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Can we avoid a recession? As inflation eases, optimism rises

For months, the outlook for the U.S. economy has been a mostly bleak one: Inflation hitting a four-decade high, consumer spending weakening, interest rates surging. Most economists penciled in a …

Drugstores make slow headway on staffing problems

A rush of vaccines, virus tests and a busy flu season started overwhelming pharmacies more than a year ago, forcing many to temporarily close when workers weren't available. Major drugstore chains …

In Charm City, putting the squeeze on squeegee workers

Tyemaur Scott started 2023 with an important New Year's resolution. He vowed to leave the ranks of Baltimore's squeegee workers, whose intractable presence at busy downtown intersections remains a …

Move on from COVID? Child care disruptions continue

This fall and winter have upended life for working parents of little children, who thought the worst of the pandemic was behind them. The arrival of vaccines for younger children and the end of …

Video game workers form Microsoft's first U.S. labor union

A group of video game testers has formed Microsoft's first labor union in the U.S., which will also be the largest in the video game industry. The Communications Workers of America said Tuesday that …

Holy rollers: Lyft drivers spread the Gospel with ride-hailing ministries

One is an ordained pastor in Brooklyn, the other a single mother and children's book author in New Jersey. Both drive for Lyft. Both share the word of God as roving preachers. Pastor Kenneth Drayton …

Organic livestock farmers, hit by rising prices, seek help

Organic dairy and other livestock farmers are seeking emergency federal aid as they grapple with skyrocketing organic feed costs, steep fuel and utility expenses as well as the consequences of …

OSHA: Amazon failed to record some warehouse injuries

Amazon failed to properly record work-related injuries at warehouses located in five states, including New York, a federal agency said while announcing it issued more than a dozen citations during …

Shoppers, workers clash over post-pandemic expectations

More than two and a half years later in a world yearning for normalcy, many workers are fed up and don't want to go back to the way things were. They are demanding better schedules, and sometimes …

Hiring stays strong, muddling inflation fight

The nation's employers kept hiring briskly in November despite high inflation and a slow-growing economy — a sign of resilience in the face of the Federal Reserve's aggressive interest rate hikes. …

House votes to avert rail strike, impose deal on unions

The U.S. House moved urgently to head off the looming nationwide rail strike on Wednesday, passing a bill that would bind companies and workers to a proposed settlement that was reached in September …

At Michigan chip plant, Biden says unions 'built middle class'

President Joe Biden reminded Americans he is a "pro-union" president Tuesday as he toured a technology plant to highlight a $300 million expansion, just a day after he sided with business leaders in …

A rail strike looms and impact on economy could be broad

American consumers and nearly every industry will be affected if freight trains grind to a halt next month. The likelihood of a strike that would paralyze the nation's rail traffic grew on Monday …

Many vets are landing jobs, but the transition can be tough 

Phillip Slaughter left the Army after 18 years and found a job similar to one he had in uniform: behind the wheel of a truck. Instead of towing food and bullets through war zones, he hauled packages …

Employers are hiring briskly even in face of rate hikes

America's employers kept hiring vigorously in October, adding 261,000 positions, a sign that the economy remains a picture of solid job growth and painful inflation.   Last week’s report from …

Voters reject slavery in some, but not all, states

Voters in four states approved ballot measures that will change their state constitutions to prohibit slavery and involuntary servitude as punishment for crime, while those in a fifth state rejected …

Inflation, gas prices looming over sports biz, concessions

Dan Coyne makes an annual trip from his Pennsylvania home to watch the Chicago Bears with his brother, Dave, who has season tickets. The brothers got something to eat a couple hours before the …

USDA announces $1 billion debt relief for 36,000 farmers

The federal government announced Tuesday a program that will provide $1.3 billion in debt relief for about 36,000 farmers who have fallen behind on loan payments or face foreclosure.   The U.S. …

Quality of life concerns weigh heavily on rail contract vote

The lack of some benefits most American workers can readily count on, like paid sick leave and regularly scheduled weekends, is driving some railroad workers to veto contracts that include hefty …

Social Security boost will help millions of kids, too

Seventy-year-old Cassandra Gentry is looking forward to a hefty cost-of-living increase in her Social Security benefits — not for herself but to pay for haircuts for her two grandchildren and put …

Florida shrimpers race to get battered fleet back to sea

The seafood industry in southwest Florida is racing against time and the elements to save what's left of a major shrimping fleet — and a lifestyle — that was battered by Hurricane Ian.   The …

House approves antitrust bill targeting Big Tech dominance

The House on Thursday approved antitrust legislation targeting the dominance of Big Tech companies by giving states greater power in competition cases and increasing money for federal regulators. …

Unpaid internships face new scrutiny as barriers to careers

The value of an internship is unmistakable. It teaches marketable skills, it builds professional networks, and it helps students test-drive careers. But the benefits are not available to all: …

Country moved online, worked more from home as pandemic raged

During the first two years of the pandemic, the number of people working from home in the United States tripled, home values grew and the percentage of people who spent more than a third of their …

The lobster fishing industry has come under scrutiny from an influential conservation group because of the threat of entanglement in fishing gear.  Some retailers are taking lobster off the menu …

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