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COVID-Related Strikes Hit Washington’s Apple Sheds

David Bacon Capital & Main
This week the COVID-related strike in Washington state’s Yakima Valley quadrupled in size, as workers walked out at three more apple packinghouses with two main demands for safer working conditions and an extra $2 an hour in hazard pay.

Who Is Essential Now?

Bryce Covert The Nation
Workers at companies that offer poor pay and unsafe working conditions now know they are essential. And many expect to be treated that way.

Tidbits - Apr. 2, 2020 - Reader Comments: No One Asked How We Can Afford It; COVID-19; GE Workers Walk-Demand to Make Ventilators Not War Weapons; Asian Americans Attacked; A Different Response - Vietnam, Cuba; Rent Moratorium; Rev Joseph Lowery

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Reader Comments: No One Asked How We Can Afford It; COVID-19; GE Workers Walk - Demand to Make Ventilators Not War Weapons; Asian Americans Attacked; A Different Response - Vietnam and Cuba; Rent Moratorium; Remembering Rev Joseph Lowery

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What Workers Have Already Won in the Face of Coronavirus

Mindy Isser In These Times
Worker seen cleaning a subway station When things get dire enough, the working class fights back. In dealing with the outbreak of the coronavirus, people across the United States have organized at their workplaces, and also won major reforms in the housing sector.

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More Americans Are Going on Strike

Sarah Jones New York Magazine
Strike activity surged in 2018 and 2019, marking a 35-year high for the number of workers involved in a major work stoppage over a two-year period.
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