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Clocks Are Hampering Your Creativity and, More Importantly, Your Happiness

Clocks, with their never ending ticktock reminding us of the passage of time, may be a terrible instrument to organize our work lives around.

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I’ll Trade My Facebook Profile in Exchange for Job Security

Researchers are predicting that increasing numbers of people will be willing to give their employers access to their social media profiles in order to keep their jobs, according to a study reported in The Guardian.

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The Disconnect Between Workers’ Pay and Social Worth

Does anyone seriously believe hedge-fund mogul Steven A. Cohen is worth the $2.3 billion he raked in last year, despite being slapped with a $1.8 billion fine after his firm pleaded guilty to insider trading?

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Who Cares About the Value of Work?

Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., favors a minimum wage increase to $10.10 an hour, but she also has other ideas that would help Americans at the bottom of the income structure to earn more.

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The Great U Turn

Do you recall a time in America when the income of a single school teacher or baker or salesman or mechanic was enough to buy a home, have two cars, and raise a family?

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Dems Offer Family-Friendly Take on Obamacare-Work Link

So, we’ve heard the GOP’s spin on the possible dip in work hours that could result, according to a recent report from the Congressional Budget Office, from the Affordable Care Act and the options it offers Americans in the health insurance marketplace.

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Facebook Is Work, and You Should Get Paid for It

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The Internet as we know it could soon disappear, we remember the radical Martin Luther King, the mega rich and Citizens United 2, and why Facebook’s 1.3 billion users should think of socializing as work.

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Facebook Is Work, and You Should Get Paid for It

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The Internet as we know it could soon disappear, we remember the radical Martin Luther King, the mega rich and Citizens United 2, and why Facebook’s 1.3 billion users should think of socializing as work.

Posted on Jan 17, 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


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The Economics of Wage Slavery

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Raising the minimum wage, how Oprah Winfrey enabled a self-help disaster, the media vexxing of Hillary Clinton, and we look for the worst judge in America.

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The Economics of Wage Slavery

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Raising the minimum wage, how Oprah Winfrey enabled a self-help disaster, the media vexxing of Hillary Clinton, and we look for the worst judge in America.

Posted on Dec 5, 2013 READ MORE



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Why Pundits, Journalists and Bloggers Don’t Get Hard Times

We’ve read over and over that the great recession is behind us, although evidence of human suffering abounds. This is not a new phenomenon, and it was ably described a lifetime ago by Eugene V. Debs.

Posted on Nov 27, 2013 READ MORE



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Wal-Mart Asks Employees to Feed One Another

Known for its poor treatment of workers and low wages, the retail giant is under fire in Canton, Ohio, where its store apparently set up a food drive for needy employees.

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Workplace Discrimination

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Americans Need More Downtime—Seriously

Napping, meditating, anything that gives your mind a bit of respite from the ever-quickening rat race of modern day life are essential to allow your brain to recover. And here’s the kicker (which we all pretty much already know but haven’t quite put into practice): Downtime increases productivity.

Posted on Oct 17, 2013 READ MORE



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You Don’t Want to Work There

“With another jobless recovery at hand,” warns health reporter Martha Rosenberg, “it is tempting to accept any position offered to you. But there are 12 kinds of companies you don’t want to work for. Here are the warning signs.”

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A Lesson for Future Presidents and Children

The No. 1 problem we face is inequality, and the beginning of a new school year is the appropriate moment to ask what role education plays. Are schools part of the solution or are they part of the problem?

Posted on Sep 19, 2013 READ MORE


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Long-Term Joblessness Taking Toll on Men

A recent report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics found that more than one in four American males taking part in a longitudinal study had endured at least one period of extended unemployment during their working lives.

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Permanent Unemployment for Everyone, Brought to You by Vulture Capitalism

Bosses everywhere are trying to get rid of my job—and yours, I suspect.

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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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The Problem With Americans: Too Much Sleep

The importance of a good night’s sleep cannot be understated. Research suggests that getting eight hours every night can make you happier, richer, smarter and hornier. But for many Americans, the problem with their sleep pattern is not that they’re getting too little, but that they are getting too much.

Posted on Sep 24, 2012 READ MORE



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216,000 Jobs Added in March

The U.S. unemployment rate ticked down a tenth of a point in March to 8.8 percent—the lowest in two years—as 216,000 new jobs were created during the month.

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U.S. Unemployment Slips Below 9%

The U.S. unemployment rate fell to 8.9 percent in February, the third straight monthly decline and putting it below 9 percent for the first time since April 2009.

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The Job Market Takes a Snow Day

Bad weather put a damper on hiring in January as the U.S. economy added just 36,000 jobs. Still, the unemployment rate dropped to 9 percent from December’s 9.4 percent, but that may be because many job-seekers simply gave up looking.

Posted on Feb 4, 2011 READ MORE


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Jobless Rate Drops as People Give Up Looking

Bad news on the U.S. job front: While the country’s unemployment rate took its biggest drop since April 1998, the decrease was due not so much to a recovering economy, but to the fact that 260,000 people have given up looking for work.

Posted on Jan 7, 2011 READ MORE


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Joblessness Ticks Higher in November

Like a recalcitrant and over-sugared child, U.S. unemployment figures just won’t settle down. The country’s jobless rate ticked up to 9.8 percent in November, a world away from economic recovery.

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Another Crappy Day at Work

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Germany Might Make Facebook Snooping Verboten for Employers

If you’ve recently entered the job market (and who hasn’t in the last couple of years), you’re probably familiar with the ritual of sterilizing your Facebook presence and hoping your prospective boss doesn’t find anything juicy. Apparently Germans are sick of potential employers snooping, and a proposed law would put limits on that.

Posted on Aug 25, 2010 READ MORE



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The Job Market Continues to Struggle

In news that reflects the weakening pulse of the economy, the Labor Department reported that initial claims for jobless benefits rose last week to a seasonally adjusted level of half a million, the highest since last November.

Posted on Aug 19, 2010 READ MORE



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For Job Hunters, a Cold July

The weather may have sizzled in July, but it wasn’t such a hot month for the U.S. economy. Private employers added 71,000 jobs during the month, about half what had been expected, keeping the unemployment rate at a nagging 9.5 percent.

Posted on Aug 6, 2010 READ MORE



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Labor Dept. Poised to Recognize Gay Parents as Parents

Sources tell AP that the Labor Department is about to extend the Family and Medical Leave Act to include same-sex baby-daddies and -mamas. Employers would be required to give up to 12 weeks of leave a year, as they already do for straight couples.

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Census Hiring Boosts Jobs in May

The U.S. economy tacked on 431,000 new jobs in May, the biggest monthly jump in a decade, but most of those were people hired for the 2010 census count, and those jobs will vanish after the summer.

Posted on Jun 4, 2010 READ MORE



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That Weekend Rest Isn’t Helping

Our culture tends to reward multitasking, sleep-deprived go-getters, but a new study confirms that catching up on sleep over the weekend just doesn’t work. After weeks of less than seven to nine hours a night, “banking” a long stretch on your days off isn’t going to repair your memory, immune system or ability to drive a car. (Continued)

Posted on Jan 13, 2010 READ MORE


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California Jobless Rate Tickles 12%

Talk of an economic rejuvenation in recent weeks got a sobering smack in the face Friday as California’s jobless figures were released. The Golden State’s unemployment rolls reached 11.9 percent in July, a post-World War II high.

Posted on Aug 22, 2009 READ MORE



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Workaholics Risk Dementia, Study Finds

Those who have lost their jobs can take solace in the fact that although working may put food on the table, it can also break your brain. A study has found that busy bees who labor more than 55 hours a week develop problems with reasoning, memory and vocabulary, and the problems get worse the more they work.

Posted on Feb 25, 2009 READ MORE


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U.S. Unemployment Hits 7.6 Percent

With little surprise but incredible effect, the U.S. unemployment rate rose to 7.6 percent in January, hitting its highest level since 1992. President Obama used the report to prod Congress to pass his economic stimulus package.

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Struggling Economy Deters Working Women

The percentage of women in their prime earning years who work has gone down, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The numbers cut across demographics, and have more to do with a sluggish economy and a lack of opportunity than a rekindled interest in child rearing. As one congressional economist told The New York Times, “A woman gets laid off and she stays home for six months with her kids. ... She doesn’t admit that she is staying home because she could not get another acceptable job.”

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