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The T-shirted battalions of union members showed up, as usual, for the annual Labor Day parade along the Delaware River waterfront.
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.
Attytood: For Labor Day 2014, if you weren't at the parade then the most labor-y thing you probably saw all day was this: Four Phillies hurlers, working together as a team in boiler-room conditions at Atlanta's soon-to-be-extinct Turner Field, no-hitting the punchless Braves. As Karl Marx once famously said, "Pitchers of the world, unite!"
The Street: If you're a member of the workforce fortunate enough to get three days off this Labor Day weekend, congratulations: You're less miserable than most of your post-recession colleagues.
When the phone call came, Anthony Reynolds, a big man with a ready laugh, cried like a baby. His ex-wife, living in Texas, had taken their son, 7, to a hospital for an important but minor procedure, and the hospital had turned them away. No insurance. She called. He cried.
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.
ATLANTIC CITY - In the end, the Revel ball did not roll off the tower into the ocean, and no buyer emerged in the middle of the night to save the day.
The Street: A workday for the average employed American consists of about 7.7 hours sleeping and 8.8 hours working. That leaves only seven-and-a-half hours out of the day for anything else. It also means if you're working a job that sucks the soul out of you, the majority of your waking life can be spent in misery or clock-watching limbo.
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.
Apple says that some celebrity accounts were deliberately targeted and hacked, leading to the posting of nude photos online.
The Street: There are financial factors that come into play that any parent should know about before deciding to be at home with the kids.
The Street: It has been a long time since the stock market had a correction. Today we're going to look at the potential lows the major averages could see when we do get one.
The Street: The company response, which was sent to The Street.com, is the logo is part of a "comprehensive visual identity system" built around "iconic," even "beloved" brands.
Dave Ramsey: I'm getting married soon, and my fiancée and I together have saved about $9,000 for our wedding. Right now, we're doing really well on our budgets and almost always have money left over each month. Should we use the extra money to continue paying down our debt, or is it okay to use it for a few wedding incidentals?
A Princeton University employee says he has been told to choose between medical marijuana and his job.
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)
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