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Labor and Environmental Groups File Legal Petition Demanding Trump Solve ‘Unconscionable’ Shortage of PPE for Essential Workers

A coalition of labor and environmental justice groups joined forces Tuesday on behalf of millions of essential workers who face shortages of personal protective equipment five months into the coronavirus pandemic, demanding the Trump administration take emergency action to provide the life-saving supplies. The legal petition comes months after President Donald Trump invoked the Defense …

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Poll Reveals Surge of Fears Over In-Person Learning as Expert Warns School Reopenings in US ‘Guaranteed’ To Fail

As school districts across the country grapple with how to safely re-open in the coming weeks, the reality of Covid-19 spread has teachers, parents, and health experts warning of imminent danger just as new polling out Monday shows the U.S. public is having serious second thoughts about sending kids back to the classroom for in-person …

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‘Voters Will Know Who to Blame’: Poll Shows At Least 7 in 10 Americans Support $1 Trillion State and Local Aid GOP Refuse to Provide

Americans across the political spectrum overwhelmingly want the federal government to provide a trillion dollars for state and local aid in the next Covid-19 relief package, according to new polling, raising the stakes even higher for congressional lawmakers as they work on reconciling House and Senate bills. The poll, which was conducted by Public Policy …

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With Sweeping $775 Billion Investment in Child and Elder Care, Biden Goes Big to End ‘Caregiving Crisis’

Former Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday won praise from progressives when he unveiled the third portion of his “Build Back Better” economic program, focused on investing in caregiving for children, the elderly, and people with disabilities.  The 10-year, $775 billion investment would create three million jobs in the caregiving sectors and free up millions of …

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Outraged Over Trump’s Inept School Reopening Push, Teachers Ready #RedForEd Resurrection

As teachers and parents across the U.S. continue to express outrage over the federal government’s demand that public schools fully reopen in the next few weeks for the fall semester, some educators are looking to revitalize the nationwide Red for Ed movement of 2018 which led thousands of them to walk out of their classrooms in …

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Deregulation’s Deadly Consequences: Report Details How Trump’s Assault on Government Exacerbated Pandemic

President Donald Trump’s ongoing efforts to roll back regulations designed to protect the environment, workers, and public health likely played a significant role in the spread of Covid-19 in the United States. “From day one, the Trump administration has attempted to roll back not only existing public health protections, but the scientific basis on which …

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‘These Unions Dishonor the Labor Movement’: Nearly 200 Academics, Lawmakers, and Activists Demand AFL-CIO Expel Police Unions

A coalition of nearly 200 civil rights activists, academics, and state and city lawmakers is calling on the AFL-CIO—the largest federation of unions in the United States—to permanently expel police unions from its ranks, arguing that organized labor’s “proud history” of fighting for the most vulnerable “is being destroyed by the legacy that police unions …

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“They Don’t Care for Our Lives”: McDonald’s Workers Strike Across US to Demand Better Protections From Covid-19

Demanding McDonald’s prioritize public health and worker safety over profits, hundreds of employees at the fast food chain went on strike Wednesday, a day before the company was set to hold its annual shareholders’ meeting. Instead of distributing dividends to its shareholders, the striking employees are calling for the company to use its massive profits to …

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Teachers Union Says ‘Flimsy’ CDC Flowchart on School Reopenings Shows Trump Disregard for Student Safety

The largest education union in the United States on Monday dismissed a one-page guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on school reopenings as nothing but a “watered down” and “flimsy flowchart” that proves once again the Trump administration is more interested in public relations and political victories than the health and safety …

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Trump Labor Department Encourages States to Help Employers Report Workers Who Stay Home Due to Covid-19 Fears

With the stated goal of rooting out “waste and fraud” in the unemployment insurance system, President Donald Trump’s Department of Labor is openly encouraging ongoing state efforts to help employers report workers who refuse to return to their jobs out of fear of contracting the coronavirus. In guidance (pdf) issued Monday as several states across …

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‘About As Evil As It Gets’: As State Reopens, Ohio Urges Employers to Snitch on Workers Who Stay Home Due to Covid-19 Concerns

Ohio officials are encouraging employers to report what they’ve designated “Covid-19 fraud” as the state begins reopening some industries. Workers who refuse to report to work in light of the pandemic, which has killed more than 1,300 Ohio residents so far, can be reported via a government website and have their unemployment benefits taken away. …

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“We Need a Working People’s Bailout”: Unemployment Claims Hit 30 Million as Many Struggle to Afford Necessities

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Trump Labor Department Says It May Actively Defend Meatpacking Companies Over Workers in Covid-19 Lawsuits

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‘A Right of the People’: Leader of Postal Workers Union Demands USPS Funding in Next Stimulus Bill

The president of the 200,000-member American Postal Workers Union is calling on Congress to make emergency funding for the Postal Service a necessary condition in negotiations with the Trump White House over the next coronavirus stimulus package as the prized government insitution faces the possibility of imminent collapse. Mark Dimondstein, who has served as president …

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Senate Democrats Rip Trump Labor Department for Attempting to Exclude Gig Workers From Unemployment Benefits

A group of more than 30 Senate Democrats on Monday slammed President Donald Trump’s Labor Department for issuing guidance that could provide states with a green light to exclude gig workers such as Uber drivers and others classified as “independent contractors” from receiving expanded unemployment benefits under the new coronavirus stimulus law. In a letter …

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Former OSHA Officials Voice Alarm as Trump Tells Corporations They Don’t Have to Record Coronavirus Cases Among Their Workers

President Donald Trump’s Labor Department has quietly issued guidance informing most employers in the United States that they will not be required to record and report coronavirus cases among their workers because doing so would supposedly constitute an excessive burden on companies. The new rules, released Friday by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), …

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Trump Labor Secretary Condemned for ‘Despicable’ Efforts to Roll Back Unemployment Benefits, Paid Leave in Coronavirus Stimulus

From his guidance rolling back paid leave benefits to his attempt to limit who qualifies for beefed up unemployment insurance, Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia’s implementation of the multi-trillion-dollar coronavirus stimulus package is coming under fire from Democratic lawmakers and advocacy groups who say the former corporate lawyer’s handling of the new law favors businesses over …

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WATCH: Bernie Sanders Hosts Livestream Detailing Priorities for Worker-Focused Coronavirus Relief Bill

In a time when “a true patriot gets fired for doing the right thing,” a Navy captain ousted for blowing the whistle on Navy inaction as coronavirus ravaged his crew walked off his ship to the stirring sound of thousands of sailors chanting, “Cap-tain Cro-zier!” Facing 1,000 cases, Capt. Brett Crozier “was wrongfully relieved of …

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WATCH: Bernie Sanders to Host Livestream Detailing Priorities for Worker-Focused Coronavirus Relief Bill

In a time when “a true patriot gets fired for doing the right thing,” a Navy captain ousted for blowing the whistle on Navy inaction as coronavirus ravaged his crew walked off his ship to the stirring sound of thousands of sailors chanting, “Cap-tain Cro-zier!” Facing 1,000 cases, Capt. Brett Crozier “was wrongfully relieved of …

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‘Never Seen Anything Like It’: Economists Warn 6.6 Million New Jobless Claims Portend Unparalleled Crisis

The U.S. Department of Labor announced Thursday that 6.6 million Americans filed jobless claims last week, a staggering and record-breaking surge in unemployment that comes as the coronavirus outbreak has completely shuttered large swaths of the economy and sparked mass layoffs nationwide. “I have spent the last twenty years studying the labor market and have …

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With Record-Shattering Unemployment, Sanders, Schumer, and Wyden Ask Trump’s Labor Dept: ‘Do You Have a Plan?’

Democratic Party leaders in the U.S. Senate on Wednesday called on the Trump administration’s Labor Department to do everything in its power to immediately get unemployment checks into the hands of millions of out-of-work Americans who recently lost their jobs due to the coronavirus pandemic that has paralyzed the nation’s economy. In a letter (pdf) …

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Fed Economists Warn US Unemployment Rate Could Soon Reach 32%—During Great Depression It Peaked at 25%

Economists at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis are warning that if the current rate of U.S. job losses continues, the country’s unemployment rate could reach a staggering 32.1% by the end of June as the coronavirus pandemic-induced downturn sparks mass layoffs across the nation. Miguel Faria-e-Castro, an economist with the St. Louis Fed, …

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‘Without Us, Instacart Will Grind to a Halt’: Delivery Workers Threaten Strike Over Hazard Pay, Safety Measures Amid Outbreak

Contract workers for Instacart, the Silicon Valley startup that employs 175,000 people to deliver groceries nationwide via its online platform, plan to walk off the job Monday if the company does not immediately provide them with hazard pay and increased safety precautions to protect them from the deadly coronavirus now ravaging the nation. “Instacart has …

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Sanders Threatens to Demand Stronger Conditions on $500 Billion ‘Corporate Welfare Fund’ If GOP Moves to Reduce Benefits for Laid Off Workers

In direct response to three Republicans threatening to delay the massive $2 trillion stimulus bill agreed to by Senate leaders because they deemed unemployment benefits for American workers in the package too generous, Sen. Bernie Sanders said Wednesday afternoon that he would retaliate in kind if the demand to reduce the financial support for those …

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