*SMLR-Net: Selected news on labor and employment relations & human resource management*
*May 19, 2021*
*Title:* Changed by Pandemic, Many Workers Won’t Return to Old Jobs
*Source:* Associated Press
*Author:* Dee-Ann Durbin, Stephen Groves, Alexandra Olson and Joseph Pisani
*Date:* May 18, 2021
*Summary:* There’s a wild card in the push to return to post-pandemic life: Many workers don’t want to go back to the jobs they once had. Layoffs and lockdowns, combined with enhanced unemployment benefits and stimulus checks, gave many Americans the time and the financial cushion to rethink their careers.
*Title:* Reversing America’s Poor Track Record on Inclusivity in Infrastructure Jobs
*Author:* Caroline George and Joseph W. Kane
*Date:* May 17, 2021
*Summary:* A focus on inclusivity in infrastructure jobs would mark a historical turning point for people often excluded from past infrastructure stimulus efforts. One such effort—the Works Progress Administration (WPA) of the 1930s and 1940s—is often cited as the most successful infrastructure and jobs initiative in American history; however, not all workers got a fair New Deal.
*Title:* America’s Unemployment System Failed When It Was Needed Most. Can It Be Fixed?
*Author:* Katherine Landergan
*Date:* May 19, 2021
*Summary:* The solution will require a coordinated, multibillion-dollar undertaking — with governors, Congress and the president working together on the biggest overhaul since the social safety net was created more than 85 years ago.
*Title:* Some Arab Employees of Jewish-Owned Businesses Risking Jobs by Joining Strike
*Author:* Adi Dovrat-Meseritz and Netanel Gams
*Date:* May 19, 2021
*Summary:* The timing of the general strike called in the Arab community on Tuesday – immediately after the Eid al-Fitr and Shavuot holidays – brought tempers to a boil among a number of Jewish employers and their Arab employees. When Aya Baidusi, an engineer at an architectural and construction company, informed her boss she would not be coming to work because of the general strike in the Arab community, she didn’t think it would cost her her job.
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