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Scott Lemieux Sep 2
Hmm, I wonder why the culturally paradigmatic "blue collar" worker is a coal miner or auto worker rather than an elder care worker it is a mystery that will never be sol
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Scott Lemieux
There are 91,000 professional home aides in New York City. There are 50,000 coal miners in the United States of America
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Scott Lemieux Sep 2
Replying to @LemieuxLGM
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Wanda Sep 2
Replying to @LemieuxLGM @eee_eff
Home health workers are still, in some cases, exempt from minimum wage and OT laws. As if they weren't struggling to begin with. Grateful to the aides who helped my mom, paid for by Medicare.
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Lisa Jaffe Sep 2
I don't know the exact number, but hundreds of thousands of retail workers lost their jobs last year, while Trump was complaining about the coal mining jobs that may be lost if he's not president. He doesn't care about actual people. Just theoretical voting blocks.
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Scott Madin Sep 2
So "coal miners" is a constituency the same size as "the DSA", then
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Stavinchi Sep 2
Yeah but coal miners are predominantly white guys.
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Lightwork Photo Sep 3
Replying to @LemieuxLGM
And the coal miners are just avatars for “look how hard I’m fighting for working stiffs”. It’s a dying industry that SHOULD be dying...environmentally filthy, dangerous, miserable work. The free market is killing it, while solar jobs are quickly passing 250k.
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Lightwork Photo Sep 3
Replying to @LemieuxLGM
The smart play would be to flog the hell out of wind/solar jobs, and take fossil fuel subsidies, give ‘em to green tech. We could actually drive jobs from where we need to go anyway.
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