Unemployment can be devastating for workers and communities, and mass unemployment threatens both the fabric of society and the collective power of workers. The effect of the Covid-19 crisis on unemployment numbers, however, depends on the policies in place to prevent layoffs, such as short-time working and subsidies for employers. The impact of mass unemployment on workers, in turn, depends on supports such as unemployment insurance and retraining services. Labor movements around the world have mobilized both to strengthen the policies in place to avoid layoffs, to strengthen supports for the unemployed, and to organize mutual aid locally.
What are successful models for avoiding mass layoffs? Could the US learn from short-time working schemes used widely in Germany, France, and other European countries? What should the trade union agenda be to improve supports for the unemployed? How does mutual aid and mobilization of the unemployed connect with the work of trade unionists during the Covid-19 crisis?
Gabriele Ibrom, IG Metall
Roy Houseman, United Steelworkers
Dina Bishara Cornell School of Industrial and Labor Relations
Torsten Mueller, European Trade Union Institute
The moderator will be Ian Greer, Cornell School of Industrial and Labor Relations
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