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Shhh... The American Economy Is on the Brink... of a Boom!

Terry Connelly | Posted 01.24.2015 | Business
Terry Connelly

The real story is that "help is on the way" for America's struggling middle class, the unemployed and the under-employed. The much maligned TARP stimulus and "extraordinary measures" of the Federal Reserve have finally and in fact -- worked!

New Claims For Jobless Benefits Reach 290,000

AP | By JOSH BOAK | Posted 01.13.2015 | Business

WASHINGTON (AP) — More people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, but the increase wasn't sharp enough to disrupt the job market's positive...

The Elephant at the Roundtable

Latifa Lyles | Posted 12.31.2014 | Parents
Latifa Lyles

Enabling more women to work through improved access to child care can also help mitigate the gender wage gap for lifetime earnings.

Dave Jamieson

Major Poultry Processor Cited For Appalling Labor Practices

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 10.29.2014 | Business

WASHINGTON -- One of the nation's leading poultry processors exposed its line workers to painful musculoskeletal injuries and discouraged them from re...

Dave Jamieson

Labor Secretary: Lack Of Paid Parental Leave In U.S. Is Embarrassing

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 10.20.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In a wide-ranging and progressive speech on jobs, Labor Secretary Tom Perez said Monday the path to more "shared prosperity" in the U.S....

Unemployment Benefits Applications Fall To 14-Year Low

AP | CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER | Posted 12.16.2014 | Business

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment aid dropped to the lowest level in 14 years last week, the latest sign of a strengt...

Dave Jamieson

Labor Department Says System Protecting Workers From Chemicals Is 'Broken'

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 10.09.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The country's top workplace safety official said Thursday that the regulatory system protecting workers from chemical exposure is "broke...

Dave Jamieson

White House Delays Enforcement Of Minimum Wage, Overtime For Home Care Workers

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 10.08.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Labor Department announced Tuesday that it plans to delay its enforcement of new minimum wage and overtime protections for the count...

Obama Administration Pushes Paid Maternity Leave

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 09.25.2014 | Politics

The Obama administration wants to remind Americans that the United States is the only developed country without laws providing paid maternity leave. ...

Shadee Ashtari

Judge Cites Hobby Lobby To Excuse Fundamentalist Mormon From Child Labor Testimony

HuffingtonPost.com | Shadee Ashtari | Posted 09.18.2014 | Politics

Less than three months after Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg warned about the widespread repercussions of the Supreme Court’s majority decision in Burwe...

Dave Jamieson

Black Lung Disease Rates Skyrocket To Highest Levels Since 1970s

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 09.16.2014 | Business

The proportion of coal miners who suffer from an advanced form of black lung disease has skyrocketed in central Appalachia in recent years, according ...

Darrell Issa Turns His Sights On The Labor Department

AP | TOM RAUM | Posted 10.26.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of a House panel is asking Labor Secretary Thomas Perez to turn over to Congress documents and information the lawmak...

An Encouraging Sign For The Economy

AP | By JOSH BOAK | Posted 10.12.2014 | Business

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers in June advertised the most monthly job openings in more than 13 years. Employers posted 4.67 millio...

Dave Jamieson

Coal Miner Whose Brother Died On The Job Was Fired After Flagging Dangers

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 07.15.2014 | Business

In October of 2011, Jeromy Coots helped transport the lifeless body of his older brother out of the coal mine where they'd worked together in eastern ...

Seeking Jobs as Well as Justice

Thomas E. Perez | Posted 08.31.2014 | Politics
Thomas E. Perez

The struggle for the Civil Rights Act was about more than simply ending discrimination. It was about ending economic injustice and fighting for fair and equal access to good jobs and decent wages.

Dave Jamieson

Obama Moves On Minimum Wage Without Congress

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 06.13.2014 | Politics

As part of the president's pledge to act with or without the cooperation of Congress, the White House and Labor Department on Thursday released the de...

Dave Jamieson

There's No War On Coal. There's A War On Coal Miners

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 06.02.2014 | Politics

Whistleblower Justin Greenwell told regulators that his company, Armstrong Coal, was misreporting the dust levels in his mine, potentially putting min...

Working Families Summit Will Tackle Childcare, Paid Leave, Equal Pay

Thomas E. Perez | Posted 07.28.2014 | Politics
Thomas E. Perez

Everything has changed in recent decades -- the economy, technology, cultural attitudes, the demographics of the workforce, the role of women in society and the structure of the American family. It's about time our laws caught up.

Dave Jamieson

Business That Bashed Obama's OSHA Just Had Horrifying Industrial Accident

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 05.22.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- During the 2012 presidential campaign, Wisconsin businessman Lance Johnson said President Barack Obama's workplace safety inspectors wer...

Dave Jamieson

The Deadly Cost Of North Dakota's Gas Boom

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 05.08.2014 | Business

More than 4,600 U.S. workers were killed on the job and an estimated 50,000 died from occupational diseases during 2012, a new report from the AFL-CIO...

Dave Jamieson

Obama's 'War On Coal' Is About To Save Coal Miners' Lives

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 04.23.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- On Wednesday the Labor Department announced new rules that will tighten the standards protecting U.S. miners from black lung disease, a ...

Obama To Push For More Overtime Pay, White House Official Says

AP | JIM KUHNHENN | Posted 03.12.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bypassing Congress, President Barack Obama intends to order changes in overtime rules so employers would be required to pay millio...

The 'Wag the Dog' Market -- Stock Manipulation Made Easy

Terry Connelly | Posted 04.07.2014 | Business
Terry Connelly

Market suckers have been taken in by these speculative games for four years running; why should 2014 be any different, especially with CNBC cheering them on by not explaining what's really going on?

Dave Jamieson

Labor Unions Get Some Good News

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 01.24.2014 | Business

WASHINGTON -- Despite long-term declines in union membership, the proportion of U.S. workers who belong to a labor union held steady overall last year...

Are Headhunters Chowing Down on Boomers?

Arlene Schindler | Posted 02.19.2014 | Fifty
Arlene Schindler

A site will compare my resume side-by-side with a half-dozen other candidates who went to better schools, worked at greater companies and possibly had better careers than I did. It's so depressing; I'd rather watch my own colonoscopy -- polyps and all -- again.