October's employment report released earlier this month showed continued steady improvement in the job market. But hiring remains sluggish; a number of employers posted fewer job openings in September after advertising more in August than first estimated. As the Labor Department reported Tuesday, job openings... Read More »
Workers at a massive warehouse complex in Southern California are claiming that they were shorted wages and routinely subjected to workplace indignities, among other labor abuses, according to a lawsuit filed in federal court in Los Angeles.
The workers are employed at three large warehouses at a complex in... Read More »
By Jeff Karoub
DETROIT -- General Motors Co. plans to freeze its U.S. pension plan for longtime white-collar workers and give all salaried employees annual bonuses but not pay raises in an effort to hold down expenses, officials have announced.
The Detroit-based automaker said roughly 19,000 salaried... Read More »
A painful truth of the current employment situation in the U.S. is that they are plenty of jobs out there going unfilled because employers can't find workers with the right skills.
That's particularly true in manufacturing. Companies across the nation are looking to fill about 600,000 manufacturing jobs,... Read More »
By PAUL WISEMAN
WASHINGTON (AP) -- First, do no harm. Economists say the most important part of the jobs plan President Barack Obama will unveil Thursday night is the renewal of two measures already in place - a cut in Social Security taxes and emergency aid for the unemployed.
His new proposals, like... Read More »
As a country, we might not be getting any richer, but we are getting safer -- and apparently a lot less hostile.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics' annual report on workplace fatalities, 4,547 people died on the job last year. This preliminary number is slightly lower than the 4,551 fatal injuries... Read More »
We know that, especially in today's economy, many job seekers are just grateful to receive a job offer. Make no mistake, having a job offer is a reason to celebrate, especially after all the hard work that goes into a job search. But you shouldn't consider yourself lucky just to have an offer and feel you need... Read More »
Five hours after a 19-year-old with Down syndrome was scheduled to be dropped off by a school bus driver at a school in Orland Park, Ill., the student was found at the back of his bus, fast asleep. Read More »
By Charles B. Stockdale
There are over 7.5 million households in the U.S. in which the residents do not own an automobile. Of course, these homes rely on public transportation to commute to work, schools and shopping. Yet, 700,000 of those households don't even have access to public transit, according to the... Read More »
Are you looking for a job in the aviation industry? Here's a little-known fact for you. On August 19th America celebrates National Aviation Day. You won't find a greeting card dedicated to this event but it's been observed on Orville Wright's birthday since 1939, when President Franklin Roosevelt proclaimed... Read More »
Time is a relative concept. Don't worry, we're not talking in an Einstein, speed-of-light kind of way. We mean in a practical, "time flies when you're having fun" kind of way.
Most of us feel like times when we're enjoying ourselves go by quicker, while times when we're unhappy, bored or stressed seem to... Read More »
By Jason Lange
(Reuters) - Long famous for its top-notch highways and passion for cars, the United States is letting bridges rust as traffic chokes overburdened roads, threatening a pillar of its economic strength.
A prime example of this neglect is the Brent Spence Bridge over the Ohio River. It worked... Read More »
When there's a detour in your route, you just take another one. The drive to evict illegal immigrants from the U.S. has seen its most famous policy manifestations in Arizona, with policies ranging from a controversial racial profiling law to the phasing in of a program called E-Verify. The latter measure... Read More »
By JOAN LOWY
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A stalemate that has partially shut down the Federal Aviation Administration will continue into September. A spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says Senate Democrats were unwilling to accept cuts in subsidies for rural air service. Read More »
NEWARK, NJ (AP) - Continental Airlines canceled 24 flights Wednesday, most of them out of Newark Liberty International Airport, due to "crew availability" problems.
Continental operates a large hub out of Newark and has about 3,000 daily flights system-wide. It was working to get customers on alternate... Read More »
By Dee-Ann Durbin and Tom Krisher
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- To help American carmakers stay in business, autoworkers grudgingly gave up pay raises and some benefits four years ago.
Now that General Motors, Ford and Chrysler are making money again, workers want compensation for their sacrifice. Just how much... Read More »
Think toilet paper really isn't all that absorbent? Think again.
A five-mile stretch of the Lochsa River in Idaho is awash with the stuff after a Texas truck driver wiped out while navigating a tight turn and dumped mega rolls of unprocessed toilet paper into the water, the Missoulian newspaper in... Read More »
At least 300 truckers will be back on the road again. Schneider National, a $3.1 billion company that's one of the largest truckload carriers in North America, is hiring 300 professional truck drivers in Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico for its growing Dedicated and Bulk (tanker) divisions.
There's a lot of... Read More »