Mon, 2020-04-13 09:21
Interview: Noam Chomsky on How Bosses Are Making Coronavirus ‘Worse, for Their Benefit’ April 13, 2020 / Chris Brooks

For decades Noam Chomsky has been a leading intellectual troublemaker. His books and speeches have helped to explain how a world run by corporations and billionaires has led to endless war and catastrophic climate change. Now he is helping to explain how corporations and billionaires are actually making the coronavirus pandemic worse by pursuing savage policies that benefit themselves at the expense of everyone else.

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Why Are They Shutting Down a Chicago Emergency Room During a Pandemic?

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2020-04-10 16:46

The emergency room of a public hospital in the heart of Chicago’s mostly Black South Side is being closed down for a month by Cook County officials, just as the coronavirus pandemic is surging in Chicago. The nonsensical justification is that the ER needs to be refitted to handle… a surging coronavirus pandemic.

Nurses and staff at Provident Hospital first learned by email last Friday afternoon that the ER would be closed as of Monday morning, April 6. As for notifying the community, county officials left that to a press release.

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Why Are They Shutting Down a Chicago Emergency Room During a Pandemic?

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2020-04-10 16:46

The emergency room of a public hospital in the heart of Chicago’s mostly Black South Side is being closed down for a month by Cook County officials, just as the coronavirus pandemic is surging in Chicago. The nonsensical justification is that the ER needs to be refitted to handle… a surging coronavirus pandemic.

Nurses and staff at Provident Hospital first learned by email last Friday afternoon that the ER would be closed as of Monday morning, April 6. As for notifying the community, county officials left that to a press release.

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Saving Workers’ Health and Lives in the COVID-19 Pandemic: Tools for the Fight

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2020-04-10 15:33
Saving Workers’ Health and Lives in the COVID-19 Pandemic: Tools for the Fight April 10, 2020 / Nancy Lessin

In this time of emergency, organizing that might have taken months in the past now needs to happen in a matter of days.

Workers’ lives are increasingly in our own hands. We cannot rely on employers to protect us, nor can we count on OSHA or the National Labor Relations Board to enforce any of our rights. The only winning formula is collective action that forces an immediate response.

Categories: Labor Notes

Saving Workers’ Health and Lives in the COVID-19 Pandemic: Tools for the Fight

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2020-04-10 15:33
Saving Workers’ Health and Lives in the COVID-19 Pandemic: Tools for the Fight April 10, 2020 / Nancy Lessin

In this time of emergency, organizing that might have taken months in the past now needs to happen in a matter of days.

Workers’ lives are increasingly in our own hands. We cannot rely on employers to protect us, nor can we count on OSHA or the National Labor Relations Board to enforce any of our rights. The only winning formula is collective action that forces an immediate response.

Categories: Labor Notes

Auto Union Official Fired for Warning about COVID-19

Steward's Corner - Fri, 2020-04-10 09:33

Travis Watkins, chair of an Auto Workers (UAW) bargaining unit in Wyoming, Michigan was fired March 18. The charge was violating Shop Rule #2: “Assaulting, fighting, threatening, intimidating, coercing, or interfering with employees or supervision.”

Turns out the “interfering” was hindering management's desire not to tell workers about coworkers sent home for possibly coming down with the coronavirus.

Categories: Labor Notes

Auto Union Official Fired for Warning about COVID-19

Magazine Stories - Fri, 2020-04-10 09:33

Travis Watkins, chair of an Auto Workers (UAW) bargaining unit in Wyoming, Michigan was fired March 18. The charge was violating Shop Rule #2: “Assaulting, fighting, threatening, intimidating, coercing, or interfering with employees or supervision.”

Turns out the “interfering” was hindering management's desire not to tell workers about coworkers sent home for possibly coming down with the coronavirus.

Categories: Labor Notes
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