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MLS, players agree to labor deal, avert work stoppage

52 minutes agoSports / Football : Soccer Insider

Major League Soccer and its players reached agreement in principle Wednesday on a collective bargaining agreement, a pact that averts the first work stoppage in league history. Two days before the 20th season will kick off, the sides overcame sizable differences this week and came to terms during a fourth consecutive day of meetings at […]

Nearly A Third Of Americans Say They Haven't Recovered From The Recession

4 hours agoNews : Huffington Post

Happy days are here again! Right, guys? On Friday, the Labor Department is expected to release another round of encouraging numbers about the job market. Meanwhile, stocks are at record highs -- in fact, the Nasdaq just reached a level...Show More Summary

Midday open thread: Jon Stewart disses Netanyahu, child labor and #TheDress, National Grammar Day

Today's comic by Matt Bors is Captain's Log. Spock's dead. The cartoons... are bad: Americans turning away from organized religion in record numbers: There are more religiously unaffiliated people in the U.S. today than ever before.Show More Summary

Is MLS on the verge of a work stoppage?

Major League Soccer careened toward the first work stoppage in its 20-season history Tuesday as the sides in labor negotiations appeared to make little progress toward brokering a new collective bargaining agreement. Three days before the season is scheduled to begin, the league and players’ union remained locked in discussions with federal mediators in Washington. […]

Scott Walker Announces His Foreign Policy: Privatize Social Security and Medicare; end the food stamp program and CHIP, and repeal the National Labor Relations Act

PALM BEACH, Fla. — Two days after provocatively suggesting that standing up to organized labor in Wisconsin has prepared him to fight terrorists overseas as president, Scott Walker told a crowd of conservative donors on Saturday that “the most significant foreign policy decision” of his lifetime was when Ronald Reagan fired 11,000 air traffic controllers. […]

This Day in Labor History: March 1, 1936

On March 1, 1936, Boulder Dam (both prior and later known as Hoover Dam) was turned over to the federal government for operation. Examining the labor of its construction is a useful window into conditions of work during the early years of the Great Depression. The dream of damming the Colorado River went back to […]

MLS must get a labor deal done before embarking on new television era

In seven days, the new MLS season is supposed to begin with a matchup between the LA Galaxy and Chicago Fire.  Two days later, the league will embark on their first tripleheader across two networks.  MLS’s two newest franchises, NewShow More Summary

To All Future Fathers, Cherish The Day Your Child Is Born

You did not labor and you do not need to sleep now. Your responsibility is to be the bridge from the the safest place that baby will ever know - his mother’s tummy - to the scariest place - the world. You are most needed in this moment, more than you will ever be needed again.

Has Facebook Inc (FB) Taken A Big Step Towards Organized Labor In Silicon Valley?

Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) has started the trend of negotiating contracts with the shuttle drivers in the Silicon Valley and many other tech giants might be pushed in that path in days to come. CNBC’s Josh Lipton reported about the contract between Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) and Shuttle drivers on CNBC. “[…] some of the men and […]

FairPoint union workers approve new labor agreement

FairPoint Communications has made yet another step forward with its labor unions, announcing that after three days of voting, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and the Communications Workers of America (CWA) have ratified tentative agreements with the telco.

Sunday's Heat Wave Was A Trap

Everyone was running around yesterday playing beach volleyball in bikinis because the temperature crawled above 40 for the first time since Labor Day, probably. Friday was the coldest day New York City has seen since 2004, and yet two...Show More Summary

Labor fight at West Coast ports comes to an end — for now

Last night, the owners of 29 West coast shipping terminals and the union of dockworkers that staff them reached a tentative deal for a new contract, after nine months of negotiations that culminated in four days of meetings with two cabinet secretaries. The ports can now resume normal operations -- or at least start working on the backlog of stalled […]

Saturday Politics Thread: FrankenPOTUS [Y-not]

Niedermeyer's Dead Horse (aka @mflynny on Twitter) had a really great idea the other day: construct your ideal politician out of parts of various people. I'm still working on the follow up to last week's labor policies post, so how....

U.S. West Coast ports contract talks break for night without settlement

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Shipping executives and union leaders for dockworkers at West Coast ports ended a third day of contract talks presided over by the U.S. labor secretary late on Thursday without reaching a settlement, but planned to meet again on Friday, a source close to the situation told Reuters. Show More Summary

Revealed: Unlike Walmart workers, ancient Egyptians got paid sick days

last weekNews : The Raw Story

Ancient Egyptians, who relied on slave labor, weren’t exactly known for their generous employee benefits packages. However, some texts from Egypt’s New Kingdom period, about 3,100-3,600 years ago, suggest that highly skilled craftsmen working on royal tombs did get paid sick leave....

Rauner gets cold shoulder, pro-union rhetoric at Obama Pullman event

The day after using his first budget address to escalate a feud with state employee unions, Gov. Bruce Rauner was at a South Side school Thursday listening to President Barack Obama praise the labor movement and collective bargaining for playing a critical role in building the middle class.

Comments of the Week: Oh, dream maker... you heart breaker

[It's another round of Comments of the Week brought to you by Dreamweaver! Talk about a labor of love because despite Valentine's Day coming and going, he still had a present ready for the community. Be sure to join our community and...Show More Summary

The 13 most expensive mansions you can rent in the Hamptons

Renting in the Hamptons is never cheap, but some homes are far more expensive than others. We rounded up the most expensive properties that are currently still available for summer renting season, Memorial Day through Labor Day. Most...Show More Summary

GOP tries to Stop Union Election Rule that Benefits… Unions

The latest rule from the National Labor Relations Board will cut down the time that an employer has to meet with employees to talk about upcoming union elections from a month to 11 days. The Republicans contend that it is too short a time for employees to make an “informed decision” about unionizing.

How did the port shutdown affect L.A. air quality?

2 weeks agoSports / Baseball : Dodgers Now

Dozens of ships backed up off the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports in recent days, unable to unload cargo because of a protracted labor dispute. Work resumed at the ports Tuesday, but the slowdown in shipping traffic raised concerns that emissions from waiting vessels would degrade Southern...

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