Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has become the face of the Trump administration’s demands, a stance diametrically opposite to how she has led the department.
Steven GreenhouseLong an aggressive supporter of local and parental control, Betsy DeVos -- in a sharp reversal -- now seeks to push federal control down schools' and parents' and kids's throats as she carries Trump's water to rush to reopen schools.
Of nearly 10,000 coronavirus cases, more than half, 56 percent, were Hispanic workers, the data shows.
Steven GreenhouseTERRIBLE >> In the nation's meat & poultry plants, there have been at least 17,358 COVID-19 cases & 91 COVID-related deaths in 264 in 23 states through May 30, the CDC said.
87% of the cases were among workers of color.
Workers have been infuriated by the callous treatment they’ve received in their workplaces. Many of them recognized that the most surefire way to get their employers to provide the protection they needed was through collective action.
Steven GreenhouseIf you want to read one story explaining how American workers are systematically screwed -- and why wages have stagnated & jobs have become more precarious & corporations quickly fire workers who speak out or seek to unionize -- read this >>
“It’s going away” only in the president’s delusion.
Steven Greenhouse.@NickKristof--“What’s happened in the U.S. [on Covid-19] is utterly tragic & seems like a consequence of appalling leadership & incompetent government,” said Professor Devi Sridhar. “Those of us abroad are watching in horror, disbelief & pity.”
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Steven GreenhouseThe issue whether to expel police unions from labor federations has not disappeared.
The head of the American Postal Workers Union said the AFL-CIO would have to face the issue because the role of police is to protect corporate power, not working people.
Hubertus Heil says entire region ‘taken hostage’ by owners’ failure to protect workers
Steven GreenhouseWhat A Difference—In the US, HHS Secretary Azar & S.Dakota Governor Noem blame meatpacking workers for catching Covid & don't criticize meatpackers at all
Germany's labor minister slams meatpacker for "taking region hostage" by failing to protect workers
Worker protections are critical during the pandemic — yet the Trump administration has issued only voluntary guidance instead of enforceable rules.
Steven GreenhouseNYT Editorial: OSHA is AWOL—OSHA has received more than 5,000 complaints related to the coronavirus since the pandemic began. It has issued only a single citation, to a Georgia nursing home for failing to report employee hospitalizations within 24 hours.
Greetings from the Burgh, where Payday is preparing to track a massive wave of strikes on Juneteenth. Hundreds of Workplaces Likely to Go on Strike Today Longshoremen are going on strike at 29 ports across the West Coast. The UAW is planning to stop...
Steven GreenhousePayday Report: Longshoremen are going on strike at 29 West Coast ports today. The UAW is stopping production on all assembly lines for 8 minutes 46 seconds to honor George Floyd.
Workers have walked off the job at 500 employers the last 3 weeks
While lobbying to keep operating during the pandemic, the U.S. industry sent a record amount of pork to a country vital to its growth.
Steven GreenhouseMeatpacking companies said their plants needed to stay open, warning that the U.S. faced a severe meat shortage. At least 89 meatpacking workers died
It was a fake meat shortage. Turns out American meatpackers shipped a record amount of pork to China.
More than nine times as many American meat industry workers have tested positive for coronavirus.
Steven GreenhouseALSO THIS >> The European Union’s meatpacking industry has 2/3 the workers of the U.S. industry
In the U.S., 24,715 meatpacking workers have caught Covid-19. In Europe meatpacking 2,670
In US, at least 86 meatpacking deaths—In Europe, 4 deaths.
Steven GreenhouseEurope Watches Out Far More For Its Workers Than U.S. Does—The European Union’s meatpacking industry has 2/3 the workers of US meatpacking
In US, 24,715 meatpacking workers have caught Covid-19 & 86 deaths.
In Europe meatpacking, 2,670 cases & 4 deaths
Thousands of pages of documents obtained by ProPublica show how quickly public health agencies were overwhelmed by meatpacking cases. One CEO described social distancing as “a nicety that makes sense only for people with laptops.”
Steven GreenhouseIowa official's email about a meatpacking plant with over 250 Covid-19 cases: “SHUT IT DOWN...They will keep going until all of their employees have this virus. They would rather risk their employees’ health and keep their production going.”
One of the most radical antiracist unions in the country makes a show of solidarity with all those threatened by police violence and exploitation.
Steven GreenhouseSOLIDARITY -- Members of the International Longshoremen and Warehouse Union (ILWU) will shut down 29 ports along the West Coast on June 19th (Juneteenth) in solidarity with nationwide protests over the murder of George Floyd.
The AFL-CIO president backs changes to police practices and accountability. But the group is also facing criticism for continued ties with police unions.
Steven GreenhouseThe AFL-CIO resists demands to expel the IUPA police union, but calls for broad police reform, including ban on chokeholds, ending racial profiling & demilitarizing the police.
It also calls for resignation of hardline Minneapolis police union president.