United Airlines excavates a new low in “race to the bottom”

From cutting food offerings, to drastically reducing legroom, to consolidating the industry through buyouts, private airline companies have tried their best to maximize profit by squeezing customers (sometimes literally). Now, United has taken to defending their bottom line with violence. […]

The profit motive has shown, once again, that it can motivate humans to carry out inhuman acts. Regardless of whether or not this was a rare incident, we should all empathize with Dr. Dao and take time to question the status quo of air travel today.

The deregulatory spiral, begun when President Ronald Reagan fired the air traffic controllers when they went on strike in the 1980’s, continues.

Trump government decision may kill 160 workers

OSHA’s new standard would cut building trade workers’ exposure to silica, now 100 micrograms per cubic meter of air, averaged over an 8-hour shift, to 50 micrograms/cubic meter. Inhaling silica dust is believed to cause lung cancer, kidney disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, OSHA has said.

Unions are all in for People’s Climate March, April 29

“The climate crisis is an outcome of the long-term disinvestment of low-income communities and low-income communities of color,” said Rae Breaux, lead climate justice organizer for the People’s Action Institute. “President Trump’s first 100 days is a clear sign that he will fast-track profits for corporations before he invests in the needs of the American people.

“Now is the time to come together and build an economy where investments are made to benefit workers, communities of color and low-income folks – an economy that is structured to reflect the fact that black, brown and indigenous lives matter,” she said.

State Budget Cements Cuomo as Penny Pincher

New York State owes $4.3 billion in Foundation Aid to schools statewide as a result of the decision of the New York State Court of Appeals in the Campaign for Fiscal Equity lawsuit. This funding is necessary to improve the quality of education in economically disadvantaged school districts. Fifty-eight percent of the funds are owed to Black and Brown students. The New York State Board of Regents recommended a $1.47 billion increase in Foundation Aid this year and a three year phase in of the full amount. This Budget agreement contains less than half of the recommended Foundation Aid increase, although it does include $272 million more than the meager $428 million proposed by Governor Cuomo. In a major victory, Governor Cuomo’s proposal to repeal the Foundation Aid formula entirely was defeated.