Millions Have Lost a Step Into the Middle Class, Researchers Say

The new figure points to the challenge for the majority of Americans who do not have a four-year college degree.

#accenture-ltd, #computers-and-the-internet, #corporate-social-responsibility, #hiring-and-promotion, #labor-and-jobs, #minorities, #nonprofit-organizations, #opportunitywork, #shortages, #vocational-training, #wages-and-salaries

Health Workers, ‘Risking Their Own Lives to Save Ours’

Responses to an essay that urged additional compensation for health workers. Also: Space heaters and the Bronx fire; entertaining young kids; ketamine.

#bronx-nyc, #children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #doctors, #fires-and-firefighters, #ketamine-drug, #medicine-and-health, #parenting, #vaccination-and-immunization, #wages-and-salaries

Economists Pin More Blame on Tech for Rising Inequality

Recent research underlines the central role that automation has played in widening disparities.

#acemoglu-daron, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #artificial-intelligence, #computers-and-the-internet, #economics-theory-and-philosophy, #income-inequality, #innovation, #labor-and-jobs, #productivity, #united-states-economy, #wages-and-salaries

As W.N.B.A. Players Call for Expansion, League Says Not Now

Many players and fans want bigger rosters and more teams, but the W.N.B.A. said it can’t “expand for expansion’s sake” without the money to support it.

#basketball, #brown-lexie-1994, #clarendon-layshia-1991, #collective-bargaining, #collier-napheesa-1996, #engelbert-catherine, #national-basketball-assn, #new-york-liberty, #ogwumike-nnemkadi, #organized-labor, #reeve-cheryl-1966, #taurasi-diana, #wages-and-salaries, #women-and-girls, #womens-national-basketball-assn

U.S. Sues Shop Owner Who Dumped 91,500 Pennies on Ex-Worker’s Driveway

The Labor Department said the owner of a Georgia auto-repair shop had retaliated against the former employee for reporting that he had not received his final paycheck.

#a-ok-walker-luxury-autoworks-peachtree-city-ga, #automobile-service-and-charging-stations, #labor-and-jobs, #labor-department-us, #peachtree-city-ga, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #wages-and-salaries, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

You Know What Would Help Exhausted Doctors and Nurses? More Money.

Health care workers during the pandemic deserve hazard pay.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hospitals, #medicine-and-health, #wages-and-salaries, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

December Jobs Report: U.S. Added 199,000 Jobs

The gain of 199,000 was the weakest of the year, but not for lack of demand: The unemployment rate fell to 3.9 percent, and wages increased.

#coronavirus-omicron-variant, #federal-reserve-system, #hiring-and-promotion, #inflation-economics, #labor-and-jobs, #part-time-employment, #unemployment, #united-states-economy, #wages-and-salaries

More Workers Quit Than Ever in November as U.S. Job Openings Remain Near a Record.

Government data for November shows the continuing disruption of the coronavirus in the labor market.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hiring-and-promotion, #labor-and-jobs, #labor-department-us, #unemployment, #united-states-economy, #wages-and-salaries

Prosecute Donald Trump for the Jan. 6 Coup Attempt?

Readers discuss an essay urging a Justice Department investigation. Also: Anthony Fauci; Covid frustration; Betty White; women’s wages; Black voters.

#black-people, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #discrimination, #fauci-anthony-s, #garland-merrick-b, #justice-department, #republican-party, #special-prosecutors-independent-counsel, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wages-and-salaries, #white-betty, #women-and-girls

What We Learned About the Economy in 2021

For once, the government tried overheating the economy. For better and worse, it succeeded.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #inflation-economics, #labor-and-jobs, #polls-and-public-opinion, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #shortages, #stimulus-economic, #united-states-economy, #wages-and-salaries

Job Seekers Rethink How to Negotiate Salary

It’s now a common job interview question. It can also be a trap. Here’s how to answer.

#hiring-and-promotion, #labor-and-jobs, #wages-and-salaries

What Social Trends Told Us About the American Economy in 2021

“Hard pants,” R.T.O. and boomer burnout made for an eventful second pandemic year. They also taught us about the economic future.

#baby-boomers, #consumer-behavior, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-return-to-office, #generation-x, #generation-z, #inflation-economics, #labor-and-jobs, #millennial-generation, #shutdowns-institutional, #supply-chain, #travel-and-vacations, #united-states-economy, #wages-and-salaries, #workplace-environment

The MIT Professor Defining What It Means to Live

With many companies now inching toward more humane pay, the question of how to define a living wage deserves broader public discussion.

#labor-and-jobs, #living-wage, #minimum-wage, #roosevelt-theodore, #wages-and-salaries

Riot Games to Pay $100 Million in Gender Discrimination Case

The company was originally set to pay its female employees $10 million until California fought successfully for more money.

#discrimination, #riot-games-inc, #wages-and-salaries, #women-and-girls

Why Even a 40% Tax Break Won’t Move Japan’s Employers to Raise Pay

The country’s prime minister says lifting long-stagnant wages would jump-start the sputtering economy. Companies call the plan a nonstarter.

#economic-conditions-and-trends, #japan, #kishida-fumio, #labor-and-jobs, #wages-and-salaries

As Workers Gain Pay Leverage, Nonprofits Can’t Keep Up

Schools and social assistance agencies face staffing shortages as they compete with businesses able to raise wages — and services are suffering.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #education-k-12, #federal-aid-us, #finances, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #hiring-and-promotion, #labor-and-jobs, #nonprofit-organizations, #shortages, #united-states-economy, #wages-and-salaries

Architects Are the Latest White-Collar Workers Drawn to Unions

Saying they are overworked and underpaid, architects at a prominent New York firm want to unionize. Others could follow.

#american-institute-of-architects, #architecture, #international-assn-of-machinists, #labor-and-jobs, #manhattan-nyc, #organized-labor, #overtime, #paid-time-off, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #shop-architects, #wages-and-salaries, #work-life-balance

The New Get-Rich-Faster Job in Silicon Valley: Crypto Start-Ups

Tech executives and engineers are quitting Google, Meta, Amazon and other large companies for what they say is a once-in-generation opportunity with crypto.

#amazon-com-inc, #bitcoin-currency, #blockchain-technology, #coinbase-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #dorsey-jack, #entrepreneurship, #executive-compensation, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #labor-and-jobs, #marcus-david-a, #nonfungible-tokens-nfts, #social-media, #start-ups, #virtual-currency, #wages-and-salaries

Hamas, Claiming Victory Over Israel, Is Stuck in Same Old Cycle

Seven months after a war with Israel, hundreds are dead but otherwise little has changed. It’s a familiar pattern.

#civilian-casualties, #defense-and-military-forces, #egypt, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #fatah-al, #gaza-strip, #hamas, #international-relations, #israel, #jerusalem-israel, #nepotism, #palestinian-authority, #palestinians, #wages-and-salaries, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #west-bank, #zahar-mahmoud-al

What Causes Inflation and Should I Worry About It?

What is inflation, why is it up, and who does it hurt? A run through common questions about the ongoing price burst.

#consumer-price-index, #federal-reserve-system, #hitler-adolf, #income-inequality, #inflation-economics, #interest-rates, #onion-the, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #savings, #shortages, #united-states, #united-states-economy, #wages-and-salaries, #weimar-germany

2022 N.F.L. Salary Cap Winners and Losers

The New Orleans Saints and Green Bay Packers, beset by hefty long-term contracts, will be forced into personnel decisions in 2022.

#football, #free-agents-sports, #national-football-league, #new-orleans-saints, #wages-and-salaries

Wirecutter Union Reaches Deal With New York Times Co.

The contract, which the union’s members will vote on, includes immediate average wage increases of about $5,000 and 3 percent raises for each year of the deal, which runs through February 2024.

#new-york-times-company, #newsguild, #organized-labor, #wages-and-salaries, #wirecutter-the

Teachers Scramble to Scoop Up Cash in Promotion Called Demeaning

Ten teachers in South Dakota competed for $5,000 in dollar bills to spend on classroom improvements. Critics called the event at a hockey game in Sioux Falls demeaning.

#education-k-12, #philanthropy, #sioux-falls-sd, #sioux-falls-stampede-hockey-team, #south-dakota, #squid-game-tv-program, #teachers-and-school-employees, #united-states-hockey-league, #wages-and-salaries

Workers in Europe Are Demanding Higher Pay as Inflation Soars

Prices are rising at the fastest rate on record, and unions want to keep up. Policymakers worry that might make inflation worse.

#economic-conditions-and-trends, #europe, #european-central-bank, #france, #leroy-merlin, #lvmh-moet-hennessy-louis-vuitton-sa, #organized-labor, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #sephora, #wages-and-salaries

Pandemic Labor Shortages Have Helped Workers Before. Will They Again?

French history offers hopeful lessons.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #labor-and-jobs, #shortages, #strikes, #united-states, #wages-and-salaries

Consumer Prices Rose at Fastest Pace Since 1982

The Consumer Price Index is rising sharply, a concern for Washington policymakers and a sign of the rising costs facing American households.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #consumer-price-index, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #factories-and-manufacturing, #federal-reserve-system, #inflation-economics, #powell-jerome-h, #price-gouging, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wages-and-salaries

Analysis: Biden Sees Booming Economy, but Many Americans Don’t

The president has struggled to sell strong growth and job gains to a public that appears more concerned about rising prices — and remains anxious about Covid.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #consumer-confidence-economic-indicator, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #inflation-economics, #labor-and-jobs, #polls-and-public-opinion, #unemployment, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wages-and-salaries

Here’s Why Inflation Is Worrying Washington

Price gains have moved up sharply for months, but the fact that the trend is lasting and broadening has newly put policymakers on red alert.

#automobiles, #consumer-price-index, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #federal-reserve-system, #inflation-economics, #pizza, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #shortages, #wages-and-salaries

Gig Worker Protections Get a Push in European Proposal

A proposal with widespread political support would entitle drivers and couriers for companies like Uber to a minimum wage and legal protections.

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #deliveroo-roofoods-ltd, #delivery-services, #europe, #european-commission, #labor-and-jobs, #politics-and-government, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #uber-technologies-inc, #wages-and-salaries

As Omicron Threat Looms, Inflation Limits Fed’s Room to Maneuver

The central bank has spent years guarding against economic blows. Now it is in inflation-fighting mode, even as a potential risk emerges.

#coronavirus-omicron-variant, #federal-reserve-system, #inflation-economics, #interest-rates, #labor-and-jobs, #united-states-economy, #wages-and-salaries

Kellogg Workers Prolong Strike by Rejecting Contract Proposal

About 1,400 workers have been on strike since Oct. 5 at four Kellogg cereal plants in the United States over a dispute that has revolved around the company’s two-tier compensation structure.

#bakery-confectionery-tobacco-workers-and-grain-millers-international-union, #employee-fringe-benefits, #kellogg-company, #labor-and-jobs, #memphis-tenn, #michigan, #omaha-neb, #organized-labor, #pennsylvania, #strikes, #wages-and-salaries

American Families Are Drowning in Care Costs. Here’s How to Change That.

Ai-jen Poo on the economic potential of a public investment in child care, elder care and paid family leave.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #child-care, #family-leaves, #income-inequality, #mcghee-heather-c-1980, #national-domestic-workers-alliance, #poo-ai-jen, #united-states, #united-states-economy, #wages-and-salaries

Women Earn $2 Million Less Than Men in Their Careers as Doctors

A survey of more than 80,000 physicians estimated that women make 25 percent less than men over a 40-year career.

#discrimination, #doctors, #research, #wages-and-salaries, #women-and-girls, #your-feed-healthcare

Big Contracts, Big Buyouts, Big Pressure: College Football Coaches Hit the Jackpot

Brian Kelly will earn at least $9 million a year at L.S.U., which is paying its old coach almost $17 million to step aside. Top universities have become steppingstones to other top gigs.

#athletics-and-sports, #bonuses, #coaches-and-managers, #colleges-and-universities, #football-college, #kelly-brian-football-coach, #louisiana-state-university, #national-collegiate-athletic-assn, #orgeron-ed, #riley-lincoln-1983, #southeastern-conference, #university-of-notre-dame, #university-of-southern-california, #wages-and-salaries

November 2021 Jobs Report: A Gain of 210,000

Employers reported adding 210,000 jobs, the year’s weakest showing, but there were also bright spots. The mixed picture complicated policy prospects.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #federal-reserve-system, #hiring-and-promotion, #inflation-economics, #labor-and-jobs, #labor-department-us, #powell-jerome-h, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #unemployment, #united-states-economy, #wages-and-salaries

Why the Fed Chair Won’t Call Inflation ‘Transitory’ Anymore

Jerome Powell has lost patience with the pace of the rebound in labor force participation.

#coronavirus-omicron-variant, #inflation-economics, #internal-sub-only-nl, #labor-and-jobs, #unemployment, #wages-and-salaries

November Jobs Report Shows Workers Remain Optimistic

The Great Resignation won’t last forever: Americans are waiting for the right opportunity to jump back into the work force.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #labor-and-jobs, #unemployment, #united-states-economy, #wages-and-salaries

What Europe Can Teach Us About Jobs

Why don’t other countries face a Great Resignation?

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #europe, #labor-and-jobs, #productivity, #united-states, #wages-and-salaries

Amazon Union Vote in Alabama Is a Step Closer to Being Overturned

A regional office of the National Labor Relations Board said management’s victory in an earlier election should be overturned. The company can appeal.

#amazon-com-inc, #bessemer-ala, #labor-and-jobs, #national-labor-relations-board, #organized-labor, #retail-wholesale-and-department-store-union, #storage, #wages-and-salaries

Supply Chain Shortages Help a North Carolina Furniture Town

The furniture capital of the state is ground zero for inflation, labor shortages, hot demand and limited supply. It’s debating how to cope.

#factories-and-manufacturing, #furniture, #hickory-nc, #inflation-economics, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #labor-and-jobs, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #shortages, #united-states-economy, #wages-and-salaries

Pinterest Pledges $50 Million on Reforms to Resolve Discrimination Allegations

Shareholders had accused Pinterest’s board of directors of failing to respond to a pervasive culture of discrimination and retaliation against women and people of color.

#black-people, #boards-of-directors, #brougher-fancoise, #discrimination, #ozoma-ifeoma, #pensions-and-retirement-plans, #pinterest, #race-and-ethnicity, #social-media, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #wages-and-salaries, #women-and-girls, #workplace-environment

Is the Four-Day Workweek Finally Within Our Grasp?

After embracing flexible work styles during the pandemic, some companies are now embracing a shorter week.

#labor-and-jobs, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #wages-and-salaries, #work-life-balance, #working-hours, #workplace-environment

N.Y.C. Severs Ties With Housing Nonprofit Run by Jack A. Brown III

The city will no longer work with CORE Services Group, the nonprofit run by Jack A. Brown to provide housing and services to the homeless.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #brown-jack-a-iii, #conflicts-of-interest, #core-services-group-inc, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #homeless-persons, #nepotism, #new-york-city, #nonprofit-organizations, #wages-and-salaries

The Searing Beauty, and Harsh Reality, of a Kentucky Tobacco Harvest

At a family farm in Shelby County, a group of 26 men from Nicaragua and Mexico perform the grueling seasonal work that Americans largely avoid.

#agriculture-and-farming, #foreign-workers, #kentucky, #labor-and-jobs, #photography, #smoking-and-tobacco, #travel-and-vacations, #wages-and-salaries

Solutions for the Shortage of Truck Drivers

Readers suggest guest workers, autonomous trucks, better work conditions and a relay race model.

#labor-and-jobs, #sexual-harassment, #traffic-accidents-and-safety, #trucks-and-trucking, #united-states-economy, #wages-and-salaries, #women-and-girls

Joe Biden’s Infrastructure Bill Is a Big Success

Voters may pummel Democrats next year but future generations will be grateful. 

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #child-tax-credits-and-stipends, #consumer-behavior, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #democratic-party, #inflation-economics, #infrastructure-public-works, #infrastructure-investment-and-jobs-act-2021, #labor-and-jobs, #law-and-legislation, #stimulus-economic, #united-states, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wages-and-salaries

Striking Deere workers approve a new contract on the third try.

The accord, after a five-week walkout by 10,000 employees, increases wages and performance-based pay.

#deerecompany, #employee-fringe-benefits, #labor-and-jobs, #machinery-and-equipment, #organized-labor, #strikes, #united-automobile-workers, #wages-and-salaries

Hollywood Crew Union Narrowly Ratifies Its Contracts With Studios

The margin was perilously narrow, with many International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees members viewing the pact as toothless in terms of preventing long working hours.

#collective-bargaining, #international-alliance-of-theatrical-stage-employees, #los-angeles-calif, #movies, #organized-labor, #rust-movie, #wages-and-salaries, #working-hours

Monopoly’s Bad Cousin

Companies use market power to suppress wages as well as to raise prices. The government is finally paying attention.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #book-trade-and-publishing, #bork-robert-h, #justice-department, #penguin-random-house, #simonschuster-inc, #united-states-economy, #wages-and-salaries, #writing-and-writers

Kaiser Permanente Averts Strike, Reaching Tentative Deal With Unions

More than 30,000 West Coast workers at the health care provider had planned to go on strike on Monday.

#california, #kaiser-permanente, #nursing-and-nurses, #oregon, #organized-labor, #strikes, #wages-and-salaries