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Union carpenters shut out of work at the Pennsylvania Convention Center picketed the facility Friday and said they will protest every day next week when the National Association of Letter Carriers union (NALC) holds its convention.
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?
Red Lobster wants to be seen as a purveyor of quality seafood, so it's getting rid of some of its promotional discounts and plating dishes higher as is the style at fancy restaurants.
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The Federal Aviation Administration said Monday it is proposing a $12 million civil fine against Southwest Airlines for failing to comply in three separate cases with safety regulations related to repairs on Boeing 737 jetliners.
The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission has set separate two-day hearings next month to consider permanent licenses for ride-sharing companies Uber and Lyft.
State officials say a central New Jersey company that sells home warranties used deceptive tactics to refuse consumers' claims for product repairs or replacement.
Jury selection is underway in the trial for three people charged in a deadly salmonella outbreak traced to a southwest Georgia peanut plant five years ago.
Smith & Wesson has agreed to pay $2 million to settle civil charges of bribing government officials in Pakistan, Indonesia and other countries to win military and police business.
Anna Mudrova, 41, of Huntingdon Valley, received an eight-year prison term for her role in a Medicare fraud involving Penn Choice Ambulance Inc., which operated from Huntingdon Valley Camp Hill, Pa.
Fast food workers say they're prepared to escalate their campaign for higher wages and union representation, starting with a national convention in suburban Chicago where more than 1,000 workers are expected to discuss the future of the effort that has spread to dozens of cities in less than two years.
NLRB Case 02-RC-076954 - The Neiman Marcus Group, Inc. d/b/a Bergdorf Goodman
NLRB Case 15-CB-005974 - Laborers International Union of North America, Local 1177 (Turner Industrial Maintenance)
NLRB Case 29-CA-112315 - Golden Farm Brooklyn, Inc. d/b/a Golden Farm Grocery
NLRB Case 03-CA-116945 - New York State United Teachers (NYSUT)

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