Anger in China's coal country as miners feel left behind

Mar 19, 2016

Anger in China's coal country as miners feel left behind

Hanging from a highway overpass two hours’ drive from the Siberian border, a local government banner reads like a last-gasp exhortation to this exhausted coal community: “Improve our structure, change our methods, transform our city.” This area has transformed in dire ways as China ...

Mar 19, 2016

Pay scale hikes averaging ¥1,478 so far: Rengo

The pay scale hikes agreed to during this year’s shunto (spring wage negotiations) were averaging ¥1,478 per month as of Friday morning, the Japanese Trade Union Confederation, known as Rengo, said. The average, obtained two days after major companies announced their fiscal 2016 pay ...

Mar 15, 2016

30 U.S. states log January job growth while 20 see cuts

Employers stepped up hiring in 30 states in January, led by big gains in Florida, Texas and North Carolina, while 20 states shed jobs. The unemployment rate fell in 28 states, rose in eight and was unchanged in 14. The unemployment rate doesn’t always ...

Feb 19, 2016

Oregon lawmakers approve landmark minimum wage increase

Oregon lawmakers have approved landmark legislation that propels the state’s minimum wage for all workers to the highest rank in the U.S., and does so through an unparalleled tiered system based on geography. The state House of Representatives on Thursday passed Senate Bill 1532, ...