Labor & Economic News Blog
Friday, July 18, 2014
The American economy America's lost oomphThe American economy America's lost oomph
Back in the mid-1990s, America's economic prospects suddenly brightened. Productivity soared. Immigrants and foreign capital flocked to take
Baby, it's you: Why boomers are an economic boon
There's also an economic benefit to increased life expectancy, with many boomers working longer
EEOC Announces Tougher Rules Protecting Pregnant WorkersEEOC Announces Tougher Rules Protecting Pregnant Workers
Discrimination against female workers who might get pregnant in the future, or have been pregnant in the past, is against the law, the EEOC...
Federal Loans Tough To Come By For Community College StudentsFederal Loans Tough To Come By For Community College
Nearly a million community college students don't have access to federal student loans, according to a new report.
How A Factory Man Fought To Save His Furniture CompanyHow A Factory Man Fought To Save His Furniture Company
Virginia furniture owner John Bassett III was determined to beat out foreign competitors. Author Beth Macy documents him, and the collapse of...
Latest Wrinkle In The Jobs Debate: Blame The BoomersLatest Wrinkle In The Jobs Debate: Blame The Boomers
Half the drop in the labor force can be explained by retirements, a White House economic report concludes. And the other half of missing
Thursday, July 17, 2014
More evidence that we’re doing a better job taking care of senior citizens than young adultsMore evidence that we’re doing a better job taking care of senior citizens than young adults
Young adults now more likely to be living in an inter-generational household than the elderly over 85.
High-Stakes L.I.R.R. Threat That Works Both WaysHigh-Stakes L.I.R.R. Threat That Works Both Ways
While the Long Island Rail Road’s unions may feel they have the upper hand in negotiations, they may not want the public denouncing them as selfish.
Microsoft Layoffs to Cut Up to 18,000 JobsMicrosoft Layoffs to Cut Up to 18,000 Jobs
The company said about 14 percent of its work force would be eliminated, largely in the mobile phone business it acquired from Nokia.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Worse than Michelle Rhee: Teachers and public schools have a shocking new enemyWorse than Michelle Rhee: Teachers and public schools have a shocking new enemy
The campaign against public school teachers and their unions has evolved from casting insults to inflicting real injury. The recent ruling by a California judge in the Vergara v. California case made it a legal precedent to equate teachers’ employment security to an affront to students’ rights to a quality education.