By Joseph Lawler | 12/02/13 08:59 AM
A slew of economic data coming out this week will answer the question of how well the U.S. has survived the government shutdown and debt limit fights -- and, possibly, what the Federal Reserve will do in response. The number-one economic indicator, the jobs report, is due out Friday morning...
By Kerry Lester | 12/02/13 07:47 AM
Up against a determined effort to curtail state employees' retirement benefits, Illinois' unions are staging an all-out campaign to thwart approval of a breakthrough proposal to solve the state's $100 billion pension crisis, specifically targeting a small contingent of moderate Senate Democrats.
11/30/13 05:02 PM
(www.usatoday.com) Santa is likely to bring retailers a sales boost this Christmas, but the real question is whether the holiday season will prepare the economy to accelerate in the new year.
By Sean Higgins | 11/29/13 10:44 PM
National Labor Relations Board lawyers OKed a major union's practice of paying people to protest against Walmart in a legal memorandum earlier this month. The federal labor law enforcement agency said the practice of paying workers $50 apiece to join protests “did not constitute unlawful …...
By Editorial Writer | 11/29/13 10:44 PM
Expect today to see a barrage of news about Walmart workers protesting low pay at their stores nationwide. The Friday after Thanksgiving is a notoriously slow news day, and turmoil at Walmart just as the Christmas shopping season begins is enough to entice the local TV news crews. Be extremely...
By Sean Higgins | 11/29/13 03:04 PM
A press conference call by the activist group OUR Walmart turned awkward when the group was repeatedly unable to say how many Walmart employees had joined in the group's long-planned Black Friday protests. Walmart itself put the figure at just 20. "I don't have an actual count," said Our...
By Joseph Lawler | 11/29/13 10:53 AM
David Callahan at Demos' Policy Shop: There are few better ways to uncover fraud in an industry than to incentivize insiders to blow the whistle on wrongdoing.
By Joseph Lawler | 11/29/13 08:47 AM
Five years after the financial crisis, 4.1 million Americans have been out of work for longer than 27 weeks. Many of them face a looming deadline at the end of the year, when federal long-term unemployment benefits expire.
By Sean Higgins | 11/27/13 03:41 PM
While President Obama and Big Labor are generally very close, the chief executive can be quite dismissive of them at times too. The latest example is a pair of administration appointments that have some union leaders steaming. In an article Friday, Salon.com noted that one of the first...
11/27/13 08:51 AM
(www.washingtonpost.com) Fears about jobs and the economy are high, a poll shows, especially among lower-income Americans.
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