Tag: Labor and Jobs

The Best Way to Rejuvenate Rural America? Invest in Cities

A stark spatial hierarchy is emerging in the United States. Big cities are ascendant, enjoying accelerated job growth in a knowledge-driven economy, while midsize cities, small metro areas and rural communities struggle to keep pace. These geographic fault lines have provoked a debate about how to revitalize rural America. What if the best way to […]

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Stop & Shop Strike Ends With Union Claiming Victory on Pay and Health Care

After more than three months of negotiations and 11 days on strike, over 30,000 Stop & Shop workers have reached a tentative agreement with the supermarket chain that they said met their demands for better pay and health care coverage. The employees, members of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union at more than […]

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Trump’s Washing Machine Tariffs Stung Consumers While Lifting Corporate Profits

President Trump’s decision to impose tariffs on imported washing machines has had an odd effect: It raised prices on washing machines, as expected, but also drove up the cost of clothes dryers, which rose by $92 last year. What appears to have happened, according to new research from economists at the University of Chicago and […]

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Progressive Capitalism Is Not an Oxymoron

Despite the lowest unemployment rates since the late 1960s, the American economy is failing its citizens. Some 90 percent have seen their incomes stagnate or decline in the past 30 years. This is not surprising, given that the United States has the highest level of inequality among the advanced countries and one of the lowest […]

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Are You a Very English Butler? The U.K. Government Needs You

LONDON — Of the current vacancies in the British government’s hundreds of job listings for policy and strategy advisers, one stands out. Wanted: two butlers. Duties include delivering “the highest quality V.I.P. hospitality for all government departments and ministers” and managing the government’s wine cellar. Maximum annual salary: 30,000 pounds (not quite $40,000). Only British […]

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Foxconn’s Deal With Wisconsin Should Be Revised, Gov. Tony Evers Says

Gov. Tony Evers of Wisconsin is dubious that Foxconn, the Taiwanese electronics giant known for making iPhones, will fulfill its promise of creating 13,000 jobs at a planned plant in the state. So he wants a redo of the contract. “I think at this point in time that would be an unreal expectation when they’re […]

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If Trump Country Soars, Will the President Glide to a Second Term?

In small but politically significant ways, the economy under President Trump has favored regions and constituencies that supported him in 2016. These are the men and women whom Trump called forgotten Americans. The emerging pattern of economic growth reverses a trend that held from the 2008 recession to 2016, in which Democratic-leaning states and counties […]

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Square Feet: A New Recruitment Tool for Construction: The Joystick

Plastic excavators, bulldozers and cranes fueled by imagination have long captivated toddlers. Now, the construction industry is trying to attract teenagers with realistic computer simulators of those same heavy machines, hoping to build a younger work force. With the retirement of baby boomers in full swing, the construction industry is grappling with its biggest challenge: […]

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Stop & Shop Workers Are on Strike at Over 240 Stores in New England

More than 30,000 Stop & Shop supermarket workers across three states remained on strike for a third day on Saturday, protesting what they said were unfair wages and high health insurance premiums. The strike, by United Food and Commercial Workers International Union members working at more than 240 Stop & Shops in Connecticut, Massachusetts and […]

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He Has Driven for Uber Since 2012. He Makes About $40,000 a Year.

COTATI, Calif. — Uber’s public stock offering next month will make a bunch of people remarkably rich. Peter Ashlock is not one of them, although he has toiled for the ride-hailing company almost since the beginning. Mr. Ashlock, who will be 71 next week, has racked up more than 25,000 trips as an Uber driver […]

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Marijuana Testing of Job Applicants Is Barred by City in Groundbreaking Measure

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Most employers in New York City would no longer be able to force job applicants to take drug tests for marijuana use, under a bill overwhelmingly approved this week by the City Council. If the drug-screening law is enacted, […]

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At Trump’s Florida Resort Empire, a Quiet Effort to Eliminate an Undocumented Work Force

PALM BEACH, Fla. — Behind the clipped hedges of President Trump’s sumptuous private clubs in South Florida, including his Mar-a-Lago estate where he has spent many getaway weekends, there has long been a built-in contradiction to the policy the president has repeatedly described as “America First.” Many of his employees have foreign passports. Romanians serve […]

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U.S. Wants to Allow More Foreign Workers While Also Restricting Immigration

The federal government wants to issue more visas for foreign workers to take temporary jobs in housekeeping, landscaping and other fields — even as President Trump seeks to seal off the border with Mexico, where most of those workers come from. The Departments of Homeland Security and Labor said they planned to issue up to […]

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Philippines Dispatch: A Family Craft With a Deadly Toll: Illegal Gun Making

DANAO, Philippines — In the remote, mist-covered slopes outside the city of Danao in the central Philippines sits the illegal, makeshift workshop of a master gun maker. Accessible only by foot on a steep, winding pathway camouflaged by thick vegetation, the ramshackle shop owned by I. Launa has a tattered tarpaulin roof, a work table […]

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Modern Monetary Theory Finds an Embrace in an Unexpected Place: Wall Street

The package of eccentric ideas known as modern monetary theory — for example, that annual deficits are too small, and that the United States can essentially print money to pay off its debt — has been on the receiving end of a remarkable level of vitriol. In policy circles, heavyweight economists have churned out scathing […]

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