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  • Israeli leftists call on liberal US Jews to help fight the Right

    11/08/2015 2:13:46 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 16 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 8/11/15 | Ari Soffer
    Two prominent Israeli leftists have appealed to like-minded liberal Americans to join forces with them to help the Israeli Left regain power, after a series of sound defeats in democratic elections - the latter of which occurred despite extensive support from foreign liberal donors. Zionist Union/Labor MK Stav Shaffir and Haaretz columnist Ari Shavit were speaking at a plenary meeting of the Union for Reform Judaism last week, which they both used as a platform to attack the current Israeli government, and joined with Union of Reform Judaism President Eric Yoffie in calling on American Jews to be more vocal...
  • Recent Years' Federal Government Economic Data

    11/02/2015 5:04:29 PM PST · by WilliamofCarmichael · 2 replies
    Federal government agencies ^ | Nov. 2, 2015 | Free Republic
    This updates years 2007 - 2015 of an earlier post of Federal Government Economic Data covering several decades. Both include links to the government agencies' tables. Updates include additional foreign-born data and annualized data for 2015 using 3rd quarter data.
  • Weíre getting the right all wrong: The surprising origins of modern conservative movement

    10/25/2015 12:58:50 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 38 replies
    Salon ^ | October 24, 2015 | Elias Isquith's interview with Kathryn Olmsted
    They also linked Roosevelt with socialists and, further to the left, communists. Communists, of course, had very progressive ideas about gender roles and race equality. So the opponents of the New Deal said, ďLook, he is just a communist and communists are atheists, want women working outside the home and want to help Mexican-Americans in California organize and essentially challenge white supremacy.Ē They associated Rooseveltís liberalism with what they saw as radical changes in gender roles, racial hierarchies, and religious attitudes in California.With the notable exception of #tcot and National Reviewís Kevin Williamson, most informed and engaged observers of American...
  • Why Is Wealth/Income Inequality Soaring?

    10/23/2015 7:52:57 AM PDT · by george76 · 26 replies
    Of Two Minds ^ | October 23, 2015 | Charles Hugh Smith
    If conventional labor and finance capital have lost their scarcity value, then the era in which financialization reaped big profits is ending. Why is wealth/income inequality soaring? The easy answer is of course the infinite greed of Wall Street fat-cats and the politicos they buy/own. But greed can't be the only factor, for greed is hardly unknown in the bottom 90%. The only difference between the guy who took out a liar loan to buy a house he couldn't afford so he could flip it for a fat profit and the mortgage broker who instructed him on how to scam...
  • McDonald's franchisees say all-day breakfast is a disaster

    10/16/2015 6:18:39 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 54 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 10/15/15 | Regina Graham
    Since McDonald's launched an all-day breakfast menu last week, a number of their franchisees are not 'lovin' it' and say it has been a nightmare. Franchisees say that serving breakfast all-day has slowed down service, lowered average bills and sparked utter chaos in the restaurant giant's kitchens. Twenty-nine operators overseeing 226 different locations in the US were surveyed by Mark Kalinowski, an analyst for the Japanese finance company Nomura. He found that since the new menu items were added last Tuesday, many of the franchisees were struggling. 'In small stores, the problems are vast with people falling over each other...
  • Why Not Just Get Rid of Labor Law?

    10/10/2015 9:01:57 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies ^ | October 10, 2015 | John C. Goodman
    While politicians seem to never tire of proposing new ways to regulate the workplace, I want to propose a radically different idea: get government out of the workplace altogether. If that¬ís too radical for you, here is a compromise proposal: allow parallel systems under which workers in the same industry can choose to work as employees or work as independent contractors in an essentially unregulated labor market. Public awareness of the ¬ďgig economy¬Ē seems to have started with Uber, a company with 4,000 employees and 160,000 drivers who are not employees. A class action lawsuit in California seeks to have...
  • "They Just Don't Want A Job" - The Fed's Grotesque "Explanation" Why 94.6 Million Are Out Of

    10/02/2015 5:55:32 PM PDT · by Nachum · 47 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 10/2/15 | tyler durden
    In a note seeking to "explain" why the US labor participation rate just crashed to a nearly 40 year low earlier today as another half a million Americans decided to exit the labor force bringing the total to 94.6 million people...... this is what the Atlanta Fed has to say about the most dramatic aberration to the US labor force in history: "Generally speaking, people in the 25Ė54 age group are the most likely to participate in the labor market. These so-called prime-age individuals are less likely to be making retirement decisions than older individuals and less likely to be...
  • Can Sweden make the case for a 6-hour workday?

    10/02/2015 6:48:54 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    CS Monitor ^ | 10/02/2015 | Kelsey Warner
    Sweden, birthplace of ABBA, IKEA, and Volvo, may soon have another celebrated export: the 6-hour workday.The practice is not yet universal, but companies across multiple sectors report positive results from the shorter day.Brath, a tech startup, made the move three years ago for its 22 employees. Maria BrŚth, the CEO, says her firm has tracked productivity and found that her team exceeds output when compared to similar tech shops. One of the biggest advantages is that it helps them hire and keep employees, Ms. Brath writes in a blog post:Recommended: Think you know Europe? Take our geography quiz. We also...
  • Labor Force Participation Sinks To A 38-Year Low

    10/02/2015 6:23:08 AM PDT · by blam · 13 replies
    BI ^ | 10-2-2015 | Andy Kiersz
    Andy KierszOctober 2, 2015 The September jobs report was broadly disappointing, with very few points of optimism. Along with non-farm payrolls and wage growth missing expectations, the civilian labor force participation rate ó the percentage of the US population that is either working or looking for a job ó fell by 0.2 percentage points to 62.4%. This is the lowest reading since October 1977.(snip)
  • Labor unions awarded millions from federal agencies

    10/01/2015 10:06:26 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 1 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 1, 2015 | Kelly Riddell
    Under President Obama, federal agencies are doling out tens of millions of dollars to one of the Democratic Partyís most essential constituencies: big labor. The grants range from safety training to union membership recruitment to whipping up support for the presidentís signature program called Obamacare, a Washington Times review of federal contracting records shows. Last week, for example, the Department of Energy awarded a $900,000-plus grant for the development of a safety regimen for workers facing hazardous duties in energy and waste jobs. It didnít go to a safety firm or training school but rather to a labor union: Akron...
  • BREAKING: Teamsters Withhold Endorsement for Hillary => Want to Meet With Donald Trump (Video)

    09/29/2015 4:23:21 PM PDT · by familyop · 144 replies
    Gateway Pundit, Fox News ^ | Sep 29th, 2015 | Jim Hoft
    TEAMSTERS OFFICIALS WANT TO MEET WITH DONALD TRUMP! Teamsters officials met behind closed doors today. The union refused to endorse Hillary Clinton for president. The officials told FOX News they want to meet with Donald Trump. James Rosen reported: "Union executives told me they want to sit down with Republican candidates, most notably, front-runner Donald Trump who has collaborated with unionized work forces across his real estate career." Via Special Report: BREAKING: Teamsters Withhold Endorsement for Hillary Want to Meet With Donald Trump
  • Obamaís Job Killing Gift to Big Labor - ambushing the economyís job-creators

    09/21/2015 3:40:25 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 8 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | September 21, 2015 | Trey Kovacs
    The Obama administration rewarded its union allies last month with a decision that threatens millions of jobs and thousands of businesses, from staffing agencies to cleaning services and auto-repair shops to construction companies. In a case involving Browning-Ferris Industries (BFI), the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) decided to unilaterally redefine the concept of joint employmentówhen more than one business is responsible for an employee or group of employeesóand made it easier to unionize large corporations. This ruling could have a devastating effect on small businesses, job creation, and the U.S. economy.......... Before last week, two businesses were deemed joint employers...
  • Coup de (dis)gr‚ce (on the overthrow of Australia's conservative Prime Minister)

    09/17/2015 1:52:36 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 13 replies
    The Spectator (Australia) ^ | 19th September 2015
    The knifing of Tony Abbott will go down as one of the most destructive and arrogant acts of political bastardry this nation has yet seen. In many ways, it surpasses Laborís two similarly bloody coups, so forensically explored in Sarah Fergusonís superb Killing Season documentary, for the simple reason that Mr Turnbullís treachery was done despite the knowledge that the electorate genuinely deplore such brutality. If there was, indeed, one clear lesson to come from the Rudd/Gillard danse macabre, it is that the voters prefer to do the knifings in the sanctity of the ballot box, and have little time...
  • Scott Walkerís Labor Reforms Would Make Unions More Accountable to Their Members

    09/15/2015 12:26:54 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 40 replies
    National Review ^ | September 15, 2015 | James Sherk
    Governor Scott Walker made his name reforming Wisconsinís labor laws. Now he proposes to do the same at the federal level. In a speech yesterday, Walker detailed solid labor-policy reforms that conservatives should embrace. His reforms boil down to eliminating union power over the government and focusing private-sector labor law on employee choice. Walker sees creating government unions as a policy mistake that unnecessarily increases government spending. Neutering Wisconsinís government unions enabled him to eliminate a $3.6 billion budget deficit and cut taxes by $2 billion. Federal unions are not as powerful as state and local government unions ó they...
  • Scott Walker to propose abolishing unions for federal workers - ABOLISH NLRB

    09/13/2015 11:44:51 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 161 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | September 14, 2015 | Patrick Marley
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker plans to focus Monday on weakening labor by proposing to abolish unions for federal workers, create a national "right-to-work law" and eliminate the National Labor Relations Board.At a Las Vegas manufacturer, he also plans to call for requiring all unions to hold periodic votes so workers can decide whether they should continue to exist, according to his campaign. He will also cancel President Barack Obama's Labor Day order that federal contractors provide paid sick leave and work to end policies requiring some salaried workers to receive overtimeósaying in some cases they should get time off instead."It's...
  • Labour Elects Far-Left Leader in British Politics Shake-Up

    09/12/2015 7:48:14 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    New York Times ^ | 09/12/2015
    LONDON ó A veteran anti-war campaigner known for his unapologetically socialist views has won a landslide victory to lead Britain's opposition Labour Party ó an outcome that delighted supporters and dismayed others who never imagined he could be elected. The overwhelming support for far-left lawmaker Jeremy Corbyn, 66, was one of the biggest shake-ups in British politics in decades. His win Saturday marks a sharp left turn for his party ó and will significantly challenge the tone of mainstream British politics, which is now dominated by Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives. "It's certainly the most high-profile position an overt socialist...
  • U.K.'s left wing takes hard anti-U.S. turn

    09/12/2015 10:49:46 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | September 12, 2015 | Dan Hannan, British MEP
    For the first time in a lifetime of political analysis, I find myself lost for words. Nothing I write can do justice to the calamity that Britain's Labour Party has just inflicted on itself. The best I can do, to give you a sense of the man newly elected as Leader of Her Majesty's Opposition, is to summarize some of his opinions. Jeremy Corbyn is happy to talk to Irish Republican Army men, avowed anti-Semites and Hezbollah militants; but he refuses "out of principle" to talk to the Sun newspaper, a right-wing tabloid. He campaigns for the national rights of...
  • New/Old Thoughts on Welfare

    09/09/2015 4:56:30 PM PDT · by Twotone · 4 replies
    Oregon Catalyst ^ | Sept. 9, 2015 | Larry Huss
    Every now and then the Oregonian, perhaps unwittingly, produces an article that should set Americans thinking about changing the status quo. This past weekend was one of those instances. In the September 6, 2015 edition, Joseph Rose wrote an article recalling the halcyon years of the Works Progress Administration or Works Project Administration (WPA) as it became known as in later years:
  • Labor and the State: A Lesson in Counter-Productivity

    09/08/2015 4:04:32 PM PDT · by jfd1776 · 1 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | September 8, 2015 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    Like many speakers, as a starting point for anecdotes, or as an establishment of credentials, I sometimes start out my lectures by mentioning how long Iíve been with my current employer, how long Iíve had my license, or how long Iíve been in my industry. Last week, I caught myself as I mentally added up the latter, and realized that I have been in the workforce now for forty-four years. Yes, that IS a long time for a 52-year-old. But it is probably a story worth recounting, particularly when Labor Day rolls around, because as I think back on my...
  • Walker heads to Reagan alma mater

    09/08/2015 9:05:46 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 6 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | September 7, 2015 | Jason Stein
    ~~~Sparring with ObamaOn Monday, Obama criticized Walker for his actions without naming the governor."He is bragging about how he destroyed collective bargaining rights in his state," Obama said in a Labor Day speech in Boston. "And (he) says that busting unions prepares him to fight (the terrorist group) ISIL. I didn't make that up. That's what he said."..The governor hit back Monday, saying Act 10 had saved billions of dollars through lowering the compensation packages of public workers."What we did in Wisconsin was taking the power away from the big government union bosses and put it back in the hands...
  • Time to Rein in Public Sector Unions [Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker did this in 2011]

    09/07/2015 5:26:58 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 13 replies
    The American Interest ^ | September 7, 2015 | James Sherk,research fellow of labor economics, Center for Data Analysis, The Heritage Foundation
    Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker did this in 2011. He signed legislation eliminating the power of unions to bargain over government benefits and work rules, and strictly limited bargaining over wages. This enabled Walker to transform a $3.6 billion budget shortfall into a surplus and $2 billion in tax cuts. Savings came not just from cutting government pay, but also from operating more efficiently. Much has changed since the first observance of Labor Day more than a century ago. A union movement formed to defend blue-collar laborers now fights primarily to help white-collar workers expand government. The union movement has changed...
  • President Obama Slams GOP Congress In Labor Day Message (VIDEO)

    09/06/2015 12:21:41 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 22 replies
    Addicting Information ^ | September 5, 2015 | Randa Morris
    In a Labor Day message, posted to YouTube by The White House on Saturday, President Obama called on Americans to remember what the upcoming holiday is really about. ďI wanted to take a moment to talk to you about the real meaning of Labor Day Ė a day we set aside every year to honor the hardworking men and women who fought for so many of the rights that we take for granted today. ďAmong those rights, the president highlighted ďthe eight hour work day, 40-hour work week, weekends, overtime pay, a minimum wage, safer workplaces. health insurance, Social Security,...
  • 'I See A Labor Market That Is Looking Hotter And Hotter'

    09/02/2015 9:18:05 AM PDT · by blam · 21 replies
    BI ^ | 9-2-2015 | Myles Udland
    Myles UdlandSeptember 2, 2015Deutsche Bank's Torsten SlÝk thinks the labor market is more than strong enough to justify interest rate hikes from the Federal Reserve In an email on Wednesday, SlÝk writes that he continues to talk to clients who don't believe the US economy is anything other than weak, "not good," or on the verge of recession. But the indicators SlÝk is looking at show nothing of the sort. In fact, the opposite. Last week, we highlighted charts from SlÝk that showed, to him, an economy picking up steam. On Wednesday, SlÝk turned his focus to the labor market,...
  • Enraging industry, labor board asserts its power under Obama

    08/29/2015 11:27:35 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 29, 2015 | Tim Devaney
    The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has become a lightning rod for controversy under President Obama, with its aggressive actions fueling sustained warfare between business and labor. From the labor boardís bitter fight with Boeing, to the creation of new union election rules, the NLRB has repeatedly moved to the forefront of political debate, drawing in Congress, the White House and even the Supreme Court. The NLRBís latest bombshell was dropped on Thursday, when the board determined the waste management agency Browning-Ferris should be considered a ďjoint employerĒ of temporary workers. The decision expands the definition of what it means...
  • Owned by Union, Amalgamated Bank Gives Lift to the Left

    08/29/2015 12:01:34 PM PDT · by Theoria · 2 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 29 Aug 2015 | Nicholas Confessore
    When Ready for Hillary, a pro-Hillary Rodham Clinton ďsuper PAC,Ē wanted to take out a million-dollar loan five months before it planned to go out of business, it turned to a bank that was founded to guard the savings of New York City garment workers.When the Democracy Alliance, an influential club of liberal donors, sought to recruit members in advance of the 2016 elections, the bankís president helped to make introductions.And when workers-rights groups wanted to embarrass Walmart and the Gap for unsafe working conditions at factories supplying their stores, Amalgamated Bank, which manages $40 billion in pension fund assets,...
  • How This New Government Ruling Destroys the Franchise Business Model

    08/29/2015 8:04:06 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 55 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | 08/28/2015 | James Sherk
    The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) just issued a ruling likely to destroy the franchise business model. To understand how far-reaching this could be, it should be noted that almost 9 million Americans work at over 780,000 franchised businesses. From Jiffy Lube to Terminex to Wendyís, franchises enable many Americans to run their own small businesses without having to design and market everything from scratch. Franchising is a particularly important opportunity for minority entrepreneurs. Franchises are almost 50 percent more likely to be minority-owned than non-franchised businesses. If this ruling stands, minority Americans wonít get that chance. The recent ruling...
  • The NLRBís Power Grab: A Very Dangerous, Troublemaking Government Department

    08/29/2015 6:51:28 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    National Review ^ | 08/29/2015 | The Editors
    Why should a union representing workers who are not employees of McDonaldís be empowered to squeeze concessions out of McDonaldís? Why did Willie Sutton rob banks? In a party-line decision, the Democrat-dominated National Labor Relations Board has decided that employees of contractors can be treated as employees of other companies when . . . well, when it is convenient for Democratic constituencies that they be so treated. The underlying case involved an operator of recycling centers, Browning-Ferris Industries of California, which uses subcontractors to staff some of its facilities. Firms have many reasons for using subcontracted labor, one of which...
  • Obamaís NLRB just redefined the word ďemployerĒ and itís going to be bad

    08/28/2015 9:20:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/28/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    You can rightly complain about the things which go on inside the White House, the State Department, the Justice Department or the EPA and all of the headline grabbing controversies which erupt from them. None of them, however, may be up to nearly as much mischief as the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) though it doesn’t seem to catch the attention of the media nearly as much. This week they were at it again and while a bit on the wonky side, a new wrinkle in the rules could spell big trouble for America’s employers and many, many workers....
  • Oklahoma labor commissioner killed in restaurant stabbing: local media

    08/23/2015 8:33:20 PM PDT · by ScottWalkerForPresident2016 · 26 replies
    Reuters ^ | 08/23/2015 | Heide Brandes
    The Commissioner of Labor for Oklahoma, Mark Costello, was killed in a stabbing at a fast food restaurant in Oklahoma City on Sunday, local broadcasters reported, citing unnamed sources. Police declined to confirm that Costello was the victim but said one family member stabbed another family member at least four times with a knife after the pair agreed to meet at the restaurant following a fight earlier in the day. "So sorry to hear the tragic news about Mark Costello," Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett said in a Tweet. Local broadcaster News 9, citing unnamed sources, reported that Costello was...
  • Department of Labor Set to Change Overtime Exemption Regulations under the FLSA

    On July 6th, the Department of Labor (ďDOLĒ) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking with the potential to affect an untold number of employers. The proposed rule, published in the Federal Register at 80 FR 38515, drastically changes the DOLís interpretation of the Fair Labor Standards Act with respect to overtime exemptions. The current rule, put in place in 2004, exempts employees with salaries of at least $455 a week ($23,660 a year) and who perform executive, administrative, professional, outside sales and computer duties from overtime regulations. In a Presidential Memorandum in March of 2014, President Obama directed the DOL...
  • Could labor be getting ready to bail on Hillary in favor of Bernie Sanders?

    07/30/2015 10:26:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/30/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    I’m still not at the point where I’m willing to raise the possibility of Hillary losing the nomination to some number greater than 0% but there are some interesting smoke signals coming up on the horizon lately which might have me questioning the collective wisdom on the subject. Bernie Sanders is in Maryland this week attending the AFL-CIO’s executive council meeting and making his pitch for why he’s a better candidate to support big labor than Hillary. (Clinton will be there after him.) Obviously he would like to have the support of the unions because, let’s face it, no...
  • Matthews: No one enforces immigration law because they want cheap labor - and votes for Dems

    07/08/2015 12:34:38 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 6 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 07/08/15 | Robert Laurie
    Matthews: No one enforces immigration law because they want cheap labor - and votes for Dems Obviously, weíre used to a steady stream of crazy coming from the fine folks at MSNBC. Chiefest among the networkís primetime calamities is Chris Matthews, whose career is basically one, long, barely-coherent rant. Every now and then, though, it feels like one of his handlers stuffs his meds into a wad of peanut butter and Chris comes through with something approaching an actual truth. HTML5 video is not supported! Special: New Probiotic Fat Burner Takes GNC by Storm This, it seems, is one of...
  • Progressive Paradise Lost

    07/04/2015 10:07:58 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | July 1, 2015 | Salim Furth
    It¬ís a progressive paradise.Public employees get 30¬†vacation days a year. Anyone who works over eight hours in a day gets paid time-and-a-half. Employees have strong rights.The minimum wage is high: 77 percent of the median wage.Environmental regulations are settled beyond the pressure of local economic interests. The forests and mountains are pristine destinations for ecotourism.Energy costs are kept high, pushing consumption down to a level deemed ¬ďsocially beneficial¬Ē. Utilities have strong public backing and provide jobs to thousands.Union jobs in shipping are protected from outsourcing to cut-rate foreign competitors.The social safety net is buoyant and provides a solid working-class standard...
  • Obama's La Crosse visit comes as Walker prepares campaign

    06/30/2015 2:52:01 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 10 replies
    WEAU 13 News ^ | June 30, 2015
    MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- President Barack Obama brings his push to raise salaries for low-income workers to Wisconsin, the state where Gov. Scott Walker built his expected run for the White House around curtailing collective bargaining powers and enacting a right-to-work law.
  • Four Factors Influencing the Energy Industry Labor Pool

    06/30/2015 5:51:16 AM PDT · by thackney · 2 replies
    Power Engineering ^ | 06/18/2015 | MICHAEL P. MCMAHON
    The Center for Energy Workforce Development estimates that nearly half of the electric power generation, transmission and distribution workforce may be replaced in the coming years due to baby boomer retirements. As the demographics change, the energy industry is challenged with replacing a massive number of experienced workers all at the same time. While the scope and magnitude of the issue is widely recognized, there is no single solution to the problem. A closer look at the workforce challenge reveals social, cultural, and economic factors that should be considered when forming an effective solution. The following is a look at...
  • The 9-to-5 office workday is dying in America

    06/28/2015 4:43:41 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 42 replies
    MSN News ^ | June 28 2015 | Max Nisen
    With the rise of flexible working schedules, the freelance economy, and video conferencing, more Americans are getting their jobs done without ever heading into an office, according to new data from the American Time Use Survey released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Among all workers, 23% report spending all or part of their day working from home. Thatís up from less than 19% in 2003, the first year for which thereís comparable data.
  • Uber drivers are employees, not contractors: California Labor Commission

    06/17/2015 8:49:00 AM PDT · by Theoria · 44 replies
    Reuters ^ | 17 June 2015 | Sarah McBride and Dan Levine
    A San Francisco-based driver for smartphone-based ride-hailing service Uber is an employee, not a contractor, according to a ruling by the California Labor Commission. The ruling, filed on Tuesday in state court in San Francisco, said Uber is "involved in every aspect of the operation." It is the latest in a host of legal and regulatory challenges facing Uber in the United States and other countries. Uber had argued its drivers are independent contractors, not employees, and that it is "nothing more than a neutral technology platform." If Uber drivers are employees, that opens Uber up to higher costs, including...
  • Mark Zuckerbergís Cynical Ploy to Get Cheap Foreign Labor

    06/17/2015 7:16:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    National Review ^ | 06/17/2015 | Mark Krikorian
    There are two kinds of commemorative days/weeks/months. Thereís the nonprofit, ďawarenessĒ type, such as Black History Month or World Down Syndrome Day, intended to show solidarity for some cause. Then thereís the for-profit, commercial variety, like International Pickle Week or California Dried Plum Digestive Health Month, which are simply business marketing campaigns. And then thereís the profit-seeking effort masquerading as cause-promotion. Thatís what Juneís Immigrant Heritage Month is. Just as International Pickle Week was dreamed up by the Pickle Packers International trade association to sell more fermented cucumbers, Immigrant Heritage Month is a project that Facebook billionaire Mark Zuckerberg dreamed...
  • Left and Right Line Up Against Fast-Track Trade Legislation

    06/11/2015 9:52:03 AM PDT · by Theoria · 12 replies
    WSJ ^ | 11 June 2015 | William Mauldin
    Tea party activists, labor unions both say Obamaís trade agenda is undemocratic and secretive Some of the fiercest opponents of President Barack Obamaís trade policy on the left and right are sending notably similar messages in a bid to kill legislation in the House designed to expedite a major Pacific trade deal. With a deciding vote set for Friday, unions and progressive groups are emphasizing arguments that also appeal to conservative organizations, accusing the Obama administration of undue secrecy, stretching the limits of executive power and undermining U.S. sovereignty. ďThe left is using the language I use,Ē said Richard Manning,...
  • Where The May, 2015 Jobs Were: Teachers, Waiters, Retail, And Temp Help

    06/05/2015 1:18:23 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 06/05/2015 | Tyler Durden
    One of the defining features of jobs "recovery" and the main reason why wage growth has been so far below the Fed's expectations for years it has prevented wage inflation from appearing despite years of QE, is that the quality of jobs added month after month has disappointing. May was no difference.Yes, the headline print of 280K job additions was great, but a quick look at how the BLS got there shows that nothing has changed because four of the five main job additions were, as usual for the lowest paid jobs. Here is the breakdown: Education and Health...
  • L.A. labor leaders seek minimum wage exemption for firms with union workers

    05/27/2015 3:46:48 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 24 replies
    Labor leaders, who were among the strongest supporters of the citywide minimum wage increase approved last week by the Los Angeles City Council, are advocating last-minute changes to the law that could create an exemption for companies with unionized workforces. The push to include an exception to the mandated wage increase for companies that let their employees collectively bargain was the latest unexpected detour as the city nears approval of its landmark legislation to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020. For much of the past eight months, labor activists have argued against special considerations for business...
  • Walter E. Williams on Government-Induced, Economic Slavery

    05/14/2015 1:38:07 PM PDT · by impetrio1 · 3 replies
    Black & Blonde Media ^ | 5/14/15 | Bob Parks and Laura Erickson
    In the second part of an exclusive interview with B&B Media, Professor Walter E. Williams explains how the governmentís ability to force one individual into giving his or her property (taxes) to another is, in essence, slavery.
  • GotNews IDs Gay Activist Train Engineer Who Caused Amtrak Crash

    05/14/2015 6:42:56 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 59 replies
    Got ^ | May 13, 2015 | Charles C. Johnson
    BREAKING: GotNews IDs Gay Activist Train Engineer Who Caused Amtrak Crash UPDATED W/ PHOTOS! May 13, 2015 by Charles C. Johnson 184 Comments has independently identified the engineer at the center of the Amtrak crash that has killed at least seven. Brandon Bostian is the 32-year-old gay man who lawyered up after a deadly derailment in Philadelphia. The train was reportedly going twice the speed limit.
  • The Average Age Of A Minimum Wage Worker In America Is 36

    05/13/2015 8:27:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    TEC ^ | 05/12/2015 | Michael Snyder
    Did you know that 89 percent of all minimum wage workers in the United States are not teens? At this point, the average age of a minimum wage worker in this country is 36, and 56 percent of them are women. Millions upon millions of Americans are working as hard as they can (often that means two or three jobs), and yet despite all of their hard work they still find themselves mired in poverty. One of the big reasons for this is that we have created two classes of workers in the United States. ‚ÄúFull-time workers‚ÄĚ are entitled to...
  • So much for the nail-biter: Conservatives win big in British election

    05/08/2015 7:50:47 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 21 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/08/15 | Dan Calabrese
    Resurgent right. Conservatives in Britain are quite a bit less conservative than U.S. Republicans, which I suppose is quite the caveat given what weíve seen in the McConnell/Boehner era. But theyíre still the center-right alternative to the very left-wing Labour Party, and British voters decided once again yesterday that theyíd rather keep their government in the hands of those on the right side of the aisle. The Conservatives look to end up with 329 seats, which is three more than they need for an outright majority. Labour won only 228 seats. It wasnít really that close, and much as we...
  • Minnesota's youth exodus spells trouble ahead for labor force

    04/21/2015 5:52:24 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 19 replies
    Start Tribune ^ | 4-18-15 | Jackie Crosby
    Every year since 2002, Minnesota has been losing residents to other states. Whatís worse: Young adults are leaving in the greatest numbers. Casey Sperzel is Minnesotan through and through. She grew up in Maple Grove, went to college at the University of Minnesota, and lived in both St. Paul and Minneapolis. But when the 27-year-old met with a job recruiter last year, she was set on the Pacific Northwest. ďI donít think Iíll be back,Ē said Sperzel, now with a Seattle ad agency. States are scrambling for young professionals like Sperzel to help offset the wave of baby boomer retirements....
  • South Carolina governor takes aim at union 'bullies' in Boeing labor vote

    04/02/2015 12:20:40 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 9 replies
    The Fiscal Times ^ | April 2, 2015 | Colleen Jenkins
    - South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley considers the bid to unionize workers at Boeing Co's North Charleston plant a threat to one of her state's corporate crown jewels, and she is turning to radio, speeches and social media to denounce the campaign. "We don't need their bully middleman tactics between our associates and their employer," she wrote on Twitter last month. It was a message in keeping with Haley's previous declarations that she is a "union buster" who wears high heels to kick out organized labor "thugs" seeking to gain a foothold in the state. The April 22 union vote...
  • AFL-CIO to help Hispanics take advantage of immigration relief measures

    03/31/2015 4:14:07 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    FOX News Latino ^ | March 31, 2015
    The largest labor organization in the United States on Tuesday launched a national immigration training plan called "We Rise!" to help Hispanics take advantage of the immigration relief measures announced by President Barack Obama last November. The effort is designed to reach, mobilize and organize immigrant workers in their workplaces and in their communities. The AFL-CIO on Tuesday in Washington began preparing representatives who have arrived from all over the country to support and teach undocumented workers how to request protection under Deferred Action, or DACA, for children born in the United States and under DAPA for parents of permanent...
  • Netanyahuís Victory Is A Disaster For The Peace Process (Schadenfreude Alert)

    03/18/2015 2:50:32 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 61 replies
    Vox ^ | 03/18/2015 | Zack Beauchamp
    "More specifically, Netanyahu's Likud Party won by siphoning voters away from the other right parties who will become its coalition partners. Mainstream Israeli opinion has shifted to the right: to win, Likud didn't need to win over a swath of centrist voters. It needed to jazz up the Right with nasty rhetoric about Palestinians and Arabs." "Meanwhile, Likud is going through a process that some observers have referred to as Tea Party-ization. Younger Israelis tend to be more conservative, increasingly empowering the more right-wing factions inside Likud. That causes center-right voters to defect to centrist parties, pushing the party ever...
  • Livni forgoes rotating premiership with Herzog [Israel Elections]

    03/16/2015 12:25:15 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 32 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | Monday, March 16, 2015 | Marissa Newman
    Zionist Unionís No. 2 drops bombshell 12 hours before election; Netanyahu, Herzog accuse each other of Ďpanickingí. The Zionist Unionís Tzipi Livni announced Monday evening that she would give up the rotation of the premiership with the slateís leader, Isaac Herzog, an agreement the two made months ago when her Hatnua party merged with his Labor Party. Get The Times of Israel's Daily Edition by email and never miss our top stories Free Sign up! In response, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the party was ďpanicking,Ē while Yesh Atid party leader Yair Lapid and Jewish Home party leader Naftali Bennett...