Meatpacking Plant Employees Refuse to Work

Since the beginning of the pandemic, the corporations that own these plants—there are very few of them, these days, due to corporate mergers and acquisitions—have implemented some safety measures, including partitions, masks, and temperature checks. But Reuters reported this week that those measures have not assuaged the fear of workers. A union told Reuters that …

Trump memo demands new fleet of Arctic icebreakers be ready by 2029

The memo calls for “an assessment of expanded operational capabilities, with estimated associated costs, for both heavy and medium [polar security cutters] not yet contracted for, specifically including the maximum use of any such PSC with respect to its ability to support national security objectives.” That assessment is due in 60 days. Trump’s directive to …