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McDonald’s Workers Go After Company For Failing To Protect Them During Coronavirus

McDonald’s workers filed a lawsuit in Chicago, took legal actions in California and are planning strikes nationwide, all in response to the company’s alleged failure to protect workers amid the coronavirus pandemic.  In a class-action lawsuit filed Tuesday in Cook County, Illinois, five McDonald’s workers claim the company’s response to the pandemic has been “plainly […]

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‘Reopen’ Protests Started Small. Right-Wing Media Gave Them A Massive Platform.

Earlier this month, a number of small Facebook groups around the U.S. called for protests against social distancing measures enacted to stop the spread of the coronavirus. They had only a few members, limited engagement and appeared largely uncoordinated.  Now, weeks later, anti-lockdown protests are in cities across the United States and have drawn national […]

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Police Are Trying To Free Inmates At Risk Of Coronavirus. Why Are Judges Blocking Them?

Faced with the looming threat of the coronavirus, Harris County, Texas, Sheriff Ed Gonzalez did something unusual for a lifelong law enforcement officer. Two weeks ago, he issued a “compassionate release” plan to complement an arrest-reduction strategy that shrank the jail population from 9,100 to 8,500 in just a few weeks.  Allowed to continue, the […]

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These Retailers Refused To Close During The Pandemic, So An Illinois City Shut Them Down

All kinds of companies have been claiming they provide an “essential” service to the public during the coronavirus pandemic, so they can stay open despite a mounting number of stay-home orders from state and local governments. They include arts-and-crafts chains JoAnn Fabrics and Michaels and the video game seller GameStop. The refusal of those retail […]