Kansas: State’s Unemployment System Fails Workers, Favors Ruling Class

Cover Photo: Sign at the Kansas Department of Labor building (Source: The Capitol-Journal) By Brian Martel Since the beginning of the economic crisis and subsequent COVID-19 pandemic, the Kansas Department of Labor (KDOL) has been inundated by unemployment requests as the US saw a record number of people without work not seen since the Great Depression. KDOL workers have reported being overworked and many unemployment … Continue reading Kansas: State’s Unemployment System Fails Workers, Favors Ruling Class

COVID-19 Relief Added to Budget of US Imperialism

Photo credit: Ken Cedeno By Brian Martel On Monday, Congress passed a 5,593 page omnibus spending bill which allocates a total of $2.3 trillion. This year, $900 billion in coronavirus aid has been added on top of the US imperialism’s ever-increasing federal spending. The bill includes $6.2 billion in “foreign military financing,” $3.3 billion of which is allocated for Israel, which is on top of … Continue reading COVID-19 Relief Added to Budget of US Imperialism

Worker’s Correspondence: Amazon Drivers Brace for Post-Holiday Layoffs

Amazon delivery trucks outside south Austin Amazon Delivery Station, Photo credit: Austin Business Journal By Henry Underwood A delivery driver working for a local Amazon distribution center told Tribune of the People that he had taken the job expecting full-time employment, but that recent company projections suggested there would be severe layoffs following the holiday season. He started delivering packages for Amazon through an independent … Continue reading Worker’s Correspondence: Amazon Drivers Brace for Post-Holiday Layoffs

Austin’s Homeless Encampments

Photo credit: Jay Janner, Austin American-Statesman By Ed Dalton Austin, Texas is the fastest-growing city in the US, making it the 11th largest in the country and rising. It is also the least livable city for low-wage workers, with an average rent of over $1,100 and a minimum wage of $7.25 an hour. These conditions factor into the growing homeless population. Driving in Austin means … Continue reading Austin’s Homeless Encampments

Resurgence of Jobless Claims Signals Prolonged Economic Depression

Cover photo of European Central Bank Forum on Central Banking by Rev By Mike Talavera Last week marked the first sharp rise in applications for unemployment benefits since early October, jumping from 18,000 the previous week to over 743,000. The spike comes as the economy has struggled to bounce back since the crisis began in March, forcing senior government officials to recognize the inherent inequality … Continue reading Resurgence of Jobless Claims Signals Prolonged Economic Depression

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

Los Angeles: Boyle Heights Mariachis Hold Relief Concert

By Felipe Vera On Friday May 8, out-of-work mariachis held a concert to raise relief funds as they have been especially impacted by the economic crisis, unable to work due to COVID-19 restrictions and ineligible to receive unemployment or similar benefits. The event was hosted by anti-gentrification organization Defend Boyle Heights, and as it began Mariachi Plaza was covered in posters made by the mariachis, … Continue reading Los Angeles: Boyle Heights Mariachis Hold Relief Concert

Update: US Unemployment Claims Reach a Record 10 Million

Cover Image: Paintings by Ronald Debs Depicting the Hunger March During Great Depression By Ester Harding The US Labor Department reports that the number of unemployment claims skyrocketed last week by 6.65 million, bringing the total number up to 10 million people filing for unemployment benefits over the past two weeks. This high number does not even reflect the total number of unemployed workers, only … Continue reading Update: US Unemployment Claims Reach a Record 10 Million