Workers Protest End Of $600 Unemployment Supplement; Jobless In Florida Stuck With Lowest Benefit In Nation

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By Laura Cassels

July 31, 2020

Workers in Miami protested Friday against losing federal Unemployment Insurance benefits of $600 weekly that jobless people were receiving in the pandemic economy due to massive job losses.

The four-month-old supplement ended Friday, with partisan fighting in Congress failing to create a replacement.

That leaves jobless workers in Florida reliant on a $275 weekly state benefit that includes only 12 weeks of unemployment pay — the lowest total benefit in the nation, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. (The base number of weeks does not reflect the 13-week extension authorized by Congress for COVID-19 relief.)

“We are feeling the pain of the pandemic through no fault of our own. There are no jobs for people to find,” said Jeffrey Mitchell, president of the South Florida AFL-CIO and of Transit Workers Union Local 291, who was interviewed by the Phoenix.

“Nobody is sitting at

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Worried about COVID-19 at the dentist? Dental workers say offices are even safer now

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Gov. Gregg Abbott halted all elective surgeries and non-emergency procedures in late March to mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus.

The governor issued another executive order restricting elective procedures in late June, but instead of the broader order from March that applied to all “licensed health care facilities,” that one specifically targeted hospitals.

Dental clinics throughout the state shuttered for about a month, remaining open for emergencies only.

Most dental clinics in Texas have reopened by now and dental care workers say it’s safe to go back to the dentist because of all the safety measures their clinics have put in place. Some even say these increased precautions have made now their clinics much more sterile.

Brittany Wragg is a dental hygienist at Drennan Family Dentistry in Fort Worth and her uniform nowadays consists of a lot of garments.

When she’s at work, she wears two masks, two

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Sask. expands COVID-19 wage supplement program for integrated care facility workers

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The provincial government is allowing more people to apply for a program designed to help employees working with vulnerable people during COVID-19.

At the start of the pandemic, the province announced a $400 per month wage top-up for workers in seniors’ facilities, licensed daycares and shelters.

Originally, the program would only provide the money if workers earned less than $2,500 per month and less than $24 per hour. The government later removed the income threshold for workers at certain facilities.

On Thursday, it removed the threshold for workers at integrated care facilities that provide both short-term and long-term health care.

“Our government wants to ensure that through this program we are helping workers who are caring for some of our most vulnerable,” said Finance Minister Donna Harpauer in a news release Thursday.

“Often, family members help support their loved ones in long-term care in these facilities, but visitation restrictions due

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Sask. expands wage supplement for healthcare workers

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The province of Saskatchewan announced it is expanding the eligibility for its Temporary Wage Supplement Program.

The program’s expansion will include all integrated healthcare employees who work in short and long-term care facilities. The wage supplements will be provided regardless of income level.

A new application form will be available in the coming days. The application deadline is Sept. 1.

“Previously, workers at integrated facilities were eligible if they had a gross salary from all sources of less than $2,500 per month and earned less than $24.00 per hour. That income threshold has been lifted, as it was when the program was modified in June for workers at licensed personal care homes and special care homes,” the province said in a news release.

Eligible workers can receive $400 per four-week period for up to 16 weeks.

The supplement is not available to contract service providers working in these

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U.S. Census Bureau Workers To Make House Visits In Plainfield

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PLAINFIELD, IL — The U.S. Census Bureau representatives will visit Plainfield households next week to follow up on those that have not yet responded to the 2020 Census, the village said in a release Thursday.

When visiting homes, census workers will ask basic questions including how many people live in the house. Responses to the survey are only used to produce statistics and are protected by federal law. If no one is home, the census taker will leave a notice of their visit with information about how to respond to the Census online, by phone, or by mail.

In order to ensure safety, census takers will wear masks and follow local public health guidelines when they visit residences. All representatives are required to complete a virtual COVID-19 training on social distancing and other health and safety protocols before beginning their work in neighborhoods, according to the U.S. census Bureau website.

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Teachers are not the public-sector workers who most deserve a pay rise

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Children stop for a socially distanced lunch at St Alban's Catholic Primary School - David Rose
Children stop for a socially distanced lunch at St Alban’s Catholic Primary School – David Rose

SIR – My daughter has not been at school for more than four months.

The evidence points to school-age children being among those least at risk from coronavirus. However, children’s charities have seen a vast rise in the numbers making contact during the lockdown, which strongly suggests that theirchildren’s mental health is suffering as a result of not being in school. Meanwhile, the public and independent school sector has continued to provide a far higher standard of pupil engagement and education than the state sector.

While most many thousands of people have just got on with things over lockdown – and many have served the public above and beyond the call of duty – so II therefore find it astonishing that teachers across the land are to be granted pay rises of between 2.75

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We’re Facing a Mental Health Crisis in Healthcare Workers, the Majority of Whom Are Women

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Midsection of female doctor helping surgeon wearing surgical glove. Medical colleagues are preparing for surgery. They are standing in emergency room.

More than 130,000 Americans have died from COVID-19, a novel strain of coronavirus, and cases continue to surge in communities across the country. But for frontline medical workers, particularly those working in emergency rooms and treating COVID-19 patients, the fight has only just begun.

While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that at least 515 healthcare workers have died so far after contracting COVID-19 – with 34 percent of cases still unreported – a larger, potentially even more deadly crisis is looming. For doctors, nurses, hospital cleaners, and other staff members on the front lines – nearly 80 percent of whom are women, according to the US Bureau of Labor and Statistics – it’s their mental health that has been devastated, and this country is beyond

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Anti-vaccination messaging a ‘top health concern’, Ontario premier receives ‘misinformation’ about farm workers

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July 3

5:00 p.m.: Canada’s top doctor warns about anti-vaccination information

At a press conference on Friday Dr. Theresa Tam,

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Dearfoams Launches Everyday Hero Sweepstakes, Ben Sherman Donates Masks to Health Care Workers + More

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July 2, 2020: Dearfoams is continuing its celebration of everyday heroes with today’s launch of “Nominate a Hero” — a sweepstakes that invites consumers to nominate a hero of the choice on for the chance to surprise them with a free pair of slippers. Nominations, which run through July 15, can include anyone from health-care workers to military service members, parents, teachers, store clerks, and more. According to the company, 200 winning heroes will be selected at random.  “We are so thrilled to continue our heroes’ campaign and commitment to our community by honoring and celebrating all of the heroes in our lives with the new limited-edition Hero Bear capsule collection,” said Tricia Bouras, president of Dearfoams. “We have been so inspired by the overwhelming response the campaign has received these past few months and want to continue honoring those individuals who

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College Roommates Launch Program to Help Essential Workers in Need: ‘Make a Meaningful Impact’

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A group of students at Dartmouth College are doing their part to ensure that no frontline worker struggles to obtain essential items during the coronavirus pandemic — one donor match at a time.

Back in March, roommates Amy Guan and Rine Uhm helplessly watched as their spring semester and summer plans crumbled due to the pandemic.

“We ended up losing internships, I lost my in-person graduation, but at the same time, it was hard to be sad about these losses with everything else going around in the world,” Guan, 21, tells PEOPLE. “We would spend a lot of time reading the news and sharing stories that we found interesting about the risks and struggles that essential workers have been facing.”

“The more we read, the more we realized that there was a lack of access to basic necessities that a lot of other people might have lying around their house

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