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Compiled by Janice Kimball and the staff of the IRLE Library

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Kansas City jobless rate improved from year ago

KC jobless rate improved from year ago
The employment picture in the Kansas City area in January was improved from a year ago but not quite as pleasant as the prior month.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 11:29 AM


A solution to towns' soaring health costs in Massachusetts

A solution to towns' soaring health costs
By Samuel R. Tyler
CITIES AND TOWNS in Massachusetts are facing a crisis of skyrocketing increases in employee health insurance with no letup in sight.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 11:17 AM


Globe cuts 24 jobs in newsroom via buyouts

Globe cuts 24 jobs in newsroom via buyouts
By Robert Gavin, Globe Staff
The Boston Globe reduced its newsroom staff by 24 people, or 6 percent, through a buyout that included several of its most prominent and longtime journalists, including two Pulitzer Prize winners, columnist Eileen McNamara and investigative reporter Stephen Kurkjian.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 11:16 AM


Conference Board index slips

Conference Board index slips
Economic growth to advance modestly this year, research group finds An index meant to foreshadow the direction of the U.S. economy said today that growth will advance modestly this year, but will be hobbled by sluggish manufacturing and weakness throughout the housing industry.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 11:14 AM


PALO ALTO / Packard, Stanford nurses reject offer

PALO ALTO / Packard, Stanford nurses reject offer
By Michael Cabanatuan
Nurses at Stanford Hospital and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital have overwhelmingly rejected a final contract offer, their union announced Wednesday evening. The union, the independent Committee for Recognition of Nursing Achievement, called on the...

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 10:27 AM


Jobless claims fall for 3rd straight wk. (AP)

Jobless claims fall for 3rd straight wk. (AP)
AP - The number of laid-off workers filing claims for unemployment benefits fell last week for the third consecutive time, signaling that the labor market may be stabilizing after a worrisome jump in layoffs earlier in the year.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 10:17 AM


Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Sprint recognized for focus on diversity in workplace

Sprint recognized for focus on diversity in workplace
Sprint Nextel today was recognized for its diversity efforts by a national magazine that focuses on diversity in the workplace.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 11:29 AM


SAN FRANCISCO / Lawyer slams prison wages / Tony Serra files suit on behalf of federal inmates for low rate of pay for labor by the incarcerated

SAN FRANCISCO / Lawyer slams prison wages / Tony Serra files suit on behalf of federal inmates for low rate of pay for labor by the incarcerated
By Bob Egelko
J. Tony Serra, celebrated by filmmakers and fellow lawyers as an advocate for the downtrodden and jailed by the feds for dodging his taxes, was out of prison and back at work Wednesday -- suing over the low wages federal inmates earn and citing the 19 cents...

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 11:00 AM


SACRAMENTO / CSU faculty OKs strike -- chancellor rebuked in Capitol / State senators say they were misled on executive pay

SACRAMENTO / CSU faculty OKs strike -- chancellor rebuked in Capitol / State senators say they were misled on executive pay
By Tanya Schevitz, Jim Doyle
California State University Chancellor Charles Reed got a one-two punch Wednesday from state lawmakers and an employee union, coming under fire for executive perks and faculty discontent. The faculty union announced before noon that its membership...

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 10:28 AM


Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Money at the heart of exhibition workers' strike threat / New legal team for employers has union preparing for action if contract expires

Money at the heart of exhibition workers' strike threat / New legal team for employers has union preparing for action if contract expires
By George Raine
Contract talks between the companies that stage expositions in Northern California and the union representing their workers are intensifying, but both sides say they want to avoid a strike.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 2:36 PM


Unions, SoCal grocery stores extend contract negotiation talks

Unions, SoCal grocery stores extend contract negotiation talks
Southern California's three main grocery chains and the union representing most of their employees have agreed to a three-week contract extension to allow for further negotiations on a new deal, representatives of both sides said.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 2:34 PM


Washington State's Unemployment rate drops in February

Unemployment rate drops in February
Washington's unemployment rate dropped to 4.8 percent in February, down from 5.1 percent in January, the state Employment Security Department said Tuesday.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 2:31 PM


Peers Say a New Jersey Union Leader Compromises Contract Talks

Peers Say a Union Leader Compromises Contract Talks
By DAVID KOCIENIEWSKI
Contract negotiations are complicated by a personal relationship between Gov. Jon S. Corzine and Carla Katz, a labor leader.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 2:29 PM


Cost-cutting, lax oversight blamed for deadly BP blast

Cost-cutting, lax oversight blamed for deadly BP blast
The findings by U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board comes nearly two years after the blast, which killed 15 people and injured hundreds more.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 2:23 PM


Delta to share $480M with 39,000 employees

Delta to share $480M with 39,000 employees
About 39,000 Delta Air Lines employees will share $480 million in lump-sum payouts and equity in the company when the nation's third-largest carrier emerges from Chapter 11 protection in May, according to material to be disclosed in a bankruptcy court filing today. The cash payment for non-contract employees is based on 8 percent of their 2006 earnings, or a total of $130 million.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 2:22 PM


Vacation? What’s that? some ask

WORK SPACE: Vacation? What’s that? some ask
If your office is decimated by spring break vacations this week, just grin and bear it. Most will be back in the grind within days.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 2:21 PM


Monday, March 19, 2007

Boeing machinists union elects new chief, union official says

Boeing machinists union elects new chief, union official says
In Business & Technology
The union representing Boeing Co. hourly production workers in the Puget Sound area has elected a new president, a union official said.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 4:57 PM


Black Caucus wants new subsidy formula in Illinois

Black Caucus wants new subsidy formula
In the wake of a recent study that found Chicago and nearby suburbs with heavy job losses have been shortchanged in state economic development subsidies, the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus will hold a hearing here today seeking to find out how to bring jobs to underserved communities.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 4:54 PM


State agencies investigating 'significant problem'

State agencies investigating 'significant problem'
Misclassification of workers as independent contractors "is viewed as a significant problem" across the country, said Anita Bartels, acting program manager for employment tax policy with the Internal Revenue Service.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 4:53 PM


Economic View: Why Wage Insurance Is Dividing Democrats

Economic View: Why Wage Insurance Is Dividing Democrats
By EDMUND L. ANDREWS
A safety net for lost pay, or a ticket to poor jobs?

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 4:47 PM


Minnesota: State House panel OKs sick-leave bill

State House panel OKs sick-leave bill
A bill that would require employers to offer workers paid sick leave passed the Minnesota House Labor and Consumer Protection Division on Friday. The legislation would require employers to offer seven days of paid sick leave per year to full-time employees. Small employers would be required to provide three paid days off per year for a full-time worker.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 4:43 PM


Spat in Congress stalls minimum-wage hike

Spat in Congress stalls minimum-wage hike
WASHINGTON- In January, the House voted overwhelmingly to raise the federal minimum wage to $7.25 over two years, and the Senate followed suit in February. President Bush said he would sign wage-hike legislation.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 4:42 PM


Diversity goals, bias can collide

Diversity goals, bias can collide
Shortly after promoting Angela Miller to store manager in 1999, Walgreens assigned her to a new store in East St. Louis.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 4:37 PM


'Marketplace' Report: Animal Instincts in the Office

'Marketplace' Report: Animal Instincts in the Office
NPR audio:
New research suggests that our "animal" side explains a lot of office behavior, such as bosses cutting out potential rivals or employees sucking up to superiors.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 4:34 PM


Michigan facing exodus of jobless

Michigan facing exodus of jobless
Laid-off factory worker Bob Rose fiddles with an unlit cigar and strokes his salt-and-pepper beard as he contemplates his future in Michigan. He's not sure he has one.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 4:25 PM


German program gives unemployed community service

German program gives unemployed community service
Rainer Kaspar takes home only $850 a month for keeping the town fire engines ready to roll with charged batteries and full air tanks. But after two years out of work in Germany's stagnating east - where prospects are few - the sandy-haired mechanic says he was grateful to get the post under an experimental program in which this small town's long-term unemployed take community service jobs in return for their state jobless benefits.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 4:24 PM


Workers' drug use down after testing increases

Workers' drug use down after testing increases
Fewer people are using drugs in the workplace, thanks to employer crackdowns and increased awareness of drug-testing programs. Workplace drug use hit a new low in 2006, according to the annual Drug Testing Index recently released by Quest Diagnostics, a workplace drug testing service.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 4:24 PM


To play interview safe, be vague about salary

To play interview safe, be vague about salary
Whether you're looking for a job as an accountant or a zoologist, there is one question you're sure to be asked sometime during, and even early in, the interview process: What are your salary expectations? How you deal with that query is crucial to ensuring that you don't get shortchanged if you're hired or left out of the considerations altogether.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 4:23 PM


Wage insurance a safety net for workers

Wage insurance a safety net for workers
When Michael Maynard's company announced it was moving overseas, the 53-year-old machine technician from Massachusetts quickly found a job at another firm. As the sole provider for his wife and two daughters, Maynard jumped at the new opportunity, even though he had to take a pay cut of nearly $8 an hour

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 4:23 PM


OSHA scarce at Houston plants

OSHA scarce at Houston plants
Federal regulators have not conducted inspections of the majority of area petroleum refineries, including the site of the BP Texas City explosion, over the last five years, a Chronicle review shows.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 4:22 PM


Friday, March 16, 2007

Ballmer says Google's hiring pace is 'insane'

Ballmer says Google's hiring pace is 'insane'
Microsoft Corp. Chief Executive Steve Ballmer said rival Google Inc.'s pace of employee growth is "insane," and the company has few successful businesses outside of Internet search and advertising.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 1:20 PM


Boeing Machinists to vote on new president

Boeing Machinists to vote on new president
One of the country's most powerful unions that represents Boeing Machinists in the Puget Sound area will vote on a new president at a time when jetliner orders are soaring, production rates are going up and workers want to be rewarded.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 1:20 PM


Big Deficit Seen in New Jersey Pension Fund

Big Deficit Seen in New Jersey Pension Fund
By MARY WILLIAMS WALSH and DAVID W. CHEN
An official says the cost of retirement benefits promised to employees may exceed projections by billions of dollars.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 1:17 PM


Missouri labor department's lawyer leaves amid wage-law dispute

Agency’s lawyer leaves amid wage-law dispute
The chief counsel of the Missouri labor department left the agency Wednesday, the same day Gov. Matt Blunt reversed its interpretation of the new minimum-wage law.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 1:11 PM


Coping with the jerk at work

Coping with the jerk at work
If you've worked for long, you've probably had a boss or co-worker who was a complete, flaming jerk. Maybe she always scowled as if she smelled something bad while reviewing your work. Maybe he never missed a chance to berate you in front of others. Or he interrupted constantly when you were talking. Or sneaked up behind you at your desk. Or helped himself to your food.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 1:10 PM


Urban Poor Cope with Help from Informal Economy

Urban Poor Cope with Help from Informal Economy
NPR audio:
A Columbia University sociologist gives an inside view of informal economies which are central to life in the inner city. It's not just drug dealing and loan sharking that's off the books -- it's child care, hair braiding, oil changes and house cleaning.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 1:06 PM


Getting Paid Off the Books in America

Getting Paid Off the Books in America
NPR audio:
On a recent day in Washington, D.C., Carlos Juarez of Guatemala waited on a street corner to find day labor. Juarez is part of America's underground economy. So are casual sports gamblers. Office worker Gary Gibbs, speaking at a Maryland sports bar, says that betting in an office pool might be illegal, but it's like jaywalking.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 1:05 PM


Money on the Side: Common, and Unprosecuted

Money on the Side: Common, and Unprosecuted
NPR audio:
If it's a crime, why aren't more people going to jail? Michele Norris talks with University of Chicago Law professor Richard Epstein about some of the legal questions raised by the United States' underground economy.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 1:05 PM


Ford workers seek retraining aid

Ford workers seek retraining aid
In StarTribune.com Business
Ford union workers in St. Paul said they will continue to demand state retraining help for 900 workers displaced in recent weeks by Ford's separation buyout packages. Under state rules, workers taking buyouts aren't eligible for Minnesota unemployment pay and therefore aren't eligible for its retraining and job-placement help under the Dislocated Workers Program. Roger Terveen, president of UAW Local 879, said the union is fighting that decision.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 1:03 PM


Airbus Workers Stage Europe-Wide Strikes

Airbus Workers Stage Europe-Wide Strikes
By By JOHANNA DECORSE, Associated Press Writer
Workers at Airbus plants in France, Germany and Spain staged strikes and protests Friday maintaining a united front against a restructuring plan the troubled aircraft maker said would slash 10,000 jobs across Europe. The actions at Airbus facilities...

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 12:57 PM


Thursday, March 15, 2007

World Business Briefing | Asia: China: Industrial Output Surges Again

World Business Briefing Asia: China: Industrial Output Surges Again
By BLOOMBERG NEWS
China’s industrial output rose 18.5 percent in January and February, the National Bureau of Statistics said, after gaining 14.7 percent in December. That beat the 15 percent median estimate of 20 economists surveyed by Bloomberg News. In February, China’s exports jumped the most they had in 12 years, and domestic sales accelerated.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 11:57 AM


Delta files notice of pension relief

Delta files notice of pension relief
Delta Air Lines, which terminated its pilots pension plan, said Thursday it has contributed an extra $50 million to its pension plan covering ground employees and flight attendants. The Atlanta-based company also said that it filed its election to obtain the pension relief approved by Congress last year. Delta has said it needed to terminate its pilots' defined benefit pension plan to successfully emerge from bankruptcy. The government's pension insurer took over the obligations for the pilots' pension plan in January.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 11:37 AM


Workers who can’t afford to retire staying past 65, survey shows

Workers who can’t afford to retire staying past 65, survey shows
Nearly one in five small businesses say their workers are staying on the job past age 65. And about one in three of the businesses responding to a survey released this morning said their older employees are still working because they can’t afford to retire.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 11:31 AM


Automakers warn Congress on plans

Automakers warn Congress on plans
Proposal to toughen fuel-efficiency rules could cost jobs, House panel is told U.S. automakers and a top union official told Congress yesterday that the auto industry cannot deal alone with global warming, and they warned that proposed fuel efficiency increases could cost jobs.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 10:59 AM


New MBAs awash in offers

New MBAs awash in offers
Heavy recruiting sends pay soaring Wall Street recruiters can be as aggressive as professional football players, says Chris Eitzmann, who will receive a master of business administration degree in May from Dartmouth College's Tuck School of Business.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 10:59 AM


GM Wants to Reduce Health Care Costs

GM Wants to Reduce Health Care Costs
By By TOM KRISHER, AP Business Writer
General Motors Corp. will try to reduce its staggering employee and retiree health care liabilities in upcoming contract talks with the United Auto Workers, according to a government regulatory filing Thursday. The world's largest automaker also said...

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 10:53 AM


Ex-Ford workers seek aid to retrain

Ex-Ford workers seek aid to retrain
The doors swung shut months ago on about 800 Ford Motor Co. employees who took buyouts and exited the Ranger truck plant in St. Paul.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 10:52 AM


Where the Wolf Comes Knocking

Where the Wolf Comes Knocking
By David Cho and Nell Henderson
The big question is: How bad will it get? So far, the rising mortgage defaults that panicked markets this week have been concentrated in areas of the country already reeling from layoffs in the automobile industry and in hurricane-stricken states on the Gulf Coast. In Mississippi and Louisiana, about 1 in 10 homeowners are failing to make their payments, fresh data show. Ohio, Michigan and Indiana, the nation's industrial heartland and the states suffering the country's highest unemployment, aren't far behind. ...

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 10:48 AM


Producer prices rise in February (Reuters)

Producer prices rise in February (Reuters)
Reuters - Higher energy costs pushed producer prices up by a bigger-than-expected 1.3 percent in February and there was a large drop in the number of initial jobless claims filed last week, Labor Department data on Thursday showed.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 10:47 AM


Japan aims to raise minimum wage to boost economy (Reuters)

Japan aims to raise minimum wage to boost economy (Reuters)
Reuters - Japan's cabinet on Tuesday approved an updated minimum wage bill, the first major revision in nearly 40 years, as part of the government's efforts to close the gap between between rich and poor and boost economic growth.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 10:46 AM


Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Halliburton to add 13,000 jobs, some in Houston

Halliburton to add 13,000 jobs, some in Houston
Halliburton Co. plans to add 13,000 new jobs in 2007, including an unspecified number in Houston, the company has told its U.S. employees in an internal memo.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 11:51 AM


Bush aide pushes transparency in health care / Digital records, price and quality of care are crucial

Bush aide pushes transparency in health care / Digital records, price and quality of care are crucial
By Victoria Colliver
More than 30 Silicon Valley companies and other Bay Area employers signed on to an effort Tuesday pushed by the nation's top health official to demand more information from providers about the price and quality of health care. The initiative is a key...

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 10:56 AM


Tuesday, March 13, 2007

U.S. Groups Hope to Detour Mexican Trucks

U.S. Groups Hope to Detour Mexican Trucks
NPR audio:
Lawmakers held hearings on the Bush administration's plan to allow Mexican trucks full access to U.S. highways. The move is opposed by Democratic lawmakers and labor unions.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 11:53 AM


Workplace Woes: The Prying Boss

Workplace Woes: The Prying Boss
NPR audio:
What do you do with a boss who insists on prying and wanting to know what's going on in your private life? It could be a sign that she's lonely -- or that she's concerned about your job performance.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 11:52 AM


China aims to lower urban unemployment rate

China aims to lower urban unemployment rate
China seeks to create 9 million jobs and decrease the jobless rate to 4.6 percent. About 24 million Chinese will be competing for just 12 million jobs that are expected to be created, Labor Minister Tian Chengping said today.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 11:43 AM


When your job spans the globe, are you ever off the clock?

When your job spans the globe, are you ever off the clock?
The sun never sets on Lisa Ray’s workday. As a sales director in Chapel Hill, N.C., for a high-tech company, with contacts scattered across Asia and Europe, Ray worked 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. one recent day, then flew to a business dinner in Chicago.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 11:33 AM


Kansas City Labor Scene: Demand for workers is dropping

Demand for workers is dropping
The spring hiring outlook appears to be stagnant for the Kansas City area, according to a recent survey of area employers.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 11:31 AM


Assets of 35 pension systems are targeted in Massachusetts

Assets of 35 pension systems are targeted
By Ross Kerber and Matt Carroll, Globe Staff
The assets of 35 pension systems, including those of Plymouth County, the Essex Regional Retirement Board, Newton, and Andover, would come under the control of a state trust in a proposal by the Patrick administration to boost returns, improve pension management, and provide fiscal relief to cities and towns, according to a new analysis prepared by the state retirement commission.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 11:08 AM


Shortage of workers may stretch many employers

Shortage of workers may stretch many employers
By Robert Weisman, Globe Staff
American businesses are largely unprepared for a seismic workforce change that will get underway in the coming decade, as tens of millions of baby boomers retire and far fewer new employees arrive to take their place.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 11:07 AM


Moving into retirement

Moving into retirement
By Ross Kerber, Globe Staff
Nearly a quarter of workers retire early because of health problems, according to a survey released by Fidelity Investments yesterday, a finding likely to fuel a growing debate over how much Americans need to save for their retirement years.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 11:06 AM


Grocery negotiations begin / Both sides hoping there's no repeat of strike, lockout

Grocery negotiations begin / Both sides hoping there's no repeat of strike, lockout
By George Raine
Contract talks have begun between the union representing more than 120,000 West Coast grocery workers and major supermarkets, with disagreements over a two-tier wage system and health care. But both sides say they are bent on avoiding a dispute like the...

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 10:53 AM


Monday, March 12, 2007

Texans Want to Strike Rule on Projecting Retiree Care

Business" href="http://www.nytimes.com/2007/03/12/business/12retiree.html?ex=1331352000&en=26e2f360493b7dce&ei=5088&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss" target=_blank>Texans Want to Strike Rule on Projecting Retiree Care
By MARY WILLIAMS WALSH
Texas officials argue that a new rule to disclose the size of their health care obligation to retirees does not apply to their state.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 12:01 PM


Naps, not coffee, boost productivity

Naps, not coffee, boost productivity
If you're dragging at work, try grabbing a pillow instead of a gulping down a latte. Catching some Z's at the office might seem like the worst thing to do when you're behind, but napping can actually improve worker productivity, according to sleep scientist Sara C. Mednick, a professor at the University of California, San Diego.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 11:41 AM


Minnesota job vacancies dip

Minnesota job vacancies dip
Minnesota job seekers are battling for fewer jobs - and most don't pay much. The state issued its twice-a-year look at job vacancies Friday, concluding that job seekers had less to choose from in the fourth quarter than they did in the same period in the prior year.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 11:35 AM


Globe union launches ad effort against outsourcing

Globe union launches ad effort against outsourcing
The Boston Globe's biggest labor union has begun an advertising campaign decrying the paper's plan to outsource the jobs of about 50 workers to India. In radio ads that began yesterday and in an ad published today in the Boston Herald, the Boston Newspaper Guild urges Globe readers and advertisers to call the newspaper and its parent company,

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 11:28 AM


Friday, March 09, 2007

Unemployment declines as paychecks grow

Unemployment declines as paychecks grow
The unemployment rate dipped to 4.5 percent and workers got fatter paychecks in February, even as bad winter weather sent a bit of a chill through U.S. job growth.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 11:39 AM


Thursday, March 08, 2007

Jobless claims decline to one-month low (AP)

Jobless claims decline to one-month low (AP)

AP - The number of laid-off workers filing claims for unemployment benefits declined last week, providing a slight break from a recent rise in layoffs.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 10:51 AM


Labor data mixed ahead of jobs report

Labor data mixed ahead of jobs report

Reuters - Labor market data was mixed on Thursday ahead of the closely watched U.S. jobs report for February, due on Friday morning.


# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 10:47 AM


Friday, March 02, 2007

Frank's bill seeks curbs on CEO pay

Frank's bill seeks curbs on CEO pay
By Associated Press
WASHINGTON -- The head of the House Financial Services Committee and 21 other Democrats yesterday proposed legislation to give shareholders at public companies a formal say in executives' compensation packages.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 9:51 AM


Thursday, March 01, 2007

Jobless claims rise 7,000 (Reuters)

Jobless claims rise 7,000 (Reuters)
Reuters - The number of U.S. workers filing for first-time jobless benefits rose 7,000 last week, pushing the four-week moving average of new claims to its highest level in more than a year, a government report showed on Thursday.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 9:37 AM


U.S. manufacturing expanded in February (AP)

U.S. manufacturing expanded in February (AP)
AP - The nation's manufacturing sector shook off the housing slowdown in February, expanding faster than expected and reversing the prior month's contraction, a trade group said Thursday.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 9:36 AM


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