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  • Fast-food strikes set for cities nationwide
    Thursday's planned walkouts follow a series of strikes that began last November in New York City, then spread to cities including Chicago, Detroit and Seattle. Workers say they want $15 an hour, which would be about $31,000 a year for full-time employees. That's more than double the federal minimum wage.August 29, 2013
  • Labor rules to boost employment for vets, disabled
    The Labor Department has approved new rules to help boost the number of veterans and disabled people in the work force.August 28, 2013
  • Minnesota Orchestra management rejects mediation proposal
    The Minnesota Orchestra rejected a proposal to enter mediation with the musicians' union after its members accepted it.August 16, 2013
  • Minn. personal care assistants divided by union question
    Personal care is a labor of love. But is it also labor that should be unionized? That's the question 12,000 care providers in various Minnesota taxpayer-supported programs may soon answer.August 14, 2013
  • A push for harmony among workers, young and old
    There's a sense of urgency to the quest for workplace harmony, as baby boomers delay retirement and work side-by-side with people young enough to be their children -- or grandchildren.August 14, 2013
  • Platform to Employment helps veterans, older workers find jobs
    A new program launching in Minneapolis next month aims to help long-term unemployed workers over age 50 and young veterans find jobs.August 13, 2013
  • Advocates want 5 percent raise for care assistants
    A new coalition of advocates for people with disabilities and the elderly is calling for a 5 percent increase in state funding for services they receive at home and in the community.August 13, 2013
  • Big Minn. state workers union ratifies contract
    Thousands of Minnesota state employees have ratified a new contract that includes across-the-board raises but higher health insurance contributions from workers.August 12, 2013
  • U.S. jobless claims at 6-year low, but hiring lags
    Americans who have a job may take comfort in knowing that companies are laying off fewer people than at any time since before the Great Recession.August 9, 2013
  • Minn. child care union drive opponents appeal case
    Opponents of an effort to unionize thousands of Minnesota home day care providers filed an appeal of a federal judge's ruling dismissing their case.August 6, 2013
  • New jobs disproportionately low-pay or part-time
    The 162,000 jobs the economy added in July were a disappointment. The quality of the jobs was even worse. A disproportionate number of the added jobs were part-time or low-paying -- or both. Part-time work accounted for more than 65 percent of the positions employers added in July. Low-paying retailers, restaurants and bars supplied more than half July's job gain.August 3, 2013
  • Companies help immigrants obtain US citizenship
    For immigrants working toward the American Dream, some employers are now helping them reach their dream of becoming Americans. Health clinics, hotels and a clothing factory are pairing up with immigrant advocates to offer on-site citizenship assistance as one of the perks of the job in greater Los Angeles, Miami, Washington and Silicon Valley as they aim to make naturalization more convenient for the 8.5 million legal immigrants eligible to become U.S. citizens.August 3, 2013
  • Bay Area transit shutdown looms amid labor dispute
    San Francisco Bay Area commuters braced for the possibility of another train strike as the Bay Area Rapid Transit agency and its workers approached a deadline to reach a new labor deal.August 1, 2013
  • Walker likens his public union philosophy to FDR's
    Gov. Scott Walker says Detroit would not be bankrupt and Chicago public schools would be flourishing if those cities were in Wisconsin and operating under the state's public union laws.July 30, 2013
  • Federal judge rejects two anti-unionization lawsuits
    A judge has dismissed two federal lawsuits aimed at stopping the unionization of state-subsidized child care providers.July 29, 2013

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