Labor & Economic News Blog
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Honor Working People by Making Work Safer
Monday, April 27, 2015
Corinthian closing its last schools; 10,000 California students displaced
Like many other large for-profit schools, Corinthian nearly doubled revenue to $1.75 billion from 2007 to 2011, as the Great Recession prompted millions of unemployed workers to seek opportunity in higher education and career training. But the company lacked the cash flow to survive after the U.S. Education Department barred its access to student loans last summer.
Friday, April 24, 2015
The Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal is an abominationPresident Obama had the chance to protect American workers — and failed to do it.
Cheaper Robots, Fewer Workers in China
Some Companies Fight Pay Gap By Eliminating Salary Negotiations
2 Years After Garment Factory Collapse, Are Workers Any Safer?
LA's Inland Empire sees surge in warehouse jobs, but many are low-pay, temporary
A 2013 UC Riverside survey of warehouse workers found that about 60% of those employed at Southern California facilities worked for temp agencies, often with no health benefits and no guarantees of hours. The arrangement offers companies the flexibility to staff up or shed labor as demand fluctuates.
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Unions seek larger role — and members — in marijuana industry
China’s Economy Puts New Pressure on Its Lopsided Job Market
With its uneven pockets of supply and demand and decline in agriculture jobs, China’s huge manufacturing sector is showing new signs of stress.
Unpaid Russian Workers Unite in Protest Against Putin
Why American Workers Without Much Education Are Being Hammered
Big Mac Test Shows Job Market Is Not Working to Distribute Wealth
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
LA restaurants push for tips to count toward minimum wage
How I Live on a Burger King Salary
Wednesday, April 01, 2015
Three studies of L.A. minimum wage boosts reach different conclusions
Would boosting L.A.'s minimum wage to $13.25 or $15.25 an hour pump up the city's economy — or deflate it?
Economists hired by business and labor groups and the city released competing studies Thursday on what would happen if Los Angeles boosted pay for hundreds of thousands of workers. The new analyses mark the latest step in a pitched debate over how or whether the city should increase the minimum wage as part of a national push to reduce poverty and economic inequality.
L.A. County supervisors vote 5-0 to study raising the minimum wage
The supervisors agreed to weigh the impact of not only requiring a higher baseline pay for their roughly 100,000 employees — the largest local government workforce in the United States — but also for county contractors and businesses in those unincorporated areas.
McDonald's is giving 90,000 workers raises and vacation time
The raise, which goes into effect July 1, applies to part-time and full-time employees who work at McDonald’s restaurants owned by the company but not its franchises, which make up nearly 90% of its U.S. stores. The change will affect about 90,000 of the restaurant’s estimated 750,000-person workforce.