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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.
EL ALTO, Bolivia (AP) - Alicia weaves through El Alto's stalled traffic under a blazing sun, hawking colorful woven flowers to grumpy drivers and lovers.
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.
There are many reasons to be optimistic about the recent drop in long-term unemployment, Federal Reserve economists said in a paper published on Monday, the latest evidence helping to put to rest a debate that gripped the U.S. central bank earlier in the year.
"Ride-share" car services such as UberX and Lyft are transforming the taxi business in Philadelphia, and they don't even operate here. Yet.
DEAR HARRY: I just got a telephone call from someone I met about a week ago. She previously had called my home with a promise of a bunch of freebies if I came to her home. I got a hard-sell approach to a "plan to bring your family closer together while you earn lots of money" by getting others to join.
Lauren Greutman felt sick. She and her husband Mark were about $40,000 in debt, and were having trouble paying their monthly bills. As recent homebuyers, the couple from Syracuse, New York, were already underwater on the mortgage and getting by on one income as Lauren focused on being a stay-at-home mom.
PhillyDeals: On July 15, U.S. Sen. Robert Casey, D-Pa., voted with most of his Democratic colleagues and against most of the Republican minority to confirm Norman Bay, head of enforcement for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, as the agency's next chairman. On July 18, Casey sent a letter to Energy Department inspector general Gregory H. Friedman asking for a seven-point review of FERC enforcement - the group Bay heads.
General Motors issued six more recalls on Wednesday, bringing its annual total to 60 recalls covering almost 30 million vehicles.
Out of a seemingly hollow recovery from the Great Recession, a more durable if still slow-growing U.S. economy has emerged.
Thousands of older rail tank cars that carry crude oil would be phased out within two years under regulations proposed Wednesday in response to a series of fiery train crashes over the past year, including a runaway oil train that exploded in the Quebec town of Lac-Megantic, killing 47 people.
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."
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