More Labor Articles

  • 'True' unemployment rate falls to 8.3 percent

    Just how much of the decline in labor force participation is due to long-term, secular factors and how much is due to cyclical weakness is a matter of ongoing debate.

  • German Parliament OKs national minimum wage

    BERLIN (AP) — German lawmakers on Thursday approved the introduction of the country's first national minimum wage, a triumph for its main center-left party that a long-skeptical Chancellor Angela Merkel described as a "painful" political compromise. Most workers in Europe's biggest economy...

  • June's jobs report removes one big concern about the recovery

    Employment growth accelerated in June, suggesting that the fragile economic recovery continues despite the reported sharp contraction in the first quarter.

  • Applications for US unemployment benefits edge up

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans filing applications for unemployment benefits edged up slightly last week but remained at a level that indicated a healthy labor market. The Labor Department says weekly unemployment benefit applications rose by 2,000 to 315,000. The four-week...

  • Despite Supreme Court ruling, Illinois caregivers still obligated to meet with union

    A Supreme Court majority may have said Monday that Illinois cannot force state-subsidized home healthcare workers to support a union, but that doesn't mean that state officials will make it easy for those workers to be left alone.

  • 32 states trail US as a whole in job recovery

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Five years after the Great Recession officially ended, most states still haven't regained all the jobs they lost, even though the nation as a whole has. In May, the overall economy finally recovered all 9 million jobs that vanished in the worst downturn since the 1930s....

  • Stocks close at record highs as US hiring surges

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are closing at record levels following news that business hiring surged in June. Constellation Brands, the owner of Corona and Negra Modelo beer, rose 2 percent after the company said its income soared in the latest quarter. Delta Air Lines dropped 5 percent after the...

  • LIRR contract talks set to resume next week

    MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — Negotiations aimed at averting a strike by workers at the nation's largest commuter railroad are scheduled to resume next week at a session scheduled by the National Mediation Board, union and management officials said Wednesday. Unions representing 5,400 Long Island Rail...

  • Nev. SC overturns dismissal of cab drivers’ minimum wage arguments

    CARSON CITY, Nev. (Legal Newsline) – The Nevada Supreme Court has ruled in a 4-3 decision that a district court erred in holding that the Minimum Wage Amendment did not entirely replace the existing statutory minimum wage scheme, which exempts taxicab drivers from its minimum wage...

  • Greece faces power cuts as unions plan strikes

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities warned Wednesday of possible power cuts at the heart of the summer tourist season as electric utility workers head for protracted strikes against government plans to break off and sell part of the country's dominant power producer. Public Power...

  • Survey: US companies added 281,000 jobs in June

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A private survey shows U.S. business hiring surged in June, a sign of stronger economic growth. Payroll processer ADP said Wednesday that private employers added 281,000 jobs last month, up from 179,000 in the previous month. The figure suggests the government's jobs...

  • Dockworkers' contract expires, but trade continues

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The contract that keeps thousands of dockworkers on the job at ports from San Diego to Seattle expired Tuesday afternoon, but both sides pledged to continue negotiations without a disruption in the billions of dollars of trade that crosses the West Coast waterfront. The...

  • Media Matters staff votes to unionize

    After months of sometimes bitter wrangling between the staff and management, workers for the liberal media watchdog group Media Matters for America voted Monday to join the Service Employees International Union. "I am thrilled that the employees at Media Matters have chosen to join us at SEIU...

  • Johns Hopkins resumes talks with union over wages

    BALTIMORE (AP) — A union representing 2,000 workers at Johns Hopkins Hospital is in negotiations with the medical institution over workers' wages after Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley stepped in to stop a planned four-day strike. Talks between the union and the hospital resumed Tuesday...

  • Michigan could end prison food-service contract

    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder says it's unacceptable that about 30 inmates had symptoms consistent with food poisoning and his administration is approaching a decision on possibly ending a prison food-service contract. The Detroit Free Press and Jackson Citizen Patriot...



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