More Labor Articles

  • Applications for US unemployment aid jump to 329K

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits surged 24,000 to a seasonally adjusted 329,000 last week, though the gain likely reflected temporary layoffs in the week before Easter. The Labor Department said Thursday that the four-week average of applications, a...

  • Postal workers to protest in Richmond

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Postal workers are planning a protest at a Staples store in Richmond. It is part of an American Postal Workers Union protest spanning 27 states Thursday. The workers are opposing the opening of postal counters in Staples stores that are staffed with store employees. Last...

  • Port Authority OKs wage hike for airport workers

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has formally adopted a plan to raise wages for workers at its New York and New Jersey airports. The agency operates JFK, LaGuardia and Newark Liberty airports in addition to smaller airports in both states. In recent months it had...

  • First lady announces one-stop job site for vets

    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) — To help veterans leaving the military as it downsizes, the government on Wednesday started a one-stop job-shopping website for them to create resumes, connect with employers and become part of a database for companies to mine. First lady Michelle Obama announced the...

  • Labor Dept. cuts levels of allowable coal dust

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration said Wednesday it is cutting the amount of coal dust allowed in coal mines in an effort to help reduce black lung disease. "Today we advance a very basic principle: you shouldn't have to sacrifice your life for your livelihood," Labor Secretary...

  • Union protests postal counters in Staples stores

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Postal workers plan protests in 27 states Thursday against the opening of postal counters in Staples stores that are staffed with Staples employees. Last year, Staples office supply stores began providing postal services under a pilot program that now includes some 80...

  • Math mistakes lead government to pay contractors up to 3 times market rate under Davis-Bacon

    Construction workers at companies doing work for the federal government are paid as much as three times what their peers outside of government get for the same work, a Washington Examiner review of federal statistics found.

  • No solution in sight for China shoe factory strike

    BEIJING (AP) — Workers on strike at a Chinese factory owned by the world's largest maker of athletic shoes have rejected management's latest offer in an ongoing labor dispute that is crimping production for brands such as Nike and Adidas. The on-off work stoppage at Yue Yuen Industrial...

  • JetBlue pilots vote for first time to unionize

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Mediation Board said Tuesday that pilots at JetBlue Airways Corp. voted overwhelmingly to unionize, reversing two earlier votes. The pilots will join the Air Line Pilots Association. Of the 96 percent of pilots eligible to vote, the association said 71 percent...

  • Media Matters refused SEIU's effort to organize its staff

    Despite a long history of supporting unions and workplace organizing, liberal nonprofit group Media Matters for America refused labor organizers when they submitted a petition to represent MMFA's own workers. According to a filing with the National Labor Relations Board, the watchdog group had...

  • 500 Bolivian soldiers on strike over dead end jobs

    LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — About 500 Bolivian soldiers have gone on strike to demand they be given the option of rising to the rank of officer and to protest the dismissal of four of their leaders. Such a strike is unprecedented and Defense Minister Ruben Saavedra says it is illegal. The...

  • Job market for college grads better but still weak

    WASHINGTON (AP) — With college commencement ceremonies nearing, the government is offering a modest dose of good news for graduating seniors: The job market is brightening for new grads — a bit. But finding work — especially a dream job — remains tough for those just graduating. Many...

  • EXography: Federal agency FMCS gave grants to promote union membership

    The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service gave a grant of $101,000 in federal funds to Wisconsin construction unions who complained that union workers were at a disadvantage in hiring because managers had to pay them more than others.

  • First-time unemployment insurance claims rise

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending April 12 increased from the previous week's total. The Louisiana Workforce Commission said Monday that initial claims rose to 2,461 from the previous week's total of 2,101. There were 2,620...

  • UAW drops appeal of defeat in Volkswagen vote

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The United Auto Workers dropped its appeal of a worker vote against unionizing at a Volkswagen plant in Tennessee, a move that the union said should put pressure on Republican politicians to quickly approve incentives the German automaker is seeking to expand its lone...



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