Tag: Labor and Jobs

Globalization Is Moving Past the U.S. and Its Vision of World Order

LONDON — If globalization were ever going to unravel, the beginning would probably feel something like this. President Trump, the leader of the country that built the world trading system, continues to disrupt international commerce as a weapon wielded in pursuit of national aims. He has unleashed trade hostilities with China, placed tariffs on steel […]

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In Japan, It’s a Riveting TV Plot: Can a Worker Go Home on Time?

TOKYO — Last month, as Americans tuned in to the final episode of “Game of Thrones,” Japan was indulging in its own television fantasy world. In this one, a woman dares to leave work at 6 p.m. sharp. The determination of Yui Higashiyama, a 30-something project manager who wants nothing more than to get out […]

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New York Can Win on Climate and Racial Justice

Luz Velez became a climate change activist because she almost lost her life to pollution-related illnesses. Living near a major freight trucking hub in Buffalo, she has suffered from multiple, potentially deadly respiratory ailments. Ms. Velez is fighting back. Last week, she joined more than 400 New Yorkers from across the state, representing the 180 […]

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Food App Couriers Exploit Migrants Desperate for Work in France

PARIS — Aymen Arfaoui strapped on a plastic Uber Eats bag and checked his cellphone for the fastest bicycle route before pedaling into the stream of cars circling the Place de la République. Time was money, and Mr. Arfaoui, a nervous 18-year-old migrant, needed cash. “I’m doing this because I have to eat,” he said, […]

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How Data Can Help You Win in the Winner-Take-All Economy

This article is adapted from the book “How to Win in a Winner-Take-All World,” to be published June 18 by St. Martin’s Press. On the day I met Brett Ostrum, in a conference room in Redmond, Wash., he was wearing a black leather jacket and a neat goatee, and his laptop was covered with stickers […]

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‘Catastrophic,’ ‘Cataclysmic’: Trump’s Tariff Threat Has Retailers Sounding Alarm

Already battered by the e-commerce revolution, traditional retail stores are bracing for another blow — new tariffs on $300 billion worth of Chinese imports that the Trump administration is threatening to impose. Retailers and analysts warn the impact will be disastrous for an industry already tormented by vacant storefronts and deserted malls. The reason: Unlike […]

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Money Is Not Just for Men

You’re reading In Her Words, where women rule the headlines. Sign up here to get it delivered to your inbox. Let me know what you think at dearmaya@nytimes.com. “I would argue that in our society, money is a male construct.” — Sallie Krawcheck, co-founder and C.E.O. of Ellevest, an investment platform for women Remember that […]

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Volkswagen Factory Workers in Tennessee Reject Union

In the latest defeat for organized labor in the South, workers at a Volkswagen plant in Tennessee rejected an effort to form a union this week. Of the roughly 1,600 workers who voted, 833 opposed the unionization effort, according to results released late Friday. The United Automobile Workers has been trying to organize the factory, […]

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At Happy Hour, Kindergarten Rules Apply

Send questions about the office, money, careers and work-life balance to workfriend@nytimes.com. Include your name and location, even if you want them withheld. Letters may be edited. How Can I Reject an Invitation I Don’t Receive? How should I feel about not being invited to after-work socializing? My boss and most of my co-workers are […]

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Death to the Meritocracy with Andrew Yang

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Play | RadioPublic | Stitcher Andrew Yang is an Ivy League-educated tech entrepreneur who’s never held political office. So why is he running for president — and what would he do if he won? This week on “The Argument,” […]

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My Husband’s Will Pits Me Against Our Daughter. What Can I Do?

My husband and I have been together for many years and have a teenage daughter; he also has a daughter from a prior relationship, who is a grown woman. He is a wonderful father to both. He has covered all my stepdaughter’s expenses from childhood, and her education, including living expenses and vacations. We are […]

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Wall Street Asks When, Not if, the Fed Will Cut Interest Rates

The American economy is showing signs of cooling, and Wall Street is counting on Jerome H. Powell, the chairman of the Federal Reserve, to come to the rescue. The big question facing the Fed is when, not whether, to act, as far as investors are concerned. But the Fed faces a tricky balancing act as […]

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Japan Desperately Needs More Day Care Workers. New Mothers Need Not Apply.

TOKYO — Ever since she was a young girl, all Erica Takato wanted to do was work with small children. She earned a degree in early childhood education and started her career in a profession of utmost importance for Japan: teaching preschool. Until she got pregnant and was hounded from her job. A few weeks […]

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New Evidence of Age Bias in Hiring, and a Push to Fight It

MADISON, Ala. — Across the United States, mammoth corporations and family businesses share a complaint: a shortage of workers. As the unemployment rate has tunneled its way to a half-century low, employers insist they must scramble to lure applicants. The shadow of age bias in hiring, though, is long. Tens of thousands of workers say […]

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The Job Market Isn’t as Strong as It Seemed. The Fed Needs to Pay Attention.

ImageA Mercedes-Benz factory in Vance, Ala.CreditAndrew Caballero-Reynolds/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images As of 8:29 a.m. Friday, things were shaping up for the Federal Reserve to face a real conundrum at its policy meeting in less than two weeks. Some financial market indicators, mainly in the bond market, were suggesting that the economy was weakening and […]

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Employers Added 75,000 Jobs in May; Unemployment Rate Steady at 3.6%

75,000 jobs were created last month. Analysts had expected a gain of about 175,000 jobs, according to Bloomberg. The unemployment rate was 3.6 percent, the same as in April. Average hourly earnings rose by 0.2 percent, the same rate as in April. Over the last 12 months, earnings have risen by a solid 3.1 percent. […]

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Employers Added 75,000 Jobs in May; Unemployment Steady at 3.6%

The Labor Department released its latest estimate of hiring and unemployment on Friday morning. The monthly report provides one of the most reliable pictures of the American economy. The Numbers 75,000 jobs were created last month. Analysts had expected a gain of about 175,000 jobs, according to Bloomberg. The unemployment rate was 3.6 percent, the […]

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What to Expect From the May Jobs Report

The Labor Department will release its estimate of hiring and unemployment for May at 8:30 a.m. Eastern time. The monthly report provides a snapshot of the American economy. Analysts on Wall Street are predicting a gain of about 175,000 jobs, according to Bloomberg, compared with an increase of 263,000 in April. The unemployment rate is […]

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After Fiat-Renault Merger Implodes, Fingers Point to French Government

PARIS — It was supposed to be a transformative merger in an industry facing intractable challenges. But Fiat Chrysler and Renault ran headlong this week into a familiar problem in France: the government itself. With the two companies edging toward a deal, officials in Paris played a role that comes naturally — safeguarding jobs and […]

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Why Fiat Chrysler’s Talks With Renault Fell Apart

The proposed merger of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Renault, a tie-up seen as a transformative deal in an industry facing with technological challenges, fell apart on Wednesday, and the recriminations started almost immediately. The stock prices of both companies — which jumped after Fiat announced its plan last week — are feeling the effects. In […]

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