The fake news about unemployment

first_imgFew workers are cheering the Labor Department’s report that the unemployment rate fell to 4.4 percent in April.Why should they? While the jobless rate now matches the level of May 2007 — just before the latest capitalist economic crisis — it still leaves 7.1 million people “officially” unemployed.Even the Labor Department admits that 5.3 million people who are counted as employed are forced to work part-time, even though they want and need full-time jobs. Another 1.5 million people “were not counted as unemployed because they had not searched for work in the 4 weeks preceding the survey,” according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.Many people with disabilities are not included among the jobless. The 2.2 million members of the working class who are incarcerated are not even considered. Neither are the thousands who collect cans and bottles for a small deposit fee in New York and a few other states.While the latest jobless rate for whites is 3.8 percent, the figure for Black workers is more than double that, at 7.9 percent. ”Last hired, first fired” is still the racist standard for African Americans.At the height of capitalist “prosperity,” Black workers and their families are still stuck in a recession. It’s a depression for Black teenagers, whose latest jobless rate is 29.3 percent.Usually a drop in unemployment is accompanied by a rise in wages. Workers feel more confident in taking better-paying jobs or demanding raises.Not this time. The average wage increase of 2.5 percent over the past 12 months was almost wiped out by inflation, which rose by 2.4 percent. For workers being paid the miserable federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour, inflation meant a pay cut.All the union-busting attacks, including those against public workers, have had their effect. Over the last 40 years, thousands of union strongholds have been shut down by capitalists taking advantage of automation.Having millions of unemployed people is a necessity for capitalist profits. Frederick Engels, the co-worker of Karl Marx, called the jobless an “industrial reserve army.”Capitalists know this well. Samuel Insull — whose Enron-like Midwest utilities empire collapsed during the Great Depression — bragged that “the greatest aid to the efficiency of labor is a long line of men waiting at the gate.” That means women and men desperately seeking a job.Workers put up with so much abuse because they know the boss can usually hire someone else to replace them.While millions need a job, millions of employed are forced to work two or more jobs in order to pay the rent. “The condemnation of one part of the working class to enforced idleness by the overwork of the other part, and the converse, becomes a means of enriching the individual capitalists,” wrote Marx in “Capital.”The labor movement needs to fight for a 30-hour workweek with no cut in pay.The Soviet Union’s first five-year plan abolished unemployment by 1930. Socialist economic planning made holding a job a right of all Soviet workers.We need to fight for a socialist revolution that will abolish unemployment and poverty forever.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Prolific Chase earns maiden ODI call-up to face Afghanistan

first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua, (CMC) – Roston’s Chase enterprise in the Test arena has earned him a call-up to the West Indies one-day side for the three-match series against minnows Afghanistan starting later next week.The 25-year-old right-hander is the only newcomer in a 13-man squad announced Sunday, which will be again captained by all-rounder Jason Holder and includes no surprises.Chase has come to the fore in recent times as the Caribbean side’s most dependable batsmen in the Test format, despite his limited experience of having played only 10 Tests.He struck back-to-back hundreds in the recent Test series against Pakistan en route to becoming the only batsman to top 400 runs and currently averages 48.Chase gathered only 214 runs at an average of 26 for Barbados Pride during this year’s Regional Super50 and averages only 25 in his List A career, but chief selector Courtney Browne said the player’s heavy scoring in Tests, coupled with his useful off-spin, would be an asset to the side“Roston Chase is the one new player in the squad. He was considered before for ODI selection, primarily because of his all-round ability,” Browne explained.“With his prolific run scoring in the last Test series and his continued steady all-round performances in the PCL we now feel it’s time to introduce him to ODI cricket. He was not among the leading runscorers in the Super50 tournament earlier this year, but we believe with his skill set and the way he has been playing he could be an asset.“His outstanding efforts with the bat could not be ignored any longer coupled with his useful bowling can only add value to our squad.”Chase will add to a spin attack which includes fellow Barbados off-spinner Ashley Nurse and front-line leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo.Selectors have persisted with the ineffective Bishoo despite the Guyanese’s single wicket in 26 overs in the three-match series against Pakistan in April.New ball bowlers Shannon Gabriel and Alzarri Joseph have been retained and headlines an attack that also includes seamers Holder and Miguel Cummins.“Our bowling attack remains the same with four seamers and two specialist spinners,” Browne noted.“With Roston now adding an additional spinning option for the captain, this offers further variety to the bowling attack. This gives the team the option of playing an additional fast bowler if required.”Chadwick Walton, who managed just 36 runs from three innings against Pakistan, has been dropped from the side.West Indies face Afghanistan in the first ODI starting Friday at the Darren Sammy National Stadium in Gros Islet, St Lucia.SQUAD – Jason Holder (captain), Devendra Bishoo, Jonathan Carter, Roston Chase, Miguel Cummins, Shannon Gabriel, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Evin Lewis, Jason Mohammed, Ashley Nurse, Kieran Powell, Rovman Powell.last_img read more

Nine-year old Miami student eyes national Spelling Bee championships

first_imgNine-year old Sydney E. Spence of Miami could be on her way to the Scripps National Spelling Bee championships in Washington DC in May.Recently Sydney who is the 2018 Primary Spelling Bee, first place winner, qualified to compete at the 78th Miami Herald Spelling Bee to be held on Tuesday, March 6, at Jungle Island in Miami Florida. The winners of the local will have the opportunity to participate in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.No ordinary studentNo ordinary student, Sydney is a self-motivated and creative 4th grader who attends Airbase K-8 Center for International Education in Homestead, South Miami-Dade. She beat out an 11-year old 5th grader to secure her place to compete at the Miami Herald Spelling Bee. Sydney who is an accelerated reader champion at her school, said she is not only excited about competing in the March 6 Spelling Bee, but is confident of winning and advancing to the prestigious Scripps National championship.Some of the words in the contest that she successfully spelled were: Disguise, taxidermy, tribulations, Hispaniola, vociferous, entrepreneurs, anecdote, etc. The winning word she had to spell was Boroughs.Active all rounderEven at her relatively young age, Sydney is a very active all- rounder, capably balancing her academic and extra-curricular activities.She is a member of the top gun tumbling, aquatics swim team, and school’s sewing club, and has been taking piano lessons for the last five years. She attended the summer institute for the gifted last summer at Emory University in Atlanta Georgia last year, and in the summer of 2016  participated in a similar program for gifted children at the University of Miami. There she made a robotic stimulation, magnetic slime, took Algebra and Statistics courses. In 2016 she also had a chance to dissect at the University of Miami’s Brain fair.Like any other young lady her age Sydney enjoys watching TV. Bur her favorite TV shows are science and history shows like Expedition Unknown and the Good Doctor.She said she likes to have fun “Making slime concoctions, baking, reading and solving word-search puzzles. I also have a Youtube Channel on which I showcase my new toys.”Future chemical engineerLooking far into the future, Sydney said would like to become a chemical engineer and attend Oxford University in London.“I am excited to be participating in the Spelling Bee because I get to learn a whole bunch of new words. I also get to compete with different students from different schools. I’m also excited because now I represent my school, Air Base K-8 and I was able to beat a fifth grader for the spelling championship title. I’m looking forward to the Miami Herald Spelling Bee because I know I am going to win,” Sydney said.last_img read more