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The Washington Post, Nov. 11, 2021
U.S. workers have been striking in startling numbers. Will that continue?
Judy Stepan-Norris, UCI  research professor of sociology and Jasmine Kerrissey write, “U.S. workers are doing something we haven’t seen much of in the last three decades: striking. … The pandemic exposed and intensified a host of worker grievances, including inadequate wages, demanding schedules, historically high CEO compensation, and the notorious two-tiered wage system. These strikes, combined with the “Great Resignation,” suggest that many working people want better options. If they succeed, they could redefine the next generation of work.” [Subscription required, campus-wide access provided by UCI Libraries. Sign-up here: https://guides.lib.uci.edu/news/post]

KCBS, Nov. 10, 2021 (Video)
Experts Worry About Southland COVID-19 Surge As Holidays And Colder Weather Approach
Dr. Alpesh Amin, [medical professor and] chair of the University of California, Irvine, Department of Medicine echoed the governor’s statements. “Those that qualify for vaccinations should get vaccinated as soon as possible,” Dr. Amin said. … “When you see patients in the hospital, the ones that get really sick, 80-90% of the ones who are really sick are the ones that are not vaccinated,” Alpesh said.

KABC7, Nov. 11, 2021 (Video)
Workers say air quality inside Kingspan facility in Santa Ana is serious health risk
Shahir Masri, an air pollution scientist at UC Irvine, analyzed the data provided by Kingspan workers. Soon after, workers filed complaints with Cal/OSHA alleging violations of worker safety. “There’s been a wide array of studies that show PM 2.5 exposure is associated with aggravated asthma, cardiovascular disease, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease),” explained Masri.

Los Angeles Times, Nov. 11, 2021
Xi Jinping ensures his future with a resolution that rewrites China’s past
“The big focus in 1981 was to try to make a clear statement about why the party was on the right track now, even though it had made major mistakes,” said Jeff Wasserstrom, a [Chancellor’s] professor of Chinese history at UC Irvine. “This is much more, ‘Let’s focus on how well China’s doing right now.’ … It’s using history in a celebratory tone.” [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to communications@uci.edu.]

California Healthline, Nov. 12, 2021
Your Out-of-Pocket Health Care Costs Need Not Be a Mystery
“It’s not that hard to hit those maximums, and it doesn’t take a cancer diagnosis to get there,” says Dylan Roby, [associate] professor of public health at the University of California, Irvine. “It could be one ER visit with a procedure. A broken leg could get you there pretty easily.” … SB 368 “is part of a larger need to provide transparency about individuals’ out-of-pocket risks,” says Roby.

Previously “In the News”