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Compiled by Janice Kimball and the staff of the IRLE Library

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Farmworkers sue state for failing to enforce heat protection laws

Farmworkers sue state for failing to enforce heat protection laws

The state has failed to protect farmworkers from heat illness and death, the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California charged in a lawsuit ...

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 9:22 AM


Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Toronto gets tentative deal to end garbage strike

Toronto gets tentative deal to end garbage strike

Canada's biggest city reached tentative deals on Monday to settle a strike by municipal workers that halted garbage pickup, closed daycare centers and left public pools dry for more than a month.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 10:41 AM


South Africa gold miners agree pay deal, avert strike

South Africa gold miners agree pay deal, avert strike

South Africa's biggest union agreed a wage deal with gold and coal producers on Tuesday, averting a strike in the crucial mining industry and easing political pressure on President Jacob Zuma.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 10:39 AM


Thursday, July 23, 2009

Toyota to end Fremont's NUMMI with GM

Toyota to end Fremont's NUMMI with GM

Toyota Motor Corp. has decided it will dissolve its stake in the NUMMI auto factory it operated here with General Motors Corp., leaving union officials at the plant dismayed and disappointed.



# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 1:55 PM


Are Health Care Costs a Burden for Older Americans?

Are Health Care Costs a Burden for Older Americans?
Although Medicare covers nearly all Americans age 65 and older, premiums, cost shares, and holes in the benefit package raise concerns about seniors' ability to pay for their health care. This brief, based on newly released data, shows that Medicare Part D, introduced in 2006 to cover prescription drugs, helped reduce out-of-pocket costs. The majority of older adults devoted less than one-eighth of their incomes to health care in 2006. However, nearly half of low-income seniors spent more than 20 percent of their 2006 incomes on health care. Medical costs for seniors should figure into the health-reform debate.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 9:20 AM


Monday, July 06, 2009

Anniversary of a dark day

Anniversary of a dark day
Sunday was the 75th anniversary of a day blood ran in the streets of San Francisco - a day of wild rioting on the waterfront that left two men dead...

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 10:04 AM


Friday, July 03, 2009

Teenagers face fierce competition for jobs

Teenagers face fierce competition for jobs
Amber Medina has been looking for a job for five months, ever since her father, a metal worker, was laid off and her mom began struggling to support the family of seven on her $15-an-hour job.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 10:15 AM


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