Coronavirus update, USA


Breana Avelar, a processing assistant, holds a sign outside the Amazon DTW1 fulfillment center in Romulus, Michigan, April 1, 2020 [Credit: AP Photo/Paul Sancya]

Chicago Amazon workers marched outside Amazon’s DCH1 delivery facility on Chicago’s Southwest Side on Friday chanting, “Our lives matter!” The demonstration took place after management revealed that two DCH1 workers had tested positive for Covid-19. The demonstrations follow a walkout by 30 workers on Monday, who urged workers going into the facility not to clock in and risk their lives: here.

This 4 April 2020 video from the USA is called Amazon’s Plans To Smear Strike Leader Leaked.

Letter from a Caterpillar worker in Illinois: “This is class biological warfare”. By a reporter, 4 April 2020. A Caterpillar worker writes about the dangerous conditions workers face during the COVID-19 pandemic.

US health care workers face retribution for criticizing unsafe hospital conditions. By Benjamin Mateus, 4 April 2020. The shortage or entire absence of personal protective equipment (PPE) is driving health care workers to voice their concern over the danger of becoming infected.

As infections and deaths soar, Georgia governor issues “stay-at-home” directive: here.

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker announced an investigation Wednesday into a spate of deaths at the 247-bed Soldiers’ Home run by the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in the small city of Holyoke in the western part of the state. As of Friday afternoon, there were 21 residents confirmed to have died at the Soldiers’ Home in a span of only 10 days. Of those who died, 15 tested positive for COVID-19. Tests were negative for two other deceased patients and results are pending for one more. A total of 59 current residents of the Soldiers’ Home have tested positive for COVID-19. An official with Massachusetts Health and Human Services (HHS) released a statement saying that “the numbers of infected residents and deaths will continue to increase over the coming days. The deaths at the Soldiers’ Home were initially hidden from both the mayor of Holyoke, Alex Morse, and local health officials, who only became aware of a developing situation when employees at the facility reached out to them on Friday, March 12, with information that there was “a case that turned into several cases”: here.

6 thoughts on “Coronavirus update, USA

  1. Corporations like Amazon have exploited their workforces for years, and coronavirus has only made it worse.

    As if their low wages and insufficient benefits weren’t enough, Amazon has refused to take proper precautions to keep their employees safe from the COVID-19 pandemic.

    In response, workers at a warehouse in Staten Island went on strike on Tuesday to protest the company’s lack of action when coronavirus cases began to appear in their workplace.

    For daring to demand basic safety protections, Amazon fired the worker who organized the strike then — as proven by a leaked internal memo — pursued a PR strategy to smear his character.

    Add your name here to stand in solidarity with essential workers and demand that big corporations like Amazon address their concerns immediately!

    STAND WITH ESSENTIAL WORKERS

    On this day 52 years ago, Martin Luther King was assassinated while planning a campaign to demand safer conditions and better pay for striking sanitation workers in Memphis, TN.

    The fact that American companies continue to exploit workers over 50 years later — even in the middle of a global pandemic — is why we need to stand in solidarity with exploited workers and continue organizing for workers rights.

    Workers at warehouses, grocery stores, and other essential workers deserve guaranteed sick pay, fair wages, and proper safety equipment — and we must keep fighting until they get it.

    Sign here to stand in solidarity with all American workers who are demanding to be treated like human beings by their profitable corporate employers.

    https://ourrev.cp.bsd.net/page/signup/strike

    We’re all in this together.

    In solidarity,

    The whole team at Our Revolution

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  2. Since I first emailed you, Instacart delivery workers in Massachusetts were told that they may have been exposed to the coronavirus because of an outbreak at a local grocery store.

    This is exactly what Instacart workers feared when they announced a strike and demanded basic protections from the coronavirus.

    Instacart workers are on the frontlines of the fight against the coronavirus, ensuring our communities have the food and medication they need to stay safe and healthy.

    If these workers don’t have paid sick leave, disinfectants, and a little extra pay for taking a risk to help those in need, it puts their health and the health of Instacart customers at risk. This is unacceptable coming from a company worth $8 billion.

    Sign the petition: Instacart delivery workers need basic health protections, including paid sick leave and hand sanitizer.

    https://act.weareultraviolet.org/sign/instacart_worker_strike/

    Thanks for speaking out!

    –Shaunna, Kat, Kathy, Anathea, Melody, Pam, Lindsay, Sonja, Kimberly, Maria, and Katie, the UltraViolet team

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