United Auto Workers Leader Discuss the Impact COVID-19 has had on the Economy

Legislative Director of the United Auto Workers, Josh Nassar spoke with America’s Work Force Radio Podcast on July 9 to explain how the COVID-19 pandemic has had a major impact on the United States economy.

UAW United Auto WorkersNassar lamented the minimal effort put forth by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to enforce their own safety standards. Due to the recent spike in COVID-19 cases, Nassar explained why there needs to be more protections put in place for workers.

Nassar went on to lambaste the Trump administration and their efforts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare. Due to the millions of people out of work and relying on medicaid, scrapping Obamacare would have terrible consequences.

He discussed the strain this pandemic has put on localities. Around the country we are seeing state unemployment systems drained, strained and pushed to their limit. Whether it is filing new claims or finding out how to operate under unprecedented conditions, our unemployment systems are being tested.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many states are unaware how long they can be sustainable without another stimulus package.

Policy Matters Ohio Amy HanauerWendy Patton, Senior Project Director of Policy Matters Ohio, discussed unemployment compensation in Ohio during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Patton echoed the remarks made by Nassar, saying the state is having trouble with filing claims and distributing unemployment compensation. She did find a silver lining in it all though, noting how the pandemic has exposed the holes in the system.

Lastly, Patton addressed income tax cuts that were mostly enjoyed by businesses and the wealthy.


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