“This Agreement Protects Jobs”: Four Unions at Rutgers University Reach Historic Deal to End Layoffs

After a year of layoffs, cuts and austerity, the faculty and staff of four unions at Rutgers University have voted in support of an unusual and pioneering agreement to protect jobs and guarantee raises after the school declared a fiscal emergency as a result of the pandemic. A key part of the deal is an agreement by the professors to do “work share” and take a slight cut in hours for a few months in order to save the jobs of other lower-paid workers. “The historic nature of this agreement is that it encompasses all four unions,” says Christine O’Connell, president of the union representing Rutgers administrators. “This…

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New study shows that capitalism’s long assault on the planet could reach an unspeakable height

A new study shows that capitalism’s long assault on the planet could reach an unspeakable height. According to the analysis from researchers at Princeton University, the tropics in particular could become literally uninhabitable for humans if the world exceeds 1.5C of global warming. So, not only has capitalism and its enforcers exploited countries around the world – and their peoples – for centuries, but now it’s possible that the tropical and equatorial region may become unliveable as a result of it. A consequence of capitalism As OpenDemocracy has previously noted, capitalism is a system “that has a parasitoid relationship with the Earth”. One major issue with capitalism in…

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Hopes and sacrifices: Refugees share why they risked everything to reach the UK

People who have risked their lives by trying to cross from France to Britain have told the PA news agency how they faced violence, enslavement and were threatened at gunpoint. Men, women and children have been charged thousands of pounds for spaces aboard tiny boats that are often unseaworthy and dangerous while others have stowed away in lorries. Many have fled warzones and have experienced violence and torture as they travelled thousands of miles from their home countries in search of safety. Over the course of 2020, the PA news agency sought to give voice to people who have crossed the English Channel in small boats or aboard…

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Tier 3 areas will reach breaking point without extra financial help, says Labour

Labour has warned that parts of England under the most stringent coronavirus (Covid-19) restrictions will be stretched to “breaking point” without the support of a key business grant. Critical situation Shadow chancellor Anneliese Dodds is set to urge her opposite number Rishi Sunak to bring forward additional help and will suggest the government extends its Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) in Tier 3 areas. ARG funding was given to local authorities when they entered Tier 3 under the first regionalised lockdown restrictions, and was available to all other areas when England entered a national lockdown last month. 'It's critical that we see a situation where test, trace and isolate…

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