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Special Report | American Labor in 2010

The U.S. economy will eventually rebound from the Great Recession. Millions of American workers will not. What some economists now project -- and policymakers are loathe to admit -- is that the U.S. unemployment rate, which stood at 9.6% in August, could remain elevated for years to come.

David Culver, ed., Evergreene Digest

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Wiley Miller

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Recognizing the immense contributions of America's unions, E. J. Dionne, Syndicated columnist, Seattle Times | WA
Whatever else they achieve, unions remind us of the dignity of all who toil, whatever their social position, color or educational attainments, writes columnist E.J. Dionne Jr. Unions were important co-authors of a social contract that made our country fairer, richer and more productive.

Four Job Market Trends We Won't Be Celebrating This Labor Day, Sara Yin, Huffington Post
Labor Day, of course, was intended to celebrate the American worker. But, for those of us lucky enough to be employed, the labor market still isn't pretty.

Unemployment Rate To Remain High, Many Jobs Aren't Coming Back, Economists Say, Huffington Post
The U.S. economy will eventually rebound from the Great Recession. Millions of American workers will not. What some economists now project -- and policymakers are loathe to admit -- is that the U.S. unemployment rate, which stood at 9.6% in August, could remain elevated for years to come.

Right Response to Unemployment Is Smart Stimulus Spending, John Nichols, The Nation

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  • The federal government has spent a lot of money for the purposes of avoiding a Depression and easing a recession. But it has not spent that money well or wisely.
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  • The jobs emergency
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  • Class Warfare from the Top Down
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Shame: Senate Poised To Put 240,000 Jobs At Risk, Arthur Delaney, Huffington Post
Advocates of a welfare-to-work program created by last year's stimulus bill are calling on Congress not to jeopardize some 240,000 jobs by letting the program expire at the end of September.

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Recognizing the immense contributions of America's unions

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  • Whatever else they achieve, unions remind us of the dignity of all who toil, whatever their social position, color or educational attainments
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  • Unions were important co-authors of a social contract that made our country fairer, richer and more productive.
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E.J. Dionne Jr., Syndicated columnist, Seattle Times | WA

Watching the great civil-rights march on television in August 1963, I couldn't help but notice that hundreds carried signs with a strange legend at the top: "UAW Says." UAW was saying "Segregation Disunites the United States," and many other things insisting on equality.

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This "UAW" was a very odd word to my 11-year-old self and I asked my dad who or what "U-awe," as I pronounced it, was. The letters, he explained, stood for the United Auto Workers union.

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It was some years later when I learned about the heroic battles of the UAW, not only on behalf of those who worked in the great car plants but also for social and racial justice across our society. Walter Reuther, the gallant and resolutely practical egalitarian who led the union for many years, was one of Martin Luther King Jr.'s close allies.

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Remembering that moment is bittersweet on a Labor Day when so many Americans are unemployed, when wages are stagnant or dropping, and when the labor movement itself is in stark decline.

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Special Report | Labor Day 2010

Help wanted signs would turn Labor Day into a celebration for jobs-starved Americans.

David Culver,
ed., Evergreene Digest

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Mike Thompson

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FDR’s Labor Day Plea Resonates Today, Sarah Anderson, Common Dreams
Seventy-four years ago, Roosevelt ended his Labor Day address by declaring that the needs of all American workers “are one in building an orderly economic democracy in which all can profit and in which all can be secure from the kind of faulty economic direction which brought us to the brink of common ruin.”

Working twice as hard to get half as far: Race-based employment gap in Minnesota, Mary Turck, TC Daily Planet | MN

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  • The Twin Cities metro area has the biggest disparity in black-white unemployment rates of any major metropolitan area in the country.
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  • What is going on here?
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  • Racism in Minnesota (and Beyond)
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For many, a new job comes at a cost: lower wages, Michael Luo, New York Times | NY

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  • Even as a tentative economic recovery wheezes along, data show a disproportionate growth in low-paying jobs.
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  • U.S. Experiencing Worst Episode of Prolonged Unemployment Since Great Depression
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  • Jobless? Your leaders are at ease with that.
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Oil spill cleanup workers at risk! Manny Herrmann, American Rights at Work
BP's record on worker safety is beyond pathetic.
Sign our petition: Any worker who wants safety equipment – like respirators – should get it, and BP should pick up the tab.

Signs Your Boss Is Lying to You, Seth Fiegerman, Mainstreet
If your boss says something is fantastic, chances are, it’s probably not.

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Signs Your Boss Is Lying to You

If your boss says something is fantastic, chances are, it’s probably not.

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Seth Fiegerman, Mainstreet

If your boss says something is fantastic, chances are, it’s probably not.
A recent study found that deceptive CEOs tend to express “more extreme positive emotions” when trying to cover up something and forego language that makes them seem hesitant or uncertain.

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Two researchers at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business have scoured through transcripts of 30,000 conference calls involving CEOs and CFOs of businesses around the country between 2003 and 2007. The researchers then compared what these executives were saying about their business’s finances to what was actually the case. The goal was to figure out how their choice of words change while lying.

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For many, a new job comes at a cost: lower wages

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  • Even as a tentative economic recovery wheezes along, data show a disproportionate growth in low-paying jobs.
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Michael Luo, New York Times | NY

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Donna Ings took a lower-paying job as a home health aide after being out of work for over a year. Michele McDonald for the New York Times

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After being out of work for more than a year, Donna Ings, 47, finally landed a job in February as a home health aide with a company in Lexington, Mass., earning about $10 an hour.

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Chelsea Nelson, 21, started two weeks ago as a waitress at a truck stop in Mountainburg, Ark., making around $7 or $8 an hour, depending on tips, ending a lengthy job search that took her young family to California and back.

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Jobless? Your leaders are at ease with that, Paul Krugman, New York Times
None of them want to fix it -- so high unemployment might become a habit.
Punishing the Jobless

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Updated: U.S. Experiencing Worst Episode of Prolonged Unemployment Since Great Depression, Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR)<>

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  • Adjusting for demographic factors, current labor market downturn steeper than '82-'83 recession.
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  • The Horror Show
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  • The jobs emergency
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