The extra $600 a week in unemployment benefits expires at the end of July—and as June begins, many workers haven’t even started getting it yet. With more than one in five workers on unemployment or waiting for approval, Heidi Shierholz writes, Congress needs to do more. It should start with extending the extra $600, help states process unemployment claims more efficiently, and send the funding to state and local governments that they need to prevent a “prolonged depression.”
But unfortunately, Mike Konczal points out, when it comes to that extra $600 a week, “Republicans understand the stakes involved, even if many liberals do not. Increasing unemployment insurance not only moves money to the lowest-wage workers, who need it the most, but it also empowers employees and builds the case for social insurance.” That’s one more reason Republicans are pushing so hard to reopen before it’s safe—to push workers off unemployment insurance.
Motherboard received messages from 13 Instacart workers around the country in recent days who say they placed orders for Instacart’s safety and health kits when they were first available in April and are still waiting to receive them. On social media, countless Instacart workers have echoed these experiences. In numerous instances, Instacart has sent out notifications that health and safety kits have shipped, but weeks later, workers have received nothing in the mail.
According to mainstream economists, the 2020 economy, pre-pandemic, was in great shape. But the millions of Americans working two or three part-time jobs with no benefits, sometimes at less than $10 an hour, never saw a recovery from 2008.
Wall Street got bailed out, of course—even though it had caused the crisis with its predatory lending and with the aid of deregulation. But in the decade to come, all economic ills were blamed on homeowners themselves and on public sector workers, especially on teachers—and don’t forget their unions.
Whole Foods just fired the worker who was tallying US cases of coronavirus among Whole Foods workers https://t.co/O98x3lYKfA
— Michael Sainato (@msainat1) May 29, 2020
Amazon worker Courtenay Brown describes how @amazon isn't truly implementing social distancing apart from using it as a method to fire whistleblowers.#AmazonAGM #ProtectAmazonWorkers pic.twitter.com/Ez1eJkBn9S
— athenaforall 🦉 (@athenaforall) May 27, 2020