Labor & Economic News Blog
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Oakland nixes proposal to gradually increase minimum wage
Oakland nixes proposal to gradually increase minimum wage
The Oakland City Council voted late Tuesday to scrap a plan that called for a gradual increase in the city's minimum wage for nonprofits...
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
California cities among slowest to recover from recessionCalifornia cities among slowest to recover from recession
California cities are rebounding significantly slower than those in other parts of the country, particularly Texas. San Francisco is the state's best performer and it ranks 20th.
Monday, July 28, 2014
Here’s why Obama should get credit for reducing income inequalityHere’s why Obama should get credit for reducing income inequality
The rich have grown farther apart from the rest of us during the Obama years, but Obama’s tax policies and the Affordable Care Act are narrowing inequality to less than it would otherwise be. This is what is important.
Child Care and the Overwhelmed ParentChild Care and the Overwhelmed Parent
Why have states like Indiana managed to create accessible resources for busy and struggling parents while others are stuck in the dark ages?
Economics Across States: North Carolina’s Misunderstood Cut in Jobless BenefitsEconomics Across States: North Carolina’s Misunderstood Cut in Jobless Benefits
Conservatives claim that cutting benefits has lifted the economy. Liberals say the cuts have damaged the economy. The evidence disagrees with both.
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Judges rule against letting public see LAUSD teachers' performanceJudges rule against letting public see LAUSD teachers' performance
The public has no right to know the names of Los Angeles Unified School District teachers in connection with their job performance ratings, according to a court ruling issued Wednesday.
The long-term unemployed might finally be getting jobsThe long-term unemployed might finally be getting jobs
Here's the good news: in the past six months, unemployment has fallen much faster than expected, from 6.7 to 6.1 percent. And as you can see above, 88 percent of that has been due to declining long-term unemployment. But is it really good? Long-term unemployment might be falling for the bad reason that people are giving up, rather than for the good one that they're getting jobs.
The Number That Many French Businesses FearThe Number That Many French Businesses Fear
Taking on a 50th person unleashes nearly three dozen labor regulations that are a serious burden for companies.
Friday, July 18, 2014
The American economy America's lost oomphThe American economy America's lost oomph
Back in the mid-1990s, America's economic prospects suddenly brightened. Productivity soared. Immigrants and foreign capital flocked to take
Baby, it's you: Why boomers are an economic boon
There's also an economic benefit to increased life expectancy, with many boomers working longer
EEOC Announces Tougher Rules Protecting Pregnant WorkersEEOC Announces Tougher Rules Protecting Pregnant Workers
Discrimination against female workers who might get pregnant in the future, or have been pregnant in the past, is against the law, the EEOC...
Federal Loans Tough To Come By For Community College StudentsFederal Loans Tough To Come By For Community College
Nearly a million community college students don't have access to federal student loans, according to a new report.
How A Factory Man Fought To Save His Furniture CompanyHow A Factory Man Fought To Save His Furniture Company
Virginia furniture owner John Bassett III was determined to beat out foreign competitors. Author Beth Macy documents him, and the collapse of...
Latest Wrinkle In The Jobs Debate: Blame The BoomersLatest Wrinkle In The Jobs Debate: Blame The Boomers
Half the drop in the labor force can be explained by retirements, a White House economic report concludes. And the other half of missing
Thursday, July 17, 2014
More evidence that we’re doing a better job taking care of senior citizens than young adultsMore evidence that we’re doing a better job taking care of senior citizens than young adults
Young adults now more likely to be living in an inter-generational household than the elderly over 85.
High-Stakes L.I.R.R. Threat That Works Both WaysHigh-Stakes L.I.R.R. Threat That Works Both Ways
While the Long Island Rail Road’s unions may feel they have the upper hand in negotiations, they may not want the public denouncing them as selfish.
Microsoft Layoffs to Cut Up to 18,000 JobsMicrosoft Layoffs to Cut Up to 18,000 Jobs
The company said about 14 percent of its work force would be eliminated, largely in the mobile phone business it acquired from Nokia.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Worse than Michelle Rhee: Teachers and public schools have a shocking new enemyWorse than Michelle Rhee: Teachers and public schools have a shocking new enemy
The campaign against public school teachers and their unions has evolved from casting insults to inflicting real injury. The recent ruling by a California judge in the Vergara v. California case made it a legal precedent to equate teachers’ employment security to an affront to students’ rights to a quality education.
Monday, July 14, 2014
Orange County home to third-largest Asian American population in U.S.
Friday, July 11, 2014
For A Business Built 'On Bended Knee,' Hobby LobbyFor A Business Built 'On Bended Knee,' Hobby Lobby ... - NPR
To the politics of religion and the Supreme Court now, and last week's decision in the Hobby Lobby case. The court cleared the way for closely...
Hobby Lobby 101: explaining the Supreme Court's birth ...Hobby Lobby 101: explaining the Supreme Court's birth ...
The day after the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision, the court vacated a decision by an appeals court that had ruled against a Michigan
Teachers' checks shrink a bit as California tackles pension ...Teachers' checks shrink a bit as California tackles pension ...
The plan, which takes effect Tuesday, phases in higher contributions from employees, schools and the state over the next several years. If successful, the $74-billion shortfall in the teacher retirement system, the second largest public pension fund in the country, will be erased in three decades.
Why the State and Local Pension Problem Will Get WorseWhy the State and Local Pension Problem Will Get Worse
Meanwhile, California governor Jerry Brown has signed off on another plan to rescue the state's struggling teachers' pension fund by requiring ...
Thursday, July 10, 2014
Twenty-three Years and Still Waiting for Change: Why It's Time to Give Tipped Workers the Regular Minimum Wag
Sylvia A. Allegretto and David Cooper
Twenty-three Years and Still Waiting for Change: Why It's Time to Give Tipped Workers the Regular
Wednesday, July 09, 2014
India's sewer cleaners keep working despite ban on job
Thursday, July 03, 2014
More Americans stuck with part-timeMore Americans stuck with part-time
In the new landscape of the American labor market, jobs are easier to come by but hours remain in short supply.
New government data released Thursday showed the economy added 288,000 jobs in June — the fifth straight month gains have topped the critical benchmark of 200,000. The unemployment rate fell to 6.1 percent, down more than a percentage point over the past year.
June hiring spree drives down jobless rateJune hiring spree drives down jobless rate
This is the fifth straight month the U.S. has added more than 200,000 jobs, a sign that the recovery is accelerating after slowing during the harsh winter.
Tuesday, July 01, 2014
Insurer Warns Some Pooled Pensions Are Beyond RecoveryInsurer Warns Some Pooled Pensions Are Beyond Recovery
More than a million people with federally insured pensions risk losing them in a few years, a government study said on Monday.