Pa. unemployment at 5%

May 16, 2008

The Phila. Business Journal reports, “The number of jobs in Pennsylvania increased slightly in April while the unemployment rate rose from 4.9 percent to 5 percent.”

Source: Pa. unemployment at 5%

Many Hispanics Are Hit Hard by Economic Slump

May 13, 2008

The New York Times reports, “What had been a story of steady advances for Hispanics has given way to growing joblessness and lost homes.”

Source: Many Hispanics Are Hit Hard by Economic Slump

State Programs Add Safety Net for the Poorest

May 13, 2008

The New York Times reports, “At least a dozen states are giving monthly payments to low-income workers, hoping to keep them off welfare rolls.”

Source: State Programs Add Safety Net for the Poorest

Labor monument planned for Elmwood Park

May 2, 2008

The Inquirer reports, “Labor and community leaders joined hundreds of students from the Tilden Middle School yesterday at Elmwood Park to celebrate International Labor Day and to announce a project to build a labor monument in the park at 71st Street and Buist Avenue in Southwest Philadelphia.”

Source: Labor monument planned for Elmwood Park

Workers’ memorial to be held along Delaware

April 28, 2008

The Inquirer reports, “Labor leaders and workers will gather beside the Delaware River this morning for a memorial service to honor workers who have died on the job.”

Source: Workers’ memorial to be held along Delaware

Voters to decide fate of nonunion hiring

April 21, 2008

The Inquirer reports, “Mayor Nutter and the city’s four municipal unions stand on opposite sides of a ballot proposal in tomorrow’s election that would allow the mayor to expand the number of high-level, nonunion management positions in city government.”

Source: Voters to decide fate of nonunion hiring

Bill requires better minimum-wage benefits

April 18, 2008

The Inquirer reports, “City-funded employers will have to offer minimum-wage workers the same benefits as their other full-time employees under a bill passed by City Council yesterday.”

Source: Bill requires better minimum-wage benefits

No residency test for city job seekers

April 11, 2008

The Inquirer reports, “Non-Philadelphians will be able to apply for most city jobs as a result of a bill passed by City Council yesterday.”

Source: No residency test for city job seekers

N.J., Pa. among top 10 states for high-tech jobs

April 3, 2008

The Phila. Business Journal reports, “New Jersey added more high-tech jobs than Pennsylvania in 2006, but the jobs Pennsylvania added were enough to improve its ranking in high-tech employment, according to a report released Wednesday.”

Source: N.J., Pa. among top 10 states for high-tech jobs

Millions of Jobs of a Different Collar

March 26, 2008

The New York Times reports, “Presidential candidates talk about the promise of “green collar” jobs — an economy with millions of workers installing solar panels, weatherizing homes, brewing biofuels, building hybrid cars and erecting giant wind turbines. Labor unions view these new jobs as replacements for positions lost to overseas manufacturing and outsourcing. Urban groups view training in green jobs as a route out of poverty. And environmentalists say they are crucial to combating climate change.”

Source: Millions of Jobs of a Different Collar

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