China's forced-out workers

Jun 3, 2020
Chinese workers complain that shortened hours or being told to resign are layoffs by another name.
Masked workers labor at a factory in China.
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How long should companies give hazard pay?

May 5, 2020
Most businesses, especially small ones, don’t have a disaster plan for a global pandemic.
Grocery store workers probably didn’t sign up for their jobs thinking they’d be putting themselves in danger, and neither did owners. Above, a worker stocks items in a California grocery store in March.
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Workers at Walmart, Amazon and beyond strike for better conditions

May 1, 2020
Employees are asking consumers to refrain from buying these companies' products or services.
Workers at Amazon — along with several other major companies — went on strike on Friday, calling for better working conditions.
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In China, economy dogged at decade's end

Dec 25, 2019
China started 2009 weathering the global financial crisis and ends the decade battling slower economic growth and a trade war with the U.S.
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Threats against unionizing are on the rise — on Twitter

Oct 1, 2019
The founders of Tesla, Barstool Sports and the publisher of the Federalist have tweeted anti-union threats.
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk gives an update on the next-generation Starship spacecraft at the company's Texas launch facility on September 28, 2019 in Boca Chica near Brownsville, Texas.
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Why labor unions keep shrinking

Aug 22, 2019
It's not just the shift away from a manufacturing economy.
Labor union members protest Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder's proposed budget cuts in 2011.
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What does it mean to be "employed" in the gig economy?

Apr 19, 2019
A new European law tries to answer that question.
A person uses the Uber app on his iPhone in Times Square in New York City. 
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Coal boss threatened to shut mines following safety complaints

Apr 8, 2019
A secretly recorded speech by Murray Energy boss is at center of a legal dispute.
Robert Murray (L), chairman of Cleveland-based Murray Energy Corp., listens to a colleague after the evening news conference at the command center where it was announced that rescue efforts to drill relief holes to six coal miners trapped 1,500 feet beneath the surfaces are going slower than expected at the nearby Crandall Canyon coal mine on August 9, 2007 near Huntington, Utah.
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Labor ruling says employees can only have one boss

Dec 15, 2017
The National Labor Relations Board has overturned an Obama-era ruling that had made it easier for workers at franchise businesses to form unions.
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It's against the law for employers to make you sick. Thank the "Radium Girls" for that

Nov 28, 2017
100 years ago, New Jersey factory workers fought to hold companies accountable for radium poisoning. Their battle led to our labor safety standards today.
The radium paint, which glowed in the dark, was applied to instruments, dials and watch displays that were shipped off to pilots fighting in World War I.
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