Post Tagged with: "Jobs"

Survey: Great Recession Leaves Workers ‘Unhappy, Worried and Pessimistic’

NEWARK, N.J. –The Great Recession was so bad for workers that it has apparently left them “unhappy, worried and pessimistic” about the present state of the economy, their own jobs and prospects, and the future, a new survey says. The survey, of 1,013 adults this summer by the Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University in Newark, N.J., paints a […]

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Study: Construction, Public Jobs Drive Rise in New York City Union Density

NEW YORK –Increasing employment in construction and already high density in education and public service jobs drove a rise in New York City union density in the last year and a half, reversing seven years of declines, a new study reveals. The City University of New York Graduate Center reports 24 percent of all workers within the city’s five boroughs […]

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July Jobless Rate at 6.2%

WASHINGTON—The U.S. unemployment rate rose 0.1 percent in July, to 6.2 percent, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. A separate Labor Department survey said businesses claimed to create 209,000 new jobs, net, last month. The number of unemployed rose by 197,000 last month, to 9.67 million, while another 131,000 people found jobs, BLS added.

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Jobless Rate in May at 6.3%; Private Firms Claim to Create 216K Jobs

U.S. unemployment was 6.3% in May, unchanged from the month before, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said. Private companies claimed to create 216,000 new jobs, a separate BLS survey showed, while governments added 1,000.

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Flood of Subsidized Foreign Imports Threatens Steel Workers’ Jobs

WASHINGTON– Crunch. In one word, that’s what U.S. steel workers and their employers face from a new flood of subsidized foreign imports, according to a comprehensive report from the Economic Policy Institute and two U.S. senators from steel-producing states, Ohio Democrat Sherrod Brown and Alabama Republican Jeff Sessions. The solution?  Tougher enforcement of U.S. anti-dumping laws, including higher tariffs on the steel, […]

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Trumka to Obama: Fast-Track is Dead; Construct Pro-Worker Trade Policy

WASHINGTON –Declaring presidential “fast-track” trade authority dead, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka is challenging Democratic President Barack Obama to construct a new pro-worker U.S. trade policy, as part of larger pro-worker economic policy. In a major speech on fast-track and trade, and in Q&A afterwards, Trumka called the president’s trade plan “dead on arrival” in the U.S. Senate because then-Senate Finance […]

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Michigan Dem Shauer Bids for Building Trades’ Support

WASHINGTON –Unions’ conferences in D.C. wouldn’t be complete without political hopefuls seeking labor’s support.  Michigan’s Mark Schauer, New Jersey’s Donald Norcross and Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy filled those roles at the North American Building Trades Unions’ confab, March 9-12. Norcross, who spoke March 10, has the easiest task.  The IBEW member, president of the Southern New Jersey Central Labor Council, […]

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Politicians: Building Trades Show the Way in Rebuilding U.S.

WASHINGTON –With the federal government mired in partisan warfare, U.S. building trades unions are showing the way in rebuilding the country, while also reaching out – and putting to work – the women and minorities who will be the future of the construction industry, two top politicians say. Nevertheless, speakers at the North American Building Trades Unions’ annual legislative conference […]

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February Unemployment at 6.7%

WASHINGTON –U.S. Unemployment rose by 0.1% in February, to 6.7%, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said.  Private firms claimed to create 162,000 net new jobs last month, with governments creating another 13,000.  BLS said the harsh winter weather that hit much of the country could affect the data. “For severe weather conditions to reduce the estimate of payroll employment, employees […]

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Good Jobs First Analysis: The Corporate Rich Get Richer

WASHINGTON –When Boeing put its Puget Sound production line up for bid late last year, in a wrangle with the Machinists over a contract extension, Washington state jumped in with an $8.7 billion tax break package to keep the planes in the Pacific Northwest.  And under pressure from state officials and international union leaders, local workers narrowly and bitterly agreed […]

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