Thursday’s news links – Jan. 13, 2022

Workers at nearly 80 Kroger’s King Soopers go on strike as talks stall Reuters

“Going on strike in 12 hours, and I’ve never felt closer to or more proud of my coworkers.” Labor411

1 In 7 Kroger Workers Have Been Homeless Over The Past Year Labor411

Starbucks Arizona Union Election Ordered by U.S. Labor Board Bloomberg

Five Starbucks Locations Have Filed to Unionize Over the Past Six Days Truthout

Ex-Starbucks manager says she was fired after barista spit in cop’s drink, lawsuit says

Purchasing Power of the Dollar Goes WHOOSH! Wolf Street

Housing crisis

“How many more people gotta die?” ask Bronx residents Peoples Dispatch

These Are the 17 Victims of the Bronx Twin Parks Fire The City

They came from countries in West Africa, nearly all of them from Gambia, and settled in Twin Parks Towers Northeast, a 19-story apartment building full of working class families from the region and Latin America.

Voting rights?

Stacey Abrams and Voting-Rights Allies Spurn Biden’s Atlanta Events Bloomberg

#COVID19 warfare

Why Cuba’s extraordinary Covid vaccine success could provide the best hope for low-income countries CNBC

Cuba’s prestigious biotech sector has developed five different Covid vaccines to date, including Abdala, Soberana 02 and Soberana Plus — all of which Cuba has said provide upwards of 90% protection against symptomatic Covid when administered in three doses. …

The WHO’s potential approval of Cuba’s nationally produced Covid vaccines would carry “enormous significance” for low-income nations, John Kirk, professor emeritus at the Latin America program of Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, Canada, told CNBC via telephone.

WHO says omicron cases are ‘off the charts’ as global infections set new records CNBC

How the Concerns of Teachers Have Been Misrepresented in Omicron Reporting Counterpunch

Chicago schools, teachers reach tentative deal to end classroom shutdown Politico

Students Walk Out Over Covid in New York, Michigan, Oakland, Boston. Teen Vogue

Hochul firm on returning to offices as union urges telecommuting

As hospitals reel, California tells coronavirus-positive medical workers to stay on the job Yahoo

California Health Workers Sound Alarm Over ‘Ridiculous’ New COVID Guidance Capital & Main


The Red Hill Disaster: Two Hawaiian Activists Discuss the Latest Episode in Two Centuries of Colonialism MPN

“It’s not a government; it’s not a democracy; it’s essentially a mafia state run by terrorists who don’t hurt just Hawaii but indigenous peoples across the world.” – Ihilani Lasconia

Massive unanswered questions remain as Navy begins process to defuel Red Hill Federal News Network

Prosecutors hit anti-pipeline protesters with felony charges to send a message, defense says MR Online


How U.S. sanctions are driving Afghanistan to famine The Week

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