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This Day in Labor History: December 24, 1913

On December 24, 1913, striking Italian copper workers in Calumet, Michigan were holding their Christmas party in the town’s crowded Italian Hall building. Someone shouted “fire.” Could have been company thugs, but we will never know. In the ensuing panic, people rushed the exit and 73 died, including 59 children. The copper country of far […]

Is the Recession Over for the Poorest Americans?

Andrew Burton/Getty ImagesDinner at a New Jersey soup kitchen. Happy days are here again! (Or are they?) For the third month in a row, America's unemployment rate remained below 6 percent, according to this month's Bureau of Labor Statistics report on November jobs data. Show More Summary

Chris Brown -- Roaring to the Finish in Probation Case

Chris Brown has made community service his full time job for the last 6 weeks... and his goal is to get it all done within weeks.We've learned, since November 13, Chris has been doing physical labor 6 hours a day, 5 days a week to complete his…

Mystery Chart of the Day: What's Up With All the Skinny Economists?

The chart on the right is excerpted from the Wall Street Journal. It shows which occupations have the lowest obesity rates, and most of it makes sense. There are folks who do a lot of physical labor (janitors, maids, cooks, etc.). There are health professionals who are probably hyper-aware of the risks of obesity. Show More Summary

LA area Port Traffic in November

Note: West coast ports were impacted by a trucker strike in November, and ongoing labor negotiations (and some slowdown). The trucker strike ended after 9 days on November 22nd.Container traffic gives us an idea about the volume of goods...Show More Summary

Evil Restaurant Owners Tricked Immigrants Into Working as Cheap Labor

The workers were paid $1.50 an hour and were forced to work 12-hour days. Peruvian restaurant Inca's Secret — located in Harrisonburg, Virginia — has a dark secret indeed: According to WHSV, the owners have been harboring illegal immigrants. Show More Summary

Andrew Barr speaks with Steven Bailey exclusively on his first big day

2 weeks agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Yesterday Andrew Barr was elected unopposed as Leader of the Labor Party, and today he will be elected unopposed as Chief Minister. First Ministers have a choice to make: crash or crash through, or to slide along politely with one cheek aloft of each side of an ever encroaching barbed wire fence. Andrew is not [...]

BLS: Jobs Openings at 4.8 million in October, Up 21% Year-over-year

From the BLS: Job Openings and Labor Turnover Summary There were 4.8 million job openings on the last business day of October, little changed from 4.7 million in September, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today.......Quits are generally voluntary separations initiated by the employee. Show More Summary

Lee on Criminalizing Wage Theft

Stephen Lee (Irvine) has just posted on SSRN his essay (forthcoming Irvine L. Rev.) Policing Wage Theft in the Day Labor Market. The toic is one with which -- until I read his essay -- I was unfamiliar. Here's an...

This Day in Labor History: December 5, 1894

On December 5, 1894, Alabama repealed its child labor law in order to convince the officials of the Dwight Manufacturing Company, a textile corporation, to move its mill operations from Chicopee, Massachusetts to its state. Dwight did this, settling in Gadsden. This incident is both an early incident in the history of capital mobility, a […]

From Jim Harbaugh to Chip Kelly, Early Coaching Gossip Is Getting Silly

Coach shopping season, like holiday shopping season, arrives earlier every year. We have all complained about Christmas decorations in the mall on Labor Day, even you twentysomethings who harken back to the days when Christmas began right after Halloween. Show More Summary

That’s My Jamb (aka: How To Hang A Door)

Hope you guys had an awesome Labor Day. We split time between family and house projects which is pretty much our sweet spot. This week is going to be especially hairy thanks to having book stuff nearly every day, but we did manage to eke out a few things to share and hope to be […]

Labor Day RV Camping, it’s not too late

Campers in Garner State Park, 07/1972 Original Caption: Campers in Garner State Park, 07/1972 As I sit here is a beautiful pine forest contemplating life before my morning coffee, I am greeted with mixed emotions. Labor day is, or at least it was a reprieve from work. We always went camping somewhere on labor day weekend. It [...]

First City Festival Photos – Beck, Phantogram, The National, Cults, Geographer, Lo-Fang, and More

All photos by Leopold Ruiz The weekend before Labor Day, the second annual First City Festival took place at the Monterey Fairgrounds in Monterey, California. The line-up included headliners like Beck, The National, Phantogram, Geographer, as well as performances from a bunch of other mostly indie rock artists including Cults, Best Coast, Liars, Tokyo Police [...]Show More Summary

Sydney: The Langham Sydney, Formerly The Observatory, Has Unveiled Its Fresh New Look

3 weeks agoTravel / Hotels : HotelChatter

Well, today's the day (well, yesterday if you're in Sydney), that the public gets to truly see what a $30 million AUD renovation on a hotel looks like when The Langham Sydney reveals the fruits of their labor. If you recall, the folks...Show More Summary

Fraunhofer developing flying inventory robots to keep tabs on stock

3 weeks agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

Inventories are a necessary evil that need to be carried out at least once a year. Despite their necessity, they are also tedious, time consuming, labor intensive, and often involve businesses shutting their doors for whole days as they count how many unsold widgets are in the back room. Show More Summary

This Day in Labor History: December 2, 1984

On December 2, 1984, a gas leak in a Union Carbide chemical plant in Bhopal, India killed somewhere between 3787 and 16,000 people. Perhaps the worst industrial disaster in world history, the Bhopal disaster shows the criminal negligence by which American corporations treat people of the developing world and why corporate leaders choose to site […]

After Obama’s ‘controversial’ NLRB nominee pulled, replacement should get past lame duck Senate

Fox News President Obama’s latest nomination to the National Labor Relations Board will likely get Senate approval in the final days of Democrats controlling the chamber, after his first choice was withdrawn amid fierce Republican opposition.

Mondays most common day to get murdered at work, data shows

The Bureau of Labor Statistics released preliminary data for the number of injuries, illnesses and fatalities that occurred in a workplace in 2013.

Spirit of adventure: Gorgeous photos from around the globe

After nearly a decade in the film business, Dave and Deb Bouskill quit their day jobs in pursuit of a dream lifestyle — traveling the world, photographing and writing their adventures Today, the fruits of their labors are evident inShow More Summary

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