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  • 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
  • SF Bay Area transit more crowded with train strike
    San Francisco Bay area commuters sweated in crowded buses, shivered on loaded ferries or inched through crowded freeway traffic on Monday after hundreds of train workers demanding higher wages went on strike and the region's heavily used rail system ground to a halt.July 1, 2013
  • Minnesota state employee unions reach tentative contract agreements
    The unions that represent thousands of Minnesota state employees say they have reached contract agreements that give workers 3 percent raises for each of the next two years.June 28, 2013
  • High-tech gains get disabled people into workforce
    A rising number of disabled people are increasingly able to find and keep jobs because of new technologies specifically aimed at helping them better communicate or complete tasks.June 24, 2013
  • If something's worth doing, why do something else too?
    The research suggests that multitasking is a way to do several things badly.The Daily Circuit, June 16, 2013
  • Cleaning workers aim labor action at downtown Minneapolis Target store
    Workers say they are demanding the right to organize free of retaliation.The Daily Circuit, June 10, 2013
  • American auto industry about to go on hiring spree
    The auto industry is about to go on a hiring spree as car makers and parts suppliers race to find engineers, technicians and factory workers to build the next generation of vehicles. The new employees will be part of a larger, busier workforce. From coast to coast, the industry is in top gear.June 9, 2013
  • Want more time off? Some employers let you buy it
    Want more time off work to hang out at the beach? Need a little cash and have vacation days to spare? Some companies allow their employees to buy and sell vacation time, a perk that gives workers more flexibility in managing their time off.June 9, 2013
  • Employment game has changed, but who's teaching the rules?
    It still pays to earn a college degree. That is, if you get the right one. Georgetown University published a report Wednesday that looked into this dilemma.June 4, 2013
  • With data gleaned from workers, companies hope to improve bottom line
    If you have taken an "employee engagement" survey lately, you have plenty of company. Employers are increasingly studying their workers to search for clues about how to improve business performance. They are also deploying more powerful software tools to find patterns that would go unnoticed otherwise.June 3, 2013
  • Some Crystal Sugar works return to work
    More than 400 American Crystal Sugar Co. workers who have been locked out of their jobs for nearly two years are back to work.May 28, 2013
  • Daycare unionization bill heads to Minn. House floor
    Legislation to allow for the unionization of in-home child care providers and personal care assistants cleared its final Minnesota House committee Thursday night, and is headed for a floor vote.May 3, 2013
  • Labor, reeling elsewhere, poised for gains in Minn.
    As economic changes batter organized labor nationwide, eroding its membership and political power, Minnesota has emerged as one of the few places where unions are faring well.April 28, 2013

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