Labor http://www.kunc.org en Too Young To Smoke, But Not To Pick Tobacco http://www.kunc.org/post/too-young-smoke-not-pick-tobacco Kids under 18 can't buy cigarettes in the U.S., but they can legally work in tobacco fields when they're as young as 12.<p>One of those kids is Eddie Ramirez, 15, who works the fields in the summer.<p>"It just sticks to my hand," he says of the plant. "It's really sticky, you know, and really yellow." It's nearly impossible to wash off, he says.<p>A <a href="http://www.hrw.org/node/125316" target="_blank">new report from Human Rights Watch</a> says the practice of children farming tobacco is hazardous and should be stopped. Wed, 14 May 2014 12:20:00 +0000 Debbie Elliott 56507 at http://www.kunc.org Too Young To Smoke, But Not To Pick Tobacco Fast-Food CEOs Earn Supersize Salaries; Workers Earn Small Potatoes http://www.kunc.org/post/fast-food-ceos-earn-supersize-salaries-workers-earn-small-potatoes At a time when fast-food workers make an average of about $9 an hour, what are the chief executives bringing home?<p>According to a <a href="http://www.demos.org/publication/fast-food-failure-how-ceo-worker-pay-disparity-undermines-industry-and-overall-economy">new report</a>, YUM! (owner of KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut) compensated its CEO $22 million in 2013.<p>Chipotle's CEO took home $13.8 million in total compensation. And McDonald's CEO compensation totaled $7.7 million. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:20:00 +0000 55694 at http://www.kunc.org Fast-Food CEOs Earn Supersize Salaries; Workers Earn Small Potatoes Should The NCAA Change Its Rules To Pay For Play? http://www.kunc.org/post/should-ncaa-change-its-rules-pay-play In the next few days, the last four teams play for the NCAA men's basketball championship, a hugely profitable event for college sports.<p>Arguments over money and big-time college athletics are more feverish than usual these days. A group of Northwestern University athletes won the first round of a National Labor Relations Board battle to be recognized as university employees and be permitted to unionize. Thu, 03 Apr 2014 21:28:00 +0000 NPR Staff 55168 at http://www.kunc.org Should The NCAA Change Its Rules To Pay For Play? 'Hot' Oregon Blueberry Fight Prompts Farm Bill Changes http://www.kunc.org/post/hot-oregon-blueberry-fight-prompts-farm-bill-changes American consumers are becoming increasingly concerned about the working conditions of the people who pick, pack and harvest their food. And retailers are responding. Wal-Mart is now <a href="http://ciw-online.org/blog/2014/01/walmart-press-release/">paying</a> Florida farm workers more for each pound of tomatoes picked. Thu, 03 Apr 2014 15:15:00 +0000 55157 at http://www.kunc.org 'Hot' Oregon Blueberry Fight Prompts Farm Bill Changes More Jobs Added In Colorado Despite Stagnant Unemployment http://www.kunc.org/post/more-jobs-added-colorado-despite-stagnant-unemployment <p>Even with a consistent unemployment rate, nonfarm payroll jobs in Colorado increased by 6,200 between the months of January and February. It’s not just more job opportunities. Employers are paying more.</p><p> Sat, 29 Mar 2014 13:30:00 +0000 Dan Greenwood 55005 at http://www.kunc.org More Jobs Added In Colorado Despite Stagnant Unemployment