Eileen Appelbaum

The pandemic shows why we need funding for early childcare and education infrastructure

The COVID-19 pandemic that shut down the economy in March has led to sharp declines in employment and output. In December, women made up more than half the workforce; now, for the first time, women have lost jobs at a more rapid rate than men. They need to be able to return to employment in large numbers if the economy is to recover and get onto a strong growth path.

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Here's what Wall Street doesn’t want you to know about its grip on emergency rooms

Doctor Ming Lin is the first emergency room doctor to be fired for going public with his concerns about poor hospital emergency room safety practices and shortages of medical supplies and protective gear for health workers. He won’t be the last.

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Austerity Measures Will Only Worsen Current Recession

The administration and Congress made a terrible mistake switching their attention from jobs to deficit reduction -- and the country is already suffering the consequences. GDP growth fell from 3.1 percent in the last quarter of 2010 to just 1.8 percent in the first quarter of this year. Consumer spending has slowed. The pace of business investment has weakened. Factory orders are down. In fact, the Institute for Supply Management’s May manufacturing figure fell to 53.5 from 60.4, the largest one-month decline since January 1984. Housing still hasn’t recovered from the bursting of the bubble and remains a disaster zone.

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For Women, the Jobs Crisis Is Only Going to Get Worse

The "mancession" is behind us. Men suffered 69 percent of the job losses between the onset of the recession in December 2007 and last February, when the labor market hit bottom. Job growth in the 14 months since has been anemic, though men have fared noticeably better than women. While men have regained only a fifth of the jobs they lost, women have done even worse, recovering less than a tenth. 

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Cutting Spending In this Disastrous Recession Is Just Another Way of Assaulting Working America

The Great Recession officially ended in June 2009. However, millions across the country are still feeling the pain of a labor market that hasn’t yet recovered. Despite this, calls for budget cuts and austerity threaten to slow or reverse any growth in employment. In fact, recent reports from both Goldman Sachs and Moody’s Financial suggest that enacting the GOP cuts could cost the nation 700,000 jobs over the next few years. And while the Great Recession was sometimes referred to as a "man-cession," with much of the losses felt by men, this time, the pain will fall disproportionately on women.

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