Labor

3:17pm

Wed December 12, 2012
It's All Politics

In Midwest Union Fights, Michigan Shows 2010 Election Still Trumps 2012

Originally published on Wed December 26, 2012 10:54 am

Silent protesters Wednesday in Lansing, Mich., wear tape with messages that signify wages they say they could lose because of the state's new right-to-work law.
Paul Sancya AP

No one can argue the setback to organized labor served up by Michigan's new law, which bars unions from requiring workers to pay dues even if they don't join their workplace bargaining unit.

Tuesday's passage of "right to work" legislation in a state dominated by the auto industry and the historically powerful United Auto Workers was a surprising "smack in the face" to unions, says labor expert Lee Adler, especially given President Obama's nearly 10-point win in the state last month.

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10:43am

Sat December 8, 2012
U.S.

Sign Of The Times: Labor Strikes May Make Comeback

Originally published on Tue December 11, 2012 1:04 pm

An empty container ship waited near the Port of Los Angeles during the eight-day strike by members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union. The stoppage put a halt to most of the work at the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports.
Kevork Djansezian Getty Images

When clerical workers at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach reached an impasse in talks with management over job security last week, they took what has become something of a rare step: They went on strike.

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1:12pm

Thu October 4, 2012
The Two-Way

NHL Cancels Games Through Oct. 24

Last season, the Los Angeles Kings won the Stanley Cup. But when will they play next?
Harry How Getty Images

The National Hockey League today officially canceled games scheduled through Oct. 24 as players and management remain at odds over a new contract.

We like hockey. We suspect some of you do too. But we have to wonder whether missing some of what's become a very long regular season will matter all that much to most fans.

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6:44am

Fri August 17, 2012
Planet Money

Child Labor In America, 1920

Originally published on Tue August 21, 2012 8:27 am

Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development

So I was looking through an old Census report and I found a chapter entitled "Children in Gainful Occupations."

Turns out, about 1 million children age 10 to 15 were working in America in 1920 (out of a total population of 12 million kids in that age range). About half worked on family farms. The rest did everything else, working in factories, trained as apprentices, and served as messengers.

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3:30pm

Sat June 16, 2012
Around the Nation

State Of The Unions: Labor And The Middle Class

Originally published on Sat June 16, 2012 7:05 pm

Occupy Wall Street protesters joined with unions in New York on May 1, a traditional day of global protests in sympathy with unions and leftist politics.
Mario Tama Getty Images

For many full-time employees in the United States, the five-day work week, paid overtime and holidays are expected benefits. This wasn't always so, and many workers' benefits today are the achievements of labor unions.

Just five decades ago, unions were on the frontline of the fight for the rights and wages of the middle class. But today, unions are on the decline.

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