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New York | May 11, 2021

Brooklyn businesses say unemployment benefits keeping workers away

New York | May 11, 2021

About two-thirds of Brooklyn’s merchants are having difficulty hiring workers as they seek to ramp up operations following the coronavirus shutdowns — and many are blaming generous federal emergency jobless benefits approved by President Biden for keeping people home, a new survey reveals.

The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce poll of 200 small businesses found that 64 percent were having trouble hiring people. A significant 42 percent of respondents cited higher COVID-19 emergency jobless benefits extended through September — including the $300 weekly supplement — as discouraging people from returning to the workforce because the government checks pay as much or more than the city’s $15 minimum wage.

The survey also found that 41 percent of merchants said they couldn’t provide adequate hours to employees as they slowly emerge from the pandemic; 28 percent said employees had moved on to other jobs; 12 percent said workers had safety concerns; 7 percent reported losing contact with former employees and 5 percent cited employee health issues.

Several business owners also said employees cited inadequate access to childcare as hindering a return to work. “While there are a lot of reasons to be excited about the recovery and the future of small businesses in our borough, the reality is significant hiring issues exist right now that we need to address,” said Randy Peers, president and CEO of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce…

(Excerpts from New York Post)

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Virginia | May 4, 2021

Small Businesses Say Big Labor’s PRO Act Would Put Them Under

Virginia | May 4, 2021

The Biden Administration sent some stock prices tumbling and left small businesses worried after taking sides on a hotly contested labor issue that critics say could threaten the jobs of millions of independent workers and thousands of small businesses.

In his address to the nation Wednesday evening, President Joe Biden called on Congress to pass legislation that would ban the use of freelance workers in most instances.

report from the freelance site UpWork found that about 59 million gig workers make up $1.2 trillion of the U.S. economy.

“So that’s why I am calling on Congress to pass Protect the Right to Organize Act, the PRO Act, and send it to my desk, so we can support the right to unionize,” Biden said in his address.

The legislation would mean that everything from driving for a ride-sharing app to helping a business run their social media accounts to much of the accounting, IT or other consultant work done by independent workers today could no longer be legal in many cases.

The legislation in question says that, “an individual performing any service shall be considered an employee … and not an independent contractor” except for a few conditions. Those conditions include that “the service is performed outside the usual course of the business of the employer” and that “the individual is customarily engaged in an independently established trade, occupation, profession, or business of the same nature as that involved in the service performed.”..

(Excerpts from The Virginia Star)

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District of Columbia | April 26, 2021

Biden’s 100 days

District of Columbia | April 26, 2021

Joe Biden has been president for 96 days. It seems like a lifetime. In just three months, under Biden’s presumed leadership, Democrats have threatened to pack the Supreme Court, eliminate the filibuster, abolish the Electoral College, grant statehood to Washington, D.C., federalize voting laws, and enact a labor bill that would overturn right-to-work statutes in 27 states. Democrats want unlimited power and are mobilizing all possible means to get it. On the day he took office, Biden set about dismantling every policy initiated by his predecessor. Most damaging, the president reversed President Trump’s immigration measures, setting up a humanitarian and security nightmare at our southern border.  As president, Biden has worsened race relations by frequently denouncing the United States as “systemically racist” and insulting the citizens of Georgia by foolishly declaring their legislators’ voting bill as “Jim Crow on steroids.” He has also larded his Cabinet with people like U.N. Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, who claimed the “original sin of slavery weaved White supremacy into our founding documents and principles.” It almost seems as though Biden and the people around him don’t like the United States very much….

(Excerpts from Fox News)

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Florida | April 26, 2021

Corporations that undermine American values don’t deserve GOP support

Florida | April 26, 2021

’What’s good for General Motors is good for the country.” This was a ­defining American ­adage in the last century, because it was true: US corporations helped to make our country the most prosperous in the history of the world. But with the profits came a corporate duty to care for the strength of the nation and its citizens.

That bargain has broken down. Many in corporate America feel no obligation to act in the best interest of our country.

Historically, corporate America played an integral role in building thriving communities, stable families and a strong nation. US companies made a comfortable lifestyle available to millions of working- and middle-class Americans.

To help our corporations fulfill their patriotic role, the GOP especially enacted business-friendly policies. We kept tax rates low, slashed red tape where appropriate and limited the reach of labor unions. But somewhere along the line, corporations began prioritizing short-term financial windfalls and ruthless offshoring….

(Excerpts from The New York Post)

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District of Columbia, South Carolina | April 22, 2021

Sen. Tim Scott to deliver Republicans joint address to Congress

District of Columbia, South Carolina | April 22, 2021

Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) will deliver his party’s response to President Biden’s joint address to Congress next week, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy announced on Thursday.

Why it matters: The pick is a big deal in the post-Trump GOP as Republicans navigate what the future of the party will look like. Scott, the only Black Republican in the Senate, is widely seen as a rising star in the party who is well-liked by pro-Trump Republicans as well more moderate members.

  • The selection comes as Scott is working closely with Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) and Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) on a potential bipartisan police reform deal in the wake of the Derek Chauvin trial.

What they’re saying: “Sen. Tim Scott is not just one of the strongest leaders in our Senate Republican conference. He is one of the most inspiring and unifying leaders in our nation. As Sen. Scott likes to say, he is living his mother’s American dream, and he has dedicated his career to creating more opportunity for our fellow citizens who need it most,” McConnell said….

(Excerpt from Axios)

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