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Union Membership Keeps Falling — BLS Data Summary

Looking back over the past several years, it seems the union movement has shriveled, both in size and influence. Federal government data show that to be true. Union membership has ...
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10 Fired McDonald’s Workers File Civil Rights Lawsuit

In a federal civil rights lawsuit filed in the district court for western Virginia on Thursday, 10 former employees of McDonald’s Corp. (NYSE: MCD) are alleging a pattern of racial ...
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The Case for Deflation After Labor Department Released CPI and PPI

So, all those fears about deflation that everyone was worried about in theory, they just might be starting to unfold, but this may be largely tied to falling oil and ...
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Schlumberger to Lay Off 9,000, as Crude Prices Fall

The drop in the price of oil will cost 9,000 workers at Schlumberger Ltd. (NYSE: SLB) their jobs. The company disclosed: In response to lower commodity pricing and anticipated lower exploration ...
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Employees Will Quit Rather Than Work for Too Little Pay

More than a third of U.S. workers surveyed say they will seek a new job this year if their current employers do not come through with a raise. Employees under ...
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20 States Boost Minimum Wage

Some 20 states will increase their minimum wage today, according to the National Employment Law Project (NELP). (Note that the organization had put out incorrect information last month when it remarked ...
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Weekly Jobless Claims Surprise as Year Winds Down

The U.S. Department of Labor released the weekly jobless claims a day early this week due to the New Year holiday. Initial unemployment claims last week were recorded at 298,000, ...
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Getting Good Jobs Gets Easier

During the recession and for several years afterward, the ability of many Americans to find good jobs was eroded. According to new research, the problem has faded, but only among ...
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Problems With Franchise Workers Hurt McDonald’s

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on Friday issued complaints against McDonald’s Corp. (NYSE: MCD) and the company’s franchisees as “joint employers” alleging that the employers violated workers’ rights and ...
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What Are the Implications of a Declining Workforce?

The Chicago Fed has released some data on the potential implications of a declining workforce on the U.S. economy. The labor force participation rate had fallen to 62.7% at the end ...
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7 States With the Highest Unemployment

With U.S. unemployment at 5.8% in November, the country is back where it was in July of 2008, before the financial crisis hit. In November of 2008, the national unemployment ...
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11 States With the Lowest Unemployment

With the national unemployment rate at 5.8% in November, the U.S. job recovery continues to plug along in search of what economists once called the natural rate, which was believed ...
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Minimum Wage to Rise in 21 States by New Year’s Day

By the first day of the new year, more than half the states will have passed legislation raising the minimum wage above the federal minimum of $7.25 first established in ...
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Wage Suit Could Cost Walmart $0.06 a Share in the Fourth Quarter

In a ruling Tuesday from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, the court upheld a 2007 judgment against Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE: WMT) that will require the firm to pay $188 million ...
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Will the UAW Ruin the Domestic Car Industry Again?

One of the causes of the deep losses that drove General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) and Chrysler into Chapter 11 where the high wages and benefits the United Automobile Workers ...
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