[caption id="attachment_3565" align="alignright" width="300"] A natural gas derrick rises from the countryside near family homes in North Dakota.[/caption] The American (GDP) increased by 2.5% in 2012, a full point improvement over the 1.6% rate in 2011, and the greatest rate of economic grown si...
Today is Labor Day, the day we celebrate workers in the U.S. by giving them some time off, and remembering the struggles and accomplishments of labor movements that have brought us the 40-hour work week, regulations on child labor, safer working conditions, health and retirement benefits, and a host...
This past February, Walmart worker Janet Sparks was called in for a meeting with her boss in Baker, Louisiana, where she works as a non-salaried customer service supervisor. Weeks earlier Sparks had spoken up to complain about mistreatment of her co-workers. Yet the management was now accusing her o...
How does the “average” American spend his or her money? And how have spending patterns changed over time? This infographic from Planet Money offers a tidy breakdown of what everyday American households purchase, drawing on government data (PDF) from the past year. While the researches coul...
December’s Journal of Health and Social Behavior just published a report indicating that women who work full-time following the birth of a child enjoy better physical health than those who don’t go right back to work full time. This study is based on 30 years of data from over 2,500 mothers. Uni...
When Evan Wilder was recently nailed by a car on his  bicycle commute to work, he didn’t have the opportunity to jot down the license number of the vehicle that hit him before it sped off. Nor were there any witnesses on foot or in other vehicles. But a video camera that Evan had attached to h...
Among Washington workers killed on the job last year were five young men, including one who was just 18 years old. Approximately 80 young men and women between the age of 16 and 24 are hurt on the job each day in Washington State. As we near the height of the summer job season, the state Departme...
SeaWorld is fighting $75,000 in work safety penalties issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration following last year's gruesome death of a trainer who was grabbed by her ponytail and dragged under water by an Orca whale in front of horrified spectators. A hearing is set for Monda...
Since the 1960s, labor activists and workers compensation attorneys have grown increasingly concerned about health problems in Japan resulting from long working hours. The problem became so widespread in recent decades that the term Karoshi, or “death from overwork,” went mainstream. Research...
As parents in Sacramento, CA, put children to bed earlier this week, planes flying overhead doused a 30,000-acre area with blanket of pesticides. The target of the repeated aerial spraying: mosquitoes. An increasing number of mosquitoes carry the West Nile virus, but many citizens, environmentali...