Tag: Wages and Salaries

Union Says G.M. Strike Will Go On Until Workers Vote on Deal

DETROIT — Leaders of union locals voted Thursday to approve a tentative contract agreement with General Motors, but said a strike against the automaker would continue until workers voted to ratify the deal. After a lengthy meeting in Detroit, the group said voting by the 49,000 members of the United Automobile Workers at G.M. plants […]

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The G.M. Strike Was the Best and the Worst of the Labor Movement

United Automobile Workers leaders voted Thursday on a tentative agreement to end a monthlong walkout by 50,000 workers at General Motors over wages, health insurance premiums and the use of temporary and “tiered” contracts. The accord includes raises and a large ratification bonus and gives temps a path to permanent status — but it also […]

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G.M. Deal Saves One Plant, Union Says, but 3 Others Stay Shut

DETROIT — General Motors has agreed to continue production at a Detroit plant it had planned to shut down, but will not resume operations at three others recently idled, the United Automobile Workers union said Thursday in announcing the terms of a tentative contract agreement. The details were released as leaders of the union’s G.M. […]

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Is the G.M. Strike Over? 5 Key Questions, Answered

After a monthlong strike that has idled General Motors plants across the Midwest and South, union leaders will gather on Thursday in Detroit to consider a deal that could send the picketing autoworkers back to the assembly lines. The details of the tentative agreement have not been announced, but the union, the United Automobile Workers, […]

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U.A.W. Announces Tentative Contract Deal with G.M.

The United Automobile Workers union announced Wednesday that it had reached a tentative agreement with General Motors on a new labor contract that could end a monthlong strike that has idled G.M. plants across the Midwest and South. Details of the contract terms were not released, although the union said it had “achieved major wins.” […]

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Talks to End G.M. Strike Take ‘Turn for the Worse,’ U.A.W. Says

General Motors and the striking United Auto Workers hit an impasse in contract talks on Sunday over the question of moving production from Mexico to plants in the United States, two people close to the talks said. The union, which has been on strike since Sept. 16, has pressed G.M. to shift production of some […]

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Jobs Numbers for the Optimists, the Pessimists, and Everybody in Between

The September jobs numbers have something for everybody. Say you’re a president about to run for re-election and you’re looking to boast about the fantastic economy. Good news! The unemployment rate fell to 3.5 percent, the lowest in nearly five decades. The drop, from 3.7 percent, occurred for good reasons — more people were working. […]

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September Jobs Report: What to Watch For

The Labor Department will release the latest hiring and unemployment figures for September at 8:30 a.m. Eastern time. The monthly report provides one of the better snapshots of the state of the American economy. Here’s what to watch for: Wall Street analysts expect the report to show that job creation picked up last month, with […]

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G.M. Restores Workers’ Health Coverage as Strike Continues

General Motors said Thursday that it would continue health care coverage for striking workers, reversing an earlier decision, as the company and the United Auto Workers union negotiated a new labor contract. The company said last week that it would cease payments providing coverage at the end of September, prompting the union to scramble to […]

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Employer Health Insurance Is Increasingly Unaffordable, Study Finds

Jessie McCormick had to quit her job to afford health care. Ms. McCormick, 27, who has a heart condition, had an opportunity to move from part time to full time in her job at a small nonprofit in Washington. Working full time would qualify her for the firm’s health plan. But she calculated that her […]

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U.S. Labor Dept. Makes More Workers Eligible for Overtime

The Labor Department on Tuesday announced that it had finalized a rule expanding overtime pay eligibility to up to 1.3 million workers. Under the new rule, most salaried workers who earn less than about $35,500 per year will be eligible for time-and-a-half overtime pay, up from the current threshold of about $23,700. The rule is […]

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The Virtuous Corporation Is Not an Oxymoron

At a time when the federal government is doing little to nothing on matters of great public concern — gun control, paid parental leave, higher wages, you name it — the corporate sector has been urged, pushed and sometimes shamed to fill in the gaps. This year Amazon decided, under pressure, to raise wages for […]

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Autoworkers Face a Tough Road Ahead

After years of labor peace in the automobile industry, about 50,000 members of the United Automobile Workers have gone on strike against General Motors, seeking to redress years of pain, particularly during the 2008 recession and subsequent rescue by the Obama administration. Having headed President Barack Obama’s auto task force, I’m deeply sympathetic to the […]

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Graduate Students, After Gains in Union Efforts, Face a Federal Setback

On an October evening in 2017, Natalia Piland, a graduate student at the University of Chicago, gathered with classmates at a popular Hyde Park bar to celebrate what seemed like a turning point: Teaching and research assistants at the university had voted to unionize. “People were really emotional,” said Ms. Piland, who started attending union […]

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In the Salary Race, Engineers Sprint but English Majors Endure

For students chasing lasting wealth, the best choice of a college major is less obvious than you might think. The conventional wisdom is that computer science and engineering majors have better employment prospects and higher earnings than their peers who choose liberal arts. This is true for the first job, but the long-term story is […]

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G.M. Workers Say They Sacrificed, and Now They Want Their Due

DETROIT — A decade ago, when General Motors was on the brink of collapse and was ushered into bankruptcy by the federal government, the company’s unionized workers bore a significant portion of the pain to bring the automaker back to financial health. The United Auto Workers agreed to allow General Motors to hire significant numbers […]

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Uber Drivers Just Want to Be Free

Drivers are at the heart of the ride-share business. They’re also at the heart of the debate over a bill approved by California’s legislature, AB5, which aims to solidify gig workers’ legal status as employees. Uber and Lyft have always classified drivers as independent contractors. But many lawsuits over the years, by drivers and others, […]

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