Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Labor and Unions

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The push for a higher minimum wage gained momentum on both sides of the country, with New York embracing an eventual $15 an hour for the state's 200,000 fast-food workers and the huge University of California system announcing the same raise for its employees.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. employers are finding it increasingly difficult to find skilled workers, according to a survey published on Monday, suggesting...
One of the first things I thought about after the U.S. Supreme Court declared same-sex marriage legal across the country was this: How horrible would it be to finally marry the person you love and then lose your job because the boss found out you’re gay.
Members of the Newspaper Guild of Greater Philadelphia voted Tuesday to ratify a two-year contract with the owners of The Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News.
The Street: Rising wages is one of the signals the Federal Reserve will be looking for before raising interest rates and generally means a healthier economy. It also means a healthier jobs economy: When workers have more choices of where to work, employers must take measures to keep the employees they want, like raising pay.
The Street: Richard Branson's Virgin Management is taking employee benefits to a new level, announcing today a policy allowing up to one year of fully paid leave for new parents, including adoptive parents.
The Newspaper Guild of Greater Philadelphia's tentative agreement with the owners of The Inquirer, the Philadelphia Daily News, and calls for no increase in health-care costs and the end of unpaid furloughs for Guild members, the union said.
Philadelphia's paid-sick-leave law takes effect Wednesday, and city officials are encouraging workers to make sure their employers know about the new rules.
Members of the largest union representing employees at The Inquirer, the Philadelphia Daily News, and voted Wednesday evening to authorize strike preparations as ongoing contract negotiations have yielded no breakthroughs.
The Jewish Exponent, the nation's second-oldest continuously published Jewish newspaper, has laid off its local editorial and production staff and is transferring newsroom management to a Baltimore-area communications firm to cut operating costs.
US-MEXICO-FARMS-WIDERIMAGE:Picking strawberries in Mexico for U.S. tables leaves workers asking for more
A Havertown building contractor cited after two workers were injured when they came in contact with power lines, has been cited again by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
Sing "Happy Birthday to You" in public, and you theoretically owe a music publisher money.That may finally end.
Eric Blumenfeld visited City Hall on Tuesday to present his plans for renovating the former Divine Lorraine Hotel on North Broad Street to the Architectural...
Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust, owner of Exton Square Mall in Chester County, plans to demolish the site's Kmart building and replace it with a large-format organic grocery store.
As part of an ongoing makeover of the Delaware River Port Authority following the election of Gov. Wolf, the DRPA's deputy chief executive officer is being replaced.
West Chester-based TV and Web retailer QVC will open its first West Coast distribution center at a 1.1 million-square-foot facility in Ontario, Calif., according to commercial real estate services firm CBRE, which brokered the lease.
GOBankingRates: A good remodel should do more than increase the value of your home — it should increase the value of your life. But with the average new deck or bathroom remodel costing well over $10,000, controlling costs is essential to keep remodeling from becoming a financial nightmare.
Economics in a nutshell: “The labor market continued to improve, with solid job gains and declining unemployment.”
The Street: Google reportedly made an offer to acquire start-up Impossible Foods for between $200 million to $300 million. Impossible Foods, which uses plants to make meats and cheeses aimed at tasting like the real thing, says its mission is to give people the great taste and nutritional benefits of foods that come from animals without a negative impact on health and the environment.
Some argue that paying workers more could hurt business and might even cause employers to cut pay or use fewer workers. But this is false.
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