A Legislative Staff Unionization Wave is Hitting Blue State Capitols

Statehouse employees in at least four states are pushing to organize and Oregon staffers formed a union last year.

Minimum Wage Workers Cannot Afford a 2-bedroom Rental Home Anywhere

Plus, these workers can’t rent a one bedroom in 91% of U.S. counties, according to a new report.

More States Are Forgoing Extra Federal Food Aid

At least 16 states have opted out of receiving millions in pandemic food aid.

States and Localities Plan for Billions in ARPA Workforce Spending

White House figures suggest over $40 billion from the pandemic relief law could go to workforce development, with a sizable chunk of investment through state and local programs.

Nearly Half of States Raised Their Minimum Wage This Year

The increases range from 22 cents to $1.50 per hour, but most states’ pay floors are not high enough to ensure economic stability, according to a new report.

Energy-Producing States Lag in Latest Economic Numbers

Energy companies, short of workers, aren’t ready to increase production.

The Connection Between Wage Theft and Climate Disasters

COMMENTARY | For too many low-wage workers, workers of color and immigrants, wage theft is a painful part of life. Elected officials need to act to stop this practice, which is especially rampant after hurricanes, wildfires and other weather events.

How Local Governments Are Advancing Workers’ Rights, and Why Even More Should Get Involved

COMMENTARY | Cities are spearheading efforts to pass and enforce local labor laws that are improving standards for workers in their communities.

States Need to Invest in Their Unemployment Systems, Labor Secretary Says

Labor Secretary Marty Walsh told congressional lawmakers that the federal government also has to contribute to upgrading the system that the Government Accountability Office deemed a poorly performing government program.

Seasonal Worker Shortage Threatens Closure of Public Pools and Parks

State and local governments are scrambling to fill summer parks and recreation positions, raising wages up to $16 per hour to compete with private businesses.

States Look to Community Colleges to Fill Labor Gap

Tuition incentives could steer more people toward workforce needs.

NYC Employees Eyeing the Exits as Mayor Insists on In-person Work

Mayor Eric Adams has been adamant that workers come into their offices full time. But municipal employees looking for remote work flexibility warn of a morale crisis and service slowdowns.

To Retain Women, Workplaces Need To Fight Burnout

Pandemic burnout is leading to devastating consequences for women, and it could set gender equality back a generation, a sociologist warns.

One State's New Unionization Movement

Starbucks, newsrooms and farms are some of the places in New York where organizing is beginning to take hold.

How Managers Can Significantly Reduce Employee Turnover

About 52% of exiting employees say their manager or organization could have prevented them from leaving, according to a report.

3 Steps for Addressing Employee Burnout

A higher salary may not satisfy workers who value their health and well-being over money, a new report says.

Teachers ‘Beaten Down’ By Staff Shortages, Covid

In a survey, a quarter of teachers said they planned to quit.

Federal Reserve Plans to Raise Interest Rates ‘Soon’ to Fight Inflation

COMMENTARY | The U.S. central bank said surging inflation is guiding its decision about when to lift interest rates. Two experts on financial markets explain what might happen next.

How to Reduce Employee Burnout and Slow Resignations

There are six things organizations can do to boost an individual's well-being and make the workforce more resilient, a new report says.

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.

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