Jake Johnson, staff writer

Jake Johnson

Jake Johnson is a staff writer for Common Dreams. Follow him on Twitter: @johnsonjakep

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"A total of 28 states, including three this year, have passed right-to-work legislation," writes Christine Owens, executive director of the National Employment Law Project. News
Monday, September 04, 2017
In NAFTA Talks, Canada Demands US Drop Anti-Union 'Right to Work' Laws
Canada has demanded that the United States eliminate anti-union "right-to-work" laws as part of ongoing NAFTA negotiations, the Canadian Globe and Mail reported . "A total of 28 states, including three this year, have passed right-to-work legislation." —Christine Owens, National Employment Law...
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"We're up before the sun to say, we're not going to take it any more," declared the Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement, which rallied workers outside of a Burger King. News
Monday, September 04, 2017
'Can't Survive on $7.25': On Labor Day, Nationwide Calls for $15 Minimum Wage
Marches are taking place in hundreds of cities throughout the United States on Monday to celebrate the achievements of organized labor, call attention to President Donald Trump's war on workers , and demand a living wage and a union. #FightFor15 Tweets "Rampant racism. Wage cuts. Attacks on unions...
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People wait to be rescued from their flooded homes after the area was inundated with flooding from Hurricane Harvey on August 28, 2017 in Houston, Texas. News
Friday, September 01, 2017
Media Largely 'Blind' to Harvey's Devastating Impact on Poor Communities
Texas's minority and low-income communities have been disproportionately harmed by Hurricane Harvey , but you wouldn't know it from following the coverage of America's mainstream media outlets. "Low-income families are more likely to live in flood-prone areas with deficient infrastructure." —Jeremy...
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"Americans are fed up with monopolies rigging our economy and politics," said Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.). News
Friday, September 01, 2017
As Tech Giants Threaten Democracy, Calls Grow for New Anti-Monopoly Movement
A major Washington-based think tank's decision to fire a prominent Google critic earlier this week brought to the surface the massive and " disturbing " influence large tech companies have on political debate in the U.S., leading many analysts and lawmakers to call for the creation of an anti-...
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U.S. President Donald Trump and HHS Secretary Tom Price walk to a House Republican closed party conference on Capitol Hill, on March 21, 2017 in Washington, D.C. News
Friday, September 01, 2017
'This Is Sabotage': Trump Cuts Obamacare Outreach Budget By 90%
The Trump administration has announced that it will slash Obamacare's enrollment outreach and advertising budget by 90 percent—from $100 million to $10 million—a move critics denounced as a deliberate act of sabotage and a " huge dereliction " of responsibility. "By gutting these programs the...
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"Any lasting peace in Afghanistan must be secured through diplomacy," said Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) last week. News
Thursday, August 31, 2017
Adding to Record Casualties Under Trump, US Bombing Kills 11 Afghan Civilians
As President Donald Trump continues to flout urgent calls for diplomacy and deepen American involvement in the 16-year war in Afghanistan, U.S. airstrikes on Wednesday reportedly killed at least 11 Afghan civilians and injured over a dozen more. "United Nations figures showed a 43 percent spike in...
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"Chemical companies are notoriously opaque when it comes to sharing information about their chemicals with the public," notes Natasha Geiling of ThinkProgress. News
Thursday, August 31, 2017
Downplaying Risks, Texas Sheriff Says Inhaling Chemical Plume Like 'Standing Over Campfire'
Following explosions Thursday morning at a Houston-area chemical plant, Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez persistently downplayed the severity of the situation during a press briefing, and likened inhaling the smoke leaking from the facility to " standing over a burning campfire ." "The disastrous...
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U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris speaks before a town hall at Holman United Methodist Church on April 21, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. News
Thursday, August 31, 2017
'The Right Thing to Do': Kamala Harris to Co-Sponsor Bernie's Medicare for All Bill
At a town hall Wednesday night in Oakland, California, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) announced that she will co-sponsor Sen. Bernie Sanders's (I-Vt.) Medicare for All legislation, which is reportedly set to be introduced mid-September. "Thank you Kamala Harris for your support. Let's make...
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An oil refinery is seen before the arrival of Hurricane Harvey on August 25, 2017 in Corpus Christi, Texas. As Hurricane Harvey comes ashore many of the countries oil refineries are in its path and have had to shut down. News
Thursday, August 31, 2017
Toxic Plume Threatens After Explosions at Arkema Chemical Plant in Texas
Two explosions and " plumes of black smoke " were reported early Thursday morning at an Arkema chemical plant in Crosby, Texas following warnings from Arkema CEO Richard Rowe Wednesday night that "high water and lack of power" caused by Hurricane Harvey placed the facility at serious risk.
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Erik Prince, former chairman of the Prince Group, LLC and Blackwater USA, testifies during a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on Capitol Hill. News
Wednesday, August 30, 2017
New York Times Slammed for Running 'Advertorial' by Notorious War Profiteer
"Why is the New York Times op-ed page publishing Erik Prince's sales pitch for more mercenaries?"
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