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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Economic Recovery Spreads to the Middle Class

Economic Recovery Spreads to the Middle Class

Many economists are convinced that falling unemployment and increased hiring are finally about to start paying off in terms of wage gains for a broader swath of workers.

 

Odds are stacked against low-income Americans seeking a college degree

Odds are stacked against low-income Americans seeking a college degree

Odds are stacked against low-income Americans seeking a college degree PART 3 | When you live on the margins, even a small disruption can knock you out of school.

 

Millennials just aren’t that into working for the government

Millennials just aren’t that into working for the government

Millennials just aren’t that into working for the government Only 7 percent of federal workers are under the age of 30 — the lowest figure in nearly a decade

 

Monday, December 15, 2014

The devalued American: Working 2 jobs to hold on

The devalued American: Working 2 jobs to hold on

The devalued American: Working 2 jobs to hold on

The past three recessions sparked a chain reaction of layoffs and lower pay. The American economy has stopped delivering the broadly shared prosperity that the nation grew accustomed to after World War II. The explanation for why that is begins with the millions of middle-class jobs that vanished over the past 25 years, and with what happened to the men and women who once held those jobs.

 

Friday, December 12, 2014

Why the middle class is in trouble

Why the middle class is in trouble

LIFTOFF | PART 1: The middle class took America to the moon. Then something went horribly wrong.

 

The Vanishing Male Worker: How America Fell Behind

The Vanishing Male Worker: How America Fell Behind

The share of men aged 25 to 54 who are not working has more than tripled since the late 1960s.

 

Company stores trap Mexican farmworkers in cycle of debt

 

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Deal reached to allow benefit cuts to pension plans

The measure, intended to save some of the most distressed pension plans, could affect millions of retired workers if the $1.01T spending bill is approved.

 

Bills’ Cheerleaders Lead Charge for Respect, and Wages

Bills’ Cheerleaders Lead Charge for Respect, and Wages

For humiliations, and for hundreds of hours of work and practices, Alyssa and her fellow cheerleaders on the Buffalo Jills received not a penny of wages.

 

On a Mexican mega-farm: 'They treated us like slaves'

On a Mexican mega-farm: 'They treated us like slaves' />


On a Mexican mega-farm: 'They treated us like slaves'
This account of conditions in the camp is based on interviews with 13 laborers who lived there that spring. The Times interviewed some in their home villages in Huasteca and others by phone. The paper also spoke to Mexican labor inspectors and Bioparques employees and visited the camp.

 

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