Welfare Reform and Income Alternatives for Low-Income Workers

With minimum wage hikes under debate around the country, New York has become the first state to approve a $15 minimum wage for fast-food workers, the highest in country. As The Wall Street Journal reports, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the move at a labor rally with Vice President Joe Biden while proposing to work for legislation that will make $15 a minimum wage across all industries.… [Read more]

US Industry Sites are Safer Than Ever

There’s good news on the safety front for U.S. domestic industry: industrial work sites are safe than ever before, according to OSHA, which monitors work site safety, injuries and illnesses. OSHA reported these encouraging statistics in 2014:

  • Fatal job-related injuries dropped by nearly 25% over the past decade
  • The rate of work-related severe injury and illness fell between 2011 and 2012 for private sector and local government employees
  • Overall, all work site injuries and illnesses dropped between 2011 and 2012
Ebola Raised Awareness of Disease Control Efforts

It wasn’t until the Ebola virus arrived in the U.S.… [Read more]

The Monthly Jobs Report: Conspiracies and Caveats, Fumblings and Flaws

On November 2nd a jobs report will be released — just a few days before the Presidential election. The monthly jobs report released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has long been the object of intense focus among denizens of the Beltway and Wall Street due to the impact that the numbers contained therein have on politics, business and the economy.… [Read more]