Links of the Week

Column: The Coronavirus Crisis Shows What Happens When a Country Puts its Workers Last
Los Angeles Times
The same leaders who were pushing reductions in Social Security benefits, Medicare and other “entitlements” for the working class because they were supposedly unaffordable by the richest nation on Earth now call for a trillion-dollar pump-priming for American households and industries.

Coping with Stress of Coronavirus Crisis a Challenge for California’s Students
The mental toll of the coronavirus pandemic is unfolding inside homes throughout California, as students, parents and teachers learn to deal with a new normal of social distancing and remote learning.

Spit On, Yelled At, Attacked: Chinese-Americans Fear for Their Safety
New York Times
San Francisco State University found a 50 percent rise in the number of news articles related to the coronavirus and anti-Asian discrimination between Feb. 9 and March 7. The lead researcher, Russell Jeung, a professor of Asian-American studies, said the figures represented “just the tip of the iceberg” because only the most egregious cases would be likely to be reported by the media.

Before Coronavirus, California Let its Public Health Funding Stall for a Decade
Sacramento Bee
Then, the Great Recession hit, and California’s spending on its public health department plateaued, even as a 10-year economic expansion swelled the state’s budget by nearly $100 billion.

Enhanced Policies in Effect at Giant, Kroger, Safeway & Shoppers
UFCW Local 400
We are working with every employer we represent to provide enhanced policies for our members working during this crisis, including sick leave, hazard pay, protective equipment, and more.