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Friday, December 05, 2008

Beyond 'You're Fired': How To Lay Off Workers

Beyond 'You're Fired': How To Lay Off Workers
NPR audio:
The labor market just keeps getting worse. AT&T, DuPont, NBC Universal and Credit Suisse announced layoffs this week — and they weren't alone. Throughout the business world, managers have been calling people in, and giving them the bad news. There can be a right way — and a wrong way — to let workers go.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 3:55 PM


Unemployment Funds Running Dry in California

Unemployment Funds Running Dry in California
NPR audio
When people are laid off, one of the first things they often do, is apply for unemployment insurance. But in California, funds for unemployment support are nearly gone. We examine what people can do to still get an unemployment check.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 3:55 PM


Job losses accelerate at alarming rate in November

Job losses accelerate at alarming rate in November
EPI
Payrolls contracted by over half a million last month and unemployment rose to 6.7%, according to today's report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The under-employment rate-the broadest measure of weakness in the job market-soared to 12.5%. For analysis of today's report, read EPI's Jobs Picture.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 3:49 PM


African Americans and the auto industry

African Americans and the auto industry
A meltdown in the automotive sector would be especially damaging for African Americans, in both the number and quality of jobs at stake. Click here for the numbers and quick analysis in this special Economic Snapshot.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 3:48 PM


Jobless numbers spell hard times for unemployed

Jobless numbers spell hard times for unemployed
Reuters - Rising U.S. jobless figures are making life harder for people who are already unemployed, heightening their insecurity and forcing them to compete for work in a dramatically shrinking market.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 2:56 PM


U.S. job losses worst since 1974 as downturn deepens

U.S. job losses worst since 1974 as downturn deepens
Reuters - U.S. employers axed 533,000 jobs from payrolls in November, the most in 34 years, as the year-old recession hammered the economy and hardened calls for dramatic government action to restore growth.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 2:56 PM


Thursday, December 04, 2008

UAW Watches Congress Closely

UAW Watches Congress Closely
NPR audio:
As the Big Three make their cases in Washington, United Auto Workers members in Lansing, Mich. are watching with trepidation. Retired GM worker Gary Watson discusses the proceedings on Capitol Hill and how UAW members are reacting.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 4:02 PM


Economy, Drug Wars Hurt Cross-Border Business

Economy, Drug Wars Hurt Cross-Border Business
El Paso, Texas, and Ciudad Juarez in Mexico are economically tightly intertwined. The economic downturn in the U.S. is hurting the hundreds of assembly plants just across the border as a raging drug war that's killed some 1,400 people in Juarez this year is squashing tourism.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 4:00 PM


UAW Workers Ponder Their Fate

UAW Workers Ponder Their Fate
NPR audio:
The United Auto Workers union has taken a beating in Congress, with some lawmakers suggesting it is largely to blame for most of the U.S. auto industry's troubles. The UAW now says it is willing to put everything on the table in order to help automakers get government aid.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 3:58 PM


Is Big Labor Killing the Big Three Automakers?

Is Big Labor Killing the Big Three Automakers?
How much of a cost advantage do overseas competitors have over U.S. automakers? Gary Burtless and Daniel J. Ikenson debate.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 3:42 PM


Jobless rolls at 26-year peak, factory orders drop

Jobless rolls at 26-year peak, factory orders drop
Reuters - The number of U.S. workers collecting jobless benefits hit a 26-year high last month, data showed on Thursday, and it may head higher as a deepening economic slump forces a broad spectrum of firms to cut jobs.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 3:33 PM


Factory orders drop more than expected in October

Factory orders drop more than expected in October
AP - Orders to U.S. factories plunged in October by the sharpest amount in over eight years as a deepening recession caused big cutbacks in demand for steel, autos, computers and heavy machinery. Analysts expect the weakness will continue for some time.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 3:32 PM


Layoffs spread, CEOs see more pain ahead

Layoffs spread, CEOs see more pain ahead
Reuters - Fear of a deepening recession is spreading throughout corner offices across corporate America, prompting chief executives in all sectors to slash thousands of jobs as they scramble to find ways for their companies to survive the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 3:31 PM


Facebook delays plan on employee stock sale: report

Facebook delays plan on employee stock sale: report
Reuters - Social networking company Facebook is delaying a previously announced plan to let employees sell part of their stocks, due to difficult global economy, the Wall Street Journal said.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 3:30 PM


Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Slain At Work, Benefits Denied

Slain At Work, Benefits Denied
Dollar Tree clerk Taneka Talley was stabbed to death because she was black, prosecutors say. That's also why the state workers' comp insurer is refusing to pay her son $250,000 insurance.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 4:48 PM


SAG faction urges caution in strike vote

SAG faction urges caution in strike vote
Some supporters say an e-mail from the Unite for Strength group is a signal to oppose strike authorization

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 4:21 PM


Timing tricky for SAG contract demand

Timing tricky for SAG contract demand
In expectation of a future online bonanza, the Screen Actors Guild stands firm on pay for Internet shows even as hard times prompt the studios that produce them cut back.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 4:21 PM


The Debt Trap

The Debt Trap: NY Times Interactive Feature
A series about the surge in consumer debt and the lenders who made it possible.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 4:16 PM


German Automakers Brace for a Slowdown

German Automakers Brace for a Slowdown
As carmakers take steps to reduce inventories, an auto official has even raised the sensitive issue of potential layoffs.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 4:07 PM


As Clients Cut Back, So Do Indian Outsourcers

As Clients Cut Back, So Do Indian Outsourcers
After years of being blamed for job losses in America and elsewhere, India’s high-tech companies and outsourcing firms are going through a downturn of their own.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 4:06 PM


Michigan Governor Reacts To Changing Economy

Michigan Governor Reacts To Changing Economy
NPR audio;
What do you do when your state's lifeblood — the auto industry — is in trouble? Gov. Jennifer Granholm discusses how the state is coping with this, along with high unemployment and rampant foreclosures.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 4:04 PM


Companies Say 'Bah, Humbug!' To Holiday Parties

Companies Say 'Bah, Humbug!' To Holiday Parties
Scores of U.S. businesses plan to forgo their annual bash as a response to the slumping economy. One business consultant says the decline in parties doesn't bode well for the futures of the companies cutting back.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 4:03 PM


United Auto Workers Open To Contract Changes

United Auto Workers Open To Contract Changes
NPR audio:
The head of the United Auto Workers has said the union is willing to change its contract and will delay billions of dollars in payments to a union-run health care trust. The concession is a bid to help Detroit's ailing Big Three automakers.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 4:03 PM


Private jobs, services slump show recession toll

Private jobs, services slump show recession toll
Private employers cut 250,000 jobs in November, an unexpectedly large number and the biggest in seven years, while the service sector, which powers most of the economy, posted its worst slump on record.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 3:56 PM


Job Placement Agencies and the Low-Skill Labor Market : Brief No. 3

Job Placement Agencies and the Low-Skill Labor Market : Brief No. 3
This brief uses data from the 2007 Survey of Employers in the Low-Skill Labor Market to describe the role job placement agencies play in helping employers fill noncollege jobs.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 3:54 PM


Low-Skill Jobs, Work Hours, and Paid Time Off : Brief No. 2

Low-Skill Jobs, Work Hours, and Paid Time Off : Brief No. 2
By paffairs@urban.org ( Gregory Acs, Pamela J. Loprest)
This brief uses data from the 2007 Survey of Employers in the Low-Skill Labor Market to examine the scheduling demands employers place on workers recently hired to fill noncollege jobs and to assess the availability of paid time off, sick leave and other benefits that help workers balance their work and family lives.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 3:53 PM


Mexican Americans' upward mobility declines after third generation

Mexican Americans' upward mobility declines after third generation
Immigrants coming to America expect that each generation will do better than the first. In this week's Snapshot, EPI's Algernon Austin illustrates that Mexican Americans experience that upward mobility, but only until the third generation, when upward mobility stalls and reverses in subsequent generations.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 3:50 PM


Over 3 million jobs would disappear if U.S automakers go bankrupt

Over 3 million jobs would disappear if U.S automakers go bankrupt
If bankruptcy shuttered one or more U.S. automakers, the effect would be the loss of up to 3.3 million jobs in the U.S. within the next year, according to a study released today by EPI. Michigan alone could lose over 400,000 jobs, and stands to be the hardest hit state both in the number of jobs lost and the share of total state employment (8.9 percent) lost. If the Big Three fall, they would take down more than auto worker jobs: when the wages from those auto sector jobs dry up, an additional 576,700 to 2.1 million "re-spending" jobs would be lost. The report, When Giants Fall, lists possible job losses in each state and the District of Columbia.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 3:49 PM


UAW to renegotiate labor terms, suspend jobs bank

UAW to renegotiate labor terms, suspend jobs bank
The United Auto Workers said Wednesday it is willing to change its contracts with U.S. automakers and accept delayed payments of billions of dollars to a union-run health care trust to do its part to help the struggling companies secure $34 billion in government loans.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 3:45 PM


Ireland battles deficit as jobless rate surges

Ireland battles deficit as jobless rate surges
AP - Ireland's unemployment rate surged to a decade-high of 7.8 percent in November, surprising economists and deepening the government's struggle to contain its budget deficit.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 3:39 PM


Tuesday, December 02, 2008

US soldiers re-enlisting because of poor economy

US soldiers re-enlisting because of poor economy
Sgt. Ryan Nyhus spent 14 months patrolling the deadly streets of Baghdad, where five members of his platoon were shot and one died. As bad as that was, he would rather go back there than take his chances in this brutal job market.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 3:54 PM


Rastafarian can sue over Jiffy Lube hair policy

Rastafarian can sue over Jiffy Lube hair policy
A Rastafarian man who refused to shave off his beard or cut his hair to comply with a Jiffy Lube employee grooming policy can take his religious discrimination case to trial, Massachusetts' highest court ruled Tuesday.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 3:48 PM


Jobless claims jump to almost 3 million in Spain

Jobless claims jump to almost 3 million in Spain
AP - The number of people filing jobless claims in Spain soared to almost 3 million following a 6 percent rise in unemployment registrations in November, further evidence of the country's economic troubles.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 3:40 PM


Monday, December 01, 2008

Van Jones Forecasts Green Job Revolution

Van Jones Forecasts Green Job Revolution
NPR audio:
White and blue collar jobs need to make room: Green jobs are showing promise. But are they practical? Where will these jobs be located, and who will get them? NPR's Tony Cox speaks with eco-activist Van Jones, author of The Green Collar Economy.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 5:10 PM


Desperate For Work, Looking Abroad

Desperate For Work, Looking Abroad
NPR audio
James Smith is an unemployed military veteran living in Southern California, who is struggling to find work after being laid off from a manufacturing plant. He shares his story with Farai Chideya.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 5:06 PM


What Happens To Retired Auto Workers Now?

What Happens To Retired Auto Workers Now?
NPR audio:
The grim situation in the auto industry has current and former workers concerned. Retired auto workers and those who took a recent buyout are wondering whether their pensions and health benefits are in jeopardy.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 5:06 PM


No sympathy for Detroit at a Kia plant in Georgia

No sympathy for Detroit at a Kia plant in Georgia
The residents of this town are learning to enjoy Korean barbecue, and are wary of bailing out American automakers. 'The foreign cars took the lead, and they deserve it,' says one. This attractive old mill town along the Chattahoochee River, with its brick downtown and streets of cozy, unpretentious homes, could be the backdrop for a patriotic American car commercial -- lacking only the plaintive croak of a Bob Seger or John Mellencamp.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 4:56 PM


Generation Y and the workplace

Generation Y and the workplace
'Plugged In: The Generation Y Guide to Thriving at Work' is geared toward those born between 1980 and the mid-1990s. But will they read the book? Sullen, self-centered and uncooperative? Or dynamic, fresh and creative? Your view of Generation Y -- those born between 1980 and the mid-1990s -- will depend on your own experience of dealing with its members, whether in the workplace or at home.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 4:55 PM


With economy tight, even lawyers get outsourced

With economy tight, even lawyers get outsourced
As the economic crisis deepens in the U.S., some lawyers are making out well -- in India.

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


Job-search sites expand features to meet demand

Job-search sites expand features to meet demand
Greater numbers of laid-off workers flocking to the Web in search of opportunities

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


For this family, good things sprang from GM

For this family, good things sprang from GM
I married into a General Motors family, and when I did, I took a special kind of vow: "What is good for General Motors is good for my family."

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


More call center work being done at home

More call center work being done at home
Companies that supply customer service agents to businesses around the world say they are saving money and attracting better employees by letting them work from their own houses. Using Internet telephone technology, the operators are able to answer questions and hear out complaints as if they were working in a sprawling call center in an office park.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 4:52 PM


Knowledge of Social Security falls short

Knowledge of Social Security falls short
Many aging Americans don't know enough about important benefits I t's one of the biggest, if not the biggest asset, for millions of Americans in or near retirement. Despite a global financial crisis, it has kept all its value.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 4:51 PM


EVENT: California's Future Workforce: Will There Be Enough College Graduates?

EVENT: California's Future Workforce: Will There Be Enough College Graduates?
Date: December 8, 2008
Time: 12:00-1:30 p.m.
Location: CSAC Conference Center
1020 11th Street, 2nd Floor
Sacramento, CA

ABOUT THE PROGRAM: The workforce skills gap is already a reality in California. While the demand for college-educated workers in the state will continue to rise, the supply of them will not keep up. At the same time, the supply of workers with a high school diploma or less is projected to exceed the need for them. This presentation examines California's current and future workforce gap and its likely effects on the state's economic growth and on workers themselves. This study was conducted with funding from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. This event is co-sponsored with the California Research Bureau. Lunch will be provided.
SPEAKER: Deborah Reed is an expert in poverty, income inequality, education, and labor markets in California.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 4:38 PM


From Prison to Work: Overcoming Barriers to Reentry

From Prison to Work: Overcoming Barriers to Reentry
On December 5, The Hamilton Project will host a policy discussion on the challenges of prisoner reentry featuring remarks by former U.S. Treasury Secretary Robert E. Rubin and a keynote address by U.S. Senator Jim Webb (D-Va.). The event will also feature a policy roundtable with a diverse group of experts on the need for a national prisoner reentry strategy.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 4:35 PM


Another extension to unemployment benefits needed

Another extension to unemployment benefits needed
This week's Snapshot shows how the trend in new claims for unemployment benefits since June makes it abundantly clear how important it is to extend unemployment benefits again.

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


What economics teaches about globalization

What economics teaches about globalization
The story of international trade for the American economy is not win-win, but rather good news, bad news. The good news is that some Americans will reap large rewards, and these rewards will actually be so large as to raise the average income of the entire American economy. The bad news is that many more Americans will lose ground. EPI's new book, Everybody Wins, Except for Most of Us, explains the simple economic theory easily found in almost any textbook that predicts how trade will have an upside and a downside. The book makes amply clear that it is time for the United States to begin its first serious political discussion about how to cut the majority in on the gains from international trade.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 4:33 PM


The offshoring of innovation

The offshoring of innovation
EPI
The U.S. innovation system appears to be undergoing a significant transformation, and the U.S. policy discussion needs to catch up. Most signs point to a rapid increase in the offshoring of research and development and innovation, yet we have poor information on the nature of the work that is moving overseas. EPI's latest Briefing Paper, The Offshoring of Innovation, tries to untangle some of the recent trends in an attempt to help clarify the questions that need to be asked by policy makers going forward.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 4:33 PM


A Generation of Local TV Anchors Is Signing Off

A Generation of Local TV Anchors Is Signing Off
Cost-cutting at many local stations includes the big salaries commanded by news anchors.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 4:31 PM


Autoworkers Worry More Givebacks Are in Store

Autoworkers Worry More Givebacks Are in Store
If Detroit is to win a bailout this week, the United Automobile Workers may have to agree to big cost cuts.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 4:30 PM


China manufacturing slows as downturn deepens

China manufacturing slows as downturn deepens
AP - China's manufacturing activity contracted sharply in November as a downturn in the world's fourth-largest economy worsened, raising the threat of politically volatile job losses, according to data reported Monday.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 4:09 PM


Shipping Ports Feel Economic Downturn Firsthand

Shipping Ports Feel Economic Downturn Firsthand
NPR audio:
The twin Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are the busiest in the nation. But as the economy has declined, so have imports. The repercussions are being felt throughout Southern California, and the people who work the docks and warehouses are being affected.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 4:06 PM


Manufacturing index drops to 26-year low

Manufacturing index drops to 26-year low
AP - A measure of U.S. manufacturing activity fell to a 26-year low in November as new orders dropped for the twelfth consecutive month, a trade group said Monday.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 4:04 PM


Entry-Level and Next-Step Jobs in the Low-Skill Job Market : Brief No. 1

Entry-Level and Next-Step Jobs in the Low-Skill Job Market : Brief No. 1
This brief uses data from the 2007 Survey of Employers in the Low-Skill Labor Market to explore differences between noncollege jobs that have few if any requirements and those for which either a high school degree, prior experience, or previous skills training is extremely important.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 3:53 PM


Stable Job Hoppers | California Job Journal

Stable Job Hoppers California Job Journal
... even those at the top, are at much greater risk of economic reversals than they used to be," wrote Jacob Hacker, professor of political science at Yale. ...

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 3:51 PM


The Policies That Ruined the Auto Industry

The Policies That Ruined the Auto Industry
A lot of people are angry at the Detroit Three automakers, including many members of Congress. And why not? GM, Ford and Chrysler seem still too bloated and old-fashioned, their workers too pampered. For too long the carmakers have failed to design and bring to market the smaller and more fuel efficient vehicles we now want to buy. Yet it is important to put the blame where it really belongs, not on management or labor, but on Congress.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 3:51 PM


South Africa: ANC Warns of Need to Revise Job Targets

South Africa: ANC Warns of Need to Revise Job Targets
The global financial crisis will result in the African National Congress (ANC) tempering its election promises. Party leaders are warning that job-creation targets will probably have to be revised.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 10:02 AM


Zimbabwe: Thousands Jobless As Mining Collapses

Zimbabwe: Thousands Jobless As Mining Collapses
Chikomo Mills and Venus East Shaft that comprise Arcturus Mine have always been the lifeblood of Zimbabwe's once thriving gold sector.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 10:01 AM


Nigeria: Unions Threaten to Shut Down Oil Industry

Nigeria: Unions Threaten to Shut Down Oil Industry
Leaders of the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) and their Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN), have threatened to shut the nation's oil industry within the next one week over a number of industrial disputes especially a lingering face off between the management of Chevron Nigeria Limited on right of workers to freedom of association.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 9:57 AM


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