Labor

Governors Join Forces to Press White House for Work-based Visas

The labor shortage has threatened the viability of many local economies and businesses, Republican and Democratic governors said in a letter to President Biden.

There Are More Jobs Than Jobless People in 42 States

The labor shortage is by one measure the most acute since 1968.

OSHA to States: Protect Workers from Covid-19 or Forfeit Authority

The federal government put states on notice ahead of the vaccine mandate, saying it will take any defiance seriously.

State and Local Government Job Growth Lags Behind Private Sector

City and county payrolls are down more than 5% from pre-pandemic totals, excluding education positions, according to a report.

The Worker Shortages Plaguing the Public Sector

There are a variety of reasons New York is struggling to maintain essential services.

Mayors Wade Into Contentious Labor Law Debate

A U.S. Conference of Mayors panel moved to endorse a federal bill meant to strengthen workers rights, that is drawing strong pushback from business groups.

States Can Pay Enhanced Unemployment Beyond Cut Off with ARPA Funds

Extra federal benefits end Sept. 6, but Biden administration officials said using some of the federal relief dollars will allow for a more gradual wind down.

Research Shows Labor Unions Help Lower the Risk of Poverty

COMMENTARY | Households in which there was at least one union member had an average poverty rate of 5.9%, compared with 18.9% for nonunion households, according to new research.

Garbage Truck Driver Shortage is Creating a Mess for Solid Waste Agencies

"As the weather warms up, the garbage is going to get more fragrant and it will be more important for governments to get on this,” says one industry official.

California Bill Would Give Fast Food Workers Sway Over Labor Standards

The proposal would create a first-of-its-kind panel where businesses, employees and the state would hash out the guidelines together.

What’s at Stake in Amazon’s Bessemer, Alabama, Union Vote: Five Questions Answered

COMMENTARY | In a way, the outcome isn’t the point. Union leaders are hoping the election itself – and Amazon’s aggressive efforts to persuade employees to vote “no” – illustrate labor law’s current weaknesses.

In Some States, Unemployment Stays Stubbornly High

Despite rebounds in some states, millions remain unemployed with no job prospects.

How the Police Bank Millions Through Their Union Contracts

The public funds six-figure “sick day” payouts, $2,500 “perfect attendance” bonuses and lucrative “extra duty” assignments identified in a ProPublica, Asbury Park Press analysis of New Jersey police union contracts.

California Voters Approve Carveout for Lyft and Uber Drivers from State Labor Law

Tech companies spent heavily on a campaign for the measure, which labor groups say is flawed. Supporters say it provides a template for “gig worker” regulations in other states.

Uber and Lyft Won't Suspend California Service, as Court Grants Reprieve in Labor Law Case

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Los Angeles shuts off utilities at “party house” … New Jersey women in prison can pursue lawsuit over abuse … Alaska tribe sues over fishing rights.

How North Carolina Transformed Itself Into the Worst State to Be Unemployed

Across the country, unemployment systems are collapsing under an unprecedented number of claims. But some state systems, like North Carolina’s, have long made it harder to receive unemployment benefits.

Black Professionals Miss Out on Recent Job Gains

Black workers with bachelor’s degrees lost 200,000 jobs in May.

Weeding Out Fraudulent Unemployment Claims Just Became More Difficult

Millions of out-of-work Americans are filing for unemployment during the coronavirus pandemic and fraudsters are using the unprecedented crush of filings to take advantage.

The Cannabis Industry Could Become the National Model for Labor Relations

COMMENTARY | Workers in the cannabis industry are rapidly unionizing with employer support. This trend, incentivized by state laws, could be a model for improved labor relations nationwide.

In California, a Landmark Labor Law’s Turbulent Rollout

The enactment of the new “gig worker” guidelines has been celebrated by some and assailed by others, and may offer lessons for states pursuing similar policies.