Labor & Economic News Blog
Thursday, August 29, 2013
Fast food: Would a higher minimum wage mean pricier burgers?Fast food: Would a higher minimum wage mean pricier burgers?
Fast Food Worker Strike
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Civil and economic rights
Civil and economic rights
The 1963 march and the 2013 fast-food movement. The link between civil and economic rights.
Monday, August 26, 2013
Demand for a Decent Wage Remains Unmet
"We demand that there be an increase in the national minimum wage so that men may live in dignity." At the time of the march, the federal minimum wage was $1.15 and the demand called for an increase to $2.00. Had this increase been instituted, today it would be worth $13.39.
Friday, August 23, 2013
Annual Survey of Public Pensions: State- and Locally-Administered Defined Benefit DataAnnual Survey of Public Pensions: State- and Locally-Administered Defined Benefit Data Summary Report: 2011
This report provides statistics on revenues, expenditures, financial assets and membership information for public employ
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
The Jockey: story of Russell Baze who rides out of Golden Gate Fields in Albany.
Tech wealth drives wedge between San Franciscans
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Here is a tip–tips aren’t always tips
Wednesday, August 07, 2013
4 Reasons Why Millions Of Americans Are Leaving The Workforce4 Reasons Why Millions Of Americans Are Leaving The Workforce
The share of adults who are working or looking for a job is lower than it's been in decades. Here's why.
Jobless Rate Falls For Blacks, But It's Not Good News YetJobless Rate Falls For Blacks, But It's Not Good News Yet
The labor market continues its recovery, and after a string of bad news, things would seem to be to turning around for African-American workers, too. They're finding more jobs, but at the lower end of the pay scale.
For Ethiopian Women, Construction Jobs Offer A Better LifeFor Ethiopian Women, Construction Jobs Offer A Better Life
Earlier this summer in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, I heard a complaint from many professionals that they could no longer find cheap house cleaners and nannies. The apparently endless supply of girls and young women from the countryside who would work for peanuts just for a chance to move to the capital was drying up. It turns out more and more of them are finding work on one of the city's many construction sites.
AC Transit Buses Running as Strike AvoidedAC Transit Buses Running as Strike Avoided
Drivers, dispatchers and other workers for a San Francisco Bay Area bus system reached a tentative agreement with their employer late Tuesday, avoiding a strike that threatened to affect hundreds of thousands of commuters.
Should Transit Unions Be Allowed to Strike?Should Transit Unions Be Allowed to Strike?
The head of the California state Senate's transportation committee, Mark DeSaulnier (D-Concord), said this week that he is considering introducing legislation that would permanently take away BART workers' right to strike. Public transit strikes are already illegal in many major cities, including New York, Washington, D.C. and San Francisco. But there is no state law banning such walkouts in California. Should the state legislature act to prohibit strikes in transit disputes? Or would such a law be unfair to workers?
Friday, August 02, 2013
BART Talks to Resume As Strike Deadline NearsBART Talks to Resume As Strike Deadline Nears
The 'Boomerang Generation': More Adults Living at Home with Mom and DadThe 'Boomerang Generation': More Adults Living at Home with Mom and Dad
Thursday, August 01, 2013
Teens Lose Out on Important Summer Jobs as Older Workers Fill Their SpotsTeens Lose Out on Important Summer Jobs as Older Workers Fill Their Spots
The geography of the job market has changed in the past decade. Jobs typically held by teens are now being filled by older workers. In Boston, some organizations are trying to mobilize America's unemployed youth and bring them into the professional labor market. Economics correspondent Paul Solman reports.
Unraveling Widespread Child Labor Abuses in IndiaUnraveling Widespread Child Labor Abuses in India
There are laws against child labor in India, yet millions of underage children are still trafficked or forced by poverty to toil away in factories. Special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro profiles an entrepreneur who developed a labeling system for rugs made without child labor and helps get underage workers back in school.
How to Guarantee a Job for Every AmericanHow to Guarantee a Job for Every American
Black male teen drop-outs experience a joblessness rate of 95 percent. But they're not the only ones struggling with insurmountable unemployment. What if there were a way to employ these people and simultaneously improve American infrastructure and slash the anti-poverty budget?
In Preparation for Obamacare, Businesses Look at Their Bottom LinesIn Preparation for Obamacare, Businesses Look at Their Bottom Lines
Obamacare leaves some California business owners with a tough decision: whether to offer their employees health insurance, or pay a federal penalty. That's led some employers to slow hiring or make plans to lay off staff. In a surprise announcement earlier this month, the Obama administration said it would delay the penalty for a year. But having extra time doesn't stop some business owners from worrying that health reform will affect their bottom line.