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Should the U.S. raise the retirement age?

Mar 26, 2024
Larry Fink, head of the largest money manager in the world, suggested in an investor letter that the retirement age should be higher because of longer life expectancies. But is that realistic?
Larry Fink, the head of BlackRock — the largest money lender in the world — suggested in an investor letter Monday that we should maybe consider pushing up the retirement age.
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How workwear went from functional to fashionable

Jun 20, 2023
From Carhartt to Timberland and Dickies, it seems like everyone is sporting workwear, including Rihanna and Barack Obama.
From Timberland boots to Carhartt beanies, workwear seems to be having a moment. It's popular even with people who don't operate heavy machinery.
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How much is the U.S. investing in apprenticeship programs?

The infrastructure bill that recently passed in the Senate highlights a disturbing and long-neglected shortage in apprenticeship investments.
While the U.S. invests a lot of money in public higher education, investments in employment training are comparatively slim.
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Iceland tried a shorter workweek, with surprising results

Jul 6, 2021
There was no hit to productivity. Could fewer hours benefit a bigger, broader workforce?
Increasingly, white-collar companies are trying the four-day workweek model. But could call centers, restaurants and retail stores make the same shift?
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How a labor shortage is giving leverage to blue-collar workers

Mar 25, 2019
And what companies must do to adapt in this economy
Payoll company ADP is putting its jobs report on pause for an update.
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GM pursues winning skill set with big layoffs

Nov 26, 2018
General Motors is shutting down production of some of its less-profitable vehicles, closing some plants and cutting an estimated 14,000 jobs. It will double its investment in autonomous and electric cars in the next two years in an effort to get ahead of major changes in the automotive landscape in America.  Click the audio player […]
A sign is viewed at the General Motors Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly as they announced the closing of multiple facilities including this one on November 26, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan.

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Decline in unions hurts nonunion workers' wages

Aug 30, 2016
The median pay for non-union men without a college degree is about 13 percent lower than in 1979.
Unionization has fallen since the late '70s.
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The economic lives of two blue-collar voters

Mar 20, 2012
They differ on politics, but both see college as a way to help their kids do better than they have.