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COMMENTARY: The American Dream belongs to working Americans

NNPA NEWSWIRE — It is time to commit to our workforce. To once again be that nation that cares about the hard-working women and men in this country and is a world leader in workers’ rights and compensation. Moreover, the economic reality is that we NEED unions. A diminished union presence forces people to work two and three jobs just to make ends meet. Many of those jobs are in the service sector, with low wages, no benefits, and little room for advancement. It is the American worker that drives our economy, not wealthy CEOs.

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Over the past 35 years, the number of U.S. workers who are members of labor unions has been cut in half, according to the Pew Research Center.
Over the past 35 years, the number of U.S. workers who are members of labor unions has been cut in half, according to the Pew Research Center. (Photo: iStockphoto / NNPA)

By Ray Curry, Secretary-Treasurer, UAW

I grew up in a world that held the promise of a bright future for those who were willing to work hard. An America that said you can do better than your parents. A promise that meant job security with decent wages, health care, and benefits; a promise that meant training and education and a path to advancement for so many; a promise that made owning a home and raising a family possible; a promise that guaranteed a middle-class life and the ability to retire one day after a job well done. It was the promise that gave rise to the American Dream and one that has shaped American values and vibrancy for generations.

Where is that promise today? Sadly, it is now a broken promise. Consider how our landscape has changed over the last 40 years as corporate friendly politicians have increasingly moved to undermine our working class, as we have continued to put corporate greed ahead of the people whose work makes corporate profits possible.

A harsh reality

Consider how the terrain has toughened. Consider the damage done as we have increasingly waged war on our nation’s unions and the voice for labor they provide. Here are just a few harsh realities: Today, our country ranks at the bottom of industrialized countries relative to employee benefits like healthcare, parental leave, paid vacation and sick days, unemployment and retirement security.

According to the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR), the U.S. is the only advanced country where workers are not guaranteed vacation time. In contrast, Europeans get at least 20 days of legally mandated vacation days, and some countries require at least 30. We are the only industrialized nation that does not offer universal healthcare for its citizens. This is despite the fact that we spend more on healthcare than other high-income countries relative to the size of our economy. And, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), less than 22 percent of Americans have employer-paid pensions, and only half participate in a retirement savings plan.

Rather than the leader — as we once were — we are more in line with the Czech Republic, Latvia, South Korea and Mexico as the least generous countries for workers. For reference, Denmark, the Netherlands, Finland, Sweden and Switzerland are the top nations for worker benefits.

So, how did we get here?

Union membership has been falling for decades. This lessening of worker representation has resulted in the erosion of solid employee benefits and good wages, a loss of secure, stable jobs, and diminished worker rights. Right-to-Work laws (designed to weaken unions and the ability of workers to bargain) in many states have made it much more difficult for working people to form or join unions. These laws have predictably resulted in lower wages and diminished employer accountability.

Over the past 35 years, the number of U.S. workers who are members of labor unions has been cut in half, according to the Pew Research Center. In 1954, nearly 35 percent of all employed U.S. workers were members of unions. Now that number is about 10.5 percent despite the fact that approval of unions is at a 50-year high.

While the unionization of workers has diminished, wealth inequality has accelerated. U.S. Federal Reserve data shows that from 1989 to 2020, U.S. net worth became increasingly concentrated in the hands of the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans possessing 40 percent of the nation’s wealth. In 2019, the CEO to worker ratio for compensation was 320 to 1 — a staggering gap.

It is time to close that gap again. It is time to strengthen our unions, to reach out to new groups of workers who want to unionize and pave the way for enhancing and encouraging collective bargaining, forming unions, and joining together for solid, secure, workers’ rights and benefits.

It does not have to be this way

It is time to commit to our workforce. To once again be that nation that cares about the hard-working women and men in this country and is a world leader in workers’ rights and compensation. Moreover, the economic reality is that we NEED unions. A diminished union presence forces people to work two and three jobs just to make ends meet. Many of those jobs are in the service sector, with low wages, no benefits, and little room for advancement. It is the American worker that drives our economy, not wealthy CEOs.

It is time for our state and national leaders and representatives to come together to make a change. It is time to pass the $15 minimum wage, to sign the PROAct into legislation to protect workers, to keep good paying American jobs at home and to set America back on the right track.

The American Dream needs to again belong to those whose dreams defined it, and whose participation is vital to its achievement. We need to once again be a nation that champions safe working conditions, good benefits and wages, and the ability to have some say in the workplace. We need to make the PRO Act the law of the land.

We must all come together and deliver. We made a promise decades ago, one we should now be making for our children as it was made for our generation. Please let your support for the PRO Act be known. The bill has passed the House and will face tougher opposition in the Senate. Please let your representative know how you feel.

America should not and must not be a nation of broken dreams.

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Dr. Rochelle Walensky, CDC Director — Interview with the Black Press of America

NNPA NEWSWIRE — The 7:30 a.m. EST interview will air over several social media platforms, including facebook.com/blackpressusa/videos, youtube.com/c/blackpressusatv, and on Twitter @BlackPressUSA. “Dr. Walensky is looking forward to the interview with the Black Press to talk about these vital issues,” a spokesperson for the CDC noted.

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“The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in the death of over 500,000 Americans. Tens of millions have been infected,” said Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the 19th CDC director and ninth administrator of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Senior National Correspondent
@StacyBrownMedia

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has remained vigilant in the fight against the coronavirus, tracking the different variants of the disease and studying the complications some have found with the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.

At the forefront is CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky, whose schedule includes regular White House updates and testimony before congressional panels.

Dr. Walensky also led the federal agency this month in officially declaring racism as a public health threat.

On Wednesday, April 21, Dr. Walensky plans to sit for a special interview with the National Newspaper Publishers Association’s (NNPA) “Let It Be Known” live breaking-news morning program.

The NNPA is the trade association for the 230 African American newspapers and media companies that comprise the Black Press of America.

The 7:30 a.m. EST interview will air over several social media platforms, including facebook.com/blackpressusa/videosyoutube.com/c/blackpressusatv, and on Twitter @BlackPressUSA.

“Dr. Walensky is looking forward to the interview with the Black Press to talk about these vital issues,” a spokesperson for the CDC noted.

The CDC’s independent vaccine advisory panel plans to convene by week’s end to discuss safety information regarding some blood-clotting cases in recipients of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

The government has paused the use of the vaccine until it gathers further guidance.

Reportedly, about 5,800 breakthrough infections have occurred in the approximately 77 million individuals in the country who have received full vaccination.

The CDC has reminded everyone that no vaccine is 100 percent effective against the virus, but incidents like that occurring in a few with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine are rare.

Dr. Walensky, the 19th CDC director and ninth administrator of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, also declared racism a public health crisis.

She is expected to discuss her determination during the interview with the Black Press.

“What we know is this: racism is a serious public health threat that directly affects the well-being of millions of Americans,” asserted Dr. Walensky, who also counts as an influential scholar whose pioneering research has helped advance the national and global response to HIV/AIDS.

The declaration marks the first time that the CDC has taken such a bold position on race in America.

In doing so, Dr. Walensky highlighted several new efforts the CDC is leading to accelerating the work in addressing racism as a fundamental driver of racial and ethnic health inequities in the United States.

Dr. Walensky also unveiled a new website called “Racism and Health” that will serve as a hub for the agency’s efforts and a catalyst for greater education and dialogue around these critical issues.

She posited that racism affects everyone.

“It affects the health of our entire nation,” Dr. Walensky wrote in a statement.

“Racism is not just the discrimination against one group based on the color of their skin or their race or ethnicity, but the structural barriers that impact racial and ethnic groups differently to influence where a person lives, where they work, where their children play, and where they worship and gather in community. These social determinants of health have lifelong negative effects on the mental and physical health of individuals in communities of color.”

Since the pandemic outbreak more than one year ago, the United States has recorded over 31 million cases of the coronavirus and more than 560,000 deaths.

African Americans and other communities of color have been adversely affected.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in the death of over 500,000 Americans. Tens of millions have been infected,” Dr. Walensky added.

“And across this country, people are suffering. Importantly, these painful experiences and the impact of COVID-19 are felt, most severely, in communities of color – communities that have experienced disproportionate case counts and deaths and where the social impact of the pandemic has been most extreme.”

Dr. Walensky continued:

“Yet, the disparities seen over the past year were not a result of COVID-19. Instead, the pandemic illuminated inequities that have existed for generations and revealed for all of America a known, but often unaddressed, epidemic impacting public health: racism.”

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