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Enhanced Pandemic Federal Unemployment  Insurance Didn’t Hurt the Economy. Inequality Does.

Enhanced Pandemic Federal Unemployment Insurance Didn’t Hurt the Economy. Inequality Does.

By Rebekah Entralgo | September 15, 2021  — An estimated 9 million Americans got the rug pulled out from under them over Labor Day weekend as enhanced pandemic federal unemployment benefits expired, leaving millions of families in the lurch during a record-breaking season for COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. Some 35 million people — nearly 1 […]

Private Equity Destroyed My Job

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Private Equity Destroyed My Job

By Shirley Smith | September 15, 2021 — Not long ago, I was a saleswoman and manager at Art Van Furniture, a furniture retailer that was an institution in metro Detroit for over half a century. It was more than a job. My coworkers were my family, and we were all proud to work for […]

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Milton Allimadi on US Media’s Africa Reporting

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Milton Allimadi on US Media’s Africa Reporting

    (Kendall Hunt, 2021) This week on CounterSpin: The primary “sense” of Sub-Saharan Africa in corporate media is absence. When Africa is discussed, it’s often been, to put it simply, as a material resource and as a staging ground for Great Nation politics and proxy war. Not as far removed as it ought to […]

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Millions Fell Through the Unemployment Benefits Safety Net On Labor Day

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Millions Fell Through the Unemployment Benefits Safety Net On Labor Day

By Kevin Vazquez | Sep 15, 2021 | —  Last week, on Labor Day, an estimated 8.9 million workers and their families lost federal unemployment benefits, and nearly three million more had their weekly checks reduced by $300 per week. The Biden administration, despite the entreaties of many workers, activists, labor unions, and other organizations, […]

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Marjorie Cohn on Texas Abortion Law, Kimberly Inez McGuire on Abortion Realities

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Marjorie Cohn on Texas Abortion Law, Kimberly Inez McGuire on Abortion Realities

  (cc photo: Beth Wilson) This week on CounterSpin: Many people will know that the Supreme Court ruled on Roe v. Wade in 1973, enshrining women’s right to access abortion—to choose when and whether to have a child. It seemed to signal recognition that abortion is healthcare, that most women who have abortions are mothers […]

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NLRB Will Seek All Available Remedies To Address Unlawful Conduct, Top Lawyer Says

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NLRB Will Seek All Available Remedies To Address Unlawful Conduct, Top Lawyer Says

Seek All Available Remedies To Address Unlawful Conduct, the NLRB’s top lawyer said in a memo to the board’s regional offices where much of the work of enforcing labor laws takes place. The National Labor Relations Board’s top attorney issued a memo on Wednesday stating that the board will act forcefully to protect workers’ rights. […]

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AFL-CIO President Shuler: We Will Meet This Moment With a Modern Labor Movement

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AFL-CIO President Shuler: We Will Meet This Moment With a Modern Labor Movement

AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler delivered the following remarks at the Christian Science Monitor Labor Day Breakfast: Thank you, Linda [Feldmann], for that kind introduction. This event has become a Labor Day tradition for the AFL-CIO.  I know how much you all enjoyed interacting with Rich Trumka. He did the Monitor breakfast 12 times, and enjoyed […]

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Rick Claypool on OxyContin Bankruptcy, Dean Baker on Economic Disconnects

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Rick Claypool on OxyContin Bankruptcy, Dean Baker on Economic Disconnects

  Purdue heir David Sackler and wife Joss depicted in Vanity Fair (8/19) This week on CounterSpin: The engineers of the crack epidemic were never offered a deal to get out of the biz with impunity as long as they gave some money towards helping the families, communities and healthcare systems broken in the wake […]

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Richard Trumka – The DNA of a True Labor Movement Leader: A Day in the Life of AFL-CIO President

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By Jon Hiatt | Aug 12, 2021 | OnLabor blog — Since the unexpected death of AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on August 5,  many who knew and worked with Rich have posted tributes focusing on a variety of leadership roles that he took on: in the Western Pennsylvania mines as a young health and safety […]

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James Loewen on Lies Historians Tell Us

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James Loewen on Lies Historians Tell Us

Image: Charles C.J. Hoffbauer Anyone born before last week can see US news media lying about history as it’s happening. But fast forward to 10, 20 years from now, and those media stories will have hardened into narrative, into the unspoken “given” presented as context for the latest thing. That’s the power of history as […]

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