Tom Raum, Associated Press

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  • July 15, 2014

    WASHINGTON โ€” Pregnant women have new protections against on-the-job discrimination.
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  • July 15, 2014

    WASHINGTON โ€” For the first time in 30 years, the federal government is issuing new guidelines designed to protect pregnant workers from on-the-job discrimination. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) update makes it clear that any form of workplace discrimination … Continue reading

  • July 4, 2014

    WASHINGTON — Unions representing government workers are expanding while organized labor has been shedding private sector members over the past half-century. A majority of union members today now have ties to a government entity, at the federal, state or local levels. Continue reading

  • July 4, 2014

    WASHINGTON โ€” Northwestern University on Thursday urged the National Labor Relations Board to overturn a regional ruling that would allow its scholarship football players to unionize, holding up the football program as exemplifying the university’s integration of athletics and education.

    In a 60-page brief filed with the labor board in Washington just hours ahead of a midnight deadline, the university laid out its opposition to student athletes forming a union and asked to argue its case before the board. Continue reading

  • March 20, 2014

    The unemployment rate for veterans who served since 2001 dipped slightly in 2013 to 9 percent, the Labor Department reported Thursday. That’s down from 9.9 percent the year before, but well above overall civilian unemployment levels of around 7 percent over the same period.

    The youngest veterans, aged 18-24, posted an ultra-high jobless rate of 21.4 percent, said the agency’s Bureau of Labor Statistics in its annual review of unemployment among former members of the armed services. Continue reading