Tag: Government Employees

U.S. Economy Added 304,000 Jobs in January; Unemployment at 4%

The Labor Department released its monthly estimate of hiring, unemployment and wages for January on Friday morning. The report provided an important snapshot of the American economy. 304,000 jobs were added last month. Economists had expected a gain of about 172,000. The unemployment rate rose to 4.0 percent, from 3.9 percent. Average earnings rose 3 […]

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Why This Jobs Report Will Be a Mess

The Labor Department will release its monthly estimate of hiring and unemployment at 8:30 a.m. Friday. Economists surveyed by MarketWatch expect the report to show a gain of 172,000 jobs in January, down from the 312,000 added in December. But there’s even more uncertainty than usual. The Big Picture The job market ended 2018 in […]

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Stanley Hill, 82, Dies; Led New York City’s Biggest Public Union

Stanley Hill, a pioneering black labor leader who headed New York City’s largest public employee union for more than a decade, until he was forced to step down amid revelations of overspending and mismanagement, died on Friday in Queens. He was 82. His death, at a hospital, was confirmed by his son Brett, who said […]

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Government Reopens as Trump Casts Doubt on Prospects for a Border Wall Deal

WASHINGTON — Hundreds of thousands of federal employees returned to work on Monday with a presidential promise of a paycheck “very quickly” but no guarantee that they will be working in three weeks, when a temporary stopgap of funding expires. President Trump and congressional Democrats arrived at a short-term agreement late on Friday, reopening the […]

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On Washington: With Pain Still Fresh, Lawmakers Make Push to Outlaw Shutdowns

WASHINGTON — Was this the shutdown to end all shutdowns? The answer could be yes. The toll exacted on government operations and federal employees by the record 35-day stalemate — not to mention the political costs to those in the White House and on Capitol Hill — was so punishing that it is giving momentum […]

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The Wilbur Ross Debacle

This article is part of David Leonhardt’s newsletter. You can sign up here to receive it each weekday. First, Roger Stone — the longtime adviser to President Trump — was indicted this morning on seven counts, including witness tampering and obstruction. Legal analysts and journalists are still sorting through the charges. But as Quinta Jurecic […]

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Another Loan? Furloughed Employees Balk at Wilbur Ross’s Suggestion

The latest advice the Trump administration is giving government employees who are missing their paychecks: Just borrow some money. Eric Pfeifer, a furloughed United States Forest Service employee, is not really sure how that would work. He is already carrying a mortgage from a new house he closed on in mid-December and had to barter […]

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Who Needs a Paycheck Anyway?

On Thursday morning, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross — a man whose extraordinarily shady financial history doesn’t get the attention it deserves — appeared on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” to talk about the government shutdown. He expressed bafflement at the idea of unpaid federal workers suffering financial hardship, wondering why they don’t just take out loans. “There […]

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Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross Says Federal Workers Should Take Loans During Shutdown

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said on Thursday he didn’t understand why unpaid federal workers would use services like food banks, suggesting instead that they should take out loans to stay afloat during the partial government shutdown that has stretched to 34 days with no end in sight. “The obligations that they would undertake — say […]

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They Build Spacecraft and Fight Epidemics for America. The Shutdown May Scare Them Away.

CLEVELAND — When things overheat, corrode and stop working, that is when they call in Gustavo Costa. It’s a rare expertise, critical to everything from space travel to fracking, and it keeps him in steady demand as a contractor at NASA’s John H. Glenn Research Center. It has also put Dr. Costa, a United States […]

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Divisions Over Trump Complicate Unions’ Response to Government Shutdown

It was a case study in mixed messaging. On a Thursday in early January, furloughed aviation inspectors picketed Miami International Airport demanding an end to the government shutdown. On the same day, 1,000 miles away, Border Patrol union leaders appeared at a news briefing with President Trump, backing the shutdown and his plan for a […]

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Government Shutdown Forces Airports to Rely on Backup Security Screeners

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] The government shutdown continues to put extraordinary pressure on the nation’s air-travel system, with as many as one of every 10 transportation security officers failing to show up for work and reserve workers having to be flown in to […]

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From Highly Paid Federal Worker to Uber Driver: The Side Hustles of the Shutdown

MILWAUKEE — Angela Kelley kissed her 3-year-old granddaughter goodbye and sent her up the steps of her Montessori school. She had to get ready for work. Or, for what passed for work on this gray morning a month into the shutdown. On any other Thursday morning, Ms. Kelley, 51, would have been settling into her […]

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The Shutdown Shows the Weakness of the Resistance

The grass-roots progressive movement known as the resistance has had a very good two years. It beat back attempts to take health insurance away from millions of Americans, and it helped defeat a Republican House majority that was enabling President Trump. Neither of those outcomes looked likely when he took office. But the government shutdown […]

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Federal Employees Turn to Pawnshops Amid Shutdown’s Financial Pinch

Televisions. Jewelry. Tools. At Blaine Fortner’s pawnshop in Billings, Mont., there has been a slow but steady increase in one segment of his clientele pawning these and other items in exchange for cash: employees of the federal government. As the longest government shutdown in American history continues, federal workers who are not getting paid are […]

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As the Shutdown Drags On, Federal Workers File for Unemployment

On the second day of the year, Danielle Miller gave up on the federal government. Furloughed from her Internal Revenue Service job near Cincinnati and fearful of running out of money during the partial government shutdown, she filed for unemployment benefits: $414 a week, about $200 less than usual. “Once Christmas came and went, after […]

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As Shutdown Drags On, Some Step Up to Help Unpaid Federal Workers

WASHINGTON — When the government shut down in late December, Morgan McKay offered free pizza and wine to furloughed and otherwise unpaid federal workers at her popular Denver restaurant, Oblio’s. Ms. McKay expected to host no more than three or four unpaid workers a night. Instead, a dozen or more have appeared nightly, joined by […]

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In Shadow of Trump Hotel, Unpaid Federal Workers Find Help

WASHINGTON — Along Pennsylvania Avenue, not far from the Trump International Hotel and in between the Capitol and the White House, Carrie Wilder, a single mother and 11-year government employee, was on the verge of tears as she waited for free food. “I’ve never felt the pervasive sense of hopelessness that I feel now,” said […]

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Government Shutdown Shakes Stability of Jobs That Are Often the Best Around

Verla Bloomfield has the kind of workplace that seems plucked from a different era. She has a pension, a union, several weeks of vacation and a paycheck that has nearly doubled in 14 years. Her employer? The United States government. “People used to work for companies their whole life and retire and take their pension […]

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