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Nation Jan 16Postal Service proposes slight price increases for postage
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Postal Service on Thursday proposed slight increases for mailing postcards and international letters — but wants to leave first-class "Forever" stamps at their present 49 cents.
Economy Nov 17U.S. pension agency reports $62 billion deficit
WASHINGTON — The federal watchdog agency overseeing the nation's retirement pension system says it's running a $62 billion deficit — almost double last year's shortfall — mostly due to the poor financial condition of a few large multi-employer pension plans.
Nation Nov 10U.S. Postal Service employee data stolen in cyberattack
Postal Service spokesman David Partenheimer says personal information that may have been obtained in the attack includes employees' names, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, addresses, emergency contacts and other information.
Nation Sep 11Feds issue new regulations on reporting fatal work injuries
WASHINGTON — Tightening its standards, the government issued new regulations Thursday that will require managers to file a detailed report within eight hours on fatal workplace accidents.
Politics Sep 07Romney: I would have done a better job than Obama
Former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney says there is no question in his mind that he would have been more effective in the White House than President Barack Obama. But he reiterates he has no plans to run again.
Nation Jul 15Updated guidelines give new protections for pregnant women
WASHINGTON — Pregnant women have new protections against on-the-job discrimination.
Nation Jul 15Feds issue new guidelines to protect pregnant workers
WASHINGTON — 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…
Nation Jul 04Unions representing government workers gain ground in labor movement
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…
Education Jul 04College presidents oppose unions for student athletes
WASHINGTON — 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.
Nation Mar 20Unemployment rate among veterans drops, but remains high
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…