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November 28, 2022

Caterpillar Worker’s Grisly Foundry Death Blamed on Training and Work Conditions

Source: Michael Sainato , The Guardian

Workers say conditions at Illinois facility haven’t changed since Steven Dierkes was incinerated in pot of molten iron in June.

Amazon Workers in 30 Other Countries Protest on Black Friday

Source: Alain Sherter, CBS News

Amazon workers and activists in 30 countries marked the traditional start of holiday shopping season with a series of walkouts and protests to demand better pay and working conditions.

How Disability Charities Are Working To Solve The U.S. Labor Shortage

Source: Gus Alexiou, Forbes

The United States currently finds itself in the grips of a labor shortage in key areas like retail and manufacturing as the after-effects of the Covid-inspired “Great Resignation” continue to be felt.

November 25, 2022

Black Friday Deals: Why Bigger Discounts May Come Next Month

Source: Natalie Sherman, BBC News

Shoppers hoping to clinch lucrative deals on holiday gifts may get lucky during Black Friday sales this season. But those who wait may get even luckier.

Small Businesses, and Shoppers, Return to Holiday Markets

Source: Associated Press, U.S. News

On a recent evening in early November shoppers at the Bryant Park holiday market in New York City were in the holiday spirit well before Black Friday.

HP to Cut Up to 6,000 Jobs as Fading PC Demand Damps Outlook

Source: Brody Ford, Bloomberg Law

HP Inc. will eliminate as many as 6,000 jobs over the next three years amid declining demand for personal computers that has cut into profits.

November 24, 2022

US Jobless Claims Hit Three-Month High as Labor Market Cools

Source: Augusta Saraiva, Bloomberg

Applications for US unemployment benefits rose last week to a three-month high amid a wave of layoffs at technology companies, a sign of cooling in a tight labor market.

Dominican Sugar Imports Tied to Forced Labor Rejected by US

Source: Danica Coto, ABC News

The U.S. government says it will detain all imports of sugar and related products made in the Dominican Republic by the country's largest sugar producer amid allegations that it uses forced labor.

Shein’s Cotton Tied to Chinese Region Accused of Forced Labor

Source: Sheridan Prasso, Bloomberg

A US attempt to ban imports of cotton linked to forced labor in China contains a loophole large enough for a multibillion-dollar business to pass through.

November 23, 2022

U.S. Job Market Little Affected by Pandemic, Say Researchers

Source: Michael Derby, Reuters

For all the tumult and disruptions of the coronavirus pandemic, U.S. labor markets have come out on the other side not far from the strong conditions that prevailed before the crisis, a paper presented at a Boston Fed research conference said.

Retailers Warn of ‘Self-Inflicted Economic Disaster’ After Rejected Labor Deal

Source: Matt Egan, CNN Business

The nation’s leading retailers warned that Congress may need to step in to avert a devastating freight rail strike they fear could spoil food, interrupt the delivery of goods bought online and worsen inflation.

America Faces a Possible Rail Strike in Two Weeks After Largest Union Rejects Labor Deal

Source: Chris Isidore and Vannessa Yurkevich, CNN Business

The rank-and-file members of the nation’s largest rail union, which represents the industry’s conductors, rejected a tentative labor deal with freight railroads, the union announced Monday.

November 22, 2022

Tech Layoffs are Not a Bellwether for Broader Cuts in Other Industries

Source: Rohan Goswami, CNBC

Despite large-scale tech layoffs, the broader labor pool is not in true danger yet, given that staffing levels remained below pre-pandemic levels for some time, a Morgan Stanley research note said.

Why Foreign Workers in the US are Especially Vulnerable to the Twitter Turmoil

Source: Donnie O'Sullivan, Priscilla Alvarez, and Oliver Darcy, CNN

Twitter employees who are relying on the company for work visas have been left in limbo, finding themselves at the whims of its new billionaire owner, knowing if they quit, they may have to leave the United States.

U.S. Policymakers Have One Last Chance to Avoid a Recession

Source: Katica Roy, Fortune

Some 1.5 million women have vanished from the labor force since Feb. 2020. That bothers gender economist Katica Roy–and not for reasons of fairness.

November 21, 2022

Has Trade with China Really Cost the U.S. Jobs?

Source: Scott Kennedy and Ilaria Mazzocco, Harvard Business Review

As the U.S.- China relationship continues to deteriorate, the role of trade has come under increasing scrutiny.

Foreign Workers Laid Off from Big Tech Face a Deadline: Find Jobs ASAP or Leave the Country

Source: Brahmjot Kaur and Sakshi Venkatraman, NBC News

“We’re not really helping ourselves by making it so hard for talented people to come and stay in the United States,” a migration policy expert said.

Krispy Kreme to Pay $1.2M to Settle Overtime Suit

Source: John Downey, Biz Journals

Krispy Kreme Inc. has agreed to pay almost $1.2 million in backpay and damages to 516 assistant managers who the U.S. Department of Labor says were improperly denied overtime payments from 2019 to 2021.

November 18, 2022

Here’s How a National Rail Strike Could Start in December

Source: Lori Ann LaRocco, CNBC

Railroads and logistics firms face two potential dates for the start of a rail strike, with a decision by the Signalmen's Union key to when preparations throughout the economy would need to begin.

New Service Union Seeks to Inspire Labor Movement in South

Source: Associated Press, U.S. News

Over 100 service industry workers have gathered in the capital of the state with the county's lowest unionization rate to launch a new union and try to boost labor organizing across the U.S. South.

U.S. Labor Market Remains Tight Despite Technology Sector Layoffs

Source: Lucia Mutikani, Reuters

The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell last week, showing widespread layoffs remain low despite a surge in technology-sector job cuts that has raised fears of an imminent recession.

November 17, 2022

Apple Stores Go From Dream Retail Job to Latest US Labor Fight

Source: Josh Eidelson, Bloomberg Law

The glowing white technology store is cast in shadow,

Delta Gets Closer to Labor Deal with Pilots, Union Says

Source: Leslie Josephs, CNBC

Delta, United, American and Southwest pilots are demanding higher pay and better schedules.

Hiring Remote Disabled Workers Could Help Close the Labor Gap

Source: Tanya Kaushal, Yahoo Finance

The end to America’s nationwide labor shortage is still not in sight, but some economists suggest that having a more diversely-abled workforce in today’s hybrid work culture could help solve it.

November 16, 2022

Big Tech’s Layoff Wave Is an Outlier in Still-Robust Job Market

Source: August Saraiva, Bloomberg

The layoffs and hiring freezes mounting at US technology companies are unlikely to be a harbinger of trouble in the broader US labor market, economists say.

U.S. Department of Labor Awards ICF $34 Million in New Research Services Contracts

Source: Staff, Yahoo Finance

ICF has worked with ILAB since 2004, providing research and other support on topics related to forced labor, child labor, human trafficking and more.

Former Hospital Worker Tees Up Retaliation Test at Tenth Circuit

Source: Khorri Atkinson, Bloomberg

A federal appeals court in Denver will consider what threshold a former nursing assistant must reach to prove that a two-week quit-or-be-fired ultimatum following her internal sexual harassment complaint amounts to retaliation.

November 15, 2022

Mexican-American Artist Finds Heroes in Farm Workers

Source: Jori Finkel, The New York Times

Narsiso Martinez’s portraits honor the immigrants behind big American agribusiness.

Inadequate US State Unemployment Systems Leave Millions Vulnerable

Source: Michael Sainato, The Guardian

Unprepared system leaves unemployed Americans vulnerable to poverty, losing homes and struggling to pay bills or feed families.

Company Accused of Hiring Children for 'Hazardous' Factory Work

Source: Jordan Hart, Insider

An industrial cleaning service is accused of using dozens of children to work dangerous overnight shifts causing injuries, including a chemical burn suffered by a 13-year-old, according to the US Department of Labor.

November 14, 2022

Democrats Keep Senate as Control of House Remains Undecided

Source: Matt Meyer and Maureen Chowdhury, CNN

Republicans appear to be inching closer to the 218 seats that would deliver them a House majority, but several congressional races — including in California and Colorado — remain uncalled.

Some Wins and Some Losses on Labor-Related Ballot Measures

Source: Laura Clawson, Daily Kos

They weren’t mostly the highest-profile things on the ballot on Tuesday, but this year’s elections did include a number of ballot measures relevant to workers. The outcomes were a mixed bag.

Pittsburgh Newspaper Workers Strike Unfair Labor Practice

Source: Michael Sainato , The Guardian

Strike began after Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s management blocked communications and cut off health insurance.

November 11, 2022

Judge Rejects New Trial for Walmart After Firing of Employee with Down Syndrome

Source: Melissa Repko, CNBC

A jury found last year that the retailer wrongfully fired Marlo Spaeth, a woman with Down syndrome who worked for nearly 16 years in a Walmart Supercenter.

Facebook-Owner Meta to Cut 11,000 Staff

Source: Chris Vallance, BBC

The first mass lay-offs in the firm's history will result in 11,000 employees, from a worldwide headcount of 87,000, losing their jobs.

Threat of National Rail Strike Eases For Now

Source: Lori Ann LaRocco, CNBC

Union BMWED moved the end of its cooling-off period that includes talks with freight rail management from November 20 to December 4 in a move that allows the unions to ultimately align their strategy ahead of a potential strike.

November 10, 2022

US Jobs Remain Resilient Despite High Inflation

Source: Steffie Banatvala and Rafe Uddin, Financial Times

Despite high inflation and a historically tight labour market, US employment remains surprisingly resilient.

Adidas scoops up CEO who turned around rival Puma

Source: Hanna Ziady, CNN Business

Adidas has appointed the head of Puma to succeed outgoing CEO Kasper Rorsted, betting on his ability to replicate its crosstown rival’s comeback.

Getting Laid Off? Know Your Rights

Source: Jeanne Sahadi, CNN Business

Employees are not without rights when they are laid off en masse. Here’s a quick primer on what they need to know.

November 9, 2022

Punching In: DOL Spurns Cooling the Jobs Market As Inflation Fix

Source: Rebecca Rainey and Chris Marr, Bloomberg Law

Does the labor market need to cool off to tame rising inflation?

Labor Secretary Says Congress Needs to Block Rail Strikes Without New Deals

Source: Chris Isidore, CNN Business

The statement is a blow to the unions’ leverage as they seek to win a contract that their membership will accept.

Lawyer Suing Twitter Over Layoffs Says Musk Trying to Comply

Source: Josh Eidelson, Bloomberg

Lawsuit comes as new boss plans to eliminate half of workforce.

November 8, 2022

Why Uber and Hillary Clinton Care About a Minimum Wage Vote in Portland, Maine

Source: Eleanor Mueller , Politico

Progressive groups are trying to use Portland’s initiative as national test cases for pushing beyond simply raising the minimum wage.

What the Wave of Tech Layoffs Say About the Economy

Source: Nicole Goodkind, CNN Business

Job cuts and pauses on hiring are beginning to flow across the tech sector, which boasts some of the most valuable companies in the world. That’s bad news for the economy as a whole.

Mixed Bag for Jobs: Employers Hiring, But Unemployment Rises

Source: Chris Isidore, CNN Business

The white-hot US labor market is showing signs of cooling, with the Labor Department reporting Friday a slower pace of hiring and higher unemployment.

November 7, 2022

U.S. Labor Secretary Marty Walsh weighs in on Elon Musk's Twitter layoffs

Source: Brian Sozzi, Yahoo News

U.S. Labor Secretary Marty Walsh is keeping a close eye on layoffs in the tech sector, including Elon Musk's chaotic overhaul at Twitter.

‘I’m Selling My Blood’: Millions in US Can’t Make Ends Meet with Two Jobs

Source: Michael Sainato , The Guardian

More Americans have been working two or more jobs over the past few decades, census data shows.

A U.S. Labor Shortage is Planting Seeds for Layoffs

Source: Jeffry Bartash, MarketWatch

The Fed aims to loosen the tightest labor market in decades by raising unemployment.

November 4, 2022

Georgia State Senator Relied on Farm Contractors Involved in Major Human Trafficking Case

Source: Maria Perez, Abraham Kenmore, and Drew Favakeh, USA Today

Operation Blooming Onion is among the largest criminal prosecutions of labor trafficking of foreign farmworkers.

Why America’s Job Market Hasn’t Imploded

Source: Nicole Goodkind, CNN Business

We’ve got all the ingredients for a downturn and yet companies keep hiring.

Labor Shortage Crisis Needs an ‘All of the Above Solution’

Source: Staff, CBIA

Solving the manufacturing industry’s labor shortage is a critical issue for Connecticut’s economy. Carolyn Lee, president of The Manufacturing Institute, spoke on this topic.

November 3, 2022

Apple Discriminated Against Pro-Union Staff, NLRB Alleges

Source: Josh Eidelson , Bloomberg

the complaint follows that Apple suppressed labor efforts. The tech giant, Apple, is increasingly a target for union organizers

Labor Shortage Still Pinching Aerospace and Defense Sector

Source: Joe Gould and Stephen Losey, Defense News

Despite signs the labor market is starting to cool, aerospace and defense industry executives said they’re still struggling with hiring, training and the loss of skilled workers.

They Quit Their Jobs. Here’s What They are Doing Now.

Source: Hamza Shaban, The Washington Post

The Great Resignation neared its peak one year ago when more than 4.5 million Americans quit their jobs. Some left low-wage service positions for higher pay.

November 2, 2022

U.S. Workers Have Gotten Way Less Productive, Nobody Knows Why

Source: Taylor Telford, The Washington Post

Bosses and economists are troubled by the worst drop in U.S. worker output since 1947.

U.S. Department of Labor Funds $80 Million to Address Nursing Shortage

Source: U.S. Department of Labor

The unprecedented demands that the pandemic placed on the nation’s nurses – combined with retirements and an aging workforce – have greatly increased the need for nursing workers in the U.S.

Supreme Court Rejects Art Teacher’s Retaliatory Harassment Case

Source: Robert Iafolla, Bloomberg Law

The US Supreme Court decline to consider what threshold courts should apply to decide if an employer’s conduct was severe enough to support a claim for retaliatory harassment in violation of federal age discrimination law.

November 1, 2022

Starbucks Comment to Pro-Union Worker Was Threat, NLRB Says

Source: Josh Eidelson , Bloomberg Law

Starbucks Corp. interim Chief Executive Officer Howard Schultz made comments during an April meeting with employees that US labor officials view as an illegal anti-union threat.

American Airlines Offers Pilots Higher Raises in New Contract Proposal

Source: Leslie Josephs, CNBC

The biggest U.S. carriers have been in labor talks with their pilot unions for months.

Biden’s Women’s Bureau Targets Child Care, Diversity, Bias: Q&A

Source: Rebecca Rainey, Bloomberg Law

A small US Labor Department subagency tasked with identifying women’s issues in the labor force will be a key player in ensuring that the Biden administration’s workforce investments lift up women who are typically left out of the male-dominated trades.

October 31, 2022

US Unemployment Claims Inched Higher, But Remain Very Low

Source: Matt Ott, ABC News

Slightly more Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week as the labor market remains one of the healthiest parts of an uneven U.S. economy.

'Working in Fear': Some Private Contractors are Accused of Abusive Labor Practices on U.S. Military Bases

Source: Molly Boigon, Andrew Lehren, Laura Strickler, Courtney Kube, Anna Schecter, and Yousef Alshammari, NBC News

“Our taxpayer dollars are being used potentially to support forced labor and human trafficking, and that’s just unacceptable,” a U.S. government auditor said.

Workers Without Sick Pay or Family Leave Quit More During Pandemic than Employees with Benefits

Source: Eli M. Rosenberg, NBC News

Democrats renew calls for universal paid sick leave in a report linking low wages and scant paid leave to heightened attrition and recruiting challenges during the pandemic.

October 29, 2022

For Labor Trafficked Immigrants, T-Visas are a Life-Saving But Flawed Relief

Source: Sarah Betancourt and Jenifer McKim, GBH News

Many survivors escape from a trafficking situation with little more than the proverbial shirt on their backs.

Covid Fear Linked to Shrinking US Workforce, $250 Billion Cost

Source: Matthew Boyle, Bloomberg Law

Persistent worries about catching Covid kept about 3 million Americans out of the workforce, reducing the nation’s economic output by $250 billion in the first half of 2022, according to new research on a phenomenon dubbed “Long Social Distancing.”

Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan CEOs Tip U.S. Economy for Recession as Labor Tightness Keeps Fed Aggressive

Source: Elliot Smith, CNBC

Wall Street titan Dimon agreed that the Fed would likely continue hiking rates aggressively before pausing to allow the data to begin reflecting its efforts to rein in inflation.

October 27, 2022

Labor Secretary: A ‘Catastrophe’ is Coming for the Economy, But It’s Not Recession or Inflation

Source: Eric Rosenbaum, CNBC

U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh said in an interview at the CNBC Work Summit that he does not expect mass layoffs and job growth should continue into next year.

Labor Movement’s Next Big Challenge: Keeping Momentum as Economy Slows

Source: Lauren Kaori Gurley, The Washington Post

Despite an Amazon setback last week, unions have gained footholds at big companies such as Apple, Chipotle and Starbucks.

Employers Eye Lame-Duck Immigration Fix Amid Hot Job Market

Source: Eleanor Mueller , Politico

Employers are praying for a smaller-scale immigration fix when Congress returns next month as they continue struggling to fill open jobs.

October 26, 2022

DOL Extends Contractor Proposal Comment Period After Complaints

Source: Rebecca Rainey, Bloomberg Law

The US Labor Department has extended by 15 days the comment period on its recent independent contractor proposal, after complaints from critics who said the initial time frame alloted for the rule was too short.

Walker's Chicken Firm Tied to Benefits From Unpaid Labor

Source: Bill Barrow, U.S. News

Herschel Walker campaigns for the U.S. Senate as a champion of free enterprise and advocate for the mentally ill, felons and others.

Hyundai to Drop Two US Suppliers Facing Child Labor Violations

Source: Evan Mealins, USA Today

Two Alabama auto parts suppliers accused of employing underage workers may soon be losing their biggest client, based on a statement Hyundai’s top executive gave to Reuters last week.

October 25, 2022

Twitch CEO Aligns With Uber in Seeking ‘Third Way’ for Classifying Creators

Source: Cecilia D’Anastasio, Bloomberg

Twitch Chief Executive Officer Emmett Shear thinks US employment laws could be improved to better support content creators who generate millions of dollars for the video live streaming site.

US Forest Service Employee Arrested in Oregon Over Spread of Prescribed Burn

Source: Gabrielle Canon, The Guardian

Unprecedented arrest comes after fire burned 20 acres of private land. Now, experts fear backlash against the wildfire control tool.

Diner Owner Faces Down COVID, Construction, Labor Shortage

Source: Scott Sexton, U.S. News

John Nikas thought he knew what he was getting into when he bought the venerable Murphy’s Breakfast and Lunch in 2010.

October 24, 2022

DACA’s Potential Demise Portends Labor Force Drop Across Economy

Source: Andrew Kreighbaum, Bloomberg Law

Ten years after the start of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, hundreds of thousands of DACA recipients face the prospect of losing the work authorization the program provides.

Korean Auto Giant Hyundai Investigating Child Labor in its U.S. Supply Chain

Source: Reuters

A Reuters investigative report in July documented children, including a 12-year-old, working at a Hyundai-controlled metal stamping plant in rural Luverne, Alabama, called SMART Alabama, LLC.

Lowe’s Faces Organization Effort as US Unionization Movement Spreads

Source: Michael Sainato, The Guardian

Workers at Lowe’s and the chain’s top rival, Home Depot, push to unionize their companies’ first US stores despite challenges.

October 21, 2022

U.S. Factories Emerge as a Strong Point in a Weakening Economy

Source: Scott Horsley, NPR

Factories added 467,000 jobs in the last 12 months. And factory production in September was the highest in 14 years, according to the Federal Reserve.

US Women Earn 83.4% of What Men Make in Narrower Pay Gap

Source: Alex Tanzi, Bloomberg Law

US women earned 83.4 cents for every dollar men made in the third quarter, up a cent from the prior period but marking a pay gap below the high of 84.3 cents reached last year.

Illinois Takes Center Stage in Battle Over Union Rights Vote

Source: Don Babwin, U.S. News

With U.S. union ranks swelling as everyone from coffee shop baristas to warehouse workers seeks to organize, Illinois voters will decide next month whether to amend their state constitution to guarantee the right to bargain collectively.

October 20, 2022

Labor Market Could Shift Back in Favor of Employers

Source: Savannah Sicurella, The Business Journals

Recent economic headwinds suggest that the labor market could shift back in favor of companies.

Factory Production in US Increases for a Third Straight Month

Source: Reade Pickert, Bloomberg Law

US factory production rose for a third month in September, suggesting firm growth in manufacturing that’s underpinned by solid business investment and demand for consumer goods.

American Airlines Pilot Union Moves Toward Seeking Federal Mediation

Source: Leslie Josephs, CNBC

The Allied Pilots Association said it is taking steps to seek federal intervention in its contract talks with American Airlines.

October 19, 2022

Apple Union Win Shows Labor Gains in Organizing-Resistant South

Source: Ian Kullgren, Bloomberg Law

Organized labor’s decisive victory at an Apple Inc. Store in Oklahoma City is causing unions to rethink their long-held belief that workers in Republican-dominated Southern states can’t be won over.

Amazon Workers Reject Union Bid in Upstate New York

Source: Associated Press, U.S. News

Amazon workers in upstate New York overwhelmingly rejected a union bid on Tuesday, handing a second defeat to the labor group that’s been attempting to drag the company to the negotiating table since its historic win earlier this year.

‘Made by White Labor’: the Vintage Levi’s that Point to America’s Dark Past

Source: Matthew Cantor, The Guardian

A denim garment dating from 1880s found in western mineshaft, which sold for $76,000, recalls era of Chinese Exclusion Act.

October 18, 2022

Why Going on Strike Could Get Much Harder for American Workers

Source: Irina Ivanova, CBS News

A case the Supreme Court agreed to hear last week could make going on strike much more difficult.

Apple Workers in Oklahoma Vote to Unionize in 2nd Labor Win

Source: Associated Press, U.S. News

The National Labor Relations Board says workers at an Apple store in Oklahoma City voted to unionize, marking the second unionized Apple store in the U.S. in a matter of months.

Is the Uber, Lyft and Gig Economy Battle over Workers Nearing its End Game?

Source: Tim Mullaney, CNBC

Proposed Department of Labor rules stop short of classifying Uber and Lyft drivers as employees.

October 17, 2022

Fed Minutes Reveal No Letup in Interest Rate Hikes

Source: Tim Smart, U.S. News

Officials are fearful of tapping the brakes on inflation too soon.

Inflation Increased 0.4% in September, More than Expected Despite Rate Hikes

Source: Jeff Cox, CNBC

Worker wages took another hit, falling 0.1% monthly and 3% year over year when adjusted for inflation.

Nobody is Talking to Me About 'Quiet Quitting': U.S. Labor Secretary

Source: Brian Sozzi, Yahoo Finance

Quiet quitting may be the hot talk on social media and internal employee chat rooms, but U.S. Labor Secretary Marty Walsh says it's not a big topic of discussion in his chats with business leaders.

October 14, 2022

Amazon Labor Union Faces Next Showdown in Upstate New York

Source: Catherine Thorbecke, CNN

A grassroots worker group made history by gaining enough votes to form the first US union at an Amazon warehouse in Staten Island, New York, in what was widely viewed as a “David vs. Goliath” battle.

Companies Hoarding Workers Could be Good for the Economy

Source: Jeanna Smialek and Sydney Ember, The New York Times

Employers have been burned by a labor shortage. Will that make them act differently if the economy slows down?

Labor Department Proposal Could Upend Rules for Gig Workers

Source: Michelle Chapman and Alexandra Olson, PBS

Misclassifying workers as independent contractors denies those workers protections under federal labor standards, promotes wage theft, allows certain employers to gain an unfair advantage over businesses, and hurts the economy.

October 13, 2022

Apple Faces US Labor Complaint Over Union Busting

Source: Jon Fingas, Yahoo Finance

Apple's alleged union busting has prompted federal action.

Job Openings Plunged by Over 1.1 Million in August

Source: Jeff Cox, CNBC

The Job Openings and Labor Turnover numbers are watched closely by the Federal Reserve, which is trying to reverse runaway inflation that has been pushed by the tight labor market.

Ocean Freight Orders are Signaling a Big Drop in Consumer Demand

Source: Lori Ann LaRocco, CNBC

The declines include machinery, household products, industrial products and some apparel.

October 12, 2022

Activision Blizzard Withheld Raises to Retaliate Against Unionizing Staff

Source: Joshua Wolens, PC Gamer Magazine

An April pay bump for Activision Blizzard QA staff excluded unionizing Raven workers, and the NLRB says that was deliberate.

The U.S. Labor Market Is Looser Than It Appears

Source: Gary Shilling, Financial Advisor Magazine

Current labor market stringency isn’t due to robust demand for workers but because Americans are limiting the supply after the pandemic.

‘Real People That We Care About Are Being Exploited’

Source: Natalie Fertig and Eleanor Mueller, Politico

Lured with false promises of high pay and decent labor conditions, immigrants are held against their will by outlaw farmers who withhold their wages.

September 28, 2022

The Fed’s Fight Against Inflation Could Cost the US 1.2 Million Jobs

Source: Alicia Walice, CNN Business

In its efforts to bring down historic inflation and cool the economy, the Federal Reserve has used multiple euphemisms to describe the potential impact on Americans’ jobs, from economic “pain” to “unfortunate costs” and a “softening labor market.”

New ‘Striketober’ Looms as US Walkouts Increase Amid Surge in Union Activity

Source: Michael Sainato, The Guardian

Support for unions is on the rise as workers take action to raise pay and conditions amid booming company profits.

Russia Gives Citizenship to Ex-NSA Contractor Edward Snowden

Source: Associated Press, U.S. News

Russian President Vladimir Putin has granted Russian citizenship to Edward Snowden, a former contractor with the U.S. National Security Agency.

September 27, 2022

Spain Plans ‘Digital Nomad’ Visa Scheme to Attract Remote Workers

Source: Stephen Burgen, The Guardian

A proposed scheme in Spain includes tax breaks and gives Britons and other non-EU citizens chance to stay up to five years.

NYC Appeals Ruling Over Vaccine Mandate for Police Officers

Source: Associated Press, ABC News

New York City officials are appealing a judge’s ruling that they lacked the legal authority to fire members of the city’s largest police union for violating a COVID-19 vaccination mandate.

Big Oil “Exaggerates” Jobs to Stall Climate Action, Report Alleges

Source: Kristoffer Tigue, Inside Climate

Just a week after receiving similar criticism from congressional Democrats, Big Oil is once again facing allegations of misleading the public in an attempt to stall climate action and protect its bottom line.

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