COVID-19 in the US
Around the World in 8 Minutes: Workers mobilize for rights in South Africa, the US and the UK

In this week’s episode, we will look at three strikes organized by essential workers in South Africa, the United States and the United Kingdom.

Fight for $15 is a struggle for dignity and equality

Worker and organizer Eric Winston speaks about the importance of the $15 minimum wage for workers in the US and the broader struggle for rights

Minorities and the poor are the worst affected by COVID-19 in the US

The COVID-19 death toll in the US not only outstrips the fatalities of other badly affected nations, but also outnumbers the annual death rate of the most devastating wars and epidemics of the 19th and 20th century

Chicago teachers vote for tentative deal with city, but struggle for safe schools continues

The deal will allow for educators with medical risks or living with people who have them, to continue remote-learning. Even though most of the members of the Chicago Teachers Union voted to approve the deal, the union insists that this is not a final or just deal.

Historic vote on Amazon union kicks off in Alabama

Over 5,800 ballots have been sent out to the employees of Amazon’s Bessemer warehouse near Birmingham, Alabama. Workers will have seven weeks to mail-in their ballots, in consideration of the COVID-19 pandemic

Chicago threatens lockout as teachers stand firm on safe classroom demands

Despite strong opposition from the Chicago Teachers’ Union, representing the educators, the Chicago Public Schools and the city administration have decided to reopen in-person classes on Monday

US stimulus package Trump signs $900 bn stimulus plan, but millions remain in limbo for next few weeks

The new plan was signed by the president a day after millions of US citizens saw their federal unemployment benefits expire. While the new plan extends these benefits, there is uncertainty about the processing of payments under the schemes

US Congress comes up with new COVID relief plan, but leaves much to be desired

The relief package will be the second-largest of its kind since the passing of the CARES Act in March, but is too little and too late for millions who have been pushed closer to poverty and instability by the pandemic

Workers suffer as US pandemic relief bill goes nowhere in Congress

As the COVID-19 pandemic spirals out of control in the United States, inaction and deadlock in the government have left workers to fend for themselves amid mounting unemployment.

This holiday season, hunger and poverty stalk the US

It’s holiday season in the United States but the country faces an unprecedented crisis as poverty and hunger are soaring and millions face the risk of evictions

Schools shut in NYC, US New York City schools shut again due to second COVID-19 wave

Schools were opened up in phases in September and October, months after they were shut down in mid-March. The State’s governor has warned of a tremendous spike in the coming weeks

The difference between the US and China’s response to COVID-19 is staggering

While US continues to suffer the devastating impacts of poor management of the COVID-19 pandemic, China’s people-centered approach serves as a model to follow

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