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A few weeks ago I wrote about a part-time employee at Urban Outfitters who went to work with the flu in New York City becase she didn't have paid sick time and couldn't afford to stay home from her job as a cashier. So, for eight contagious hours, she dealt with the public.  Now, thanks to the...
04/04/2013
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In an country where there are 3.3 job seekers for every one available job, one would hope that those lucky enough to have a full time job would be earning a salary they can live on. Unfortunately, according to new data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, it's just the opposite. America's most...
04/03/2013
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Retails sales surged by a solid 1.1 percent last month, and that's being hailed as great news. But great news for who, exactly?  Given the weak labor market, with millions still unemployed, it is unlikely that higher retail sales and profits will translate into higher wages for retail workers...
03/14/2013
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In the lead-up to the deadline to avoid sequestration, the set of across-the-board spending cuts that kicked in this month, there was plenty of confusion about its impact. Many Republicans settled on the message that the cuts would be painless. Democrats’ attempts to outline the damage were...
03/07/2013
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Employment credit checks illegitimately obstruct access to employment, keeping qualified workers out of jobs they need. It’s an argument Demos has been making for a few years, but the new study we released this week provides additional data to back it up. Drawing on the findings of our...
03/07/2013
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During the first half of the Twentieth Century, as America became an industrial power, the most important battles for labor rights unfolded at steel plants, coal mines, oil refineries, and at manufacturing plants around the country, particularly in the auto industry.  Heavy industry and...
02/19/2013
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On Wednesday, the New York City Council passed a law banning discrimination against the unemployed by a huge, and veto-proof, margin -- 44 to 4. It's no surprise that the vote was so lopsided. The fact that employers legally can -- and routinely do -- discriminate against unemployed job applicants...
02/15/2013
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“I’m trying to think of another industry where a 20 percent error rate would be acceptable.” says 60 Minutes correspondent Steve Kroft, in a new exposé of the credit reporting industry. “That’s a pretty high error rate.” To say the least. Kroft was...
02/13/2013
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As Saturday’s “technical release” from our chums at the Department of Labor reminds us, Obamacare will require all companies, small businesses excluded, to provide health insurance to those working 30 hours per week or more in 2014. Along with some noise the IRS is making about...
02/11/2013
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"I served in the military for 30 years and received the highest level security clearances," said Brooklyn resident and war veteran Emmett Pinkston.  "Yet I was turned down for a job as a TSA baggage screener, because of a bogus charge on my credit report.  I found myself stuck at a low...
02/08/2013
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