Last week the Labor Department announced that the U.S. unemployment rate crept up to 4 percent in June, but for promising reasons, as hundreds of thousands more Americans sought work. In fact, for the first time in recorded history, the number of job openings is now greater than the number of people...
"Sleeping on the job has long been frowned upon, but office napping may finally be climbing out from under the desk." So ran the headline in a recent Chicago Tribune story. The number of employers who encourage sleep-deprived employees to take a short nap during the workday is on the rise, and th...
[caption id="attachment_8168" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Sara Nelson, president of the Association of Flight Attendants, says "the time when flight attendants were objectified in airline marketing and people joked about ‘coffee, tea, or me’ needs to be permanently grounded."[/caption] I...
[caption id="attachment_8145" align="aligncenter" width="1020"] Members of Iron Workers Local 86 show up at Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant’s press conference outside the Amazon Spheres to voice, literally, their opposition to a proposed head tax on businesses, especially Amazon. (Alan Be...
Earlier this week the Seattle Times editorial board called on Mayor Jenny Durkan to veto the proposal for a head tax on jobs if it’s approved by city council. As they argue: "Seattle’s City Council will harm the city, its business climate and workers across the board if it starts taxing large c...
Starbucks will shut down all stores in the U.S. for several hours next month so workers can complete racial-bias training. In response to the arrest of two black men in one of its Philadelphia stores, Starbucks announced that it is closing over 8,000 stores and corporate offices nation-wide ...
The most popular article in the New York Times' Smarter Living newsletter last year was an interview with Millie Tran of the NYT Global team sharing advice on one of the most important questions we face during our lives: What am I going to do with my life? Tran explained that she had been sharin...
Seattle plans to develop a proposal to toll city roads to ease traffic congestion and CO2 emissions, as Mayor Jenny Durkan announced last week. Details of the proposal are still unavailable, but will draw on a tolling study focused on downtown neighborhoods that will likely have results later in ...
Virgin Group founder and Billionaire Richard Branson had some critical words for President Trump’s steel and aluminum tariffs, arguing they will hurt rather than help the U.S. economy. “I think the tariffs are counterproductive,” Branson said this week at the Adobe Summit, held in Las Vegas. ...
Last fall the hospitality union Unite Here ran demonstrations in 40 cities, explaining that the U.S. "needs protections for the workers who drive this industry.” The hospitality workers union Unite Here had its sights set on Donald Trump long before he became president. While Trump was running ...