On Thursday, May 15, thousands of fast food workers across the globe went on strike for higher wages, better working conditions, and the right to form a union without fear of retaliation. They were joined by fast food workers in nearly a dozen North Carolina cities. Many of North Carolina’s fast food workers only earn
The New York Times reported recently that companies are using lockouts more frequently against their unionized employees to force the employees’ hand in negotiations. American Crystal Sugar, the nation’s largest sugar beet processor, locked out its 1,300 workers last summer. That year the company was making record profits, but still demanded that their employees pay
The public policy research group Dēmos and the non-profit Young Invincibles, published a new report which came out last month. The report analyzes the economic status of the “Millennial Generation” as compared to previous generations. “The analysis reveals the failure of public investment and public policy to provide young people with the means to achieve economic security
The National Employment Law Project (NELP) published an excellent paper in October, arguing for a one-year extension of the Federal Unemployment Insurance benefits for unemployed workers. The paper is entitled “Hanging On By a Thread: Renew Federal Unemployment Insurance to Aid Families, Boost Stalled Economy” The paper states: “Unless Congress reauthorizes the current federal extension
Last, week, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW) and Boeing reached a tentative agreement which would extend the Union’s contract for four years and, when ratified, will increase wages, maintain and improve traditional pensions and add new jobs. The Union and Boeing have been in a troubled relationship recently since Boeing decided
President Obama this week signed into law the first portion of his jobs package. The bill, H.R. 674, which had vast bipartisan support, also known as VOW to Hire Heroes Act, creates tax incentives for companies to hire veterans, especially those who have been unemployed for more than six months and those with service connected disabilities.
On Friday, President Obama signed the large tax cut bill that includes an extension of extended unemployment benefits through the end of 2011. While, the extension of those benefits was sorely needed, it is extremely unfortunate that the bill did not include additional spending measures that would stimulate the economy. As further evidence that the
Even if Congress manages to extend emergency unemployment benefits for more the millions of workers who could receive them, about four million others will see their benefits end over the next year, unless an entirely new program is created. This is according to a report recently issued by the President’s Council of Economic Advisers. So,