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Class Struggle or Class Snuggle?

Wed, 2020-04-22 14:14

At this moment of unprecedented crisis, how can we ensure the physical safety and economic health of U.S. workers? According to a recent USA Today op-ed by four national union leaders—“Coronavirus is a stress test for capitalism, and we see encouraging signs”—the answer is partnering with “well-managed companies” who can “lead the recovery by pulling together and finding new ways to protect, pay and retain employees.”

Categories: Labor Notes

Reopening the Economy Will Send Us to Hell

Wed, 2020-04-22 13:26
Reopening the Economy Will Send Us to Hell April 22, 2020 / Mike Davis

As we head into the fifth month of the outbreak millions of working families feel like they have been kidnapped and sent to hell.

As unemployment (officially reported) soars toward 30 percent or more, an estimated 20 million more people will fall helplessly below the poverty line. In a recent Pew poll, 60 percent of Latinos reported losing jobs or wages, as did more than half of all workers below the age of 30. In addition to their jobs, millions will lose everything they had spent their lives working for: homes, pensions, medical coverage, and savings accounts.

Categories: Labor Notes

Viewpoint: How to Save Transit Workers’ Lives

Tue, 2020-04-21 12:40

Transit workers have always known they were essential to the functioning of New York City. Wider public recognition of this fact has come at a high cost.

As of April 20, almost 70 have died. Thousands have been exposed to the virus as they keep the buses and subways running so that health care, emergency, grocery, and delivery workers can get to their jobs. More are likely to die in the weeks to come.

Management of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) likely pushed the number of fatalities up by the steps it took—or failed to take—in February and early March.

Categories: Labor Notes