Good things were happening with jobs in July:
But while that’s good news, Republican state unemployment cut-offs have left 1.6 million people without unemployment benefits, with another 7.5 million set to lose aid that expires on September 6. And no, the unemployment cut-offs have not produced any quick rise in hiring in those states relative to others.
● Strikewave’s C.M. Lewis has a nuanced, thoughtful take on Richard Trumka’s legacy. Harold Meyerson has another.
● Striking mine workers in Alabama held a major rally and, Hamilton Nolan writes, it held the promise of a better South.
I am from the South. I was born in the South, I grew up in the South, and my entire family lives in the South. I have never in my life seen a racially and politically integrated crowd of people in the deep South, utterly united for a cause, as I did at this rally. The only things that come close are church events or football games, which I would argue lack the socially redeeming qualities of yesterday’s event. It is possible, down South, to get a racially integrated crowd where everyone agrees politically, but to get thousands of Black and white people whose politics range from strongly pro-Trump to strongly pro-Black Lives Matter together in a single place, in total unity of purpose, with virtually no conflict, and without being the explicit result of trying to assemble such a crowd to satisfy some sort of demographic diversity goals — well, that just doesn’t happen that much, ever.
This is the promise of unions. Not just better wages, or better working conditions, but a better society.
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● Democratic National Committee staff are unionizing, which is excellent.
● The climate crisis is coming for undocumented farmworkers first, writes Maurizio Guerrero.
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