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AFT resources on the COVID-19 coronavirus

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed the first U.S. case of a new coronavirus on Jan. 21, in the state of Washington. The CDC and the World Health Organization are working to stem the outbreak of the coronavirus (2019-nCoV) believed to have begun in Wuhan, China. The U.S. is the fifth country outside of China to report cases of the virus. The AFT has developed a fact sheet outlining CDC guidelines that will help healthcare workers to recognize symptoms of the virus and recommended precautions healthcare workers should take to protect themselves and their community.

Source: American Federation of Teachers

Wall Street wants in on public school construction, and that’s scary

We’ve long heard the same false claims about using public-private partnerships to build infrastructure like toll roads, but not public schools. Until now. Private equity firms and Wall Street banks say public-private partnerships are cheaper, which is flat-out wrong. State and local governments can borrow money using low-cost municipal bonds. Why should they pay extra to make private investors rich?

Source: In the Public Interest

Forskarna som är för och emot privatisering

Omsorgsforskaren Marta Szebehely ser mest problem med den privata när­varon inom äldreomsorgen, medan nationalekonomen Mats Bergman anser att konkurrensen har ökat lyhördheten gentemot äldre och anhöriga.

Source: www.aldreicentrum.se

Inside the SAA battle: Throwing toys and bugging boardrooms

As turmoil continues over the future of South African Airways, the South African Cabin Crew Association and the National Union of Mineworkers of South Africa have linked the resignation of SAA’s CEO to a privatisation agenda and state capture. “‘We want to be upfront that we have always understood that there has been an agenda to privatise the SOEs and SAA is not immune to this,’ the statement said, while also seeking to link Gordhan to what it said is a Rothschild agenda to privatise SOEs. It also said: ‘What has consistently strengthened this belief is that in all SOEs, if Rothschild is not directly involved in the boards, it acts as consultants and/or advisers. The big question, therefore, is: how is its meddling in the affairs of SOEs any different from the previous meddling of the Guptas, which the country is still recovering from?’”

Source: The M&G Online

Lagos water campaign achievements

The several achievements recorded by Lagos water campaign, spearheaded by the Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA-FoEN) have been spotlighted in the 2019 edition of the Atlas of Utopias launched online Thursday, in Amsterdam. The cases show how public solutions based on principles of cooperation and solidarity rather than competition and private profit have been more successful in meeting people’s basic needs – and perhaps just as importantly in creating a spirit of confidence and empowerment that strengthen communities for many other challenges.