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Al menos 9,000 trabajadores de Arkansas contrajeron COVID-19 mientras la pandemia agobio reguladores y empresas

May 12, 2021 - El gigante avícola Tyson Foods Inc., el tercer empleador más grande de Arkansas, reportó 2.866 casos de COVID-19 en sus lugares de trabajo, esta figura es casi un tercio de los 9.065 trabajadores enfermos del estado en todas las industrias desde el 19 de mayo de 2020 hasta el 8 de abril de 2021, según un análisis de Arkansascovid.com.

INSTITUTE INDEX: Democratic senator from Virginia blocking key pro-union bill

April 29, 2021 - Three Democratic members of the evenly divided U.S. Senate have so far refused to sign on to the Protecting the Right to Organize Act, legislation endorsed by President Biden that would provide stronger protections for workers trying to form a union. Among the naysayers is Mark Warner of Virginia, the Senate's second-richest member and a venture capitalist with a nine-figure estimated net worth.

INSTITUTE INDEX: Corporations' political money disconnect on transgender rights

April 9, 2021 - A growing number of companies are publicly condemning discrimination against transgender people and taking steps to support trans employees. But some of the same businesses are also funding Southern politicians promoting policies harmful to the transgender community. One standout is AT&T, the telecom giant headquartered in Dallas — also the top corporate contributor to state lawmakers seeking to restrict voting rights.

The rural South lost 13 hospitals in 2020

March 17, 2021 - The COVID-19 pandemic contributed to the ongoing loss of hospital beds in rural communities across the South. The greatest losses were in Tennessee — among the states that haven't expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. The rate of rural hospital closures in non-expansion states is six times greater than in states that expanded the program.