Labor

6:20am

Wed May 14, 2014
Around the Nation

Too Young To Smoke, But Not To Pick Tobacco

Originally published on Wed May 14, 2014 7:30 am

Eddie Ramirez, 15, outside his mobile home in Snow Hill, N.C. He's been working in tobacco fields during the summer for several years.
Will Michaels for NPR

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.

One of those kids is Eddie Ramirez, 15, who works the fields in the summer.

"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.

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2:20pm

Tue April 22, 2014
The Salt

Fast-Food CEOs Earn Supersize Salaries; Workers Earn Small Potatoes

Originally published on Sat April 26, 2014 7:09 am

According to a new report, YUM! (owner of KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut) compensated its CEO $22 million in 2013.
Paul Sakuma AP

At a time when fast-food workers make an average of about $9 an hour, what are the chief executives bringing home?

According to a new report, YUM! (owner of KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut) compensated its CEO $22 million in 2013.

Chipotle's CEO took home $13.8 million in total compensation. And McDonald's CEO compensation totaled $7.7 million. (Compensation includes salary, bonus and the value of exercised options.)

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3:28pm

Thu April 3, 2014
Sports

Should The NCAA Change Its Rules To Pay For Play?

Originally published on Thu April 3, 2014 5:34 pm

University of Miami President Donna Shalala cuts down the net after a basketball game against Clemson last year.
J Pat Carter AP

In the next few days, the last four teams play for the NCAA men's basketball championship, a hugely profitable event for college sports.

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9:15am

Thu April 3, 2014
The Salt

'Hot' Oregon Blueberry Fight Prompts Farm Bill Changes

Originally published on Thu April 3, 2014 1:42 pm

It's unclear exactly how the new law will change enforcement of wage and hour laws on farms. Meanwhile, a blueberry labor dispute in Oregon grinds on in federal court.
David Wright/Flickr

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 paying Florida farm workers more for each pound of tomatoes picked. Whole Foods is using worker wages to rank the sustainability of the produce and flowers it sells.

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7:30am

Sat March 29, 2014
Employment

More Jobs Added In Colorado Despite Stagnant Unemployment

Colorado economists expect job numbers to continue to rise for the rest of 2014.
Credit J. Stephen Conn / Flickr - Creative Commons

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.

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