Labor & Economic News Blog


Monday, October 20, 2014

57,000 federal workers paid for long absences

Over three years, federal workers cost taxpayers $775 million in salary while on extended paid leave of at least a month — waiting to be cleared or punished for misbehavior, records show.

 

Monday, October 13, 2014


Some employees who worked for an Amazon fulfillment warehouse in Nevada had to wait nearly 25 minutes after each shift to be screened by security. They want to be compensated for that time.

 

‘I lost everything’: How airport workers struggle as the economy transforms

‘I lost everything’: How airport workers struggle as the economy transforms

The plight of workers at BWI airport is an object lesson in how our economy is transforming.

 

The economics of building a factory in Brooklyn — to be near the cool kids

The economics of building a factory in Brooklyn — to be near the cool kids

MakerBot could have built its factory in China, but opted for one of America's most expensive cities instead.

 

Job Center Gives a Voice, and Fair Wages, to an ‘Invisible’ Work Force

Job Center Gives a Voice, and Fair Wages, to an ‘Invisible’ Work Force
The Bay Parkway Community Job Center in Brooklyn, run by the Worker’s Justice Project, trains day laborers in workplace safety while setting fair wages with contractors and ensuring safe work conditions.

 

Calpers Isn’t Done With High-Fee Investment Gurus

Calpers Isn’t Done With High-Fee Investment Gurus
The pension system is getting out of hedge funds. But it is sticking with its favorite expensively managed asset class: private equity.

 

The Great Wage Slowdown of the 21st Century

The Great Wage Slowdown of the 21st Century
The typical family makes less than the typical family did 15 years ago — which hadn’t been true since the Depression.

 

Living on the bare minimum

Living on the bare minimum
More than a third of private-sector workers in Los Angeles make less than $13.25 an hour — the new minimum wage proposed by Mayor Eric Garcetti last month. City Council members supporting the bill would like to further boost the floor to $15.25 an hour by 2019.

 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Dunkin' Donuts Worker's Death Reveals The True Cost Of ...


A New Jersey woman died earlier this week trying to catch a few hours of sleep between jobs, a chilling reminder of the struggle low-wage ...

 

Uncertain About Hiring, Some Companies Try ‘Test Drives’

Uncertain About Hiring, Some Companies Try ‘Test Drives’

Small companies find contract work a good way to assess candidates for permanent jobs, especially in certain types of positions.

 

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