China's big savers weather pandemic uncertainty

Jun 16, 2020
The communist government is not handing out cash to struggling workers. Many have to depend on themselves.
Zhang Lei manages an entertainment center in Shanghai, and for four months, he was not sure whether he would still have a job or not.
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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 will we know when it's safe to go back to work? Workers and employers want to know.

May 11, 2020
Right now, OSHA doesn’t have a blanket legal standard for protecting workers from infectious diseases.
The medical definition of what's safe has been changing during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Demanding better COVID-19 protections, workers nationwide plan walkouts

Amazon, Instacart and Whole Foods face backlash from workers concerned about safe working conditions.
Instacart employee Monica Ortega holds bags of groceries she picked up from a supermarket for delivery to a customer on March 19, 2020.
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How the shutdown is impacting federal workers

Dec 27, 2018
“The longer it lasts, the harder it’s going to be on myself and many, many others,” one contractor told us.
A view of the U.S. Capitol.
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You can take this job and love it. Why? If you leave, it may be hard to find a new one.

Dec 7, 2018
Unemployment is lower than at any time in nearly half a century. Lots of jobs have been added this quarter. But today’s job report indicates that now more people are being laid off and filing for unemployment. As the labor market deals with tariffs and fluctuating financial markets, it’s hard to predict what might happen […]
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Small businesses struggle to find workers

Dec 6, 2018
There are more job openings right now than there are job seekers. That has small businesses scrambling to find qualified workers.
Christine and Patrick Hall, owners of Élan Flowers in Manhattan's Soho neighborhood.
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U.S. Census Bureau will be looking to hire field workers in a competitive labor market

Oct 8, 2018
The U.S. Census Bureau says it needs to hire hundreds of thousands of workers to complete the 2020 census. But since the economy is in such good shape, with unemployment down to 3.7 percent in September, that hiring task may be a lot harder than it was back in 2010. And the census faces more […]

Labor Day, meh? You’re not alone

Sep 3, 2018
Now that classes start mid-August for many schools in the United States, Labor Day weekend is less of a “Goodbye, sweet summer!” thing. Even the AAA has stopped predicting a traveler’s forecast. Click the audio player above to hear the full story. 
People head for trains in Grand Central Terminal as thousands of New Yorkers depart the city for Labor Day weekend on September 1, 2017 in New York City. One of the busiest travel days of the year, roads and trains are often packed to capacity as people look to enjoy the last summer weekend. 
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Low-wage workers are reviving Dr. King's 1968 Poor People's Campaign

May 8, 2018
Low-wage workers have jobs, but many still live in poverty. So thousands of them, along with clergy and activists, are working to try and change that.
Kentucky Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival.
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