Posts Tagged ‘labor’

November 11th, 2018 - 11:16 am § in Donald Trump

Trump’s worker bonuses go pffft.

Remember the worker bonuses Trump bragged about after signing his deficit-financed tax giveaways to billionaires and corporations? “Large companies actually cut back on bonuses in 2018 and plan to do so even more next year, according to new data from Aon, an insurance broker. (It surveyed 1,000 bu[...]

September 26th, 2018 - 11:06 pm § in Politics

Do unions help workers get higher wages?

It’s practically an article of faith that union jobs pay better. Do they? This graph (from Nate Silver’s “538” blog, based on BLS data) indicates they do. (Note: Public sector wages average more because of higher educational requirements and steady work schedules; most govern[...]

August 14th, 2018 - 11:36 am § in Misc.

Labor’s shrinking share of GDP, 1947-2016

The U.S. economy has grown over the last half-century, but most of the gains have gone to the top 10%, and inflation-adjusted wages have been stagnant since 1970. Back then, labor got about 60%, and capital 40%, of what the economy produced. Today, those figures are reversed. This trend has gone han[...]

April 15th, 2018 - 9:00 pm § in Misc.

Report: Tesla compromised worker safety to appease Musk

Electric carmaker Tesla compromised worker safety at its Fremont, California plant to appease founder and CEO Elon Musk, according to the Center for Investigative Reporting, an independent journalism nonprofit that operates a website called Tesla “mislabeled and under-counted w[...]

March 23rd, 2018 - 1:23 am § in Misc.

Where the (low wage) jobs go

Just because you get rid of illegal migrant workers doesn’t mean you get the jobs back. Minimum wages are fair, but may not be efficient Automation  is getting better with time and unskilled labor doesn’t.    Knut Robert Knutsen  FACEBOOK The “no citizen will do the work”[...]

October 1st, 2017 - 10:27 pm § in Misc.

The Unforseen Perils of Self Driving Trucks

These are likely to put thousands of working girls out of a job![...]

December 8th, 2016 - 9:20 am § in Misc.

BREAKING NEWS: Trump may pick fast food chain CEO to head the Department of Labor

We are in a “government-mandated restaurant recession,” Andy Puzder President-elect Donald Trump famously loves his fast food.  Andrew Puzder  is the chief executive of Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s. Puzder would be an alarming choice for Seattle’s advocates of paying a living wage to fas[...]

June 27th, 2016 - 1:35 pm § in Politics

Where have all the workers gone?

“Something is rotten in the U.S. economy. Poor men without a college degree are disappearing from the labor force. The share of prime-age men (ages 25-54) who are neither working nor looking for work has doubled since the 1970s.” — The Atlantic “The U.S.’s labor participati[...]

October 19th, 2015 - 9:39 am § in China, Misc.

First it was cheap labor in South Carolina, then the cheap labor moved to China, next .. robots

Assembly line workers in Hon Hai’s factories (Picture Getty) In the future, we will all be on benefits, while rich people use robots to make even MORE money. That’s the dark future hinted at by Samsung’s new ‘big project’ – a plan to build robots cheaper even than the miserably underpaid[...]

April 6th, 2015 - 11:05 am § in America, The Ave Scene

Conservatives Go Bull Shit Over Seattle’s Minimum Wage

Here is a  response and fact check to the story that Ray Tennison posted and other conservatives bought hook line and sinker. Turns out like so much of their crap on minimum wage to not be true. Minimum Wage Increase Killing Seattle Restaurants? Anatomy Of A Lie From Inside The Bubble It all began [...]