Tag: Labor Unions

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Business

Temporary jobs becoming a permanent fixture in US

Clairessa Mills looks over the main desk for help at the Labor Ready temporary employment agency in Warren, Ohio. The number of temps has jumped more than 50 percent since the recession ended four years ago to nearly 2.7 million, the most on government records dating to 1990. In no other sector has hiring come close. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta, FIle) by Christopher S. Rugaber AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Hiring is exploding in the one corner of the U.S. economy where few want to be hired: Temporary work. From Wal-Mart to General Motors to PepsiCo, companies are increasingly turning to temps and to a much larger universe of freelancers, contract workers and consultants. Combined, these workers number nearly 17 million people who have only tenuous ties to the companies that pay them — about 12 percent of everyone with a job.

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National

Chicago to close 54 schools to address $1B deficit

PROTEST–William Penn Elementary School Council Representative Rev. Dr. Brian Henderson speaks at a news conference held by the Committee to Save North Lawndale Schools, March 21, in Chicago. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green) by Sara Burnett CHICAGO (AP) — Tens of thousands of Chicago students, parents and teachers learned Thursday their schools were on a long-feared list of 54 the city plans to close in an effort to stabilize an educational system facing a huge budget shortfall.

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National

Barbs of racism, anti-Semitism in NY school clash

SYMBOLIC STAND–Supporters of public schools turn their backs on the East Ramapo school board during a meeting on March 19, in Spring Valley, N.Y. Allegations of racism and anti-Semitism are afflicting the district, where the board is dominated by ultra-Orthodox Jews and the public school children are mostly Black and Hispanic. (AP Photo/Jim Fitzgerald) by Jim Fitzgerald Associated Press Writer SPRING VALLEY, N.Y. (AP) — School board meetings descend into shouting matches. Accusations of racism and anti-Semitism fly. Angry parents turn their backs on board members in a symbolic stand of disrespect.

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Metro

Superintendent Lane contract extended 3 years

LINDA LANE by Rebecca Nuttall Courier Staff Writer On March 20, the Pittsburgh Public School District Board of Education voted to extend Superintendent Linda Lane’s contract for three more years. The vote 7-2 will leave Lane in charge of the district until June 2016.

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National

Protests force Philadelphia mayor to abort speech

SHOUTED DOWN–Mayor Michael Nutter attempts to delivers his budget address to city council at City Hall, March 14, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Deafening protests forced Philadelphia’s mayor to abandon his annual budget address in the middle of his speech.