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This shop floor plan where workers organize each other to protect themselves could be adopted in any workplace where workers are still on the job. It was developed by postal workers; click here to read more about how they are self-organizing.—Editors
1) You must talk to EVERYONE about The Plan
a. Find an “organizer” in each department (work station, aisle, shift)
b. Ideally, about one organizer per 10 co-workers

Postal Service management has failed tremendously in handling the coronavirus pandemic. For weeks after it was clearly a public emergency, there was essentially no response at all from management. Some safety talks about personal precautions were distributed to supervisors, though from what I can tell, they were never read in most places.

For those of you still working, and for those of you sheltering in place around the country, now is a great time to learn about Klein Tools’ newly redesigned Fish Tape. It makes the many tasks you ask of your tape to do easier, which helps optimize your tasks and saves time while on the job.
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The Danish government has struck a historic deal with unions and employers’ associations to stop mass layoffs during the pandemic.
Over the next three months, the national government will cover 75 percent of the wages of workers who would otherwise be laid off, up to $3,300 per month. Companies will cover the remaining 25 percent of wages, while workers will give up five days of future paid vacation time.

The Coronavirus Crisis Exposes How Fragile Capitalism Already Was

April 08, 2020 / Stephanie LuceWhen this is all over, will we be able to patch up the economy and get things back to normal? Trump certainly claims so. But he’s wrong.
Weak attempts to patch up the problems of capitalism—as much as the coronavirus itself—are what got us into the current economic meltdown in the first place.
Let’s define some terms. When we talk about the health of the economy, there are two parts: the “real economy,” which includes all the goods and services that we produce, and the “financial economy”: money, stock markets, banks, and credit.

I am a registered nurse at Cook County Hospital, the safety-net hospital in Chicago and the busiest hospital in the state. The people who come to this hospital are some of the most underserved patients, mainly people of color, immigrants—many undocumented, the uninsured and underinsured, the homeless, and the incarcerated. Our emergency room denies no one care and about 300 people per day come there for treatment.
We have yet to become a COVID-19 “hot spot” but my co-workers all know it’s coming. Nurses know our patients will be some of the hardest hit.

Exclusive Transcripts Show Disgraced UAW President Strongarmed Board to Pick His Own Successor

April 07, 2020 / Chris BrooksThis story is part of an ongoing collaboration between In These Times and Labor Notes.

Chicago Amazon Workers Picket with Supporters—and Their Cars

April 06, 2020 / Alan Maass“Quite a way to start your week off, right?”
Bekin Mehmedi was watching a long line of car protesters, all blaring their horns, drive through the gates of Amazon’s main delivery facility in Chicago. He and 20 or so workers and their supporters walked a socially distanced picket line, their fourth in six days, early on Saturday, April 4.

Undocumented Workers Hit Hard by COVID-19 Crisis

April 06, 2020 / Saurav SarkarRestaurant worker and painter José Garcia says “positive thinking makes everything easier.”
He has a lot to make easier.
Prior to the coronavirus crisis, the Mexican-born Massachusetts resident was working nearly 60 hours a week. He earned $29,000 last year.
Together, he and his partner earned $49,000. On that money, they supported themselves, their young daughter, and his partner’s children from a previous relationship.

Labor Notes’ Saurav Sarkar spoke with New York City teacher Annie Tan on March 23 about the rise in anti-Asian racism with the emergence of the coronavirus pandemic. This interview has been edited for length and clarity.
Labor Notes: Can you tell me a little bit about your family background and how it connects to organizing against anti-Asian racism?
Annie Tan: I was born and raised in Chinatown and I have lived in New York City almost all my life. My family members were mostly new immigrants to America.