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New high court challenge to labor unions follows 4-4 split

Conservative groups are wasting little time in trying to deal a crippling blow to labor unions now that Justice Neil Gorsuch has joined the Supreme Court.


UPDATED: Mon., June 5, 2017, 3:52 p.m.

U.S. Supreme Court overturns Montana in BNSF Railway worker case

The U.S. Supreme Court has overturned a Montana court’s ruling that two BNSF Railway workers could sue the company for their injuries in the state, even though the men never …


Justices side with religious hospitals in pension dispute

Religious hospitals don’t have to comply with federal laws protecting pension plans, a unanimous Supreme Court ruled Monday in a case that affects retirement benefits for roughly a million workers …


U.S. jobless claims rose slightly to 234,000 last week

Slightly more people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, but jobless claims remained at historically low levels.


800 employees at Oregon solar company receive layoff warning

A global solar energy company without enough money to pay its debt in the U.S. has sent letters to 800 employees saying a mass layoff or plant closure could be …


Butterball to close 600-employee meatpacking plant in Illinois

Butterball will shutter its Gusto meatpacking plant in Montgomery, Ill., where it employs about 600 full-time workers, marking another painful loss of jobs in the Aurora area.


US industrial production posts biggest gain since 2014

American industry expanded production last month at the fastest pace in more than three years as manufacturers and mines recovered from a March downturn.


Ford plans to cut about 10 percent of global workforce, WSJ reports

Ford plans to cut about 10 percent of staff worldwide as Chief Executive Officer Mark Fields faces escalating pressure to boost profit and a lagging stock price, the Wall Street …


Bank of England keeps rates at record low as Brit economy slows

The Bank of England decided Thursday to keep its main interest rate at a record low of 0.25 percent as the economy weakens ahead of Britain’s departure from the European …


Jobless-benefit claims at 28-year low; U.S. labor market tightening

A decline in the number of U.S. jobless-benefit claims fell to a 28-year low is adding to signs of a tight labor market, as initial unemployment claims also remained subdued, …


Analysis: You’re not getting a raise, and nobody knows why

The economy today has almost everything experts look for as a sign of health – new jobs are popping up around the country, the unemployment rate has fallen to the …


Jobless claims declined more than forecast last week

Filings for U.S. unemployment benefits dropped more than forecast last week, consistent with a robust labor market, a Labor Department report showed Thursday.


Puerto Rico announces huge, historic debt restructuring

Puerto Rico’s governor on Wednesday announced a historic restructuring of a portion of the U.S. territory’s $73 billion debt through courts after negotiations with bondholders failed. The announcement marks the …


UPDATED: Tue., May 2, 2017, 3:31 p.m.

Bills seek link of aerospace tax breaks, state workforce

Frustrated by the loss of thousands of Boeing jobs in recent years, lawmakers are weighing two measures that would tie Boeing’s eligibility for tax breaks to the amount of people …


Jobless claims rise to 4-week high amid holiday

Filings for U.S. unemployment benefits rose to a four-week high last week, interrupting a run of subdued firings, a Labor Department report showed Thursday.


Patty Murray, Bernie Sanders lead Democrats’ effort to raise minimum wage to $15 an hour

Backed by nearly half of the Senate’s Democrats, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., are introducing revamped legislation to raise the minimum wage to $15 and index …


UPDATED: Wed., April 19, 2017, 10:32 a.m.

Deaths of despair: Millennials turn to drugs, suicide in unforgiving job market

Ryan Johnson was 22 when he succumbed to a heroin addiction that had intensified as the Erie, Pennsylvania, high school graduate grew disillusioned with his future. His mother found him …


Oregon jobless rate drops below 4 percent

Oregon’s unemployment rate has plunged to less than 4 percent.


U.S. industrial production up 0.5 percent in March

U.S. industrial production posted a solid gain in March, reflecting a record rebound in utility output. But a closely watched gauge of manufacturing posted its first setback in seven months …


Pay equality moving at ‘glacial pace’ in Idaho, elsewhere

According to a study recently released by the American Association of University Women, the gender pay gap in Idaho remains alive and well, with the average white woman making 74 …


Starbucks extends China health coverage to workers’ parents

Starbucks will provide Chinese workers with health insurance that extends coverage to their parents, a unique offering by the coffeehouse chain that may be used by more than 10,000 people …


U.S. employers posted more jobs in February and quitting fell

U.S. employers posted more open positions in February, but the number of people getting hired and the number quitting jobs fell. The overall figures suggest that the job market remains …


Report: Ex-Yosemite chief belittled workers, mainly women

The former superintendent of Yosemite National Park created a hostile workplace by belittling employees, using words such as “stupid,” “bozo” and “lazy,” and showing gender bias against women, a new …


U.S. adds 98,000 jobs in March; jobless rate dips to 4.5 percent

The momentum in the U.S. labor market flagged in March, new government data showed Friday, with the private sector and the government adding only 98,000 jobs as winter storms weighed …


U.S. jobless aid applications fell to 234,000 last week

Fewer Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, a sign of the job market appears to be increasingly secure for workers.


Survey: U.S. companies add 263,000 jobs in March, most in 2 years

U.S. private businesses added the most jobs in more than two years last month, a private survey found, a third straight month of robust gains.


Border agency fields pitches for Trump’s wall with Mexico

One bidder wants to cover President Donald Trump’s border wall with solar panels. Another suggests building a wall large enough for a deck that would offer tourists scenic views of …


U.S. factories expand again in March but at slower pace

American factories expanded for the seventh straight month in March but at a slightly slower pace than they did in February.


Idaho employers to pay the cost of political infighting

Idaho employers will pay millions of dollars more than necessary in unemployment insurance taxes after a bill that was supposed to lower those costs failed on the final day of …


UPDATED: Thu., March 30, 2017, 8:38 p.m.

U.S. economy grew at steady 2.1 percent rate in Q4

The U.S. economy grew at a slightly faster rate in the fourth quarter than earlier estimates, as consumers ramped up spending that’s expected to fuel growth throughout 2017.