On Contact: Virus

By Chris Hedges, RT. -

On the show this week, Chris Hedges discusses the coronavirus with investigative journalist and author, Nina Burleigh. “There are many ways to begin to tell the story of why more Americans [...]

Service Workers Aren’t Lazy — They Don’t Want To Risk Dying

By Sandy Barnard, Jacobin Magazine. -

Business owners around the country are offering up a lament: “no one wants to work.” A McDonalds franchise said they had to close because no one wants to work; North Carolina congressman David [...]

Report Finds Low Wages Make Food Workers Want To Quit

By Sharon Zhang, Truthout. -

Following the passage of stimulus packages with aid for workers like expanded unemployment benefits, politicians and business owners have wrung their hands over a supposed worker shortage as [...]

As Meatpackers Stoked Fears Of A Shortage, Exports Increased

By Madison McVan, In These Times. -

Last year, as the meatpacking industry’s frontline workers were infected with Covid-19 and the industry pushed claims of a meat shortage, companies in the U.S. exported more than $22 billion in [...]

Grocery Companies Denied Us Hazard Pay—So We Went Over Their Heads

By Sam Dancy and Chandra Messer, Labor Notes. -

We’d like to tell you a story of our struggles with Covid and our safety concerns—and how we ended up getting two city councils to enact hazard pay by law. As grocery store workers, we were [...]

Vons, Pavilions To Fire ‘Essential Workers’

By Mike Dickerson, Knock LA. -

When Dylan’s grocery delivery arrived a few days before New Years, it came with some bad news. The delivery driver who brought his groceries from Vons mentioned that drivers across the state are [...]

“Those Of Us Who Don’t Die Are Going To Quit”

By J. David McSwane, Pro Publica. -

Nurse Kristen Cline was working a 12-hour shift in October at the Royal C. Johnson Veterans Memorial Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, when a code blue rang through the halls. A patient in [...]

The Year That Labor Hung On By Its Fingertips

By Hamilton Nolan, In These Times. -

Broad­ly speak­ing, there have been two very large labor sto­ries this year. The first is, ​“I have been forced into unem­ploy­ment due to the pan­dem­ic, and I am scared.” And the sec­ond [...]

New Organizing Model Helps Build Worker Power

By Erin Dirnbach, Waging Nonviolence. -

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit and lockdowns started in March, a new class of “essential workers” continued to go to work across the United States under new dangerous conditions. As stories came [...]

2020 In Review: Workers Struggle Under The Weight Of The Pandemic

By Dan DiMaggio and Saurav Sarkar, Labor Notes. -

Workers will feel the ramifications of this unprecedented year long into the future. The coronavirus pandemic has claimed 300,000 lives, destroyed millions of jobs, busted gaping holes in [...]