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  • 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. What’s 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 don’t think I’ll 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...
  • Netanyahu’s 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 Union’s No. 2 drops bombshell 12 hours before election; Netanyahu, Herzog accuse each other of ‘panicking’. The Zionist Union’s Tzipi Livni announced Monday evening that she would give up the rotation of the premiership with the slate’s 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 Ł2.5m [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 Ł2million 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 book Popular Economics points 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 Union—sparking 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 Markets—And 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 Labour’s 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 Walker’s victory is a humiliating loss for organized labor. The Wisconsin governor’s 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 Walker’s true adversary in this re-election race — and for the four years that preceded it — was the labor movement. He won every time.
  • New Jersey’s 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 state’s 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-CIO Secretary-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 Obama´s 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 Kinkisharyo’s 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 Denny’s 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 I’d never had,” she told Entrepreneur magazine this past summer. Franchising was Dawn’s ticket to a better life. She’s 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...
  • 1 in 4 Americans 25-54 Not Working

    09/26/2014 10:07:01 AM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | Sep 26, 2014 | DANIEL HALPER
    There are 124.5 million Americans in their prime working years (ages 25–54). Nearly one-quarter of this group—28.9 million people, or 23.2 percent of the total—is not currently employed. They either became so discouraged that they left the labor force entirely, or they are in the labor force but unemployed. ... Those attempting to minimize the startling figures about America’s vanishing workforce—workplace participation overall is near a four-decade low—will say an aging population is to blame. But in fact, while the workforce overall has shrunk nearly 10 million since 2009, the cohort of workers in the labor force ages 55 to...
  • Bombshell Emails: White House Coordinated With Department of Labor To Hide Illegal Obama Fundraiser

    09/14/2014 9:24:14 PM PDT · by Nachum · 69 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 9/14/14 | Patrick Howley
    The Department of Labor coordinated with the White House on whether or not to release hidden portions of former Labor Secretary Hilda Solis’ schedule as Solis battled an FBI investigation into her illegal fundraising for President Obama. New emails provided to The Daily Caller from the nonprofit legal research firm Cause of Action show the White House thanking the Department of Labor for “flagging” a public information request for “withheld” portions of Solis’ schedule. (SEE THE EMAIL CHAIN). The White House then asked for the name of the conservative group making the request — information that Labor officials were eager...
  • Herzog Assured U.S. Won’t Back Down on Iran (Israel Labor Party leader)

    09/10/2014 1:55:05 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    INN ^ | 9/10/2014, 5:15 AM | Elad Benari
    Opposition leader MK Yitzhak Herzog (Labor) was assured by officials in Washington on Tuesday that the United States will not compromise on the issue of Iran’s nuclear program. Herzog met at the White House with President Barack Obama's chief of staff, Denis McDonough, and deputy national security adviser Tony Blinken, and told them that the fight against the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) is just as important as trying to stop Iran’s nuclear program. Israeli media reported that the two officials assured Herzog that alongside the common global struggle against the IS, the United States does not intend to change...
  • Taxpayers and workers gouged by labor-law dodge: 2009 stimulus cheated taxpayers and workers

    09/05/2014 9:52:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    McClatchy DC ^ | 09/05/2014 | By Mandy Locke and Franco Ordońez
    <p>The largest government infusion of cash into the U.S. economy in generations – the 2009 stimulus – was riddled with a massive labor scheme that harmed workers and cheated unsuspecting American taxpayers.</p> <p>At the time, government regulators watched as money slipped out the door and into the hands of companies that rob state and federal treasuries of billions of dollars each year on stimulus projects and other construction jobs across the country, a yearlong McClatchy investigation found.</p>
  • Obama Has It Wrong — American Workers Aren't Better Off Under His Policies

    09/03/2014 6:37:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    IBD ^ | 09/03/2014
    <p>Time was, they had fact-checkers at the White House. They must've had the weekend off when President Obama let go a whopper at a Labor Day rally in Milwaukee.</p> <p>'By almost every measure," he boasted, "the American economy and American workers are better off than when I took office." This must explain why nearly half of American workers believe the U.S. is still in a recession.</p>
  • Obama: ‘I’d Join A Union’

    09/02/2014 4:14:07 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 56 replies
    CBS News ^ | September 1, 2014
    President Barack Obama says he’ll press Congress to raise the minimum wage in the same way he courted his wife — never taking no for an answer. Obama brought a buoyant Labor Day message to Wisconsin, telling union members on Monday that he sees, quote, “engines are revving a little louder” in an economy coming back from a near-depression five years ago. Now, he says, quote, “America deserves a raise.” He promises his administration will keep pushing for one. Obama told the crowd to great applause that he would join a union for job security.
  • Labor Day stems from deadly labor strike, but few Americans know the history

    09/01/2014 6:18:40 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 31 replies
    ny daily news ^ | 8-31-2014 | JAMES WARREN
    Cookouts now mark Labor Day, instead of parades honoring country’s labor movement, says AFL-CIO honcho Richard Trumpka. (Picture) Few recall the bloodstained origins of this holiday as we fire up the grill, throw on the burgers and dogs and turn on the U.S. And, in a sign of the times, the Sunday morning network news shows didn’t even offer their usual, token pre-Labor Day weekend spot for the head of the nation’s labor movement. “No,” said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka when I asked him. “No invitations this year.” I told the former mine worker-turned-lawyer that there seems to be a...
  • Slow wage growth threatens California economic recovery, report finds

    08/31/2014 3:27:10 AM PDT · by blueplum · 15 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | August 30, 2014 11:45pm | Chris Kirkam
    California’s economic recovery has featured a growing share of lower-wage jobs, raising concerns about the opportunities for middle-class workers hit hard by the Great Recession, a new analysis finds. The California Budget Project, a nonprofit economic research group, analyzed decades of state labor data to find that low- and middle-wage workers have seen significant pay declines over the last decade. Local and state government jobs -- traditionally a reliable source of middle-class employment -- have been particularly slow to recover. -snip- Looking ahead, low-wage jobs are forecast to be one of the fastest-growing segments of the workforce. The state expects...
  • With Labor Day close, unions don’t have much to celebrate

    08/29/2014 3:37:16 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 3 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | August 29, 2014 | By Evan Horowitz
    Labor Day used to be more than a summer-closing holiday; it was a celebration of labor unions and the American labor movement. That’s easy to forget these days because labor unions don’t have much to celebrate. At the height of their influence in the 1950s, labor unions could claim to represent about 1 of every 3 American workers. Today, it’s 1 in 9 — and falling. Some have seen the shrinking size and waning influence of labor unions as a sign that the US economy is growing more flexible and dynamic, but there’s mounting evidence that it is also contributing...
  • Labor MK Accuses Netanyahu of 'Paralyzing Israel'

    08/20/2014 1:59:38 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 3 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 20/8/14 | Ido Ben Porat & Ari Yashar
    MK Erel Margalit (Labor) sharply condemned Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Wednesday morning, in the wake of the massive renewed rocket fire by Hamas terrorists since Tuesday afternoon in breach of the ceasefire. "Where is the prime minister?" asked Margalit on his Facebook page. "This is a disgrace, simply a disgrace. There's no other definition of what is happening here. A terrorist organization is holding target practice on Israel and deciding for it. It sends Israeli residents time and again to shelters and disrupts their lives," continued the MK. Hamas has itself supported Margalit's appraisal that it is determining what...
  • Obama order to expand labor rights for contractors

    07/30/2014 5:50:46 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 30, 2014 | AP News
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is preparing to sign an executive order cracking down on labor violations by companies that contract with the federal government, the White House said Wednesday. Obama's order will require companies seeking federal contracts valued at more than $500,000 to make public any labor law violations in the last three years, a step the Obama administration hopes will incentivize companies to resolve labor disputes such as back wage claims.
  • Breaking the Impasse on Federal Pay

    07/30/2014 8:07:07 AM PDT · by PlasticMan · 4 replies
    FedSmith ^ | 7/27/14 | Howard Risher
    overnment needs a mediator. The stakeholders virtually all agree the General Schedule (GS) system needs to be replaced but each needs to see something different for the planning to move forward. The July 15 congressional hearings made two key points clear: No one defended the GS system, but no one is ready to take the lead to develop a replacement system. With budget cuts through 2021, government could be stuck with a deteriorating work environment. Another point is increasingly clear — in the current political climate the GS salary ranges will not be increased by more than a nominal percentage...
  • UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS

    07/17/2014 7:27:51 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 1 replies
    www.dol.gov ^ | 07-17-2014 | Bureaucrats
    In the week ending July 12, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 302,000, a decrease of 3,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised up by 1,000 from 304,000 to 305,000. The 4-week moving average was 309,000, a decrease of 3,000 from the previous week's revised average. This is the lowest level for this average since June 2, 2007 when it was 307,500. The previous week's average was revised up by 500 from 311,500 to 312,000. There were no special factors impacting this week's initial claims.