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Tag: Employment

U.S. Economy Adds Too Few Jobs in September

Employers added a mere 142,000 jobs in September, the Labor Department announced Friday, suggesting that the U.S. economy is losing momentum after a second month of lackluster growth.

Posted on Oct 2, 2015 READ MORE

Fitbits for Bosses: The Future of Workplace Surveillance

If the thought of hidden cameras in the office and employee activity-monitoring software weren’t dystopian enough, digital Big Brother is now expanding into the world of workplace biosurveillance.

Posted on Sep 18, 2015 READ MORE

The New York Times Wants You to Get a Raise

Raising interest rates before employment and wages have recovered would harm working people and the U.S. economy, The New York Times’ Editorial Board writes on Labor Day.

Posted on Sep 7, 2015 READ MORE

Are You One of a Growing Number of Workers Misclassified as an Independent Contractor?

Without workers’ compensation, health insurance and unemployment insurance, independent contractors are more vulnerable than workers classified as employees. But in some instances, benefits that have been denied can be recovered.

Posted on Aug 21, 2015 READ MORE

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Here’s Why Giving People Jobs and Training Could Actually Help Cut Down on Crime

A new study suggests that when people who have been involved in crimes such as theft are given the opportunity and training to do “legitimate work,” they are less likely to continue criminal activities.

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Trans-Pacific Partnership

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VIDEO: Making Work Family-Friendly Is Step Two in Making the Economy Work for the Many

People shouldn’t have to choose between providing for their families and being good parents. Yet “family-friendly” work is still a pipe dream.

Posted on May 12, 2015 READ MORE

Why Your Call ‘Is Very Important’ to a Customer Service Worker

An anonymous call center worker at an American telecommunications company describes exactly how any one of the 50 to 60 calls she takes in a given shift can “make or break” her paycheck and budget.

Posted on May 4, 2015 READ MORE

150 People Will Die at Work in the U.S. Today

About 150 U.S. workers are killed on the job every day, according to a report by the AFL-CIO, the largest federation of labor unions in the United States.

Posted on May 1, 2015 READ MORE

Welfare Queen

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Uber’s Plan to Win Over Women Backfires

The United Nations has withdrawn from a partnership with controversial ridesharing app Uber over fears for women’s safety.

Posted on Mar 26, 2015 READ MORE

‘Left, Right & Center’: The Politics of Vaccines, Unrest in the Ukraine

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the loss of public trust in government reflected in the widespread response to the measles outbreak, the 2 million jobs added over the last three months and, as the leaders of Germany and France prepare to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the prospects for progress on Ukraine.

Posted on Feb 7, 2015 READ MORE

The Right’s Idea of ‘Governance’

This will be no ordinary Congress, so there are no ordinary ways for judging how effective it will be at governing.

Posted on Jan 7, 2015 READ MORE

Truthdigger of the Week: Peggy Young

The mother’s lawsuit against shipping company UPS may close loopholes that have allowed companies to disregard the employment rights of pregnant women.

Posted on Nov 30, 2014 READ MORE

UberMILITARY: Helping America’s Vets Get Moving, or Driving Them to Low-Wage Work?

Uber is on a mission to hire 50,000 veterans from the U.S. military over the next 18 months through its new UberMILITARY program.

Posted on Nov 4, 2014 READ MORE

Minimum Wage

Posted on Feb 25, 2014 READ MORE

CBO: Obamacare Will Thin Full-Time Workforce by 2 Million

The Congressional Budget Office offered more fodder Tuesday for opponents of Obamacare to hate on the Affordable Care Act—should they choose to spin the facts and figures.

Posted on Feb 4, 2014 READ MORE

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Work Until You’re Dead?

A sizable chunk of the adult population is going to punch a clock until they keel over in the office parking lot and get hauled off in the company dumpster. And those are the lucky ones, the so called baby boomers. By the time we get to the millennials it’ll be even worse because the economy will have been ravaged by 25 or 30 years of austerity leaving the proles to scrape by on hardtack and gruel.

Posted on Jan 2, 2014 READ MORE

AP/Elaine Thompson

13 States to Give Minimum Wage a Boost in the New Year

The new year will usher in a welcome change for workers in 13 states in which the minimum wage will rise above the federally required bottom line of $7.25 an hour.

Posted on Dec 29, 2013 READ MORE

Should Employers Be Allowed to Discriminate Based on Criminal Records?

If we want individuals to form part of society after they’ve been released from prison, the question on job applications about convictions should be prohibited, some people believe. In certain places, the process of “banning the box” has already begun.

Posted on Dec 29, 2013 READ MORE

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Let’s Face It, Believing Rich People Create Sustainable Jobs Is Delusional

Henry Blodget, CEO of news website Business Insider, clears up the widespread myth that entrepreneurs such as himself are responsible for creating jobs for the rest of America. The often-told lie is simply a way to justify the immense inequality symptomatic of our dire economic climate.

Posted on Nov 30, 2013 READ MORE

Working Conditions

Posted on Nov 15, 2013 READ MORE

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Striking California Wal-Mart Workers Aim to Embarrass Company

After 50-odd years without coordinated strikes in U.S. Wal-Marts, the chain has seen a series of employee protests organized by the nonunion workers’ group OUR Wal-Mart. Wednesday the wave of demonstrations reached Southern California in a surprise strike riding on the coattails of a successful walk-off in Hialeah, Fla.

Posted on Nov 6, 2013 READ MORE

Rep. Conyers Pushes for ‘Full Employment’ Bill

An 11th-hour deal to end the 16-day partial government shutdown and pull the nation back from the brink of a historic debt default occurred Wednesday night. Rep. John Conyers says the focus on spending and debt is wrong; Congress should pass a full employment bill.

Posted on Oct 17, 2013 READ MORE

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Cross That Bridge When You Come to It—Maybe

Some 8,000 bridges around the country are “structurally deficient,” and a battered federal budget, sequestration and Washington gridlock make it unlikely they’ll be repaired soon.

Posted on Sep 4, 2013 READ MORE

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Abracadabra: You’re a Part-Timer

The truly mysterious aspect of this “recovery” is that 21% of the jobs lost during the Great Recession were low wage, meaning they paid $13.83 an hour or less, but 58% of the jobs regained fall into that category. The lost jobs with better wages, benefits and long-term security have completely vanished.

Posted on Aug 22, 2013 READ MORE

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Collateral Damage: QE3 and the Shadow Banking System

Rather than expanding the money supply, quantitative easing has actually caused it to shrink by sucking up the collateral needed by the shadow banking system to create credit. This “failure” has prompted the Bank for International Settlements to urge the Fed to shirk its mandate to pursue full employment, though the sort of QE that could fulfill that mandate has not yet been tried.

Posted on Jul 26, 2013 READ MORE

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Obama: Sweat the Small Stuff for Big Justice

If President Obama sweats the small stuff, he will empower the American people to take greater charge of their government and their future over the destructive and cowardly corporatism that now dominates Washington, D.C.

Posted on Jun 13, 2013 READ MORE

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What We Need Now: A National Economic Strategy for Better Jobs

Economic determinists—fatalists, really—assume that globalization and technological change must now condemn a large portion of the American workforce to under-unemployment and stagnant wages, while rewarding those with the best eductions and connections with ever higher wages and wealth.

Posted on Jun 11, 2013 READ MORE

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‘Another Phony Jobs Report From a Government That Lies About Everything’

The 179,000 jobs created in May and boasted about by the Obama administration are no more than “the usual lowly paid non-exportable domestic service jobs—the jobs of a third world country,” former Assistant Treasury Secretary Paul Craig Roberts writes.

Posted on Jun 8, 2013 READ MORE

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The Real Cost of Austerity

A new study paints a sobering picture of the negative consequences austerity is having on the U.S. economy (and shows once more that New York Times columnist Paul Krugman, a consistent voice against austerity, is right).

Posted on May 7, 2013 READ MORE

Minimum Wage

Posted on Apr 22, 2013 READ MORE

Pulling the Rug

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Why There’s a Bull Market for Stocks and Bear Market for Workers

On Tuesday the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose above 14,270. The stock market is basically back to where it was in 2000, while corporate earnings have doubled since then. Yet the real median wage is now 8 percent below what it was then and unemployment remains sky-high. Why is the stock market doing so well, while most Americans are doing so poorly? Here are four reasons. 

Posted on Mar 6, 2013 READ MORE

Minimum Wage

Posted on Mar 6, 2013 READ MORE

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The American Way of Work

I have been working at home for most of my life. Naturally, I’m interested in the controversy generated by Marissa Mayer, the new boss at Yahoo, when she ordered all that company’s employees to report to a regular company office.

Posted on Feb 28, 2013 READ MORE

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Why Many in Washington Don’t Have Half a Brain

With consumers and government both spending less, businesses won’t hire more workers; they’ll fire more workers. That’s likely to happen in coming months. Anyone with half a brain should be able to understand all this. But apparently many in Washington don’t have half a brain.

Posted on Feb 24, 2013 READ MORE

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Your Guide to the Sequestration Horrors

On March 1, the $85 billion collection of budget cuts known as the sequester could wipe out federal programs at such varied places as national parks, the Pentagon and the FBI. Hidden among those cuts are reductions in services that are crucial to Americans’ everyday lives—education, health care and jobs. The Guardian tells us what to expect.

Posted on Feb 22, 2013 READ MORE

Retirement Age

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The Minimum Wage, Guns, Health Care and the Meaning of a Decent Society

Raising the minimum wage from $7.25 to $9 should be a no-brainer. Republicans say it will cause employers to shed jobs, but that’s baloney.

Posted on Feb 17, 2013 READ MORE


The Biggest Republican Lie

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says that chamber’s Republicans will unanimously support a balanced-budget amendment, to be unveiled Wednesday as the core of the GOP’s fiscal agenda.There’s no chance of passage so why are Republicans pushing it now?

Posted on Feb 13, 2013 READ MORE

AP / Saul Loeb

Coming Tuesday (Hopefully): The State of the Union’s Economy

The President should make it clear that any Republican effort to hold the nation hostage to the GOP’s ideological fixation on the budget deficit and a smaller government will slow the economy, likely pushing us into another recession. And that those most imperiled are the middle class and the poor.

Posted on Feb 11, 2013 READ MORE

The Economic Challenge Ahead: More Jobs and Growth, Not Deficit Reduction

Can we just keep things in perspective? On Tuesday, the president asked Republicans to join him in finding more spending cuts and revenues before the next fiscal cliff whacks the economy at the end of the month. Yet that same day, the Congressional Budget Office projected that the federal budget deficit will drop to 5.3 percent of the nation’s total output by the end of this year.

Posted on Feb 7, 2013 READ MORE


Corporate Rule Has ‘Infected’ AFL-CIO Leadership, Labor Activist Contends

Under its current president, the organization has failed to address the mounting threat against labor in the United States from the loss of bargaining rights to the refusal to adjust minimum wage standards to the push against implementing the “card check” union organizing system, Harry Kelber says.

Posted on Feb 5, 2013 READ MORE


Breaking the Chains of Debt Peonage

The corporate state uses debt to keep workers—especially the working poor—frightened and disempowered. Only through a campaign for a minimum wage of at least $11 an hour can Americans begin to regain economic, social and political control.

Posted on Feb 3, 2013 READ MORE

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The Latest Jobs Report and Why the Recovery Has Stalled

We are in the most anemic recovery in modern history, yet our political leaders in Washington aren’t doing squat about it.

Posted on Feb 1, 2013 READ MORE

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Why Consumers Are Bummed Out

The Conference Board reported Tuesday that the preliminary January figure for consumer confidence in the U.S. fell to its lowest level in more than a year. So why are consumers so glum? Because they’re deeply worried about their jobs and their incomes—as they have every right to be.

Posted on Jan 30, 2013 READ MORE

Why Is Washington Obsessing About the Deficit and Not Jobs and Wages?

It was the centerpiece of the president’s re-election campaign. Every time Republicans complained about trillion-dollar deficits, he and other Democrats would talk jobs. That’s what Americans care about—jobs with good wages. So why, exactly, is Washington back to obsessing about budget deficits?

Posted on Dec 16, 2012 READ MORE

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