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  • Progressive Paradise Lost

    07/04/2015 10:07:58 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | July 1, 2015 | Salim Furth
    It’s 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 “socially beneficial”. 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. Thats up from less than 19% in 2003, the first year for which theres 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 Zuckerbergs 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. Theres the nonprofit, awareness type, such as Black History Month or World Down Syndrome Day, intended to show solidarity for some cause. Then theres the for-profit, commercial variety, like International Pickle Week or California Dried Plum Digestive Health Month, which are simply business marketing campaigns. And then theres the profit-seeking effort masquerading as cause-promotion. Thats what Junes 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 Obamas trade agenda is undemocratic and secretive Some of the fiercest opponents of President Barack Obamas 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. The left is using the language I use, 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
    The L.A. Times ^ | May 27, 2015 | PETER JAMISON, DAVID ZAHNISER AND EMILY ALPERT REYES
    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 governments 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 News.com ^ | 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 Gotnews.com 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. “Full-time workers” 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 weve seen in the McConnell/Boehner era. But theyre still the center-right alternative to the very left-wing Labour Party, and British voters decided once again yesterday that theyd 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 wasnt 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. Whats 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. I dont think Ill be back, 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...
  • Netanyahus 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 Unions No. 2 drops bombshell 12 hours before election; Netanyahu, Herzog accuse each other of panicking. The Zionist Unions Tzipi Livni announced Monday evening that she would give up the rotation of the premiership with the slates 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 panicking, while Yesh Atid party leader Yair Lapid and Jewish Home party leader Naftali Bennett...
  • 'Two kitchens Miliband': Labour leader says he prefers the SECOND 'kitchenette' at 2.5m [tr]

    03/13/2015 8:43:08 AM PDT · by C19fan
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 13, 2015 | Daniel Martin
    If you can't stand the heat, get out of your second kitchen. Ed Miliband today sought to cool the row over his unusual domestic arrangements, insisting he prefers the 'functional kitchenette' where he was seen posing for TV cameras. The Labour leader, who has repeatedly insisted he is not interested in photo opportunities,was filmed sipping tea at home with his wife Justine in a modest kitchen at his 2million North London home. Now it has emerged that the image of the Labour leader as a man of the people with a run-of-the-mill home was not all it appeared. For Mr...
  • Why Robots Will Be The Biggest Job Creators In World History

    03/02/2015 4:49:50 AM PST · by expat_panama · 115 replies
    Forbes ^ | 3/01/2015 | John Tamny
    As robots increasingly adopt human qualities, including those that allow them to replace actual human labor, economists are starting to worry. As the Wall Street Journal reported last week, some wonder if automation technology is near a tipping point, when machines finally master traits that have kept human workers irreplaceable.The fears of economists, politicians and workers themselves are way overdone. They should embrace the rise of robots precisely because they love job creation. As my upcoming bookPopular Economicspoints out with regularity, abundant job creation is always and everywhere the happy result of technological advances that tautologically lead to job destruction.Robots...
  • Herzog cancels AIPAC speech, takes aim at Netanyahu trip to US (left stays home at Zero's command)

    02/24/2015 8:21:59 AM PST · by Dave346 · 19 replies
    Ynetnews ^ | 02.24.15, 16:01 | Moran Azulay
    Zionist Union leader Isaac Herzog announced Tuesday he will not be traveling to the US to appear before the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) annual conference, amid growing tensions over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's planned speech to Congress on March 3. "Netanyahu's spin about who is going to Washington must stop," Herzog told a gathering of foreign media in Israel. "My firm position against a nuclear Iran is known by every Israeli and American, including the US president, and I know how to voice it in a sharp, clear manner - from here, not from there." Herzog added: "A...
  • Zionism debate at heart of bitter Israeli vote

    02/22/2015 3:26:21 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 22, 2015 6:08 PM EST | Dan Perry
    What is Zionism? The ideological question, rooted in the 19th century, has gained surprising urgency in an Israeli election campaign that seems more open than had been expected. Seeking to take votes from the nationalistic right of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the relatively liberal opposition has rebranded itself as the Zionist Unionsparking a debate about a concept that some considered resolved when the Jewish state was declared and widely recognized in 1948. [] On the left, politicians speak of true Zionism as requiring the establishment of peace and equality in the land, including by making peace with the Palestinians and...
  • Top US labor official arrives as West Coast ports back up

    02/16/2015 7:30:54 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 16 replies
    LOS ANGELES (AP) The nation's top labor official flew Monday to California in an attempt to resolve a damaging contract dispute between West Coast dockworkers and their employers. U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez headed for San Francisco, where months-long negotiations between the dockworkers union and a maritime association of companies have come to a halt. So, too, has the movement of billions of dollars of cargo that is supposed to pass through 29 seaports from Southern California to Seattle. The ports are a critical trade link with Asia and the gateway not just for imports such as electronics,...
  • Poll: Labor Inches Past Likud, Jewish Home Stuck at 11

    02/16/2015 4:32:24 PM PST · by Nachum · 16 replies
    inn ^ | 2//15/15 | Cynthia Blank
    With four weeks until elections for the 20th Knesset, Likud and Labor-Hatnua appear to be neck and neck. According to a survey conducted by the Midgam Institute for Channel Two, Labor, running under the moniker the "Zionist Camp" just barely inches by Likud with 25 seats. Likud is one behind with 24 mandates. It has been noted that even if Likud comes in behind, the party with the greatest chance of forming a coalition is given first crack, meaning the outcome of the close competition remains up in the air. The joint Arab list comes in as the third largest...
  • Cuba accused of slavelike labor deal

    10/28/2006 4:31:44 PM PDT · by cll · 16 replies · 643+ views
    The Miami Herald ^ | 10/28/2006 | Frances Robles
    The Cuban government conspired with a Curacao ship repair company to provide practically slave labor fixing up vessels, including Miami-based cruise ships, and kept workers under harsh conditions, a lawsuit filed in U.S. District court in Miami alleges. The civil suit filed before Judge James Lawrence King alleges that up to 100 Cuban shipyard workers are forced to work against their will at Curacao Drydock Co., a ship repair company with an agent in Delray Beach, Klattenberg Marine Associates. The suit, filed by three workers who escaped and now live in Florida, alleges they were ordered to work 16-hour shifts...
  • Likud says Herzog breaking fundraising laws (foreign donations)

    02/01/2015 7:02:36 AM PST · by SJackson · 9 replies
    Zionist Union connected to V15, an organization working to bring down the government, which has received funding from non-Israeli citizens, Likud charges. Zionist Union leader Isaac Herzog has violated laws prohibiting accepting funds from non-Israeli citizens and foreign funded organizations and governments, Likud MKs said Sunday at a Tel Aviv press conference. Deputy ministers Tzipi Hotovely and Ophir Akunis, MKs Miri Regev and Yariv Levin, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's lawyer presented evidence connecting the Zionist Union to V15, an organization working to bring down the government, which has received funding from non-Israeli citizens S. Daniel Abraham and Daniel Lubetzky....
  • NJ teens find out it's illegal to offer to shovel neighbors' driveways during blizzard

    02/01/2015 6:57:48 AM PST · by Zakeet · 55 replies
    Syracuse Post-Standard ^ | January 29, 2015 | Ben Axelson
    Two New Jersey teens got a lesson in government regulations this week then they decided to go door to door offering snow shoveling services ahead of the Blizzard of 2015. The blizzard ended up being a bit underwhelming in N.J., but forecasts ahead of time predicted it would be a whopper. High school seniors Matt Molinari and Eric Schnepf, both 18, decided to go door to door Monday evening handing out flyers offering snow shoveling services for the next morning, NJ.com reported. Unfortunately they didn't know about their town's ordinance related to soliciting, which prohibits people from selling services door-to-door...
  • Likud Press Conference to Expose Obama-Labor Link

    01/31/2015 3:03:44 PM PST · by Dave346 · 23 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 1/31/2015, 11:06 PM | Uzi Baruch, Gil Ronen
    The Likud party intends to hold a press conference in Tel Aviv Sunday in which it will expose details about V15 Victory in 2015, a campaign it says is using foreign money, and lots of it, to boost Labor and Meretz in the elections. Likud has filed a motion to the Elections Committee, according to which V15 is carrying out an illegal indirect campaign with a connection to Labor and Meretz. V15 is making criminal use of foreign sources of funding, adding that the sums involved were very high and their sources unknown. Likud's press conference will include MK...
  • Likud Press Conference to Expose Obama-Labor Link

    01/31/2015 4:16:39 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 26 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 31/1/15 | Uzi Baruch, Gil Ronen
    The Likud party intends to hold a press conference in Tel Aviv Sunday in which it will expose details about V15 Victory in 2015, a campaign it says is using foreign money, and lots of it, to boost Labor and Meretz in the elections. Likud has filed a motion to the Elections Committee, according to which V15 is carrying out an illegal indirect campaign with a connection to Labor and Meretz. V15 is making criminal use of foreign sources of funding, adding that the sums involved were very high and their sources unknown. Likud's press conference will include MK...
  • Poll Puts Labor Squarely over Likud, Yisrael Beytenu Collapses

    01/15/2015 3:19:32 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 8 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 15/1/15
    Poll fever continues ahead of March 17 elections, and while results have shown Likud and Labor neck and neck, the latest survey by Channel 10 gives Labor a full four mandate gap over Likud. According to the poll, conducted by the Dialog Institute under the supervision of Prof. Camil Fuchs, Labor - which erased the word "Zionism" from its Arabic ad campaign - would get 24 mandates, while Likud would only receive 20. Coming in at third Jewish Home stays at 16 seats, followed by a joint Arab list that would receive 12 mandates. Such a joint list - formed...
  • Why The Unemployment Rate Fell: Dipping Participation Rate

    01/09/2015 10:13:48 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 01/09/2015 | By Rick Rieder of BlackRock
    4 Factors Weighing On Labor MarketsAnd Implications For Fed Policy (Part 1 of 5) Labor markets are weaker than they appear, leading the Fed toward continued accommodative monetary policy. Still, the central bank may find that weakness difficult to overcome, as much of it stems from serious long-term issues and not merely short-term lack of demand. In recent posts, my colleague Russ Koesterich outlined why the U.S. labor market recovery will continue to frustrate the Fed, and Jeff Rosenberg examined one key reason why the central bank is set to keep rates low for some time. I agree with these...
  • Labour take election fight to the streets as Miliband wants supporters to knock on 4MILLION doors

    01/04/2015 4:25:04 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The London Daily Mirror ^ | January 4, 2015 | Jason Beattie
    Ed Miliband launches Labours election campaign on Monday by calling on supporters to knock on four million doors. The party leader will vow to fight the Tories and Lib Dems house by house, street by street and town by town until polling day on May 7. In a rallying call in Manchester, he will say: Today is day one of our general election campaign. This is nothing less than a once in a generation fight about who our country works for. Vowing not to be intimidated by the big-spending Tories, he will add: We will offer hope, not falsehood. We...
  • Herzog: Shut Down Government's Settlement Division

    01/03/2015 2:59:26 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 8 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/1/15 | Hezki Ezra & Tova Dvorin
    Labor leader Yitzhak Herzog has vowed to shut down the World Zionist Organization's Settlement Division, which functions as an operational arm of the government to build and establish communities and infrastructures in Judea and Samaria - leaving hundreds of thousands of Israelis in the region without governmental representation. "As Prime Minister I will close the Settlement Division and open it later to serve the Negev and the Galilee," Herzog stated during an interview on "Meet the Press" Saturday night. "We see again and again the same group takes over the interests of the state and Netanyahu gave in to it."...
  • Secret video of 'exhausted workforce' in Chinese factory making Apple products

    12/18/2014 2:25:06 PM PST · by WhiskeyX · 33 replies
    BBC ^ | 18 December 2014 Last updated at 19:02 GMT | Richard Bilton, BBC
    A BBC investigation for Panorama has exposed poor working conditions in factories making Apple products in China. The undercover team secretly filmed the iPhone production line and found Apple's promises to protect workers were routinely broken. One undercover reporter - making parts for Apple computers - had to work 18 days without a day off. Other workers were filmed falling asleep. Apple say they will investigate any concerns brought to them. The BBC's Richard Bilton reports from Shanghai. [VIDEO]
  • Secret video of 'exhausted workforce' in Chinese factory making Apple products

    12/18/2014 2:18:16 PM PST · by WhiskeyX · 23 replies
    BBC ^ | 18 December 2014 Last updated at 19:02 GMT | Richard Bilton, BBC
    A BBC investigation for Panorama has exposed poor working conditions in factories making Apple products in China. The undercover team secretly filmed the iPhone production line and found Apple's promises to protect workers were routinely broken. One undercover reporter - making parts for Apple computers - had to work 18 days without a day off. Other workers were filmed falling asleep. Apple say they will investigate any concerns brought to them. The BBC's Richard Bilton reports from Shanghai. [VIDEO]
  • The Top 10 Skills That Got People Hired This Year, According To LinkedIn

    12/18/2014 7:46:44 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 80 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 12/18/2014 | JILLIAN D'ONFRO
    >With more than 330 million people using the service to list their resumes, find jobs, or find new hires, LinkedIn has a lot of data about the job market. To close out 2014, the company released a list of the top skills people who got hired this year had listed on their profiles and that recruiters searched for the most. These are the 10 skills that got people jobs this year:
  • Jeb Bush: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Waterboy

    12/17/2014 2:37:14 AM PST · by servo1969 · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 12-17-2014 | Michelle Malkin
    Allow me to unite America's left, right and center in just three words: No, Jeb, No. Former GOP Florida governor Jeb Bush made the obvious official this week when he announced on Facebook that he's "actively exploring" a 2016 White House run. Of course, he's running. That's what inveterate politicians do. Well, I hate to break it to Jeb Inc. There's no popular groundswell for Bush Part III. None, zip, nada. Independents, progressives and conservatives are all weary of the entrenched bipartisan dynasties that rule Washington and ruin America. Only in the hallowed bubble of D.C. and New York City...
  • The Smartest President Ever Can't Drill His Way Out of This Problem

    12/11/2014 5:09:29 AM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 11, 2014 | John Ransom
    We have two cautionary from overseas today.One of them is from Iran and the other is from France. Both of them demonstrate how wrongheaded, obtuse and shortsighted Democrats are on their policies and prescriptions for what ails the county.To battle unemployment France is considering a body of laws that would make it easier for French firms to hire people, including allowing shops to open on Sunday and relaxing labor laws that make it virtually impossible for French firms to fire someone. If you get a job in France, you apparently get a job for life whether your employer is a...
  • The side of Dubai that they DON'T want tourists to see: Photos show desperate conditions

    12/04/2014 7:58:34 AM PST · by C19fan · 42 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | December 4, 2014 | Sam Webb
    An Iranian photographer has captured the desperate lives of South Asian labourers who travel to Dubai in the hope of building a future for their families - but find only squalor, low wages and backbreaking work in stifling heat. Farhad Berahman's pictures were taken in Sonapur, the unofficial name for a work camp on the outskirts of Dubai, located far away from the luxury, soaring skyscrapers and vast wealth that the United Arab Emirates city is renowned for. 'Sonapur' - ironically, the name means 'City of Gold' in Hindi - is home to more than 150,000 workers, mostly from India,...
  • Walker victory humiliates labor

    11/05/2014 11:03:07 AM PST · by mdittmar · 53 replies
    POLITICO ^ | 11/5/14 | TIMOTHY NOAH
    Scott Walkers victory is a humiliating loss for organized labor. The Wisconsin governors challenger was Democrat Mary Burke, a former executive at Trek Bicycle Corp. It was no photo finish; with 72 percent of precincts reporting, Walker was up 6 points. But Walkers true adversary in this re-election race and for the four years that preceded it was the labor movement. He won every time.
  • New Jerseys First Labor-Led Naturalization Center Empowers Immigrants, New Voters

    10/29/2014 4:22:28 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 6 replies
    AFL-CIO ^ | 10/28/2014 | Angela Delli Santi
    The AFL-CIO national campaign to build stronger communities by empowering eligible immigrants to become citizens and fully engage in the democratic process has become a reality in New Jersey, with the opening of the states first labor-led naturalization and community center.The We Are One New Jersey Hudson County Center officially opened on Oct. 28 in Jersey City. AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre joined the New Jersey State AFL-CIO for the opening ceremony, along with Sens. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Rep. Albio Sires (D-N.J.), New Jersey State AFL-CIO President Charles Wowkanech, New Jersey State AFL-CIOSecretary-Treasurer Laurel Brennan...
  • Labor Secretary: Obama Will Take Aggressive Exec Action On Immigration For Shared Prosperity

    10/23/2014 8:52:45 PM PDT · by Nachum · 67 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10/23/14 | Tony Lee
    Labor Secretary Thomas Perez said President Barack Obama will take "aggressive executive action" on immigration, which Perez said will bring about more "shared prosperity." Addressing the National Press Club this week, Perez, who is reportedly on the short list to be Obamas next attorney general, said the country needed to "fix our broken immigration system" with comprehensive amnesty legislation that is "big and bold" to ensure that there is "shared prosperity," which he said is a goal of his Labor Department. Though the Congressional Budget Office determined that comprehensive amnesty legislation would lower the wages of American workers, Labor Secretary...
  • Labor Secretary Says Paid Leave Would Boost Labor Force Participation

    10/22/2014 12:07:47 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 28 replies
    CNS News ^ | 10/21/2014 | Susan Jones
    Paid leave will improve the nation's labor participation rate, currently at record lows, Labor Secretary Tom Perez said on Monday. "It is a sleeper issue that will sleep no more," Perez told a gathering at the National Press Club. "Every first Friday of the month, the most frequently asked question I get, 'What can you do, Tom, to increase labor force participation?' Well, let's talk about paid leave and let's compare the United States with Canada," Perez said. "The labor force participation rate of women ages 25 to 54 in the year 2000 in the U.S. and Canada was virtually...
  • Labor Dispute Kills Kinkisharyos AV Plant (California)

    10/16/2014 12:29:05 PM PDT · by Simmy2.5 · 16 replies
    San Fernando Valley Business Journal ^ | Monday, October 13, 2014 | Mark Madler
    Kinkisharyo International LLC has scrapped plans to build a rail car manufacturing plant in Palmdale following a labor dispute and will instead look outside California to locate the facility. The Japanese company made the decision after failing to reach an agreement with Antelope Valley Residents for Responsible Development, a labor-supported group that objected to the plant citing environmental reasons. The group, which includes members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local No. 11, in Pasadena, also objected to a backup plan by Kinkisharyo to build the cars in leased space from Los Angeles World Airports in Palmdale.
  • A good explanation of the 'real' unemployment rate

    10/13/2014 1:25:39 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/13/2014 | Rick Moran
    Everyone who isn't an Obamabot (Paul Krugman) or above the age of 5 knows that the current "official" unemployment rate of 5.9% is bogus. The real number that counts is the labor participation rate which has been shrinking for more than 5 years.Why is the labor force participation rate important? Ken Braun of MLive has very clear explanation: The U.S. “civilian noninstitutional population” - the total count of civilian adults - grew by 217,000 in September, according to the latest jobs report from the U.S. Department of Labor. Those new entrants represent immigrants, young people coming of age, military personnel...
  • Opinion: Federal employees spent 3.4 million hours working for their unions

    10/07/2014 8:28:48 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    Market Watch ^ | October 7, 2014 | By Diana Furchtgott-Roth
    Most Americans think federal employees are working for the public. But a new report issued by the Office of Personnel Management on Monday shows that in fiscal 2012, 1.2 million federal workers spent 3.4 million hours reporting to their government unions. Paradoxically, time spent not working for the taxpayer is called official time. OPM reports that official time costs taxpayers $157 million in salary and benefits, up from $129 million in 2009 and $102 million in 2006. Taxpayers are subsidizing unions such as the American Federation of Government Employees, the National Treasury Employees Union and the National Federation of Federal...
  • Disenfranchising the American Dream: An NLRB ruling could take down an engine of economic growth

    10/07/2014 7:01:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/07/2014 | Lee Habeeb & Mike Leven
    Dawn Lafreeda began working at Dennys when she was 16, making her way up from hostess to waitress. In 1984, at the age of 23, she bought her first store. She now owns over 70. When I was a kid, I told myself that I was going to be self-employed when I grew up and have a better life and have the things Id never had, she told Entrepreneur magazine this past summer. Franchising was Dawns ticket to a better life. Shes not alone. Franchising has been a successful business model for Americans wanting to own their own businesses and...
  • House Dems: We've been abandoned [labor $$ going to protect Senate firewall)

    10/06/2014 10:53:39 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 4 replies
    The Hill ^ | Jessica Taylor and Alexandra Jaffe
    We made a decision very early on that protecting the Senate firewall was our top priority, LCV spokesman Jeff Gohringer told The Hill.House Democratic strategists are frustrated that key outside groups are putting their money into the fight for the Senate at the expense of the House. Spending on House races by organized labor as well as groups representing women and environmental organizations as dropped by $18 million compared to the last cycle, the groups said. That has Democrats worried their House losses on Election Day could be in the double digits, making it that much harder to take back...
  • Labor Participation Rate Drops To 36 Year Low; Record 92.6 Million Americans Not In Labor Force

    10/03/2014 6:31:19 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 24 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 10/03/14 | Tyler Durden
    While by now everyone should know the answer, for those curious why the US unemployment rate just slid once more to a meager 5.9%, the lowest print since the summer of 2008, the answer is the same one we have shown every month since 2010: the collapse in the labor force participation rate, which in September slide from an already three decade low 62.8% to 62.7% - the lowest in over 36 years, matching the February 1978 lows. And while according to the Household Survey, 232K people found jobs, what is more disturbing is that the people not in the...
  • Small California winery to close doors after being fined for using volunteers

    10/01/2014 7:38:54 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/01/2014 | Mary Katherine Ham
    Hey, no bigs. The state just fined a tiny winery $115,000 for using volunteers who were learning to make wine while getting the vineyard’s product to market. They were illegal paid labor, you see. Can’t have two free parties engaging in a trade of labor for specialized knowledge without the state getting involved and depriving the area of this particular business, its job opportunities, and its wares. Congrats, public. You have been served and protected: A small-time vintner’s use of volunteer workers has put him out of business after the state squeezed him like a late-summer grape for $115,000...