The COVID-19 pandemic is already causing significant economic hardship across the United States, and workers are bearing the brunt of the consequences. Unemployment claims have spiked 2,579% in Ohio, and nearly 1 in 5 U.S. households has already experienced a layoff or a reduction in work hours. We can only expect those numbers to go up.

Congress must not repeat the mistakes of 2008 and 2009. We cannot bail out corporations without making sure that aid goes to the people who need it most: American workers.

When combined with other worker-oriented safety nets, financial assistance to affected companies can be…


Wall Street’s War on Workers

American workers are working harder than before but have little to show for it. The average worker experiences significant economic insecurity, and 44 percent of U.S. adults still cannot afford an emergency expense of $400. In contrast, the wealth of Wall Street continues to increase and CEOs’ salaries are 271 times greater than workers’ pay. Wall Street’s focus on wealth accumulation for the rich is often by explicit design and comes at the direct expense of American workers. This series of papers will explore in periodic installments the ways in which Wall Street undermines U.S…


Wall Street’s War on Workers

American workers are working harder than before but have little to show for it. The average worker experiences significant economic insecurity, and 44 percent of U.S. adults still cannot afford an emergency expense of $400. In contrast, the wealth of Wall Street continues to increase and CEOs’ salaries are 271 times greater than workers’ pay. Wall Street’s focus on wealth accumulation for the rich is often by explicit design and comes at the direct expense of American workers. This series of papers will explore in periodic installments the ways in which Wall Street undermines U.S…


American workers are working harder than ever before but have little to show for it. The average worker experiences significant economic insecurity, and 44 percent of U.S. adults still cannot afford an emergency expense of $400. In contrast, the wealth of Wall Street continues to increase and CEOs’ salaries are 271 times greater than workers’ pay. Wall Street’s focus on wealth accumulation for the rich is often by explicit design and comes at the direct expense of American workers. This series of essays will explore the ways in which Wall Street undermines U.S. workers and changes that must be made…

Senator Sherrod Brown

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