American workers are becoming less productive. Blame the pandemic.

Aug 8, 2022
It's a volatile indicator, but the trend has been downward.
Data on worker productivity in the second quarter is due to come out Tuesday, which could show continued declines as a result of the pandemic.
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Between COVID and pent-up vacation demand, absent workers have businesses scrambling

Jul 27, 2022
Hire more workers or do less business — the options aren't great.
Employers across industries are getting creative as more workers take time off.
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Truckers block Oakland port to protest a California labor law

Jul 22, 2022
It's one more thing for a supply chain under unprecedented pressure.
Frustrated truckers obstruct the Port of Oakland on Thursday, piling another burden onto the supply chain.
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Flight attendants are feeling the heat of pent-up demand and a cancellation-filled summer

Jul 14, 2022
Commuting expenses and training backlogs are just some of the problems compounding staffing shortages, union leader says.
"You're not really fully compensated when a flight is diverted, you're taken off your schedule, and you get home 12, 24 hours later," says Sara Nelson, international president of the Association of Flight Attendants.
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Should the government still allow some employers to pay less than minimum wage?

Jun 17, 2022
The so-called "subminimum wage" program was created for employers that hire people with disabilities, but some say that practice should end.
The Department of Labor is suing a Montana ranch that employs people with disabilities, alleging the ranch unlawfully paid them as little as $1.17 an hour.
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What labor shortage? Some retailers now say they're overstaffed.

May 20, 2022
Hiring too many workers — many of them part time — was an effort to avoid losing sales.
Walmart said overstaffing, among other factors, brought down its quarterly earnings. The retailer's not alone.
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China's lockdowns haven't greatly affected maritime shipping

May 19, 2022
"What we've seen is consistent cargo flow," says Gene Seroka, executive director of the Port of Los Angeles.
Shipping hasn't slowed at the Port of Los Angeles, according to executive director Gene Seroka.
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What do nurses have to say about the nursing shortage?

May 16, 2022
"There really is not a staffing shortage per se," said National Nurses United president Deborah Burger. "There's a shortage of nurses willing to put their lives and their license and patients' lives at risk."
"There really is not a staffing shortage per se," said National Nurses United president Deborah Burger. "There's a shortage of nurses willing to put their lives and their license and patients' lives at risk, because of the conditions that our employers are providing."
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Union membership fell in 2021, despite high-profile campaigns. Where do workers go from here?

Jan 31, 2022
Just 10.3% of Americans belonged to unions in 2021, and the rate for private-sector employees was 6.1%.
Just 10.3% of Americans belonged to unions in 2021, and the rate for private-sector employees was 6.1%.
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How big a year for the labor movement was 2021?

Nov 24, 2021
An online geographic tracker from Cornell shows there were dozens of strikes that didn't make it into national headlines or government data.
Nurses picket at the Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Medical Center on Nov. 10. Cornell's Labor Action Tracker documents the many strikes and other activities that aren't recorded by the U.S. Department of Labor.
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