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Job contagion

from David Ruccio

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Evidence thus far suggests that low-wage workers, most of whom can’t perform their labor remotely, are more likely to either lose their jobs (because of shutdowns, especially in leisure and hospitality) or be forced to continue to work in close proximity to others (either coworkers or customers), and therefore are more likely to contract coronavirus.

Moreover, if and when the economy recovers, employers are likely to adopt labor-saving technologies and other forms of automation in sectors outside the work-from-home economy. What that means is that many of the low-wage jobs lost in this downturn will never come back.

  1. John deChadenedes
    April 4, 2020 at 8:58 pm

    ….so the solution, obviously, is to create a publicly-funded system of jobs for anyone who wants one, doing important and necessary work throughout the country, combined with universal government run healthcare. This could most easily be financed with steeply progressive taxes on unearned income. In the medium term, manufacturing should be brought back to this country so we are not dependent for things life and health required from distant low-wage countries. (Duhhhhh!)

  2. Helen Sakho
    April 5, 2020 at 12:45 am

    This situation is, very sadly, GLOBAL. Front-liners are more exposed to decease and death.
    The current situation has given rich economies the perfect excuse to ignore the catastrophic restructuring that has been going on for decades. It will now take decades more to get back to where we started. If that ever happens indeed!

  3. Ken Zimmerman
    April 20, 2020 at 3:10 am

    In 1980, if anyone remembers back that far in our loss of history world, David Koch ran for president on the libertarian ticket of ending all income taxes, privatizing the Post Office,
    giving Social Security to the big banks, ending Medicare and Medicaid altogether, and closing all the nation’s public schools, Although Trump and Koch hate one another personally, they share the same agenda. Trump is nearer to accomplishing it that Koch ever got. And that should frighten all of us who are not members of the 13,443 elites who own most everything worth owning.

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