September 9, 2013 |
Over the next few days, the largest national group of unions, the AFL-CIO, meets in Los Angeles to look at ways to stem the long-term decline of American unions. African Americans and other people of color have a lot at stake. Many people think of a union member as a white, blue-collar male, and historically that was true. In the early 1900s, nearly all U.S. unions discriminated against African Americans and refused to let them join. In 1935, when President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Wagner Act into law - guaranteeing American workers the right to bargain collectively with their employers - fewer than 1 in 100 union members in the U.S. was an African American.
September 5, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- Private-sector hiring slowed last month as employers added 176,000 new jobs, but the gains were consistent with the labor market's steady though unspectacular growth over the last two years, payroll processing firm ADP said Thursday. Bolstering the view that the jobs situation remained positive, the Labor Department reported Thursday that initial claims for unemployment benefits dropped by 9,000 last week to 323,000. That figure was near the Great Recession low of 322,000 reached in early August.
August 29, 2013 |
Like most employers, Trader Joe's is grappling with how to look after the well-being of its workers amid difficult financial circumstances. In May, the head of the privately held Monrovia company, with stores nationwide, sent a confidential memo to employees notifying them of changes to their health coverage, retirement program and wages. "In these increasingly complex times, it has become necessary to relook at our programs," wrote Dan Bane, the chief executive and chairman.
July 5, 2013 |
The private sector continued to show solid job gains in June, while the public sector kept shedding workers. The overall public sector lost 7,000 jobs last month, continuing a years-long decline, according to the Labor Department. In comparison, U.S. employers overall added 195,000 new jobs last month. The unemployment rate held steady at 7.6%. 10 fastest-growing jobs in California Much of those cuts can be attributed to sequestration, or the $85 billion in across-the-board cuts that the government must implement by the end of its fiscal year in September.
May 28, 2013 |
Just back from a nice long Memorial Day weekend, which, of course, put me in the mood for, you guessed it -- a vacation. Then I read this story: “U.S. is only 'advanced economy' that does not require paid vacation.” Figures. So I immediately clicked on the story . It has a nice chart. I like visuals. The chart made it easy to see just which of those socialist-loving European countries were giving their workers so many days off -- which is why, of course (pardon me while I channel the “tea party”)
May 2, 2013
Paul Tanaka was once a trusted aide to Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca and, in the view of many department critics, the real power behind the badge. But earlier this year, Tanaka was forced out of his job, and now, in a jaw-dropping interview with The Times' Robert Faturechi, he has accused Baca of a variety of misdeeds, including nepotism, fostering a culture of abuse and putting politics (and foreign travel) ahead of public safety. Whether those charges are accurate or merely the angry allegations of your typical disgruntled former employee is not yet clear.