10,000 Striking John Deere Workers Demand “Equitable” Pay & Benefits as Company Sees Record Profits

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now! I’m Amy Goodman, with Juan González. As we continue our look at the strike wave in the United States, we turn to the strike underway by more than 10,000 John Deere workers at 14 plants, including seven in Iowa, four in Illinois, one each in Kansas, Colorado and Georgia. Today marks the seventh day of the strike, and negotiations resume Monday. Workers who are manning picket lines at the John Deere plant in Des Moines, Iowa, will get a visit today from U.S. secretary of agriculture and former Iowa governor,…

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Joseph Stiglitz: Ending Unemployment Benefits as Pandemic Rages Is Cruel & Hurts Economic Recovery

As unemployment benefits for millions of U.S. workers expired on Labor Day, with many states suffering the worst surge of the pandemic, economist Joseph Stiglitz says it’s “disturbing” federal aid was allowed to lapse. “This is going to feed into the problems posed by the Delta variant.” Stiglitz also talks about whether Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell should stay in the job, saying he has done a “reasonable job” during the pandemic but has a tendency “to side with Wall Street and engage in deregulation.” Source link

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Government urged to scrap two-child limit benefits policy to tackle child poverty

Support us and go ad-freeThe government’s two-child limit benefits policy should be scrapped and families given more help if it is to tackle child poverty, a new report recommends. The Social Mobility Commission (SMC) is calling for a shake-up of the child welfare system and for extra funding to help disadvantaged pupils whose education has been set back by the coronavirus pandemic. It recommends that the two-child limit for Universal Credit (UC) and child tax credit should be scrapped so larger families are not penalised. And it is calling for UC child payments and child benefit to be raised by at least £10 a week per child. Around…

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Foodbank use increased almost 90% this year, as benefits not covering basic survival

Independent foodbanks are giving out more than 13,000 emergency food parcels a week as demand soars during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, data shows.DemandingSome 340,994 three-day food parcels were distributed by 189 independent foodbanks in the UK between April and September, according to the Independent Food Aid Network (IFAN). This is the equivalent of 13,043 parcels a week – or 1,863 a day.IFAN expects the number to pass half a million before the end of the year, with demand continuing to rise and an anticipated spike expected in the run-up to Christmas.The network surveyed 134 independent foodbanks about their activity in 2019 and during the pandemic, and received data…

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Third of families on benefits will rely on charity food this Christmas – survey

More than a third of families on benefits will rely on food provided by charities this Christmas, research suggests.Cut back ChristmasA survey for Save the Children found that 37% of families receiving Universal Credit and Child Tax Credit will rely on food parcels or meals handed out by charities. Almost two-thirds (65%) say they will have to cut back on essentials like food and heating to cover the cost of Christmas.Half of the 1,000 families surveyed said they are worried about being able to afford presents for their children this year. This has left them feeling ashamed, depressed and like “failures as parents”, the survey found. Six in…

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