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2020-12-04 14:47:03
by Sara Wilkerson
NewDEAL Forum Releases Policy Proposals on Education and Jobs Mismatch in COVID Era

WASHINGTON - As part of the 10th Annual NewDEAL Leaders Conference held this week, the NewDEAL Forum, a Washington, D.C.-based... Read More

WASHINGTON - As part of the 10th Annual NewDEAL Leaders Conference held this week, the NewDEAL Forum, a Washington, D.C.-based non-profit organization, released a new education report detailing policy solutions for providing high quality college and career pathways for students... Read More

US Employers Add a Modest 245,000 Jobs as Virus Intensifies

WASHINGTON (AP) — America’s employers scaled back their hiring last month as the viral pandemic accelerated across the country, adding... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — America’s employers scaled back their hiring last month as the viral pandemic accelerated across the country, adding 245,000 jobs, the fewest since April and the fifth straight monthly slowdown. At the same time, the unemployment rate to... Read More

2020-12-03 15:10:42
by Dan McCue
Federal Workers Can Press Back Pay Case Over 2019 Shut Down

WASHINGTON - Thousands of federal employees can proceed with a class act in which they claim they were forced to... Read More

WASHINGTON - Thousands of federal employees can proceed with a class act in which they claim they were forced to work without pay during the 35-day partial government shutdown that extended from late 2018 to early 2019. “The claims brought... Read More

Can States Fire Employees Who Leave for Military Duty? Supreme Court May Decide

WASHINGTON — Should a federal law that protects National Guard members and reservists from being fired from their private sector jobs while they... Read More

WASHINGTON — Should a federal law that protects National Guard members and reservists from being fired from their private sector jobs while they are deployed also apply to state government jobs? Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court hinted it might weigh in on the issue.... Read More

2020-11-20 15:08:27
by Dan McCue
Wind Energy Labor Pact Viewed as Sign of What Biden Economy Will Look Like

Ørsted, the Danish renewable energy group, and the North America's Building Trades Unions have entered into a pact to train... Read More

Ørsted, the Danish renewable energy group, and the North America's Building Trades Unions have entered into a pact to train an offshore wind construction workforce as the firm eyes construction of a series of wind farm projects up and down... Read More

2020-11-19 14:24:26
by Tom Ramstack
Telework for Government Employees Becoming Viable After the Pandemic

WASHINGTON -- Federal agency executives and senators at a Capitol Hill hearing Wednesday showed strong support for continuing telework among... Read More

WASHINGTON -- Federal agency executives and senators at a Capitol Hill hearing Wednesday showed strong support for continuing telework among government employees even after the COVID-19 pandemic subsides. They said telework is bringing down their costs and improving the quality... Read More

2020-11-17 16:40:05
by Reece Nations
Elevator Mechanics Hold Out Against COVID-19 Pandemic

Of all the classes of workers who have come to be highlighted as “essential” during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, one... Read More

Of all the classes of workers who have come to be highlighted as “essential” during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, one group that is often, unfairly overlooked are those who keep the infrastructure of high rise offices and residential buildings functioning... Read More

Run-It-Hot Wins Argument Over How to Get Americans Back to Work

Behind President-elect Joe Biden's plans to drive the U.S. back to full employment after the coronavirus slump lies a long-lost idea: The unemployed need... Read More

Behind President-elect Joe Biden's plans to drive the U.S. back to full employment after the coronavirus slump lies a long-lost idea: The unemployed need jobs, not skills. That "run it hot" recipe for recovery is back in favor among policymakers — including, crucially, at... Read More

2020-11-11 21:10:24
by Sara Wilkerson
Census Report Reveals Post-9/11 Vets Earn More, Work More Than Non-Vets

A new report from the U.S Census Bureau details the employment patterns of the 3 million post 9/11 veterans in... Read More

A new report from the U.S Census Bureau details the employment patterns of the 3 million post 9/11 veterans in the country from 2014 to 2018. The report shows that this growing veteran population is earning more and working longer... Read More

2020-11-06 19:16:38
by Dan McCue
House Dems: New Jobless Numbers Underscore Need for More COVID Relief

WASHINGTON - Employers added 638,000 jobs in the month of October, pushing the national unemployment rate down to 6.9%, the... Read More

WASHINGTON - Employers added 638,000 jobs in the month of October, pushing the national unemployment rate down to 6.9%, the Labor Department reported Friday. But Congressional Democrats noted the pace of renewed hiring isn't nearly enough to quickly get the... Read More

2020-10-12 12:55:48
by Sean Trambley
Sen. Sherrod Brown Advocates for Worker Protection Landmark Legislation

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, hosted a news conference call to discuss landmark legislation he introduced this fall... Read More

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, hosted a news conference call to discuss landmark legislation he introduced this fall to protect workers as corporations increasingly classify them as independent contractors and use sub-contractors, temporary (temp) agencies, and corporate franchises... Read More

2020-10-09 14:40:59
by Sara Wilkerson
Blue Dogs Host Roundtable Discussion on Rural Education and Workforce Development

WASHINGTON - This week the Blue Dog Coalition hosted a roundtable discussion with experts in the K-12, higher and tribal... Read More

WASHINGTON - This week the Blue Dog Coalition hosted a roundtable discussion with experts in the K-12, higher and tribal education fields on rural education and workforce development. Blue Dog member Rep. Kendra Horn, D-Okla., moderated the roundtable discussion on... Read More

2020-10-05 20:20:18
by Sara Wilkerson
New Bill Seeks to Safeguard Federal Workers’ Annual Leave

Rep. Derek Kilmer, D-Wash., and his House colleagues recently introduced the Federal Worker Leave Fairness Act of 2020, legislation that... Read More

Rep. Derek Kilmer, D-Wash., and his House colleagues recently introduced the Federal Worker Leave Fairness Act of 2020, legislation that will allow all federal workers to carry over their earned annual leave received during the coronavirus pandemic. Approximately 2 million... Read More

2020-09-24 20:39:54
by Dan McCue
Report Highlights Series of Proposals to Reverse Capitol Hill Brain Drain

WASHINGTON - In their recent report of Capitol Hill staffing issues, authors Alexandra Furnas and Timothy LaPira paint a harrowing... Read More

WASHINGTON - In their recent report of Capitol Hill staffing issues, authors Alexandra Furnas and Timothy LaPira paint a harrowing picture of a culture that basically pushes its best resource -- its people -- to the private sector and away... Read More

2020-09-24 20:15:19
by Dan McCue
Report: Bad Pay, Long Hours, Lure of Greener Grass, Leads to Capitol Hill Exodus

WASHINGTON - Thanks to its woefully low pay and long hours, Capitol Hill is proving to be a "funnel" to... Read More

WASHINGTON - Thanks to its woefully low pay and long hours, Capitol Hill is proving to be a "funnel" to lucrative jobs in lobbying, leaving congressional offices in a perpetual state of brain drain, a new report has found. Published... Read More

2020-09-18 19:05:44
by Kate Michael
Fixing Unemployment Insurance for Better Economic Recovery

WASHINGTON — Emergency expansions to Unemployment Insurance provided critical support to workers across the country during the early months of... Read More

WASHINGTON — Emergency expansions to Unemployment Insurance provided critical support to workers across the country during the early months of the pandemic. But the major component of these expansions, an additional $600 in weekly benefits, expired at the end of... Read More

2020-09-16 20:27:56
by Kate Michael
The Concord Coalition Argues the Case for Longer Work Lives

WASHINGTON -- A panel of experts, recently convened by The Concord Coalition, a bipartisan political advocacy group, contend that near-term... Read More

WASHINGTON -- A panel of experts, recently convened by The Concord Coalition, a bipartisan political advocacy group, contend that near-term economic and fiscal damage caused by the current health crisis will make living standards more important than ever. They contend... Read More

2020-09-15 19:33:45
by Reece Nations
Pregnant Workers Fairness Act Passes Committee, Vote in House Expected

WASHINGTON – A vote is expected in the House this week on the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, a bill that... Read More

WASHINGTON – A vote is expected in the House this week on the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, a bill that would require employers to provide “reasonable workplace accommodations for workers whose ability to perform the functions of a job are... Read More

2020-09-11 18:20:09
by Reece Nations
Black Mechanics Sue Mitsubishi Electric for Harassment, Discrimination in Workplace

OAKLAND, Calif.– Four plaintiffs in a recently-filed California lawsuit allege they endured verbal harassment and discrimination by their supervisors at... Read More

OAKLAND, Calif.– Four plaintiffs in a recently-filed California lawsuit allege they endured verbal harassment and discrimination by their supervisors at Mitsubishi Electric U.S., Inc. LeiRoi Bowie, Gabriel Ross, Lavell Roberson and Craig Martin, all plaintiffs in the suit, were consistently... Read More

No Stimulus Checks for Americans in Slimmed-down GOP Coronavirus Relief Package

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans plan to vote later this week on another economic relief package for Americans dealing with the... Read More

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans plan to vote later this week on another economic relief package for Americans dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, but the slimmed-down plan — which does not include new checks for individuals — is already a deal-breaker... Read More

US Jobless Claims Give Mixed Picture With Shift in Adjustments

U.S. unemployment claims figures gave a mixed picture of the labor market amid government changes to seasonal adjustments to account... Read More

U.S. unemployment claims figures gave a mixed picture of the labor market amid government changes to seasonal adjustments to account for distortions from the pandemic. Initial jobless claims in state programs totaled 881,000 in the week ended Aug. 29, according... Read More

US Unemployment Rate Falls to 8.4% Even as Hiring Slows

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. unemployment rate fell sharply in August to 8.4% from 10.2% even as hiring slowed, with... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. unemployment rate fell sharply in August to 8.4% from 10.2% even as hiring slowed, with employers adding the fewest jobs since the pandemic began. Employers added 1.4 million jobs, the Labor Department said, down from... Read More

2020-09-02 13:55:58
by Dan McCue
Tyson Foods Launches Nationwide COVID-19 Monitoring Strategy

SPRINGDALE, Ark. - As part of its ongoing effort to protect its workers from COVID-19, Tyson Foods is launching a... Read More

SPRINGDALE, Ark. - As part of its ongoing effort to protect its workers from COVID-19, Tyson Foods is launching a nationwide monitoring program at its facilities while extending its occupational health staff. The new monitoring strategy was designed with the... Read More

2020-08-26 21:03:15
by Reece Nations
Delta Conducting Mass COVID-19 Testing, Providing Pay Protection for Employees Going Forward

ATLANTA – In cooperation with the Mayo Clinic, Delta Air Lines is implementing a widespread COVID-19 testing program for its... Read More

ATLANTA – In cooperation with the Mayo Clinic, Delta Air Lines is implementing a widespread COVID-19 testing program for its employees to fortify the safety of passengers and personnel. The partnership between Delta and the Mayo Clinic has been on-going... Read More

US Jobless Claims Increase to More Than 1 Million

Applications for U.S. unemployment benefits unexpectedly increased last week, a stumble for the labor market in its long road to... Read More

Applications for U.S. unemployment benefits unexpectedly increased last week, a stumble for the labor market in its long road to recovery. Initial jobless claims in regular state programs rose by 135,000 to more than 1.1 million in the week ended... Read More

2020-08-21 15:20:08
by Dan McCue
114 House Democrats Push for Weekend Vote on Jobless Benefits Extension

WASHINGTON - As the House convenes for a rare Saturday session, over 100 Democrats are urging Speaker Nancy Pelosi to... Read More

WASHINGTON - As the House convenes for a rare Saturday session, over 100 Democrats are urging Speaker Nancy Pelosi to open the floor to consideration of a bill to extend an emergency bonus to unemployment benefits due to the coronavirus... Read More

2020-08-20 19:39:57
by Sara Wilkerson
Oregon To Start Handing Out $500 Stimulus Checks for the Unemployed This Week

SALEM, Ore. - Starting this week, those who are unemployed in the state of Oregon can apply for a one-time... Read More

SALEM, Ore. - Starting this week, those who are unemployed in the state of Oregon can apply for a one-time $500 stimulus check on a first-come-first-served basis at select financial institutions. As many as 77,000 Oregon residents will be eligible... Read More

2020-08-10 20:00:09
by Reece Nations
Spanberger Secures $1.2 Million for Virginia Health Workforce Development

Rep. Abigail Spanberger, D-Va., announced Monday the acquisition of $1.2 million in federal grant funds for the Virginia Health Workforce... Read More

Rep. Abigail Spanberger, D-Va., announced Monday the acquisition of $1.2 million in federal grant funds for the Virginia Health Workforce Development Authority’s recruitment efforts, continuing education and health care workforce development. The VHWDA grant will be issued to the organization’s... Read More

Drop in US Jobless Claims Offers Hope for Battered Economy

WASHINGTON — Applications for U.S. unemployment benefits unexpectedly fell last week to the lowest since March, offering a ray of... Read More

WASHINGTON — Applications for U.S. unemployment benefits unexpectedly fell last week to the lowest since March, offering a ray of hope for an economy still battered by the pandemic. Initial jobless claims in regular state programs fell by 249,000 to... Read More

1.2 Million Seek Jobless Aid After $600 Federal Check Ends

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 1.2 million laid-off Americans applied for state unemployment benefits last week, evidence that the coronavirus keeps... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 1.2 million laid-off Americans applied for state unemployment benefits last week, evidence that the coronavirus keeps forcing companies to slash jobs just as a critical $600 weekly federal jobless payment has expired. The Labor Department’s report... Read More

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