Labor News

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July unemployment rate doesn't reflect truth about joblessness

While 131,000 people found jobs last month, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics report, the number of unemployed people rose by 197,000 to 9.67 million.

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Official February unemployment at 6.7 percent

U.S. Unemployment rose by 0.1 percent in February, to 6.7 percent, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said. 

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UAW's King: "Activism is needed to overcome obstructionists"

 In a message to 1,000-plus activists at UAW's political action conference in D.C., the union leader said activism is even more necessary because 2014 is an election year, when foes of workers will go all out against them.

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On recession’s sixth anniversary, U.S. still down 8 million jobs

Six years after the onset of the Great Recession, the U.S. economy needs nearly 8 million jobs to return to pre-recession health.

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Republicans leave unemployed #OutInTheCold

Heavy lobbying efforts were underway to extend unemployment insurance for the more than 1 million long-term jobless.

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Emergency action urged on unemployment benefits

Call Congress at 1-877-318-0483 with the message "extend unemployment insurance now."

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Tell Congress to extend unemployment benefits now!

In addition to the 1.3 million who will be immediately cut off, an additional 3.6 million people will lose benefits in the coming year unless Congress acts.

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Today in labor history: FDR unveils Civil Works Administration

President Franklin D. Roosevelt unveiled the Civil Works Administration on November 8, 1933, a short-lived program, but one that created jobs for millions of unemployed workers, giving temporary relief to the suffering in the midst of the Great Depression.

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Today in labor history: Wall Street crash of 1929

The Wall Street Crash was the most devastating stock market crash in the history of the U.S. Iit signaled the beginning of the 10-year Great Depression that affected all Western industrialized countries.

 

 

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Today in labor history: Activist Agnes Nestor born

On June 24, 1880, labor and women's rights activist Agnes Nestor was born in Grand Rapids, Mich. She moved to Chicago in 1897 and started working at the age of 14 in the glove industry 

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