Tag Archives: Labor

There’s a Massive Difference in Min. Wage Across the Country — It’s $16 Some Places

Minimum wage hikes! Are you against them? Why do you hate poor people so much? If there’s one throughline to the minimum wage debate, it’s that it’s essentially free money for the impoverished and the young. On the other hand is what Greta Thunberg might call “fairy tales of eternal economic growth” — the idea…

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Kanye Faces Backlash Over Announcement He Is Moving Operations to Solid-Red Wyoming

Millionaire musician and businessman Kanye West has taken no shortage of news and social media abuse over the last decade for everything from feuding with fellow celebrities to supporting President Donald Trump to even his new-found Christian faith. Yet at the outset of a new decade, West has somehow managed to emerge once again as…

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Fox Host Bolton Says Trump Should Plaster This Chart ‘Absolutely Everywhere’

At the Democratic presidential debate earlier this week in Iowa, several of the candidates made it clear they were ready to take on President Donald Trump regarding America’s economy. Pete Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, declared, “I am ready to take on this president on the economy, because I am from the…

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Bottom Half of Households Nearly 50% Richer Under Trump

The Trump economy is giving the greatest benefits to those who have been at the bottom, according to new data from the Council of Economic Advisers. Data released by the CEA shows that over 11 quarters from the end of 2016 through the first half of 2019, the net wealth of the top 1 percent…

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New Jobs Numbers Show Continued Growth, Low Unemployment Rate

U.S. employers added 145,000 jobs in December and the unemployment rate held steady at 3.5 percent, signaling that the job market remains strong at the start of 2020 even if hiring and wage gains have slowed somewhat more than a decade into an economic expansion. Friday’s snapshot from the Labor Department showed hiring slipped from…

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Liberal Vox Fires Hundreds After ‘Workers’ Bill It Supported Ends Up Passing

Notoriously liberal Vox Media has laid off hundreds of freelance employees shortly before a law that it previously praised goes into effect in January. The contractors who were let go were all based in California, and that was no coincidence. The company’s sports website SB Nation cited a very specific piece of legislation that made…

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6-Year-Old Girl Discovers Plea from Foreign Prisoners in Christmas Card

A 6-year-old London girl discovered a plea inside a Christmas card purporting to be from foreign prisoners forced to do labor. Florence Widdicombe was looking through the Christmas cards her mother had purchased from a Tesco supermarket when she discovered a card with a handwritten message on it, her father told the BBC. The note…

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Report: Computer Home Plate Umpires Could Be Coming to MLB Soon

Computer plate umpires could be called up to the major leagues at some point during the next five seasons. Umpires agreed to cooperate with Major League Baseball in the development and testing of an automated ball-strike system as part of a five-year labor contract announced Saturday, two people familiar with the deal told The Associated…

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New Data Shows Sizable Jump in Available Jobs as Economy Roars Along

The number of available jobs jumped in October after hitting an 18-month low the previous month, a sign the job market remains strong. The Labor Department said Tuesday that the number of available positions rose 3.3 percent to nearly 7.3 million. That suggests that businesses remain confident enough in the economic outlook to create more…

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Holiday Unemployment Down 3 Million from Obama Economy at Same Time 5 Years Ago

The weather outside in Washington isn’t particularly frightful right now. As I sit down to write this, it’s going to maybe hit 44 degrees Fahrenheit on Saturday and the forecast is for sunny weather. The night might be a little bit chilly — going down to about 27 — but given that most of D.C.…

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Ivanka Trump Has Been Quietly Tackling Paid Family Leave and Affordable Child Care

Thursday’s White House summit on paid family leave and affordable child care will cap months of low-profile efforts by Ivanka Trump to build consensus on a major issue facing America’s working families. The summit will feature a report from the first daughter, a senior adviser to President Donald Trump, on her observations from the months…

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Trump Economy: Excellent Jobs Report Squashes Concerns of Recession

Hiring in the United States jumped last month to its highest level since January, as U.S. employers shrugged off trade conflicts and a global slowdown, and added 266,000 jobs. The unemployment rate dipped to 3.5 percent from 3.6 percent in October, matching a half-century low, the Labor Department reported Friday. And wages rose a solid…

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Walmart Faces Backlash for Offering Employees Discount Instead of Holiday Pay

Walmart is facing a backlash because it no longer offers holiday pay to employees who work on Thanksgiving Day. According to the Guardian, Walmart’s policy of not paying extra for holiday work sets it apart from other retailers such as Target and Amazon. “Walmart doesn’t offer holiday pay. They have a discount you have to…

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Uber Loses License To Operate in London Due to Safety Concerns

London’s transit authority on Monday refused to renew Uber’s operating license over concerns about impostor drivers, with the ride-hailing company vowing to appeal the decision as it struggles to secure its future in the British capital. It’s the latest chapter in Uber’s rocky history with London transport officials, who have subjected the San Francisco-based tech…

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New Jersey Orders Uber to Pay $650 Million in Employment Taxes for Drivers

Uber has been ordered to pay close to $650 million in employment taxes in New Jersey after the state’s department of labor said the ride-sharing company misclassified its drivers as independent contractors, according to a Bloomberg report.

Workers Say Target’s Move To Increase Minimum Wage Has Backfired

Target employees across America say they are suffering from a decrease in hours after the company said it would raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020, according to a report by CNN Business. The dozens of former and current Target employees interviewed said that less hours have made it difficult or even…

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Democrat Presidential Candidates Urge Cheap Labor Forever

Democratic candidates for the White House are promising to give business donors an endless supply of cheap immigrant labor that would cut off Americans’ demands for higher wages.

Business, Media Tell Trump: Don’t Integrate Migration and Trade Policies

Business groups and establishment media outlets are urging President Donald Trump to split his trade and migration policies, even though business includes cheap-labor immigration in their own trade policies.