The pandemic housing bubble has multiple, complex causes among them:
For the past few decades, unions have been under attack. Thanks in large part to laws that undermine labor organizations and make it hard for workers to organize, unions have suffered steep membership declines (just 10% of Americans now belong to one). As a result, wages have stagnated for union and non-union members alike, and the income inequality gap has widened. That’s not to say interest has totally waned: Nearly half of Americans would like to be part of a union and have a voice on issues such as job security, benefits, and compensation.
Life in the Time of the Coronavirus is a GEN series where we are interviewing people across the country who have had their lives upended or are experiencing the stress of the unknown.
This anonymous thirtysomething works at a Tyson Foods beef plant in Amarillo, Texas. On April 28, President Trump signed an executive order requiring slaughterhouses to stay open during the coronavirus pandemic, reversing the closures of many of these plants. Across the country, at least 5,000 meat processing workers have tested positive for the virus, and 20 have died.
Most people don’t understand where their meat comes from…
I’ve been writing about the Fight for $15 campaign for over five years, covering the push both here in Seattle, the first major U.S. city to approve a $15-an-hour minimum wage, and nationwide. If you do anything for five years, you start to recognize familiar patterns of behavior that repeat again and again — and the minimum wage conversation is no different.
Conservative politicians and the business lobby promote several arguments every time a minimum-wage increase happens anywhere in the United States. First, news outlets profile a few small business owners who warn, with no proof, that businesses will close…
Workers at Tesla are fighting for a little more power. And Elon Musk is hitting back, hard.
Tesla’s billionaire CEO has been accused of using shady tactics to squash a union drive at Tesla’s auto plant in Fremont, California, which was named one of the most dangerous car factories in the country in 2016. Employees say Musk discouraged them from forming a union, sometimes through his Twitter account, and then illegally retaliated against workers who tried to organize. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is currently reviewing the case, which opened with a hearing in June.
This case isn’t just…
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