Makers of Oxycontin Pay Token Fine, Capitalists Continue Pushing Drugs

By Ben Robinson On September 1, the Sackler family was ordered to pay a $4.5 billion fine and give up ownership of Purdue Pharma to avoid liability for the opioid epidemic. The dissolution was part of a larger settlement to end thousands of lawsuits against the pharmaceutical company, Purdue Pharma, which is estimated to have killed over 500,000 people by pushing the opioid drug, OxyContin. … Continue reading Makers of Oxycontin Pay Token Fine, Capitalists Continue Pushing Drugs

Worker Correspondents: Worcester Nurses Vote to Strike, Ready to Fight for Demands

Photo Credit: Telegram and Gazette By Vincent Cross On Wednesday, more than 700 of the 800 nurses at St. Vincent Hospital in Worcester, Massachusetts voted in favor of striking. Demands are for safe staffing and legal patient-to-nurse ratios. While the vote authorizes the union to strike, they have yet to give management the required ten-day notice before the strike can begin. Nurses have been picketing … Continue reading Worker Correspondents: Worcester Nurses Vote to Strike, Ready to Fight for Demands

Worker Correspondents: Houston EMT and ER Technicians Overworked and Unprotected

Photo credit: Godofredo A. Vásquez, Houston Chronicle / Staff photographer By Eli Blackhart Tribune of the People spoke with a healthcare worker in Houston who works as an EMT and Emergency Room (ER) Technician. The medic detailed unsafe working conditions, increased workload, and a lack of support from healthcare companies. During the peak of the pandemic, the lack of healthcare workers resulted in only one … Continue reading Worker Correspondents: Houston EMT and ER Technicians Overworked and Unprotected

Worker Correspondents: Covid Nurse Expresses Need to Organize

By Henry Underwood A nurse who works in a Covid-19 ward at Dell Seton Medical Center in Austin recently spoke with Tribune about high patient-to-nurse ratios, under-staffing, and the necessity to organize for better pay and working conditions. “When the pandemic first started, we begged for specialty pay or hazard pay. … They refused. They all said no,” she told Tribune. Despite a sharp increase … Continue reading Worker Correspondents: Covid Nurse Expresses Need to Organize

California: Healthcare Worker Strike Cancelled, Hospitals Agree to Covid Provisions

Photo credit: Al Seib/Los Angeles Times By Serran Soledad In the wake of a 10 day strike-notice issued on December 14 by nurses and healthcare workers across three southern California Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) hospitals, the SEIU 121 RN union representing them has come to an agreement with the hospitals, averting the strike set to begin on Christmas Eve, in exchange for the hospitals … Continue reading California: Healthcare Worker Strike Cancelled, Hospitals Agree to Covid Provisions

California: Healthcare Workers Threaten Christmas Eve Strike Over Covid-19 Negligence

By Serran Soledad Nurses and other healthcare professionals at Los Robles Regional Medical Center in Thousand Oaks, California are among three Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) facilities whose workers have given their respective employers until Christmas Eve to meet a contract agreement for better work conditions, or face a 10-day unfair labor practice strike. Negotiations between the three facilities and the SEIU Local 121RN representing … Continue reading California: Healthcare Workers Threaten Christmas Eve Strike Over Covid-19 Negligence

Brazil: Sanitary Committee of Manoel Ribeiro Camp Conducts Covid-19 Tests in Camp Sites

The following is an unofficial translation of the article “Comitê Sanitário do Acampamento Manoel Ribeiro faz testes de Covid-19 em acampados” from Resistência Camponesa newspaper. From the first days of the seizure of the lands of the Nossa Senhora Aparecida latifundium, the peasants of the Manoel Ribeiro Camp formed their own Popular Sanitary Committee to guarantee health care and prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus … Continue reading Brazil: Sanitary Committee of Manoel Ribeiro Camp Conducts Covid-19 Tests in Camp Sites

Oxnard: Protest Denounces Ventura County Jail Amid Covid Outbreak

By Serran Soledad On Saturday, a protest was held outside of the Ventura County Jail in response to an outbreak in which 81 inmates tested positive for Covid-19. As court dates have been delayed and legal resources have been kept from inmates due to the strict lockdown put in place, many have been held indefinitely without being found guilty of a single crime. The action … Continue reading Oxnard: Protest Denounces Ventura County Jail Amid Covid Outbreak

Largest Drop In Health Insurance During Economic Crisis and Pandemic

By Peter Cherry 5.4 million people in the US have lost health insurance coverage corresponding to job losses that happened between February and May, making it the largest single-year drop in health coverage ever in the US. “We knew these numbers would be big,” said Stan Dorn, the executive director of NGO National Center for Coverage Innovation. “This is the worst economic downturn since World … Continue reading Largest Drop In Health Insurance During Economic Crisis and Pandemic

40% of COVID-19 Pandemic Deaths in the US Occur In Nursing Homes

By Peter Cherry Based on data gathered by the New York Times, at least 40% of all Coronavirus related deaths in the US have been at nursing homes, targeting the elderly population as well as the low-wage workers who service the facilities. At least 54,000 of the over 125,500 confirmed Coronavirus deaths in the U.S. are residents or workers at these facilities that serve seniors, … Continue reading 40% of COVID-19 Pandemic Deaths in the US Occur In Nursing Homes