Tag: Labor and Jobs

Why Are Middle-Aged Men Missing From the Labor Market?

“This group has been hit by automation, by globalization,” said David Dorn, a Swiss economist who studies labor markets. That fragility theory makes sense to Mr. Rizzo. He had seen the Navy as his ticket out of poverty in Louisiana and had expected to have a career in the service until he broke his back […]

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What to Know About Biden’s and Congress’s Involvement in the Rail Strike

WASHINGTON — The House took the first step on Wednesday to prevent a nationwide rail strike by approving legislation that would impose a labor agreement between rail companies and their workers, one day after congressional leaders met with President Biden on the matter. The measure now moves to the Senate, where it is facing a […]

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Markets Rise as Powell Signals Slowdown in Pace of Rate Increases

Jerome H. Powell, the Federal Reserve chair, said the central bank could slow its interest rate increases at its meeting next month — even as he emphasized that policymakers have more work to do to ensure that rapid price inflation will return to normal. “The time for moderating the pace of rate increases may come […]

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Job Openings Ease, but Layoffs Are Little Changed

Employers continued to pull back in October on the number of jobs they were looking to fill, the latest sign that the labor market is strong but gradually cooling. About 10.3 million positions were open on the last day of October, the Labor Department said Wednesday, down from 10.7 million the previous month. Vacant positions […]

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Some Rail Workers, Seeking Sick Days, Say Biden Betrayed Them

As the legislative representative for his local union, Gabe Christenson, a longtime freight railroad conductor, worked hard to help elect Joe Biden president in 2020. “I have shirts of me campaigning — blue-collar Biden shirts,” he said. “I knocked on doors for him for weeks and weeks.” But since Monday, when President Biden urged Congress […]

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How a ‘Golden Era for Large Cities’ Might Be Turning Into an ‘Urban Doom Loop’

There are a number of ways to describe the changing character of urban America and the ever-evolving nature of post-pandemic life. Tracey H. Loh, a Brookings fellow, wrote in an email that one way to view an urban downtown is like “a natural ecosystem” that has received a major shock: Prior to the pandemic, these […]

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Why Disney Fans Celebrated the Firing of Bob Chapek

Worse was the way Mr. Chapek treated “cast members,” as Disney’s park employees are known. The people who greet you at the park entrance, serve you food and get you safely on and off the rides have an enormous influence on the quality of your visit. I’ve talked to many cast members, from young people […]

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What We Know About the Railroad Labor Talks

How have the unions voted on it the deal? Not every union has rejected the deal. The SMART Transportation Division, which represents freight rail conductors narrowly voted down the contract in November. Members of a second large union, the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen, which primarily represents engineers, voted to approve the agreement, with […]

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What We Know About the Railroad Labor Talks to Prevent a Strike

How have the unions voted on it the deal? Not every union has rejected the deal. The SMART Transportation Division, which represents freight rail conductors narrowly voted down the contract in November. Members of a second large union, the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen, which primarily represents engineers, voted to approve the agreement, with […]

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For Visits With Michelangelo’s David, She Brings a Duster

FLORENCE, Italy — Imagine a job that lets you get up close and personal — really, really up close and personal — with one of the world’s most famous statues. It is one perk of being the in-house restorer of the Galleria dell’Accademia in Florence, Italy, where Eleonora Pucci’s task is to regularly dust Michelangelo’s […]

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Giant Wind Farms Arise Off Scotland, Easing the Pain of Oil’s Decline

The pilot of the nearly 80-foot work boat gunned its powerful engines, pinning the bow against the base of a towering wind turbine in the smooth North Sea. Three men in yellow and orange outfits stepped onto metal rungs and started slowly scaling the nearly 300-foot structure, past the huge blades that help send electricity […]

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These Young Workers Are ‘Romanticizing’ the Return to Office

Meena Kirupakaran didn’t think there was anything especially exciting about her job in publishing. She had an hourlong commute each way, including a 40-minute train ride. The HarperCollins Canada office in Toronto, where she worked as a marketing coordinator, didn’t have cold brew on tap or free lunches. But when she took some shots of […]

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Scenes From the Front Lines of Our Addiction to Fast Fashion

During a shift I process scores of shapeless apparel made of cheap, synthetic fabrics. Most of the items come from Chinese manufacturers with odd brand names like SweatyRocks and AUTOMET, as if created by a bot. Poor quality is not a reason to reject an item from being resold. The flimsy body-con club dresses, threadbare […]

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A Holiday Season Divided by Inflation and Economic Struggles

November has been busier than expected at the Langham Hotel in Boston as luxury travelers book rooms in plush suites and hold meetings in gilded conference rooms. The $135-per-adult Thanksgiving brunch at its in-house restaurant sold out weeks ago. Across town, in Dorchester, demand has been booming for a different kind of food service. Catholic […]

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Saluting in Solidarity

Emojis have a special power to acquire meaning in real time, as some have theorized. “Unlike words, we know exactly when each individual emoji came into existence and are pre-warned of new ones,” reads a 2021 academic paper on the evolving meaning of emojis. Keith Broni, the editor in chief of Emojipedia.com, a reference site […]

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Study: Automation drives income inequality

When you use self-checkout machines in supermarkets and drugstores, you are probably not — with all due respect — doing a better job of bagging your purchases than checkout clerks once did. Automation just makes bagging less expensive for large retail chains. “If you introduce self-checkout kiosks, it’s not going to change productivity all that […]

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Resignations Roil Twitter as Elon Musk Tries Persuading Some Workers to Stay

A spokesman for the F.T.C. declined to comment. The agency previously said it was “tracking recent developments at Twitter with deep concern.” Mr. Musk has said he plans to abide by the privacy agreement. Jeff Seibert, a former head of consumer product at Twitter, called the company’s situation “sad” and “disappointing” and said Mr. Musk’s […]

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New Foundation

Listen and follow ‘Still Processing’Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Stitcher | Amazon Music Wesley and J discuss the push to “return to office” — and what it means for their lives, as well as American culture as a whole. What have 50 years of workplace sitcoms, from “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” to “Abbott Elementary,” […]

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Elon Musk Fires Twitter Employees Who Criticized Him

SAN FRANCISCO — Elon Musk continued cutting Twitter’s work force in his third week of owning the social media company, firing employees who had criticized him and eliminating contractors. Early on Tuesday, Mr. Musk’s team ordered nearly two dozen Twitter employees who had pushed back publicly and privately against him to be fired, three people […]

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As Britain Braces for Painful Budget Cuts, the Mood Is Gloomy

SWINDON, England — Britain’s energy crisis hit Chris Watts quicker and harder than most business people: His company installs and fixes gas boilers. As soon as news of skyrocketing fuel bills surfaced last August, he said, customers began putting off repairs and replacements. Desperate to cut expenses, many have yet to switch on the heat […]

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Musk Paints Bleak Picture for Twitter as Executives Depart

On Thursday, more Twitter executives resigned. They included Kathleen Pacini, a human resources leader; Yoel Roth, the head of trust and safety; and Robin Wheeler, an advertising executive, according to four people familiar with the matter. There was confusion about some executives, including when Ms. Wheeler wrote in an internal company message on Thursday afternoon, […]

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Laid Off by Twitter, Then Tweeting About It

There were few scenes of workers packing up their cubicles, shoving plaques in boxes and commiserating over beers. Instead, there were tweets. Hung Truong, an engineer, watched his Twitter feed fill with layoff-related posts this past week. Friends and former colleagues were all out of work. Mr. Truong, 39, had been there. At the start […]

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Tech’s Talent Wars Have Come Back to Bite It

When Stripe, a payments start-up valued at $74 billion, laid off more than 1,000 employees this month, its co-founders blamed themselves. “We overhired for the world we’re in,” they wrote. “We were much too optimistic.” After Elon Musk, Twitter’s new owner, slashed the company’s staffing in half last week, Jack Dorsey, a founder and former […]

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Meta Lays Off More Than 11,000 Employees

“This will add up to a meaningful cultural shift in how we operate,” he said. The company will focus on a smaller number of “high priority” areas, he said, including artificial intelligence, advertising and the metaverse. On Tuesday, Mr. Zuckerberg met with executives to discuss the layoffs, two people who took part in the meeting […]

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Meta Is Said to Plan Significant Job Cuts This Week

SAN FRANCISCO — Meta plans to lay off employees this week, three people with knowledge of the situation said, adding that the job cuts were set to be the most significant at the company since it was founded in 2004. It was unclear how many people would be cut and in which departments, said the […]

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Can Republicans and Democrats Find a Way Forward on Immigration?

Democrats see little political advantage in talking about immigration during the campaign. But letting Republicans fill that void means the G.O.P. message is often the only narrative Americans hear about immigration. In general, border and immigration policy are two of Mr. Biden’s least favorite issues to discuss, his staff has said, since it is an […]

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The Lingering Tragedy of Japan’s Lost Generation

The response by the Liberal Democratic Party, which has dominated postwar Japan, is blamed for worsening things with policies focused on sustaining corporate profits. In the process, the full-time work force was trimmed, and short-term jobs with reduced or no benefits have increased. A period of job market paralysis known as the employment ice age […]

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U.S. Added 261,000 Jobs in Strong Showing

Job growth in October was broad-based, with businesses across the economy hiring at a rapid clip. The health care sector added 53,000 workers. Even manufacturing, which has been bracing for a downturn, added 32,000 jobs, though other indicators suggest that rate may not continue for much longer, as consumer spending continues to shift away from […]

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