Germany drafts Romanian farm labor for coronavirus pandemic

“We are very happy the government has agreed to allow additional seasonal workers from Eastern Europe to enter the country,” said Joachim Rukwied, president of the German Farmers’ Association (DBV). He said the deal took into account the needs of DBV members, as well as members of the GLFA, Germany’s umbrella organization of agricultural and […]

U.S. GDP will contract 30% in second quarter, 5% in 2020: PIMCO

In spite of the already enormous spate of layoffs, the number of jobs lost is likely to continue to rise as more states close non-essential businesses. The figures are also expected to rise as unemployment offices work through a backlog of claims. Wilding notes that the government’s March employment report showed that layoffs had begun […]

Record coronavirus deaths in New York, New Jersey amid fear of toll undercount

“Every number is a face, “ said New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who ordered flags to be flown at half-staff across New York in recognition of the toll. “This virus attacked the vulnerable and attacked the weak and it’s our job as a society to protect the vulnerable.”

Speed of coronavirus deaths shocks doctors as New York toll hits new high

“People are dying outside the hospital, unfortunately. It happens every day,” Oren Barzilay, the president of a labor union representing city paramedics, said. “I think those numbers, those statistics in New York for deaths would significantly go up if they tested everyone that expired.”

Art opens window on sex work for New Yorkers

RIGHTS FOR SEX WORKERS The art from 10 countries shows dark, political, joyful, funny and intimate aspects of sex work, including an installation of red umbrellas to symbolize sex workers’ rights and up-close portraits of the faces of transgender sex workers.

Cheesetique Supports Hospitality Staff During Coronavirus Impact

ALEXANDRIA, VA — As the new coronavirus outbreak forces businesses to cut back operations or close, hospitality workers may be left with less or no work. Del Ray-based Cheesetique and its partners want to ensure those workers and their families don’t go hungry.

Opinion: EU must address pandemic’s effects on economies

Finance ministers are scheduled to resume talks on Thursday. And, next week, the heads of state and government — who recently broke off their own negotiations — are set to tackle this massive challenge. At that point they will have to make a decision, for every day they continue to dither costs eurozone countries billions. […]