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Maybe, on Labor Day, at the head of the annual Labor Day parade of union members - the T-shirted battalions of union teachers, truck drivers, trash crews, postal workers, hospital dieticians, building engineers, stagehands, and riggers - Patrick J. Eiding will be able to forget, for a moment, the relentless union bashing he often encounters.
President Barack Obama renewed his push for Congress to raise the minimum wage Monday in a buoyant accounting of the economy's "revving" performance, delivered on behalf of Democrats opening their fall campaigns for the midterm congressional elections.
The Street: At present, under even the most permissive state laws where marijuana is legal for both medical and recreational use, employers (including of course the federal and state government) are allowed to fire workers for cause merely for finding traces of cannabinoids in their bloodstream.
The Street: According to the Bright Horizons Modern Family Index, nearly half — 48%— of all working parents fear their family obligations could get them fired. What are the realities? Here's a look at what's normal for working parents and what might cost you your job.
Nothing stopped stagehand James Pisano, 25, from reporting for work at Made in America for a 5 a.m. call Sunday.
The country's largest labor union won‘t endorse any Democrat who has the same economic team as President Obama and won't be getting behind Hillary Rodham Clinton early in the 2016 presidential race, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said Thursday.
The scene at the Loft District's new Goldtex building couldn't have been more tranquil. Workers were wrapping up construction, patching cracks in the concrete and nestling shrubs into planters. A notice on the window of the retail space heralded the opening of a restaurant. Residents skipped down the front steps, off to their Center City jobs.
Lab rats already knew it. Now a new field study supports it: Working in dark, dingy offices with no natural light is not just bad for your mood. It's bad for your health.
The Street: According to the Center for State and Local Government Excellence and the TIAA-CREF Institute, just 18% of public sector employees feel secure about their retirement, compared to 21% two years ago. Teachers, firefighters and police officers were included in the survey's 1,200 participants.
With a wave of Atlantic City casino closings expected to put more than 6,000 people out of work, Gov. Christie announced Thursday that the state would join with union and business groups to open an employment resource center in the Shore resort.
A former trainee manager at Little Caesars pizza in California sued the company for discrimination on Wednesday, accusing the Detroit-based chain of denying employees health insurance benefits for their legally wed same-sex spouses.
Some of New Jersey's top Democrats said Friday that organized labor is under assault across the country, even as the movement has gained considerable clout in Trenton.
France's new pro-business Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron ran into trouble with trade unions on Thursday for suggesting companies could be allowed exemptions to France's 35-hour week.
The T-shirted battalions of union members showed up, as usual, for the annual Labor Day parade along the Delaware River waterfront.
President Barack Obama renewed his push for Congress to raise the minimum wage Monday in a buoyant accounting of the economy's "revving" performance, delivered on behalf of Democrats opening their fall campaigns for the midterm congressional elections.
The Street: At present, under even the most permissive state laws where marijuana is legal for both medical and recreational use, employers (including of course the federal and state government) are allowed to fire workers for cause merely for finding traces of cannabinoids in their bloodstream.
The Street: The Congressional Budget Office has forecast the federal deficit at $506 billion during the current fiscal ending September. The deficit has gone down. That sounds positive in the short term and hugely negative in the long term.
The Street: In many ways the recent hack attack on JPMorgan Chase and four other, unnamed U.S. banks was not terribly unusual: a phishing email that, when clicked, opened malware that took control of target computers.
IF YOU PAY good money for an airline ticket, should you be free to recline your seat without guilt? Likewise, if you pay good money for a gadget that would stop the passenger in front of you from reclining his or her seat, should you have the right to use the device?
Obamacare, organic soy milk, and birth control pills have proven to be a volatile mix for Eden Foods, a small, highly regarded natural foods company.
AMSTERDAM (AP) - Dutch brewer Heineken NV says it has sold its packaging business in Mexico to Crown Holdings Inc. of the U.S. for $1.23 billion (940 million euros) to reduce debt.
By the time Labor Day dawned, steamy and soggy on the Made in America concert site on the Parkway, union stagehand Colin Peters and his overnight crew had just about wrapped up dismantling the three miles of barricades.
NLRB Case 18-CA-130606 - SECURITAS CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE SERVICES, INC.
NLRB Case 31-CA-090049 - Hospital of Barstow Inc., d/b/a Barstow Community Hospital
NLRB Case 22-CA-030064 - Galaxy Towers Condominium Asssociation
NLRB Case 29-CB-084077 - International Union of Elevator Constructors No. 1, of New York City and Vicinity (Otis Elevator)
NLRB Case 29-CA-028815 - Brown & Root Power and Manufacturing Inc., a Subsidiary of Brown & Root, Inc.
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