Tag: Labor and Jobs

Hundreds Will Spend the Night in Sleeping Bags on Times Square

In Britain, men and women who have nowhere to live except sidewalks and parks are known as rough sleepers. In the United States, those in similar circumstances are called street homeless. Whatever the term, there are people everywhere living under such conditions, creating what Josh Littlejohn described as a crisis that all countries have an […]

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Amazon Grows in New York, Reviving Debate Over Abandoned Queens Project

Amazon said on Friday that it would lease office space in Midtown Manhattan for more than 1,500 employees, increasing its presence in New York City less than a year after abandoning plans for a second headquarters in Queens in the face of stiff local opposition. The retail giant said it had a signed a lease […]

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French Strike Aims to Save an Envied, but Convoluted, Approach to Pensions

PARIS — Stéphane Vardon has worked as a conductor on France’s high-speed and suburban rail network for 20 years. It is hard work, he says, and he’d like to retire before he turns 58, a privilege he now fears President Emmanuel Macron is going to strip away. So this week, when nearly one million French […]

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With Impeachment Unfolding Amid a Booming Economy, What Will Voters Prioritize?

WASHINGTON — President Trump was greeted Friday morning with news of a blockbuster jobs report, showing that employers added 266,000 jobs in November and the unemployment rate fell to 3.5 percent, its lowest level since 1969. The country’s economic condition, which has historically aligned with a president’s re-election chances, should be helping Mr. Trump sail […]

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How a Strong Job Market Has Proved the Experts Wrong

ImageA construction site in Miami this summer.Credit…Brynn Anderson/Associated Press There are a lot of good things to say, and few bad things to say, about the November employment numbers that were published Friday morning. Employers added 266,000 jobs, a blockbuster number even after accounting for the one-time boost of about 41,000 striking General Motors workers […]

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Strong November Jobs Report Counters Anxieties Over Weakening Economy

■ The unemployment rate was 3.5 percent, down from the previous month. ■ Average hourly earnings rose 0.2 percent, with a year-over-year gain of 3.1 percent. The Takeaway The return of tens of thousands of striking workers to their jobs at General Motors helped supercharge hiring totals last month. The reassuring jobs report, released Friday […]

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What to Expect From the November Jobs Report

The Labor Department will release the latest hiring and unemployment figures for November at 8:30 a.m. Eastern time. Here’s what to watch for: Wall Street analysts are forecasting a stronger showing than the previous month, with payroll gains of 180,000, up from the 128,000 initially reported for October. The unemployment rate is expected to be […]

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Can a Coal Town Reinvent Itself?

GRUNDY, Va. — Jay Rife surveys the landscape — hundreds of flat, grassy acres reclaimed from a spent mountaintop mine once operated by the Paramont Coal Company. A few handsome homes stand on one end of the project. An 80,000-square-foot shell, to house some future manufacturing operation, is being built on another. For the intrepid, […]

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How a Preacher’s Grandson From Rural Georgia Grew Up to Lead Cisco

When the Business Roundtable issued a statement in August arguing that companies should no longer advance only the interests of shareholders, Cisco’s chief executive, Chuck Robbins, was among those acclaiming the release as a seminal moment for corporate America. Yes, Mr. Robbins is a board member of the Business Roundtable, a lobbying organization that represents […]

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The Chinese Roots of Italy’s Far-Right Rage

PRATO, Italy — Like everyone in her family and most of the people in the factories where she labored in this town nurtured by the textile trade, Roberta Travaglini counted herself an unwavering supporter of the political left. During her childhood, her father brought her to boisterous Communist Party rallies full of music, dancing and […]

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G.M. Has Partner for Battery Making: LG Chem

General Motors, with ambitious plans to produce millions of electric cars, has secured an important partner in that effort. In a securities filing on Thursday in South Korea, LG Chem announced that a subsidiary would invest $916 million over the next four years “to finance the future establishment of a joint venture” in automotive battery […]

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The American Health Care Industry Is Killing People

Won’t you spare a thought for America’s medical debt collectors? And while you’re at it, will you say a prayer for the nation’s health care billing managers? Let’s also consider the kindly, economically productive citizens in swing states whose job it is to jail pregnant women and the parents of cancer patients for failing to […]

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Democrats Are Crazy to Leave Any Worker Behind

Organized labor is the lifeblood of liberal politics in the United States. Unions backed Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal reforms, gave critical support to the fight for the Great Society and powered Democratic political victories throughout the 20th century. Even now, the Democratic Party is generally strongest in states where organized labor has the most […]

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Men Say They Want Paid Leave but Then Don’t Use All of It. What Stops Them?

ImageA new report says men feel freer to take leave when company leaders do. As a supporter of family leave, Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of Reddit and husband of Serena Williams, took time off to care for their daughter, Olympia.Credit…Paul Kane/Getty Images Men today are as likely as women to say they need to have time […]

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Watch 4 Decades of Inequality Drive American Cities Apart

In 1980, highly paid workers in Binghamton, N.Y., earned about four and a half times what low-wage workers there did. The gap between them, in a region full of I.B.M. executives and manufacturing jobs, was about the same as the gap between the workers near the top and the bottom in metro New York. Since […]

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As Troubles Grow, Mexicans Keep the Faith With Their President

PARAÍSO, Mexico — Every day before dawn, a knot of unemployed men gather at the gate of a construction site, hoping to land a job building a new oil refinery that Mexico’s president promises will bring riches to this forgotten corner of southeastern Mexico. They linger until noon before drifting off in the haze of […]

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Trump’s Trade Deal Steals a Page From Democrats’ Playbook

WASHINGTON — House Democrats return to Washington on Monday facing a difficult choice: Should they hand President Trump a victory in the midst of a heated impeachment battle or walk away from one of the most progressive trade pacts ever negotiated by either party? The Trump administration agreed with Canada and Mexico on revisions to […]

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U.A.W. and Fiat Chrysler Reach Tentative Labor Deal

The United Automobile Workers union reached a tentative agreement on Saturday on a new labor contract with Fiat Chrysler, the last of the three Detroit automakers at the bargaining table. The union’s national council will meet on Dec. 4 to approve the contract before it is put to a ratification vote by union members. The […]

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A Whistle-Blower, a Collapsed Hotel, an Imminent Deportation

In early October, a worker posted a video of a building under construction that looked like it was about to collapse. It was slated to be a Hard Rock Hotel, just off the French Quarter, its temporary beams bent under the weight of the floors above. “It’s the best engineering,” the worker said sarcastically in […]

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The Forgotten Origins of Paid Family Leave

Working mothers have never had it easy — but a century ago this weekend, they won a landmark victory. On Nov. 29, 1919, the nascent International Labor Organization adopted the Maternity Protection Convention of 1919, calling for 12 weeks of paid maternity leave, free medical care during and after pregnancy, job guarantees upon return to […]

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Underwater Drones, Mars Rover Parts and a High-Tech Revival

On a crisp afternoon in late September, a submarine launched from Governors Island. The 100-pound unmanned vessel bobbed in the waves for a few minutes before dipping briefly underwater, then returned to the dock. Brian Wilson looked on like a worried parent watching a child swim alone for the first time. “There’s no GPS underwater,” […]

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