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Employers get creative with inflation compensation

Aug 18, 2022
From early bonuses to gas cards and free lunch, companies offer perks to retain employees while struggling to keep their costs down.
To help workers deal with high prices, some employers have given bonuses or moved up pay increases. Other approaches include gasoline stipends or additional paid time off.
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Union petitions were up 56% in last 9 months, federal labor agency says

Jul 15, 2022
Young, college-educated workers at individual retail establishments like Starbucks stores are driving many organizing efforts.
More than 16% of the union election petitions submitted to the government came from Starbucks.
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Abortion travel benefit unlikely to reach many low-wage workers

Jun 27, 2022
Disney, Dick's Sporting Goods and Meta are among the latest companies to add the benefit in the wake of the SCOTUS decision.
Protesters outside the Supreme Court on June 26. Following the overturning of Roe v. Wade, some companies are offering to cover abortion costs for employees, benefits often out of reach for many seeking the procedure.
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Could the tight labor market finally ease?

Jun 2, 2022
A slowing economy could help bring worker supply and demand back into balance.
Those who are sitting out of the job market may be forced back in when they feel the pinch of inflation.
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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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7 in 10 big firms report wage hikes, survey says. Is it enough to keep up with inflation?

Apr 25, 2022
Some economists in the survey don’t expect their firms to pay workers more in the future.
The NABE survey shows that inflation is outpacing wage growth at big companies. But if prices keep going up, why aren't wages keeping pace?
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How a St. Louis pottery tool maker became a worker cooperative

Apr 14, 2022
Collin Garrity of Garrity Tools says the pandemic forced him to rethink his ideas about work and business ownership.
“I think that this is a great way to create an example of how a business can also support its employees and not just value them based on how productive they are,” Collin Garrity says about worker cooperatives.
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For small businesses, this fourth COVID wave feels different

Jan 24, 2022
For one thing, more people are sick. For another, government aid has dried up.
As omicron forces many workers to stay home, small business owners are grappling with how to stay open without federal aid.
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Did department stores train people to be difficult customers?

Aug 13, 2021
Amanda Mull, a staff writer at The Atlantic, argues that department stores had a hand in building class consciousness.
Customers shop at Macys department store in New York on Black Friday, Nov. 27, 2020.
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Biden's trade policy will prioritize workers' rights

Mar 2, 2021
Biden wants to use trade policy to advance racial equity, fight climate change and take on China’s "coercive" trade practices.
The new administration plans to strengthen U.S. competitiveness in global trade and encourage Americans to buy American-made products.
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