Tag: Workers

America Never Valued Care Workers. Then a Pandemic Hit.

“Our heroes and heroines”: From evening rounds of applause to chalk art, Americans are finding ways to express appreciation for essential workers. (Noam Galai / Getty Images) Carmella Salinas tried to keep her preschool in New Mexico open for as long as she could. When the novel coronavirus started to spread through the United States, she began to take everyone’s temperature each morning and required staff to wear masks. Parents told their children not to give hugs. But it became untenable. “We’re constantly in contact with kids, their fluids,” she said. Salinas has chronic asthma and was worried what would ... Read more

Gary Sinise Foundation Donates up to 20,000 Meals to VA Hospital Workers Fighting COVID-19

The Gary Sinise Foundation has pledged to donate up to 20,000 meals to Veterans Affairs’ health care and front-line workers battling the coronavirus pandemic, the Department of Veterans Affairs announced Wednesday. The meals will be made available to over 80 different VA medical facilities across the nation in the next few weeks, according to a VA media release. “Donations like this mean a lot to our VA staff as they are on the front lines of caring for our nation’s Veterans every day,” VA Secretary Robert Wilkie said. “We are very appreciative of this donation during the COVID-19 pandemic.” Elizabeth ... Read more

Workers Need a ‘Newer Deal’ to Tackle This Crisis

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A Way to Help Workers, Now and in the Future

This article is part of our Prospect Debate, “Two Options for Crisis Response for Workers.” The crisis for American workers did not start in March 2020. It is rooted in the four-decade erosion of worker power brought on by neoliberal ideology and right-wing political supremacy, and was dramatically exacerbated by an inadequate and ineffective response to the 2008 recession. This is the context in which the economic response to the coronavirus pandemic must be situated. There is currently a debate in Congress between (1) continuing the enhancements to unemployment insurance contained within the CARES Act that expire July 31, which ... Read more

A Better Path Forward for Workers, Businesses, and the Economy

This article is part of our Prospect Debate, “Two Options for Crisis Response for Workers.” Another 2.1 million workers filed for unemployment last week. That brings the total for job losses over the past 70 days to more than 40 million, as the unemployment rate continues to rise rather than stabilize. Not since the Great Depression has the United States seen such high levels of unemployment. Nearly a quarter of our entire workforce is unemployed. A public-health crisis has sparked an economic crisis, and it is incumbent on Congress to respond in a manner that matches the scale of that crisis. ... Read more

Another 2.1 million U.S. workers file for unemployment

Morning fog partially hides the Manhattan skyline on May 26. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo Gov. Andrew Cuomo rings the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange after being closed for two months on Wall Street. Photo by Darren McGee/Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo/UPI | License Photo An American flag is at half-mast for Memorial Day Weekend at Rye Playland Beach in New York City on May 24. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo A visitor sits in a quiet section of the beach. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo A digital sign says ... Read more

Two Options for Crisis Response for Workers

David Dayen: Introduction Rep. Pramila Jayapal: A Better Path Forward for Workers, Businesses, and the Economy Wesley Bignell and Marshall Steinbaum: A Way to Help Workers, Now and in the Future INTRODUCTION BY DAVID DAYEN The sudden collapse of demand in March from the outbreak of COVID-19 cases, and the subsequent lockdowns throughout the country, put policymakers in an impossible position. A giant segment of the workforce would be forced out of a job, and without action their incomes would reduce to only their meager state unemployment benefits, crushing purchasing power even further and bringing on not only depression but ... Read more

What is hazard pay, and why are Amazon and other companies ending it for essential workers?

As the shutdown orders went into effect two months ago, several American companies began offering hazard pay to essential employees, such as retail, grocery and health care workers. Now, some of those companies, such as Amazon, RiteAid and Kroger, are ending their hazard pay policies. Yet the risk to these workers remains the same, and the pandemic continues to rage, with tens of thousands of new coronavirus cases in the U.S. and over 1,000 deaths a day. As a labor and employment law expert, I study how employers respond to economic incentives and how labor laws can ensure that workers ... Read more

Mexican workers in US are sending record money home despite coronavirus-related economic shutdowns

One might think Mexican immigrants in the U.S. would be sending less money home to their families as a result of the coronavirus. The 11.2 million people of Mexican origin living in the United States together send upwards of US$38 billion to Mexico each year. This money, called remittances, supports the basic necessities and financial investments of 1.6 million Mexican households – some 10 million people. In March, analysts at BBVA bank predicted that migrant remittances to Mexico could fall as much as 21% because of stay-at-home orders and record unemployment in the U.S. Instead, remittances reached a record high ... Read more

“Human capital stock”: White House adviser Hassett describes US workers

White House economics adviser Kevin Hassett went viral over the weekend for referring to American workers as “human capital stock” — a racially charged, dehumanizing turn of phrase that conjured up images of livestock. “Our human capital stock is ready to get back to work,” Hassett told CNN’s Dana Bash on Sunday, as part of his argument that the US economy is poised for a quick turnaround, even as he acknowledged that the unemployment rate will linger in double figures through November’s election. While many, including the House Democratic Caucus, took umbrage with Hassett’s remarks, others, such as New York ... Read more