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Editor’s note: In putting together this issue focusing on the American Worker, what keeps coming to mind are the times when crises gave way to new, progressive policies that positively affected the broader public. The cycles repeat: Big Business collapses when the true means of production can or will no longer produce. Unfortunately, it takes widespread disasters of monstrous proportions to get the movement needed. As progressives and activists, it’s important we take the time to look back at these cycles, the steps and missteps, the unintended consequences of both well-meaning and nefarious acts. And it’s equally important that we organize ourselves to accomplish those goals that stay true to our mission and values. Peace to all of you, stay safe! 

ACTION! Senators Release Proposals Supporting Frontline Workers


Three proposals focusing on Frontline Workers have been unveiled by both Democrats and Republicans in the Senate for consideration in the fourth coronavirus relief package.

Three different proposals have been released by members of the U.S. Senate intended to support the frontline workers to varying degrees. The goal is to include more focused provisions to protect and reward these workers, and to stimulate interest in filling these much needed jobs. Ideally, some form of these proposals will be included in the fourth coronavirus relief package, and you can help by calling Congress and demanding their support. Don’t forget your state government, which in many cases has done more to protect its people than the federal government.


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The Dissolution of Worker Protections and Rights

The slow, insidious decline in the power of the American Worker can no longer be ignored. Under Trump, The Department of Labor, established under the New Deal, has taken a carving knife to any form of protection killing off panels, agencies and regulations.

On May 1, International Workers Day, warehouse workers and grocery employees at Amazon and its subsidiary Whole Foods and gig workers for Instacart and Target-owned Shipt walked off the job. The workers — whose jobs have become more critical during coronavirus quarantines and stay-at-home orders — called for more personal protective equipment, professional cleaning services and hazard pay from their employers.


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  • Fifty years ago, nearly a third of U.S. workers belonged to a union. Today, it's one in 10.
  • On average, a worker covered by a union contract earns 13% more in wages.
  • Unions have transformed once-low-wage jobs in hospitality, nursing, and janitorial services into positions with living wages.
  • When the share of workers who are union members is relatively high, wages of nonunion workers are higher.
  • Union members are 18% more likely to vote in presidential elections than non-members, 43% more likely to volunteer for an election campaign, and 73-93% more likely to participate in protests.
Sources:
https://www.npr.org/sections/money/2015/02/23/385843576/50-years-of-shrinking-union-membership-in-one-map
and https://www.epi.org/publication/how-todays-unions-help-working-people-giving-workers-the-power-to-improve-their-jobs-and-unrig-the-economy/
and
https://journalistsresource.org/studies/economics/workers/union-membership-political-participation-social-capital/

 
Trickle Up Economics

Although fair pay and minimum wage legislation would likely help our economy, Republicans continue to block Federal protections that would eliminate gender and race discrimination in pay rates and wages or provide a living wage.

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Into the Way Back Machine: History of the National Labor Relations Act

The National Labor Relations Act, signed by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1935, was a response to bad corporate behavior during the Great Depression. As unemployment deepened in the early 1930s, companies used their leverage to break unions — by conditioning a job on a worker’s agreement not to join one, or hiring private security to threaten union leaders, or sending strikebreakers to interrupt picket lines.

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Census in the Time of Corona


As if this year’s decennial census didn’t have enough challenges - the first census conducted largely online, delays in systems security testing, budget shortfalls, the court fight over the citizenship question - now the census has to contend with the restrictions imposed by a pandemic. Which means of course some things have changed.


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Contributors:
Amara Willey, Cheryl Clark, Cynthia Zenkus, Elaine Clisham,
Olga Vannucci, Deb Kline
Indivisible Lambertville / New Hope Leadership Team

ILNH Leader: Cindi Sternfeld
Admin/Tech Team: Elaine Clisham & Karen Mitchell
Communications: Deb Kline
Events: Diane Cadman
Finance: Elycia Lerman & John Woods
Issue Group Support: Sarah Gold & Susan Shapiro
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