More Labor Articles

  • Northern Illinois county considers hiring freeze

    ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — A northern Illinois county may put a freeze on all hiring to address a $2.5 million budget shortfall. The Rockford Register Star reports (http://bit.ly/1pm0Qke ) Winnebago County officials are considering the cost-saving measure as they draft a spending plan for the...

  • Family feud sparks revolt at grocery store chain

    WEST BRIDGEWATER, Mass. (AP) — It's been called a David vs. Goliath story, a "Tale of Two Arthurs" and even the "ultimate Greek tragedy," but the characters in this drama are not Biblical or literary figures. They're grocery store owners. A workers' revolt at the Market Basket supermarket...

  • Fast food workers prepare to escalate wage demands

    CHICAGO (AP) — Fast food workers say they're prepared to escalate their campaign for higher wages and union representation, starting with a national convention in suburban Chicago where more than 1,000 workers will discuss the future of the effort that has spread to dozens of cities in less...

  • Second judge rules against Indiana right-to-work law

    A second judge has ruled Indiana's right-to-work law unconstitutional, a major victory for labor unions who complained the law places an unfair burden on unions. In the latest ruling, Lake County Circuit Court Special Judge George Paras also ordered this latest decision to go into effect...

  • The evidence that the long-term unemployed are finding jobs, not just giving up the job hunt

    There's new evidence that the huge number of Americans counted as long-term unemployed has been dropping in recent months because those people have been finding jobs, not because they've given up looking.

  • No Michigan vote allowed on raising minimum wage

    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's election board on Thursday nixed a voter-initiated proposal to raise the minimum wage, ruling that organizers did not collect enough valid voter signatures to qualify. The 3-1 vote against certifying the minimum wage drive means lawmakers' approval in May of...

  • NLRB ruling further expands 'micro unions'

    In a case involving a Macy's department store cosmetics counter, the National Labor Relations Board on Tuesday further expanded its recent precedents allowing for so-called "micro-unions."

  • Across US job market, layoffs are becoming rare

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The risk of losing your job is getting smaller and smaller. As the U.S. economy has improved and employers have regained confidence, companies have been steadily shedding fewer workers. Which is why applications for unemployment benefits have dwindled to their lowest level...

  • Teachers union sues to prevent expansion of privately-funded voucher program

    In an impressive display of "we don't care how this looks," the Florida Education Association has sued the Sunshine State to prevent students from receiving more state-managed, privately-funded scholarships, including a new scholarship program for disabled students.

  • Big Labor wants 'schedules that work' --- just not for them

    Leading Democratic lawmakers and allied liberal groups are promoting the legislation this week to end abusive work scheduling practices.

  • Judge OKs settlement ends Ohio workers comp case

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation will pay out $420 million to state employers that were overcharged for insurance premiums under a settlement approved Thursday by a judge. Cuyahoga County Judge Richard McMonagle said the settlement he approved "is good for the...

  • Union workers at UBS Colorado approve contract

    GREELEY, Colo. (AP) — The United Food and Commercial Workers Union says employees at JBS USA's Greeley meatpacking plant have overwhelmingly approved a five-year contract that includes wage increases and changes in the company's health-care proposal. The Greeley Tribune reported Wednesday...

  • US unemployment aid applications drop to 284,000

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits fell last week to its lowest level in eight years. The Labor Department says weekly applications for unemployment aid dropped 19,000 to a seasonally adjusted 284,000. That's the lowest reading since February 2006,...

  • UN human development report faults inequality

    TOKYO (AP) — Improvements in life spans, education and incomes are slowing due to natural disasters, misguided government policies and worsening inequality in a world where the 85 richest people have as much wealth as the 3.5 billion poorest people, the United Nations said Thursday in its...

  • Unions, Chris Christie clashing again

    Gov. Chris Christie's summertime talks with residents in beach communities starting Tuesday come with a theme that has some of his biggest critics riled up anew.



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