Labor & Economic News Blog
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Farmworkers sue state for failing to enforce heat protection laws
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Toronto gets tentative deal to end garbage strike
South Africa gold miners agree pay deal, avert strike
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Toyota to end Fremont's NUMMI with GM
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.
Monday, July 06, 2009
Anniversary of a dark dayAnniversary 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...
Friday, July 03, 2009
Teenagers face fierce competition for jobsTeenagers 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.