Labor & Economic News Blog
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Who would win and who would lose if the ports shut downWho would win and who would lose if the ports shut down
On any given day, up to a dozen ships handle more than $1 billion worth of goods in the mammoth ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, the nation's busiest seaport.
Port dispute: What you need to know
hipping companies say West Coast ports, including those in Los Angeles and Long Beach, could shut down if a new contract isn’t reached with dockworkers.
Work at West Coast ports to scale back for 4 days
est Coast ports — including the nation's busiest in Los Angeles and Long Beach — will partially shut down for four days as shipping companies plan to dramatically slash dock work amid an increasingly contentious labor dispute.
Port labor dispute has some local employers looking to cut costs
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
The Van Hollen Plan Takes on Soaring CEO Pay: A Debate We Need to HaveThe Van Hollen Plan Takes on Soaring CEO Pay: A Debate We Need to Have
Taxpayers are subsidizing ever-larger executive pay packages while their own wages stagnate. For the middle class to prosper, that needs to change.
How growing income inequality is hurting Social SecurityWith wages stagnant, there’s not as much being paid in payroll taxes as there could be.
Friday, February 06, 2015
Employment in California's oil towns suffers as prices plungeEmployment in California's oil towns suffers as prices plunge
Many Californians cheer the rapid fall of gasoline prices. But for those who rely on the oil industry for a paycheck, the last few months have been nerve-wracking. Oil companies have already cut nearly 22,000 jobs nationwide since the summer, when oil prices began plunging, according to outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc. And if past price dives are any indication, more layoffs are coming.
Private-sector job growth cooled to 213,000 in January, ADP says
rivate-sector hiring cooled last month, with employers adding a still-solid 213,000 net new jobs, payroll firm Automatic Data Processing Inc. said Wednesday.
California has big gaps in distribution of high-skill industries
alifornia has one of the nation's largest concentrations of "advanced industry" workers, but a new study points out that the state still faces big challenges in Stockton, Fresno, the Inland Empire and elsewhere.
‘Middle-Class Economics Works’‘Middle-Class Economics Works’
Job Licenses in Spotlight as Uber RisesJob Licenses in Spotlight as Uber Rises
The Economic Benefits of Paid Parental LeaveThe Economic Benefits of Paid Parental Leave
The Upshot: A Great Jobs Report Across the Board
Amid Gains in Jobs and Pay, Workers Rejoin U.S. Labor PoolAmid Gains in Jobs and Pay, Workers Rejoin U.S. Labor Pool
Wednesday, February 04, 2015
Minimum wage battles to continue in 2015Minimum wage battles to continue in 2015
The debate over the minimum wage comes as cities and states across the country enact laws to boost the earnings of the lowest-paid workers amid concerns about widening income inequality. Some 20 states and Washington, D.C., on Thursday raised their minimum wages to $8 to $10 an hour. The federal minimum wage is $7.25.
San Francisco passes first-in-nation limits on worker schedulesSan Francisco passes first-in-nation limits on worker schedules
San Francisco is now the country’s first jurisdiction to limit how chain stores can alter their employees’ schedules.
Other states and cities are considering similar statutory restraints. Work scheduling rules are therefore poised to follow localized minimum wage increases and paid leave mandates as the newest instance of state and local government stepping in to fill the void left by the decades-long decline of private-sector labor unions.