Labor & Economic News Blog


Monday, May 11, 2015

Middle Class Fades, and Campaigns Stop Using the Term

Middle Class Fades, and Campaigns Stop Using the Term

It once signified a secure, aspirational lifestyle, but the middle class now connotes fears about falling behind, experts said.

 

Business allies cool to Garcetti's minimum wage plan

Business allies cool to Garcetti's minimum wage plan

With the proposed minimum wage hike heading to the City Council for a vote, some of the small-business owners who backed Eric Garcetti's first mayoral bid are having misgivings.

 

Friday, May 08, 2015

U.S. Economy Added 223,000 Jobs in April; Unemployment Rate at 5.4%

U.S. Economy Added 223,000 Jobs in April; Unemployment Rate at 5.4%

The gain was in line with the consensus forecast of 230,000 jobs added, and the expectation had been that the unemployment rate would tick down slightly.

 

Perfect Nails, Poisoned Workers

Perfect Nails, Poisoned Workers

Some ingredients used in nail products have been tied to cancer, miscarriages, lung diseases and other ailments. The industry has long fought regulations.

 

Thursday, May 07, 2015

Transportation Emerges as Crucial to Escaping Poverty

Transportation Emerges as Crucial to Escaping Poverty

In a large, continuing study of upward mobility based at Harvard, commuting time has emerged as the single strongest factor in the odds of escaping poverty. The longer an average commute in a given county, the worse the chances of low-income families there moving up the ladder.

 

How Some Men Fake an 80-Hour Workweek, and Why It Matters

Except for one dirty little secret: Some of the people ostensibly turning in those 80 - or 90-hour workweeks, particularly men, may just be faking it ...

 

The Ugly Side of Nice Nails

The Ugly Side of Nice Nails

Manicurists in the New York area are routinely underpaid and exploited, and endure ethnic bias and other abuse, The New York Times has found.

 

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Honor Working People by Making Work Safer

Honor Working People by Making Work Safer

They build our homes, make the products we buy, and package our online orders for delivery. Working men and women built America, and they keep our economic engine running.

 

Monday, April 27, 2015

Corinthian closing its last schools; 10,000 California students displaced

Corinthian closing its last schools; 10,000 California students displaced

 Like many other large for-profit schools, Corinthian nearly doubled revenue to $1.75 billion from 2007 to 2011, as the Great Recession prompted millions of unemployed workers to seek opportunity in higher education and career training. But the company lacked the cash flow to survive after the U.S. Education Department barred its access to student loans last summer.

 

Friday, April 24, 2015

The Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal is an abomination

The Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal is an abomination

The Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal is an abomination President Obama had the chance to protect American workers — and failed to do it.

 

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