This 21 July 2020 video from California in the USA says about itself:
Alameda County Highland Hospital Workers Fight Covid, Privatization, Bullying & Union Busting
Workers and supporters of Highland Hospital in Alameda county protested the failure to protect workers and patients from Covid-19 and the privatization of Alameda County healthcare system.
They also discussed the systemic bullying and targeting of whistleblowers at the hospital.
COVID-19 cases reach 15 million worldwide with 4 million in the US alone. By Benjamin Mateus, 22 July 2020. The United States is in the unique position of being the only developed nation to face such a disastrous and expanding outbreak.
TURNS OUT MASS DEATH IS BAD FOR THE ECONOMY In March, CNBC commentator Rick Santelli fleetingly suggested that everyone get coronavirus, as “in a month it would be over.” He later apologized, but by May, Fox host Pete Hegseth was encouraging viewers to go out and intentionally contract the disease as Trump insisted “we have to get our country open.” Astoundingly, this reckless narrative also took hold with many Democratic mayors and governors. The results have been horrific. Last week, California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) announced that the state was going back into lockdown after premature reopening led to a catastrophic rush of COVID-19 infections and deaths. [HuffPost]
MISSOURI GOV. SAYS SCHOOLKIDS WILL CATCH COVID-19 AND ‘GET OVER IT’ The Republican governor of Missouri is pushing for children to return to school while acknowledging that doing so is likely to result in the mass spread of COVID-19. Gov. Mike Parson’s controversial comments align with the message coming from the White House, which ignores the risk of children infecting teachers and adult family members at home. “If they do get COVID-19, which they will — and they will when they go to school — they’re not going to the hospitals,” Parson told radio host Marc Cox on KFTK. “They’re going to go home and they’re going to get over it.” [HuffPost]
DEMOCRATIC BILL LINKS UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS TO WORKPLACE SAFETY Some Senate Democrats want to update eligibility standards so that people don’t get cut off for refusing to work in unsafe conditions. Each state has its own definition of “suitable work,” and workers lose eligibility for benefits if they turn down a job offer that meets the definition. Legislation introduced Tuesday by Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) would give state workforce agencies $10 billion to promote workplace safety if they update their laws to say that work isn’t suitable if the conditions aren’t up to federal standards for reducing exposure to the coronavirus. [HuffPost]
BIG TRUMP DONORS REAPED AT LEAST $41 MILLION IN PPP AID As the coronavirus ravaged America this spring, 15 business leaders gave President Donald Trump and the Republican Party $1.4 million in big checks while their businesses collected at least $41 million in federal assistance. William Scott, CEO of railroad contractor Trans-Global Solutions, donated $150,000 to the Trump Victory committee in the weeks after his company received as much as $10 million from the Paycheck Protection Program on April 14. Alfred Hendrickson donated $41,100 to Trump’s Make America Great Committee on April 27, the same day his Florida dealership received a PPP loan worth up to $5 million. [HuffPost]
Workplace temperature checks aren’t enough. Here’s what else we need.
Report exposes crisis in American university health care systems as coronavirus cases skyrocket. By Joe Williams, 22 July 2020. The response of university administrators over the poor state of health care on college campuses is to seek immunity from any legal accountability.
Asian Americans are “not a virus,” new PSA from director Alan Yang declares.