November 3, 2013 |
Obamacare may be in the spotlight, but an estimated 16 million California employees are facing healthcare decisions of their own - at work. Like most other Americans, a majority of Californians get their insurance through their employers. Although they may be among the least affected by the Affordable Care Act, a flood of news about the new law has left many workers befuddled about their own coverage. Adding to the confusion is that this is the season when employers are asking workers to re-enroll in company health plans for 2014 and to pick among a variety of healthcare options.
September 18, 2013 |
Aerospace giant Boeing Co. announced plans to close its sprawling Long Beach plant and eliminate thousands of assembly-line jobs where the hulking C-17 cargo plane is built. The plant is one of the last vestiges of an era in which aviation and aerospace helped build Southern California's middle class, and it was a major employer in Long Beach for decades. The announcement Wednesday came just a week after Boeing delivered its 223rd and final C-17 to the Air Force. It has a few foreign orders to fill, but company officials have decided to shut down the assembly line for good in 2015.
June 14, 2012 |
A worker at China's Foxconn, the manufacturer that makes most of the world's Apple devices, jumped to his death Wednesday, the most recent in a string of suicides that have plagued the factory chain for years. The employee leapt from the balcony of a company-rented building in the southwestern province of Sichuan, according to police reports noted by the Associated Press. Foxconn's suicides have inflamed workers' rights advocates around the world, who have pointed to what they see as harsh working conditions at Foxconn's factories, which in addition to iPhones and iPads produce electronics for many of the largest international device makers.
October 5, 2012 |
Multiple iPhone 5 production lines were "in a state of paralysis" after as many as 4,000 workers walked off the job at a factory in China, according to a labor group. A strike occurred at a Foxconn factory in Zhengzhou at 1 p.m. Beijing time Friday because workers were forced to work during a holiday, China Labor Watch said. The organization also reported that Foxconn raised demands on product quality without providing proper training, so workers turned out products that didn't meet standards; that "ultimately put a tremendous amount of pressure on workers.
June 17, 2013 |
Seven out of 10 workers have "checked out" at work or are "actively disengaged," according to a recent Gallup survey . In its ongoing survey of the American workplace, Gallup found that only 30% of workers are "were engaged, or involved in, enthusiastic about, and committed to their workplace. " Although that equals the high in engagement since Gallup began studying the issue in 2000, it is overshadowed by the number of workers who aren't committed to a performing at a high level -- which Gallup says costs companies money.
February 27, 2012 |
Workers swarmed through Henry J. Kaiser's Richmond, Calif., shipyard in World War II, building 747 ships for the Navy. The war "had siphoned off the most hardy specimens," a newspaper reported, so Kaiser was left with many workers too young, old or infirm to be drafted. The workers needed to be in good health to be effective on the job, and Kaiser offered them care from doctors in company clinics and at company hospitals. The workers paid 50 cents a week for the benefit. It was something new in industrial America - a bonus offered to attract scarce labor while wages were frozen during the war. The war ended, the workers quit the shipyards, leaving behind hospitals and doctors but no patients.