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This number is a misleading sign of U.S. labor-market strength

The fewest Americans in 42 years are filing applications for unemployment insurance, which on the surface looks like a sign of a historically hot U.S. labor market. The real picture …

Consumer prices rise at fastest pace in five months

The cost of living in the U.S. rose at the fastest pace in five months on energy and shelter prices, a sign inflation is getting closer to the Federal Reserve’s …

Campaign for paid sick leave gains momentum

The campaign to give workers paid time off when they’re sick is picking up momentum.

Vapor issues may slow emptying of Hanford tanks

New deadlines for emptying some Hanford nuclear waste tanks might not be met if the government takes steps to better protect workers from chemical vapors.

Kohl’s to hire 69,000 seasonal workers

Kohl’s plans to hire more than 69,000 additional workers for the upcoming holiday season to meet demand at more than 1,100 stores nationwide.

Boeing curtails OT pay for 80,000 workers in latest cost-cutting move

In another move to cut costs, Boeing told white-collar, salaried employees across the company on Tuesday that starting next month overtime pay will be severely limited.

Uninsurance rate drops to the lowest level since before the Great Recession

About 4 million Americans gained health insurance last year, decreasing the nation’s uninsured rate to 9.1 percent, the lowest level since before the Great Recession, according to new federal figures.

Workers’ up-front health costs keep rising, Kaiser study says

Out-of-pocket costs that insured employees pay for a doctor’s visit or an operation in the U.S. keep on climbing.

UPS to hire 95,000 seasonal workers for upcoming holidays

It’s not even officially fall yet, but delivery companies and retailers are making their hiring lists for the holiday season.

U.S. job openings jump to record high in mixed signal to Fed

American employers advertised a record number of open jobs in July, a sign hiring may stay healthy despite a slowdown last month.

Protesters block Calais roads seeking migrant camp closure

Truckers, farmers, dockers and merchants angry at the disruption caused by thousands of migrants in their midst in the northern French city of Calais blocked the main access route to …

Benton City man gets 30-year federal sentence for prostituting teens at labor camps

A Benton City man will spend 30 years in federal prison for forcing two girls to have sex with customers at migrant labor camps and motels and keeping the earnings …

Seattle weighs new rules for businesses with hourly workers

Seattle leaders have proposed new rules for retail and food-service businesses with hourly employees, including requiring them to schedule shifts two weeks in advance and compensate workers for some last-minute …

Fire sweeps through Russian warehouse, killing 17 workers

A fire swept through a Moscow printing plant warehouse on Saturday, killing 17 migrant workers from Kyrgyzstan, Russia’s emergency services said. A representative of the Kyrgyz community said the victims …

Grad student employees at private universities can unionize, NLRB rules

In a major decision that opens the door for graduate students across the country to unionize, the National Labor Relations Board ruled Tuesday that grad students who work as teaching …

Seattle officials propose sweeping law to protect workers from erratic schedules

Under a sweeping new scheduling law being considered by the city of Seattle, large retailers and many food-service companies with more than 500 employees would be required to give their …

2 Hanford workers checked for possible vapor exosure

Two more Hanford Nuclear Reservation workers have received medical evaluations for possible exposure to chemical vapors after reporting a suspicious odor.

Kennametal to slash 1,000 jobs

Kennametal, a Pittsburgh-based industrial tool maker that Monday reported a loss for the second consecutive year, is cutting 1,000 jobs, or about 8 percent of its global workforce as part …

State attorney general seeks immediate help for Hanford workers

Washington’s attorney general on Thursday asked a federal judge to immediately take steps to protect Hanford Nuclear Reservation workers from exposure to chemical vapors.

Two more Hanford workers report possible exposure to vapors

Even while workers on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation are engaged in a job action to protest getting sick from chemical vapors, two more employees reported possible exposure to the vapors.

June hiring surge of 287,000 suggests rebounding U.S economy

Employers shook off two months of weak hiring by adding 287,000 jobs in June, a robust pace that suggests a resilient U.S. economy recovering from a slump early in the …

Hanford company offers reforms to reduce exposure to vapors

The contractor that operates radioactive waste storage tanks at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation is proposing some reforms after dozens of workers reported becoming sick from chemical vapors associated with the …

U.S. services firms grew in June at fastest pace in 7 months

U.S. services firms expanded last month at the fastest pace since November, good news for the U.S. economy.

Trump Taj Mahal workers: Strike fights owner’s ‘tyranny’

Striking Atlantic City casino workers are using the Fourth of July holiday to highlight their struggle against billionaire Carl Icahn, who owns the Trump Taj Mahal casino.

Justices rap Labor Dept. over change in overtime pay rules

The Supreme Court says the Labor Department must do a better job of explaining why it is changing a longstanding policy on whether certain workers deserve overtime pay.

Barge traffic makes a resurgence on the Missouri River

The Missouri River is slowly resuming its role as a transportation corridor for commodities such as grain, scrap metal and fertilizer, but proponents of the barge industry acknowledge they’re still …

Striking Verizon workers to return Wednesday; deal inked

Nearly 40,000 striking Verizon employees will return to work Wednesday after reaching a tentative contract agreement that includes 1,300 new call center jobs and nearly 11 percent in raises over …

Three workers exposed in radiation incident at Idaho DOE site

A cleanup contractor says radioactive material contaminated the skin and clothing of three workers during an incident earlier this month at a U.S. Department of Energy site in the Idaho …

Verizon, unions reach deal in principle for 4-year contract

Striking Verizon employees may be back to work next week after the company and its unions reached an agreement in principle for a four-year contract.

Strike gets violent over France’s economic future

Volley after volley of tear gas poisoned the Paris air Thursday, as authorities struggled against nationwide strikes and a groundswell of public anger at a high-stakes government attempt to change …