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President Barack Obama on Monday gave employment protection to gay and transgender workers in the federal government and its contracting agencies, after being convinced by advocates of what he called the "irrefutable rightness of your cause."
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.
Jeff Long could torture himself with "what ifs." Especially: What if that financial backer had come through with the $250,000 Long needed to sustain his ticket-outsourcing business for college sports events until critical mass was achieved?
In September, four groups of would-be bridge builders, led by multinational financial groups - Meridiam of France, Plenary Group of Canada, InfraRed Capital and John Laing Investments, both of Britain - and including American contractors will submit competing final proposals to PennDot to build 560 spans for the worn Pennsylvania road network.
In a bid to cut Medicare spending and help pay for health-care changes, the Obama administration has significantly expanded audits designed to recover improper payments from health-care providers.
A lawsuit filed in New York last year by a then-Vanguard Group Inc. tax attorney, and unsealed Friday, alleges that Vanguard has wrongly avoided paying federal and state income taxes since its creation.
The Street: Pick the odd city out: Chicago; Winter Haven, Fla.; or Newport Beach, Calif. And know such a place is where you do not want to even think about buying a home today.
As Herb Hodges explains it, the problem for serious table-tennis players in Philadelphia for years was finding a place to play.
NEW YORK (AP) - Dollar Tree is buying rival discount store Family Dollar in a cash-and-stock deal valued at about $8.5 billion.
The shift in Campbell Soup Co.'s approach to the food business was evident at the company's analyst day Monday at company headquarters in Camden.
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.
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