Labor & Economic News Blog


Monday, July 27, 2015

‘Sea Slaves’: The Human Misery That Feeds Pets and Livestock

‘Sea Slaves’: The Human Misery That Feeds Pets and Livestock

Fishermen who have fled forced labor recount the sick being cast overboard and the disobedient beheaded or sealed below deck in a dark, fetid fishing hold.

 

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

SCOTUS Comes Calling on Public Sector Unions

SCOTUS Comes Calling on Public Sector Unions

A case that could decimate public sector unions is now headed to the Supreme Court. 

 

Why It Pays to Be a Jerk

Why It Pays to Be a Jerk


New research confirms what they say about nice guys.

 

Immigration Means Higher Wages for All Workers - CityLab

Immigration Means Higher Wages for All Workers - CityLab

More Immigration Means Higher Wages for All Workers. As diversity increases, both at the city and the workplace level, so does productivity.

 

Wal-Mart sued over denying health insurance to gay worker's wife

Wal-Mart sued over denying health insurance to gay worker's wife

A Wal-Mart Stores employee sued the retailer on Tuesday, saying its prior policy of denying health insurance benefits to the spouses of gay employees violated gender discrimination laws.

 

Nearly every job in America, mapped in incredible detail


Nearly every job in America, mapped in incredible detail

Washington is dominated by government, Las Vegas by hospitality, Houston by manufacturing.

 

A New Look at Apprenticeships as a Path to the Middle Class

After facing a steep falloff during the recession, apprentice programs are making a comeback, and have caught the notice of students, parents and even some presidential candidates.

 

Monday, July 13, 2015

Starbucks and Other Corporations to Announce Plan to Curb Unemployment of Young People

Starbucks and Other Corporations to Announce Plan to Curb Unemployment of Young People

The 100,000 Opportunities Initiative includes 16 other companies, and will offer full-time positions as well as apprenticeships and internships.

 

American Apparel to close underperforming stores, lay off workers

American Apparel to close underperforming stores, lay off workers

 The Los Angeles clothing maker would not disclose the number of stores or jobs that will be cut. It also did not say whether the layoffs, which will begin immediately, will affect its manufacturing workers, its retail employees or both. But a source close to the company said most of the layoffs would affect jobs at corporate headquarters and at stores.

 

Wal-Mart, other companies join Starbucks drive to hire young workers

Wal-Mart, other companies join Starbucks drive to hire young workers


Starbucks Corp. is leading more than a dozen companies in an effort to hire 100,000 young workers with “systemic barriers to jobs and education” in the next three years.

 

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