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The Street: So how does a savvy worker prepare for a job loss that comes from nowhere?
Gov. Chris Christie has not yet said how he plans to cut the costs of pensions for public workers.
A six-month review of federal job-training programs concludes that the government needs to better engage U.S. employers, improve the use of data, and boost apprenticeship programs so workers can earn while they train.
The two unions representing SEPTA railroad engineers and electrical workers on Friday expressed disappointment with the recommendations of a presidential panel on their long-running labor dispute.
The Street: Chicago's WaterSaver Faucet Company is trying to plug the leaks in worker productivity. Claiming some of its employees are making "excessive use" of bathroom breaks, the company is now paying employees not to go by promoting potty-free workdays.
New Jersey's servers, bellhops, and bartenders earn lower hourly wages than their counterparts in Pennsylvania and Delaware, pushing them into poverty, according to a report released Wednesday.
The Street: Job offers are not just about a bigger paycheck. American workers have their finger on the trigger when it comes to considering making a career move, but benefits are often the swing factor.
The Street: The idea of a four-day workweek has been bandied about for years, but few companies have taken the plunge, fearful of reduced worker productivity.
The Street: Target and Walmart have voluntarily removed the question regarding criminal records from their initial job applications.
The National Labor Relations Board has ruled against union carpenters and Teamsters barred from working at the Convention Center.
A panel appointed by President Obama sided with SEPTA management Monday on most of the issues in its long-running labor dispute with Regional Rail engineers and electrical workers.
Is a taxpayer-funded nonprofit tied to state Rep. Louise Bishop getting a secret bailout from the Laborers union?
The Street: A new study out of Ohio State University and due to be published in the August issue of American Sociological Review finds that a leading cause of growing income inequality in the U.S. is the steep decline in the strength and prominence of labor unions.
The Street: The war in question is between the Internet Core, represented by Google and Netflix , and the Internet Edge, represented by companies such as Comcast and Time Warner Cable as well as the phone companies AT&T , Verizon , and CenturyLink .
The Street: By the time Paul and Joan Ostroff went to Consumer Credit Counseling (now run in Philadelphia by Clarifi) for help in 2010, they owed $88,000 on about 20 credit cards.
The Street: In the wake of these back-to-back disasters, travelers have begun abandoning Malaysian Airlines in droves, taking ticket sales and share prices with them. Plenty of other future fliers have begun wondering whether they should do the same thing.
The Federal Aviation Administration has lifted its ban on U.S. flights in and out of Israel.
The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits fell last week to its lowest level in eight years.
The Street: Most workers (56%) have never asked for a raise but when they do, the success rate is high.
The Street: Let's talk about Sarepta Therapeutics and the firing of Chief Scientific Officer Art Krieg. The company announced Krieg's "termination" Thursday in an 8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission but offered no explanation.
Sales of new U.S. homes plunged in June, a sign that real estate continues to be a weak spot in the economy.
With their loudspeakers playing the jaunty 1961 Marvelettes Motown hit, "Please Mr. Postman," union carpenters and Teamsters picketed outside the Pennsylvania Convention Center during a gathering of the National Association of Letter Carriers Union.
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