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La Crisis De Salud Continúa Cobrando Más Empleos, Conoce Tus Derechos

Mar 26, 2020 / News Item
Dueños de negocios están sintiendo la presión de la crisis de salud y según expertos se podría ver una avalancha de violaciones a los derechos laborales. La ley aplica para aquellos que tenga documentos legales o no en el país, pero según la abogada Sally Abrahamson , inmigrantes indocumentados tienden asumir que debido a su estatus migratorio, estas estipulaciones no aplican para ellos, algo completamente falso. Abrahamson agregó que: “si han trabajado, tienen que pagar. En algunos estados tienen que pagar el día siguiente que terminen los empleados. Si alguién trabajo, tienen que recibir...
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As Coronavirus Spreads, the Vulnerable Workers Who Prepare and Serve Your Food Probably Don’t Have Sick Leave

Mar 5, 2020 / News Item
In its overview of the novel coronavirus, the CDC has a few recommendations: Wash your hands thoroughly, avoid people who are sick, and importantly, stay at home if you are sick. Guidelines say symptoms could take up to 14 days to show up, so when possible, people who’ve traveled to areas where the new coronavirus has a stronger presence (China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Korea, Mongolia, Italy, Japan, Macau, and Iran as of publishing) are encouraged to self-isolate for those two weeks. It’s public health in action, ideally meant to protect as many people as possible from getting sick. But anyone...
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We Are Ignoring One Obvious Way to Fight the Coronavirus

Mar 4, 2020 / News Item
The Federal Reserve did what it could Tuesday to offset the growing economic impact of the coronavirus by announcing a supersize reduction in its benchmark interest rate — the first time the Fed has acted between its regularly scheduled meetings since the financial crisis in 2008. But the Fed is ill equipped to limit the effect of a global pandemic alone. Lower interest rates may eventually soothe financial markets and help to hold down borrowing costs, but the Fed can’t speed the reopening of Chinese factories or reverse Facebook’s decision to cancel an annual developers conference that last...
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As coronavirus spreads, the people who prepare your food probably don’t have paid sick leave

Mar 4, 2020 / News Item
When Detroit restaurant chef Nik Cole gets sick, she pops a few vitamin C tablets, heads into work and then tops it off with Alka-Seltzer Plus so she can power through her day. She is one of nearly 7 million food service workers in the United States who is forced to go without pay if she is too sick to work. Although 75 percent of Americans receive some paid sick days, government and industry data show that only 25 percent of food service workers have such benefits. “I would have to have a fever and be really weak in order to call off for work,” said Cole, 40, who has worked in food service...
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As coronavirus spreads, the people who prepare your food probably don’t have paid sick leave

Mar 4, 2020 / News Item
When Detroit restaurant chef Nik Cole gets sick, she pops a few vitamin C tablets, heads into work and then tops it off with Alka-Seltzer Plus so she can power through her day. She is one of nearly 7 million food service workers in the United States who is forced to go without pay if she is too sick to work. Although 75 percent of Americans receive some paid sick days, government and industry data show that only 25 percent of food service workers have such benefits. “I would have to have a fever and be really weak in order to call off for work,” said Cole, 40, who has worked in food service...
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Stopping the coronavirus requires health care access and paid sick leave. America's in trouble.

Mar 2, 2020 / News Item
Now that the the COVID-19 virus is spreading rapidly around the world, the Trump administration is scrambling to calm the public's fears about catching it. While Trump's claims about the nation's preparedness are severely exaggerated, the preparedness of individual Americans is an even bigger unknown; millions of us are not even prepared for a bad cold, much less a global pandemic. The combination of a profit-driven health care insurance industry and an exploitative low-wage economy means that a sudden illness could cost you your job, and a public health crisis could leave countless people...
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Avoiding Coronavirus May Be a Luxury Some Workers Can’t Afford

Mar 2, 2020 / News Item
Stay home from work if you get sick. See a doctor. Use a separate bathroom from the people you live with. Prepare for schools to close, and to work from home. These are measures the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended to slow a coronavirus outbreak in the United States. Yet these are much easier to do for certain people — in particular, high-earning professionals. Service industry workers, like those in restaurants, retail, child care and the gig economy, are much less likely to have paid sick days, the ability to work remotely or employer-provided health insurance. The...
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Lack of paid sick days and large numbers of uninsured increase risks of spreading the coronavirus

Feb 28, 2020 / News Item
COVID-19—commonly known as the coronavirus—is now a potential threat for the United States and we all “need to be preparing for significant disruption of our lives,” warned the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) this week. Unfortunately, preparing for the “significant disruption” will be economically unimaginable for one group of Americans—the millions of people in the United States who do not have access to paid sick days or have health insurance with a regular health care provider. The CDC released very clear instructions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases,...
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Ocasio-Cortez reminds workers to make sure they're paid for work during daylight saving rollover

Nov 3, 2019 / News Item
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) on Sunday tweeted a reminder to shift workers to ensure their paychecks for late shifts over the weekend, when daylight saving time took effect, accurately reflected the hours they had worked. “Quick Daylight Savings tip: if you worked a late shift last night when the clocks rolled back & had to work an extra hour, make sure you check your paystub this week and get paid for it!” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted Sunday afternoon. “Computers sometimes miss it. Make sure you get paid - don’t let your labor get stolen!” * * *
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Hyatt Regency hotel workers win minimum wage increase

Nov 1, 2019 / News Item
Workers at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore Inner Harbor hotel will see their minimum wages rise to $15 an hour by Dec. 1 of next year under a new labor agreement approved last week. Hotel employees and management ratified the five-year contract Oct. 22 after months of negotiations. The deal comes as workers at several other downtown Baltimore hotels continue to push for better pay, benefits and working conditions. Under the deal, wages for non-tipped Hyatt Regency staff will increase by $1.10 an hour over the next five months. By December 2020, the lowest paid hourly employees will make $15 an...
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