Biden expected to usher in an era of worker-friendly labor policies
Labor activists eager to capitalize on the pro-worker sentiment fueled by the pandemic will soon have a friend in the White House.President-elect Joe Biden is expected to push to make it easier for workers to unionize and hold employers accountable for working conditions, a sharp U-turn from the business-friendly employment policies pursued by President Donald Trump.Among the most immediate changes will be new leadership at the National Labor Relations Board and Department of Labor, the latter of which is currently helmed by Eugene Scalia, a former corporate attorney who has been criticized by...
The Week Ahead: Looking at the share of long-term unemployment
The penultimate jobs report of the Trump Administration will be released on Friday. Any drop in the headline unemployment rate for November will be heralded by the president as proof that the economy is healing. He will take credit where very little is due. Don’t be shocked if he uses it as an anvil to hammer imaginary threats of economic ruin with the incoming administration.Instead of focusing on the change of the monthly unemployment rate, millions of American workers are counting their time going without work by the month. The share of long-term unemployment has quadrupled since July. A th...
4,000 more Disney theme park division employees are losing their jobs
ORLANDO, Fla. — On the day before Thanksgiving, the Walt Disney Co. revealed 4,000 more layoffs are coming in its theme parks division, bringing the total number of announced layoffs to 32,000 across the company.At least [18,000 of the total jobs lost belong to cast members at Walt Disney World](This year, the resort has already lost nearly a quarter of its reported 2019 workforce of 77,000.A spokeswoman for Walt Disney World did not immediately respond to questions about the announced layoffs, including how many Orlando employees would be affected.The notice said about 32,000 employees in the...
As women leave pandemic economy, returning to work, higher wages will be a struggle
DETROIT — Tanisha Loyd, a Detroit mom of two, has been on leave from her job in customer service since mid-September, without pay or benefits.Loyd, 29, remains at home full time with her children — keeping her kindergartner on track with online school and caring for her 1-year-old. She doesn’t have the option to work from home and doesn’t expect to return to work until Jan. 4. But even that depends on if her child’s school is in person or remains virtual.Loyd says the pandemic is a “battle” for working moms, forcing her to choose between a job to help sustain her household or being there for h...
Detroit Free Press
As new COVID-19 restrictions bear down, surviving businesses draw on hard-earned lessons from the spring
SEATTLE — Like many business owners in Washington state, sisters Tara Espinoza and Sabrina Rinderle, proprietors of Queen Anne Dispatch in Seattle, were neither surprised nor unprepared for Gov. Jay Inslee’s second round of COVID-19 restrictions.Since the first restrictions in March, Espinoza and Rinderle have largely reengineered their combination boutique and mail-services business. Staff is fully trained in safety protocols. Floors are marked for social distance and the inventory mix is more “grab-and-go.”The finances aren’t great. Sales are a fraction of pre-March levels and this time ther...
The Seattle Times
Hornets will sign Gordon Hayward, waive Nic Batum for salary cap space
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Charlotte Hornets need stars, and to add one they will lop off the biggest salary on the roster.Free-agent forward Gordon Hayward has come to terms with the Hornets on a 4-year, $120 million deal. Per an NBA source, the Hornets will create enough cap space to sign Hayward by waiving Nic Batum. The Hornets will then use the NBA’s stretch provision to spread cap implications of Batum’s $27 million salary over three years.ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski first reported the Hornets’ agreement with Hayward on Saturday afternoon.Hayward enters his 11th NBA season with career averages ...
The Charlotte Observer
Stranded at sea: Crew members weigh COVID-19 trauma as they decide whether to return
Princess Cruises crew member Gan Sungaralingum has spent the last two months taking care of his elderly parents, eating home-cooked meals, and doing what he loves most: walking on the beach near his home in Mauritius. But instead of returning to his position as an onboard watch salesman after a few months of rest at home, he’s leaving the industry.“Maybe I’ll come back as a passenger, but not as a crew,” he said. He’s been a crew member with several cruise lines since 2014.Sungaralingum is part of a growing number of cruise ship workers who say they will not be returning to their posts when cr...
Padres chairman Ron Fowler steps down; Peter Seidler to take over
The man who has guided the Padres through a transition from perennial loser to playoff team no longer will be in charge of the franchise’s day-to-day operation.Ron Fowler is stepping down as Padres executive chairman and will be replaced by General Partner Peter Seidler.Major League Baseball team owners approved Seidler as the team’s control person in a vote Wednesday morning. The team and MLB announced the move early Wednesday afternoon.“I have had the privilege to lead the Padres and to participate at the highest level of Major League Baseball over the last eight years; however, it’s time to...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Home Depot boosts worker pay as profits rise
Home Depot is giving raises to frontline and hourly workers that will add $1 billion a year to their paychecks after revenue and profit soared at the giant retailer.Since the pandemic took hold earlier this year, the company has spent $1.7 billion on extra bonuses, paid leave and other benefits. The raises announced Tuesday will replace those programs.“This is a permanent investment and that is different,” Richard McPhail, chief financial officer, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Tuesday. “These are permanent wage increases.”He declined to offer more details, but said that the wage hik...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Some Washington state residents told they have to repay jobless benefits
SEATTLE — Last week, Sonja Knudson got some unpleasant news: The $8,350 in federal jobless benefits she’d received last spring from the state Employment Security Department (ESD) was actually an overpayment, and she’d have to pay it back.If not, the agency warned it would garnish her paycheck or tax refund, said Knudson, 51, a longtime substitute teacher with both Seattle Public Schools and Methow Valley School District. “I really appreciated getting the benefit last spring,” she added. “But this has been really frustrating.”Knudson isn’t alone. Over the last several weeks, thousands of Washin...
The Seattle Times