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Right-to-Work Works Its Magic in Idaho: State Ranks 49th in Income per Capita

Right-to-Work Works Its Magic in Idaho: State Ranks 49th in Income per Capita
An article in Friday’s "Idaho Statesman" detailed the struggles unions have had in the state since the passage of “Right-to-Work” in 1985. Between 1985 and 2012, AFL-CIO membership in the state dropped from 41,300 to 11,000. Currently 29,000 Idahoans are members of unions, though 7,000 of those members choose not to pay dues.
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Sign of the Times: Unemployment Holding Steady is Now Good News

Sign of the Times: Unemployment Holding Steady is Now Good News
The US may have added jobs in may (an anemic 217K), but wasn't able to make a dent in the employment numbers, which have hovered at 6.3% and remain frustratingly static.
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Ruby Tuesday to Pay Half Million Dollar Fine Stemming from Age Discrimination Suit

Ruby Tuesday to Pay Half Million Dollar Fine Stemming from Age Discrimination Suit
Restaurant chain Ruby Tuesday will pay $575,000 to settle an age discrimination lawsuit filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The lawsuit claimed that five locations in Western Pennsylvania and Ohio discriminated against potential applicants over the age of 40.
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New Report: Corporate Welfare Costs the Average American Family $6,000 Annually

New Report: Corporate Welfare Costs the Average American Family $6,000 Annually
With big corporations doubling their profits while having their taxes cut over the past ten years, 2.9 million American jobs have been lost and the system has been pushed to its functional boundaries. The system, Buchheit argues, is nothing more than crony capitalism and creates a government whose main function is to legalize the fleecing of the 99 percent at the behest of the elite one percent.
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No Such Thing as Free: What Global Trade Agreements Teach Us About Putting Americans to Work

No Such Thing as Free: What Global Trade Agreements Teach Us About Putting Americans to Work
As the Trans-Pacific Partnership gets rammed through Congress, greased by backroom dealings, promises of jobs, jobs, jobs are being proffered exponentially. However, the U.S. has a long history of global trade deals and the evidence of job growth isn't exactly promising. So what do NAFTA and deals with China and Korea have to teach us about TPP's promises?
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Labor Secretary Sets Benchmarks for Federal Hiring of Disabled Workers and Veterans

Labor Secretary Sets Benchmarks for Federal Hiring of Disabled Workers and Veterans
New federal regulations handed down by Labor Secretary Thomas Perez will help disabled workers and veterans gain employment from federal contractors. The new standards would mandate that disabled workers make up 7 percent of the workforce on any federal contract. They would also set a benchmark of eight percent for veteran workforce make up.
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Chaz Bolte
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Let's Not Forget Martin Luther King Jr's Radical Legacy

On the 50th anniversary of the "March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom," much of Martin Luther King Jr's message is being missed by both politicians and pundits. "I have a dream" may be what is remembered most frequently, but Dr. King's legacy is much deeper than the marketing line suggests and it's one that includes some radical ideas.
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Repealing Sequester Would Create 900,000 New Jobs

Repealing Sequester Would Create 900,000 New Jobs
The Economic Policy Institute did some calculations last week and reported that “Repealing Sequestration Would Create 900,000 New Jobs in a Year.” What's worse is that the cuts aren't even saving the American public money.
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Dave Johnson
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Manufacturing Unemployment: Free Trade with Low-Income Countries on the Rise

Manufacturing Unemployment: Free Trade with Low-Income Countries on the Rise
Many of the existing free trade agreements have seriously ill effects on income inequality, and experts agree that the upcoming Trans-Pacific Partnership could further damage the hurting U.S. manufacturing industry. What does it mean for the average local labor market? "Increased unemployment, decreased labor-force participation, and increased use of disability and other transfer benefits."
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New York Times Issues Strong Rebuke of 'Skills Gap' Theory, Calls It 'Corporate Fiction'

New York Times Issues Strong Rebuke of 'Skills Gap' Theory, Calls It 'Corporate Fiction'
New numbers released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics show that there were 3.8 million job openings in April of 2013. Yet, the unemployment rate was at 7.5 percent that same month. This disparity is often attributed to a “skills gap,” something which suggests companies are hiring but American workers are not qualified for the open positions. The New York Times, however, isn’t so sure.
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