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Tag Archives: COVID-19
Universal Basic Income and Working-Class Futures
There have been few good things to come out of COVID-19. We’ve seen a genuine sense of community spirit emerge along with greater respect for blue-collar workers in the front line. In the UK, we’ve seen another less obvious shift: … Continue reading
Deindustrialization as a Template for COVID-19
As we wrote in Steeltown USA: Work and Memory in Youngstown, Youngstown’s story is America’s story. That’s true now as we try to imagine American life after the pandemic. No doubt, coronavirus is a natural disaster that is more contagious, widespread, … Continue reading
Posted in Issues, John Russo, The Working Class and the Economy, Youngstown Tagged COVID-19, Deindustrialization, economic crisis, Youngstown 1 Comment
“People Ain’t Gonna Come to Work if They Don’t Feel Safe”
If you live in Iowa, you get to see a little bit of how the sausage is made, so to speak, especially if it’s pork. It’s a common occurrence to see long semi-truck trailers on the highways, with round pink … Continue reading
Fishing Industry Workers Struggle to Beat Long Odds
A few months into the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re seeing signs of worry about the food supply. Meatpacking plants have closed due to high rates of infection among workers. Farmers plow crops under and pour thousands of gallons of milk down … Continue reading
Posted in Contributors, Guest Bloggers, Issues, The Working Class and the Economy, Work Tagged COVID-19, Fishing industry, workers 1 Comment
May Day 2020: Workers in the Pandemic Time
Around the world, the first of May, is generally celebrated as a public holiday. May Day’s origins go back to 1886, when 300,000 U.S. workers in 13,000 businesses laid down their tools in a general strike, joining 40,000 in Chicago … Continue reading
COVID-19 Is a Perfect Storm for Women Workers
America’s women workers have been living in a straw house perched high on a cliff, and COVID-19 is the perfect storm. Though research reveals that men are more likely to succumb to the virus, women will be disproportionately devastated by … Continue reading
Working-Class People Hold Society Together: Class and COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted class inequalities. Commentators in the US, UK, and Australia are acknowledging that working-class people are more likely to suffer as a result of both the virus and the measures put in place to contain its … Continue reading
Class and the Challenge of COVID-19
COVID-19, the coronavirus that is spreading across the world, is wreaking havoc on working people and their families. Weeks after it burst onto the world scene, the end of this deadly threat is still not in sight. Although it is … Continue reading
Posted in Contributors, Guest Bloggers, Issues, The Working Class and the Economy Tagged coronavirus, COVID-19, health care, workers 2 Comments