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Labor Day: Good news, bad news

Photo by Fibonacci Blue, republished under Creative Commons license.

Photo of February 2014 rally to raise minimum wage by Fibonacci Blue, republished under Creative Commons license.

Labor Day in September started as a way to co-opt the May 1 international worker solidarity celebration, but labor and unions deserve at least two days of celebration. On Labor Day 2015, recent news coverage includes wins and losses and on-going struggles. For example, we can celebrate an unemployment rate lower than it was at any time during the Reagan presidency, and lower than any time since April 2008. That’s good news — but the bad news is that young workers and black workers still suffer much higher unemployment rates. Continue reading

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Minnesota CEOs get raises and workers don’t

The top dogs at publicly-traded Minnesota companies earned an average of $1.21 million a year in 2014, up 18 percent from 2013. The chief executive officer pay at these 95 companies was the second highest since 2007. Did you get an 18 percent raise last year?

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What’s wrong with part-time jobs — and what we can do about it

Photo by photologue_np , published under Creative Commons license.

Photo by photologue_np , published under Creative Commons license.

Almost one in five U.S. workers has a part-time job. Some people work part-time because it suits them, like a $100 an hour computer programmer. But more of them are like the part-timers featured in a 2014 New York Times article, and the 400+ people who wrote in to comment on it. Liz from Wheaton, Illinois, commented:

“As an RN with a master’s degree, you’d think I would fare better, but no. One Christmas Day not so long ago I was scheduled to work the 3-11 shift at the local hospital. I showed up for my shift but was told, “Didn’t someone call you? Our census is down and we don’t need you. But stay by your phone because you are on call for the next four hours” (without pay).”

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