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  • 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
  • Judge rules efforts to stop day care unions are premature
    Union drives can proceed under new Minnesota law.The Daily Circuit, July 29, 2013
  • AP Exclusive: 4 in 5 in US face near-poverty, no work
    Four out of 5 U.S. adults struggle with joblessness, near-poverty or reliance on welfare for at least parts of their lives, a sign of deteriorating economic security and an elusive American dream. Survey data exclusive to The Associated Press points to an increasingly globalized U.S. economy, the widening gap between rich and poor, and the loss of good-paying manufacturing jobs as reasons for the trend.July 28, 2013
  • Part-time workers say schedules are getting more erratic
    For many workers, regular full-time schedules are disappearing. Hours are not only short, but increasingly erratic as managers scramble to cover shifts without the steadying influence of experienced full-time employees.July 19, 2013
  • Judge considers challenge to day care union law
    Warning that their freedom is at stake, Minnesota child care providers on Thursday asked a judge to stop efforts to unionize child care workers until two federal lawsuits against the state are decided.July 18, 2013
  • Dayton chides "extremists" in daycare union suit
    DFL Governor Mark Dayton is blaming "right-wing extremists" for the lawsuits being heard in federal court Thursday aimed at stopping the unionization of state-subsidized child care providers.July 18, 2013
  • How the jobless rate is measured and compiled
    Every month, someone telephones or knocks on the door of 76,000 households around the nation - including 1,700 in Minnesota to gather information for the The Current Population Survey. It's used to glean information about the job situation of working-age Americans.July 18, 2013
  • Target, Walmart commit to improving worker safety in Bangladeshi factories
    Nearly 20 retailers, including Target and Walmart, have unveiled a plan for improving worker safety in Bangladeshi garment factories.July 10, 2013
  • Temporary jobs becoming a permanent fixture in US
    Hiring is exploding in the one corner of the U.S. economy where few want to be hired: temporary work. From Wal-Mart to General Motors to PepsiCo, companies are increasingly turning to temps and to a much larger universe of freelancers, contract workers and consultants. Combined, these workers number nearly 17 million people who have only tenuous ties to the companies that pay them -- about 12 percent of everyone with a job.July 7, 2013
  • Observers gloomy about Minnesota Orchestra's future
    The start of July marks ten months for the Minnesota Orchestra lockout, with no end in sight for the musicians, management and audience. Many opinions are swirling in the classical world about what's happening at the orchestra. Few predict sweetness and light, but rather a gloomy outcome.July 3, 2013
  • Talks resume to end San Francisco strike that stymied commute
    As San Francisco Bay Area commuters crammed onto ferries and sat in rush hour traffic, rail workers and transit officials resumed contract talks Tuesday to end a two-day strike that has caused chaotic commutes and, according to businesses, is costing the region millions of dollars.July 3, 2013

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