Category: Labor

Idaho non-farm jobs see nation’s second-largest increase

Idaho non-farm jobs see nation’s second-largest increase

From the Idaho Business Review Idaho’s seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate remained at 2.9% for the third straight month as nonfarm jobs saw the nation’s second-largest increase, according to data recently released by the Idaho Department of Labor. The number of unemployed Idahoans increased by 136 to 25,626, while the amount of total employment increased by 2,770…

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Essay: What if you had to live on $7.25 an hour?

Essay: What if you had to live on $7.25 an hour?

Originally published by Firebrand Progressives   An average screen printed T-shirt costs around $15. Someone earning the current federal minimum wage would have to work over two hours to buy just one. And while prices for nearly everything consumers purchase continue to go up, minimum wage rarely increases. From September 1997 to July 2007, the…

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Walmart’s Missing Signature

Walmart’s Missing Signature

Originally published by the Progressive Populist   The scene was horrific. Over 2,500 people trapped helplessly beneath rubble—some for more than 12 hours—waiting for rescuers to find them. Over 1,100 other people didn’t get out alive. This was one year ago this week at the Rana Plaza factory in Bangladesh, a leading producer of clothing…

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The Triangle Factory Fire and Labor’s Legacy

The Triangle Factory Fire and Labor’s Legacy

Originally published by Firebrand Progressives   It was quitting time when someone noticed the fire in a scrap bin on Saturday, March 25, 1911. Inside the Triangle Waist Company factory, eight stories above New York’s Greenwich Village, hundreds were preparing to leave work for the day, but unbeknownst to most people in the factory, the…

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