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  • Morocco's unions unite to protest gov't austerity

    CASABLANCA, Morocco (AP) — Thousands of workers, teachers and civil servants are marching through downtown Casablanca to protest austerity plans put in place by the Moroccan government to control runaway spending. An estimated 8,000 people heeded the call from this North African country's...

  • Updated: Labor secretary inaccurately cites his department's data in hearing

    Labor Secretary Thomas Perez incorrectly cited data from his own department in a congressional hearing Wednesday to justify heightened safety inspections of auto parts manufacturers in the South, particularly Alabama. The actual data indicates that the state's manufactures maintain a lower...

  • Md. Senate advances minimum wage increase

    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Maryland Senate advanced a measure to raise the state's minimum wage on Friday, paving the way for a vote as soon as this weekend. The Senate rejected 17 proposed changes to the bill, as supporters tried to make it go further to help low-income workers and opponents...

  • Md. Senate advances minimum wage hike

    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A measure to raise Maryland's minimum wage has moved a step further. The Senate gave initial approval to the bill Friday, after rejecting amendments supporters said could have jeopardized the measure's passage in the House of Delegates. A Senate vote could come as soon...

  • Good news regarding long-term unemployment in March

    There was no evidence in the March employment data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics of a major bounceback for a jobs market slowed by harsh weather earlier this year, but there were some good signs in the Friday report for the group struggling the most, the long-term unemployed. The...

  • U.S. private employment at a record high in March with modest jobs report

    The number of private-sector payroll jobs in the U.S. hit a record high of 116,087,000, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday, marking an important milestone in the country's weak and drawn-out recovery from the financial crisis. An otherwise modest jobs report showed the U.S. economy...

  • Obama spotlights minimum wage in university town

    Will the minimum-wage issue drive Democrats to the polls next November?

  • Fruit of the Loom closing Jamestown plant

    FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — More than 600 workers will lose their jobs under Fruit of the Loom's plans to close its plant in Jamestown. The company said it was moving the plant's textile operations to Honduras to save money. The company plans to close the plant in phases from June 8 through Dec....

  • Nissan settles worker's labor practice charge

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Nissan Motor Co. says it has settled an unfair labor practice charge with a pro-union worker at its assembly plant in Canton, Miss. The charge focused on a dispute over when Willard "Chip" Wells, a United Auto Workers supporter, could hand out union literature at the...

  • U.S. stocks slip, but hold close to an all-time high

    NEW YORK — The stock market held close to its all-time high on Thursday amid optimism that the economy is set to strengthen. Stocks are on course for their best weekly gain in seven weeks after investors got more encouraging news on the economy. A survey showed that U.S. service firms...

  • Real women vote Democrat --- or do they?

    "The conservative minds of the Heritage Foundation have found a way for Republicans to shrink the gender gap: They need to persuade more women to get their MRS degrees." So wrote the Washington Post's Dana Milbank about a panel that featured Mollie Hemingway, Karin Agness and yours truly. It...

  • Stocks ease below record highs ahead of jobs news

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are closing lower for the first time in five days as traders look ahead to a key report on the U.S. job market. The Standard & Poor's 500 index fell two points, or 0.1 percent, to close at 1,888 Thursday. The index closed at an all-time high a day earlier. The Dow...

  • Jobless benefits bill set to pass Senate on Monday

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Legislation to restore jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed has cleared a final Senate hurdle before a vote on passage set for Monday. The vote was 61-35 Thursday to advance the bill, one more than the 60 needed. Most Republicans voted against advancing the bill,...

  • VIDEO: Republicans push law making it easier to fire Veterans Affairs officials

    Republican lawmakers from both chambers of Congress met Thursday morning with veterans activists groups to highlight new legislation aimed at giving Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki more authority to fire upper-level management officials who aren't properly completing their...

  • Applications for US jobless aid up 16,000 to 326,000

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits rose 16,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 326,000. Despite the increase, the number remains close to pre-recession levels and points to stable hiring. The Labor Department said Thursday that the four-week average...



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