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Tom Brady Leaves New England Patriots

The Onion - Wed, 2020-03-18 15:09

Quarterback Tom Brady announced that he is a free agent after 20 years with the New England Patriots, though it is rumored he plans to sign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. What do you think?

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Microsoft Confirms Xbox Series X Next-Gen Graphics Will Finally Allow Games That Are All Realistic Hair And Water

The Onion - Wed, 2020-03-18 14:47

Ever since last year’s announcement of the Xbox Series X, gamers have been salivating at the thought of seeing exactly what kind of graphics a next-gen powerhouse can pump out. Well, today Microsoft’s executive VP of Gaming Phil Spencer dropped one huge new detail about their upcoming console that’s going to blow…

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Trump Quietly Checks With Aides To Make Sure He’d Be Included In Receiving $1,000 Government Checks

The Onion - Wed, 2020-03-18 14:41

WASHINGTON—As his administration makes plans to combat the economic damage caused by the coronavirus with direct payments to Americans, President Donald Trump reportedly conferred with aides behind closed doors Wednesday to confirm he would be among those citizens receiving a pair of $1,000 checks. “Hey, I’m also…

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Detroit Bus Drivers Win Protections Against Virus Through Strike

Steward's Corner - Wed, 2020-03-18 14:16

Detroit bus drivers collectively declared Tuesday morning that they weren't going to work without safety precautions. Bus service was canceled throughout the city because of “the driver shortage,” as city officials put it.

The drivers' union backed them up and their brief work stoppage, less than 24 hours, won all their demands. Fares will not be collected for the duration of the coronavirus crisis.

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Detroit Bus Drivers Win Protections Against Virus Through Strike

Magazine Stories - Wed, 2020-03-18 14:16

Detroit bus drivers collectively declared Tuesday morning that they weren't going to work without safety precautions. Bus service was canceled throughout the city because of “the driver shortage,” as city officials put it.

The drivers' union backed them up and their brief work stoppage, less than 24 hours, won all their demands. Fares will not be collected for the duration of the coronavirus crisis.

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Trump Hits Back At China By Announcing U.S. Will Also Expel American Journalists

The Onion - Wed, 2020-03-18 13:18

WASHINGTON—Sending a loud and clear message to the rival superpower, President Donald Trump hit back at China Wednesday by announcing the U.S. would also expel American journalists. “Effective immediately, all reporters must leave the country—we’re not going to let China outdo us on this one,” said Trump, who issued…

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Auto Companies Announce Closure Following Outbreak of Wildcat Strikes

Steward's Corner - Wed, 2020-03-18 12:33

Update 2:00 p.m. EST, March 18: Following a number of wildcat strikes bubbling up in auto plants with confirmed cases of the coronavirus, the Big Three automakers announced they will begin temporarily suspending production until at least March 30. Honda, a non-union company with several plants in North America, had already announced they were suspending production for a week at full pay.

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Auto Companies Announce Closure Following Outbreak of Wildcat Strikes

Magazine Stories - Wed, 2020-03-18 12:33

Update 2:00 p.m. EST, March 18: Following a number of wildcat strikes bubbling up in auto plants with confirmed cases of the coronavirus, the Big Three automakers announced they will begin temporarily suspending production until at least March 30. Honda, a non-union company with several plants in North America, had already announced they were suspending production for a week at full pay.

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Conservative Worries Relief Checks Would Discourage Americans From Providing For Selves By Killing Him And Taking His Property

The Onion - Wed, 2020-03-18 11:52

NEW HAVEN, CT—Speaking out against proposals to provide federal assistance to Americans hardest hit by the pandemic-fueled economic downturn, local conservative Mark Garrett expressed worry Wednesday that relief checks would discourage citizens from learning to provide for themselves by killing him and taking his…

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Amazon Is Failing Its Workers during the Coronavirus Crisis

Steward's Corner - Wed, 2020-03-18 11:44

Employers, like the government, have been slow to respond to the crisis. Amazon initially limited its response to its tech offices, including in Seattle, where two workers tested positive for COVID-19. Office workers were told to work from home through March, and the company stopped employees’ “non-essential” travel.

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Amazon Is Failing Its Workers during the Coronavirus Crisis

Magazine Stories - Wed, 2020-03-18 11:44

Employers, like the government, have been slow to respond to the crisis. Amazon initially limited its response to its tech offices, including in Seattle, where two workers tested positive for COVID-19. Office workers were told to work from home through March, and the company stopped employees’ “non-essential” travel.

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USA : Frontline in a Pandemic: A UPS Worker's View

LabourStart US - Wed, 2020-03-18 11:24
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10 Most OMG Adorable Animals

The Onion - Wed, 2020-03-18 10:48

Uh, hello? Adorable much?

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‘State of the Unions’ Podcast: Working America, AFL-CIO's Community Affiliate

AFL-CIO Weblog - Wed, 2020-03-18 10:38
‘State of the Unions’ Podcast: Working America, AFL-CIO's Community Affiliate

On the latest episode of "State of the Unions," podcast co-host Julie Greene Collier and guest co-host Carolyn Bobb sit down with Matt Morrison, executive director of Working America, the 3.5 million-member community affiliate of the AFL-CIO, to discuss how the affiliate is mobilizing millions of workers from all demographics who otherwise lack representation at work.

Listen to our previous episodes:

  • A discussion with M.K. Fletcher, AFL-CIO Safety and Health specialist, about all things COVID-19, what the labor movement is doing and how we are responding to ensure that front-line workers' needs are taken care of.

  • Talking with AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre (UFCW) about his journey from being an Ethiopian refugee to success in the labor movement in Orange County, California, and in Washington, D.C., and the people and institutions that helped him along the way.

  • A conversation with the Rev. Leah Daughtry, CEO of "On These Things," about Reconnecting McDowell, an AFT project that takes a holistic approach to revitalizing the education and community of McDowell, West Virginia, and how her faith informs her activism.

  • Talking to Fire Fighters (IAFF) General President Harold Schaitberger about the union’s behavioral health treatment center dedicated to treating IAFF members struggling with addiction and other related behavioral challenges. The discussion also addresses the toll of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on firefighters and their families, the response of the IAFF in its wake, and the life of a firefighter.

  • A chat with the podcast team on their favorite episodes of 2019.

  • A discussion with Cas Mudde, a political scientist at the University of Georgia, on the resurgence of right-wing politicians and activists across the world, much of it cloaked in populist, worker-friendly rhetoric.

State of the Unions” is available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher and anywhere else you can find podcasts.

Kenneth Quinnell Wed, 03/18/2020 - 10:38

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Timeline Of Trump Administration’s Response To Coronavirus

The Onion - Wed, 2020-03-18 09:40

As states and cities across the country shut down and the federal government drafts measures to counter the economic costs of the coronavirus’ spread, the spotlight is on President Donald Trump and his administration, which has been criticized for its crisis response. The Onion looks at the timeline of the Trump…

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Sanders’ socialist plan for the pandemic

Eric Lee's Blog - Wed, 2020-03-18 05:37

The mainstream media has already written off Bernie Sanders and crowned Joe Biden as the Democratic candidate to challenge Donald Trump (despite the primaries being far from over). But that hasn’t silenced the Vermont senator.

Sanders has long seen himself as more than just a conventional politician and acts as the voice for a movement. This last week, he laid out a socialist programme for the pandemic.

Sanders began with a recognition of the severity of the crisis, saying that “the crisis we face from coronavirus is on the scale of a major war, and we must act accordingly. Nobody knows how many fatalities we may see, but they could equal or surpass the U.S. casualties we saw in World War II.” American casualties in that war exceeded 400,000.

Unlike Trump, Sanders started with idea of community, of this being a shared problem. “Now is the time for solidarity,” he says, using a word rarely uttered by American politicians but familiar to the labour movement. “We must fight with love and compassion for those most vulnerable to the effects of this pandemic.”

Sanders laid out what he means by the most vulnerable, the people for whom we must show compassion. These include, in his view, “those in nursing homes and rehabilitation facilities, those confined in immigration detention centers, those who are currently incarcerated, and all people regardless of immigration status.”

These are fighting words in a country that criminalises immigration and that practices mass incarceration (with more people in jail than in China). Among Sanders’ opponents on the right, there is little sympathy for immigrants or prisoners.

He was clear in his condemnation of the Trump administration. “Unfortunately, in this time of international crisis,” he said, “the current administration is largely incompetent, and its incompetence and recklessness has threatened the lives of many people.”

And then he laid out his programme, a socialist programme, for the coronavirus pandemic.

He demanded that a national state of emergency be declared and that a group of experts be convened to direct a response to the crisis that is “comprehensive, compassionate, and based first and foremost on science and fact.”

Sanders was also demanding that the government be completely transparent and called for “daily information – clear, science-based information – from credible scientific voices.”

If it sounds like he’s making a lot of use of the word “science”, there’s a reason for that. In the US, especially in the Republican party, there is considerable resistance to taking a scientific approach to anything.

Sanders has long fought for universal health care, but even now, before such a system can be set up, he demanded that the “government must be clear that in the midst of this emergency, that everyone in our country – regardless of income or where they live – must be able to get all of the health care they need without cost.” In other words, the same core principles of Medicare for All could be applied right now, in the midst of the pandemic crisis.

He listed some very specific proposals, including a guarantee that a vaccine or treatment, when it becomes available, must be delivered free of charge to all. He called for emergency funding for paid family and medical leave. He demanded an expansion of community health centres across the country. And in a country whose President is fond of boasting how it leads the world in everything, Sanders dared to speak the unvarnished truth: “There are other countries around the world who are doing better than we are,” he said. “We should be learning from them.”

And when speaking about the pharmaceutical industry, Sanders said something no other politician in America dares to utter. Those companies, he said, “must be told in no uncertain terms that the medicines that they manufacture for this crisis will be sold at cost. This is not the time for profiteering or price gouging.”

I could go on about his plan to address those suffering from the “global economic meltdown,” as he calls it. But I think in looking at what Sanders says about the coronavirus pandemic, we are hearing the voice of an authentic democratic socialist, who draws not only upon the practical experience of other countries, but also from the moral foundations of the labour movement. It is a programme based on the ideals of solidarity, compassion and love – words which Sanders is not afraid to use.

In the age of global pandemics, this is what socialism sounds like.

This article appears in the current issue of Solidarity.

Global: COVID-19 highlights lack of social protections for gig economy workers

LabourStart - Tue, 2020-03-17 20:00
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