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Service Workers in Silicon Valley City Win Added Job Security

Service Workers in Silicon Valley City Win Added Job Security

Workers gained new protections in Silicon Valley on March 21 when the Santa Clara City Council voted unanimously to allow food and building service workers to keep their jobs for an extended period after a company changes how it handles their work. Under the new ordinance, larger companies will retain janitors, food service workers, security guards […]

Power Failure: Appalachia Plans for Life Beyond Coal

HARLAN COUNTY, Ky.— On his first shift in the coal mine, Brandon Farley closed his eyes to steady his nerves as the powered cart he was riding disappeared into the mountainside. A third-generation coal miner in this Appalachian corner of Eastern Kentucky, Farley began working in the mines right out of high school and kept […]

Paid Sick Leave for U.S. Contractors Is Getting Closer to Reality

Paid Sick Leave for U.S. Contractors Is Getting Closer to Reality

An estimated 828,000 people who work as federal contractors are closer to receiving up to seven days of paid sick leave benefits, U.S. Labor Secretary Tom Perez announced on Feb. 24.  Progress, Perez said, is being made through the release of the proposed implementation rule for Executive Order 13706. In September, President Barack Obama signed […]

Election 2016: Voters Want Jobs and Social Security Protection

Election 2016: Voters Want Jobs and Social Security Protection

WASHINGTON (AP) — Finally, something that polarized Americans can agree on. Ask people what economic issues will be important for the next president, and Democrats, Republicans and independents alike all put a high priority on protecting Social Security and reducing unemployment. Beyond that, though, their lists of top economic concerns for the next president are […]

Broken Promises: More Seniors Work Deep Into Retirement

Broken Promises: More Seniors Work Deep Into Retirement

Jack Pesulima has spent 50 years working in Southern California’s aerospace industry, repairing planes for the former Western Airlines, working on the Space Shuttle at Rocketdyne and repairing jet engines throughout the region. During the industry’s inevitable downturns, Pesulima kept working, taking graveyard shifts as a security guard at a local hospital and even working […]

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