Apr 2, 2020

Pay cuts spread further down the ladder

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Plus: the huge number of immigrants who will miss out on checks from the government, and the logistical challenge of giving small businesses emergency loans.

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Pay cuts spreading beyond executive suite

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Cuts to pay can save jobs, but they can hurt morale, too.
As pay cuts spread further down from the executive suite, they hit average workers harder. Above, cashiers wearing protective masks work in a grocery store in Brooklyn on April 2.
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It's not just undocumented immigrants who could be left out of the stimulus money

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U.S. citizens with an undocumented spouse or child would also be denied a check.
Stay-at-home orders in California and elsewhere have exempted farmworkers. Above, farmworkers harvest zucchini Wednesday in Florida.
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Millions are facing unemployment without savings to fall back on

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The median U.S. household has just a couple of weeks worth of savings to tap into in a crisis.
Some economists believe the unemployment rate could hit 30% before long.
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A senior citizen working through the pandemic

Apr 2, 2020
“I just take one day at a time,” said Gaile Harrell, a part-time convenience store employee in Ashburn, Virgina.
Gaile Harrell, a convenience store employee in Ashburn, Virginia is considered an essential worker and therefore, working through the pandemic.
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Book publishing has a tight calendar, even in a pandemic

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Publishing can't easily go on hold until the fall — which is when publishers tend to release the year's biggest titles.
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Music from the episode

Som transparents El Petit De Cal Eril
Star Roving Slowdive
Cirrus Bonobo
Suddenly Junip

The team

Nancy Farghalli Executive Producer
Bridget Bodnar Producer
Daisy Palacios Producer
Sean McHenry Associate Producer
Maria Hollenhorst Associate Producer