Labor http://nhpr.org en Minimum Wage Debate To Return To N.H. State House http://nhpr.org/post/minimum-wage-debate-return-nh-state-house <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The debate over the minimum wage will return to the state house this session.&nbsp; A proposal to reestablish a state minimum wage failed last year in the Republican-controlled state Senate.&nbsp; This session, Democrats hope to set a state minimum wage at <a href="http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/legislation/2014/HB1403.html" target="_blank">$8.25 an hour</a>.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 21:41:58 +0000 Amanda Loder 41425 at http://nhpr.org Labor Unions Call For Action During The Lame Duck Session http://nhpr.org/post/labor-unions-call-action-during-lame-duck-session <p>New Hampshire labor unions are calling on Congressmen Bass and Guinta to avert automatic budget cuts, laid out in a deficit reduction deal between Democrats and Republicans last year. As things stand now, on January 1st mandatory budget cuts will be imposed on defense spending, Medicare, and discretionary spending – unless the current members of Congress do something to stop them.</p><p>No matter who wins on November 6<sup>th</sup>, President of the New Hampshire AFL-CIO Mark Mackenzie says, it will be this year’s lame duck Congress who will have to deal with automatic cuts.</p> Mon, 15 Oct 2012 20:41:06 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 14819 at http://nhpr.org Labor Unions Call For Action During The Lame Duck Session Should Politicians Take Heed of Refs' Return? http://nhpr.org/post/should-politicians-take-heed-refs-return <p>Football fans are rejoicing today at news that the National Football League finally reached a deal with referees… their lockout put replacement refs at the center of a pop culture firestorm.</p><p><iframe height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/piHGSJxwZM4" frameBorder="0" width="560" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> Thu, 27 Sep 2012 16:25:08 +0000 Virginia Prescott 13739 at http://nhpr.org Should Politicians Take Heed of Refs' Return? Over 300 Attend AFL-CIO Labor Day Breakfast In Manchester http://nhpr.org/post/over-300-attend-afl-cio-labor-day-breakfast-manchester <p></p><p>The AFL-CIO of New Hampshire held its annual Labor Day breakfast at St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Manchester this morning. &nbsp;More than three hundred working men and women gathered to hear from Governor Lynch, Employment Security commissioner George Copadis, and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, and others.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 03 Sep 2012 16:52:02 +0000 Emily Corwin 12132 at http://nhpr.org Over 300 Attend AFL-CIO Labor Day Breakfast In Manchester Italian Law Pits Older Workers Against Younger Ones http://nhpr.org/post/italian-law-pits-older-workers-against-younger-ones Italy's technocrat prime minister, Mario Monti, came to office less than five months ago as the country's finances were in a tailspin. Wed, 04 Apr 2012 19:11:00 +0000 Sylvia Poggioli 2950 at http://nhpr.org Italian Law Pits Older Workers Against Younger Ones Tourism Boom Pays Off For N.Y. Hotel Union http://nhpr.org/post/tourism-boom-pays-ny-hotel-union When the New York Hotel Trades Council ratified a new contract for hotel workers last month, much of the media coverage focused on "panic buttons." Coming after the <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2011/09/19/140592335/strauss-kahn-no-apology-concedes-grave-moral-mistake">sexual assault allegations</a> against former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the idea of housekeepers wearing a badge that could call for help was all over the news.<p>But the <em>real</em> labor story is the long-term contract the hotel workers union and the industry negotiated. Fri, 02 Mar 2012 21:35:00 +0000 Margot Adler 2274 at http://nhpr.org Tourism Boom Pays Off For N.Y. Hotel Union Audits Are Under Way At Apple Supplier Foxconn's Plants http://nhpr.org/post/audits-are-under-way-apple-supplier-foxconns-plants Audits of working conditions are under way at Foxconn's manufacturing plants in China, a key link in Apple's supply chain of iPhones, iPads and other devices. Wed, 15 Feb 2012 23:03:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 1953 at http://nhpr.org Audits Are Under Way At Apple Supplier Foxconn's Plants What Retirement? Seniors Are Getting Back To Work http://nhpr.org/post/what-retirement-seniors-are-getting-back-work At 75, many people imagine they'll be retired and spending their time playing cards or on a golf course. But according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of working seniors is actually on the rise. In fact, it's more than doubled since 1990.<p>Ella Washington decided to go back to work at 83. Today, she's a receptionist in training at a senior living home outside Washington, D.C. She's hoping it will be a stepping stone to a real job, which she's been looking for since 2005.<p>"People say, 'Why do you want to go out and work?' But my question is: Why sit at home?" Washington says. Wed, 01 Feb 2012 20:19:00 +0000 Yuki Noguchi 1870 at http://nhpr.org What Retirement? Seniors Are Getting Back To Work The States With The Best And Worst Wage Laws For Home Health Workers http://nhpr.org/post/states-best-and-worst-wage-laws-home-health-workers <p><a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/obama-administration-seeks-to-extend-federal-wage-hour-laws-to-home-health-care-workers/2011/12/15/gIQAHQnKwO_story.html" target="_blank" title="Obama administration seeks to extend federal wage, hour laws to home health-care workers">President Obama</a> is pushing the US <a href="http://www.dol.gov/" target="_blank" title="US Department Of Labor">Department of Labor</a> to move forward on a rules change that would raise wages and require overtime pay for home health workers.&nbsp; According to a <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-of Fri, 16 Dec 2011 15:21:00 +0000 Amanda Loder 1005 at http://nhpr.org The States With The Best And Worst Wage Laws For Home Health Workers Leading Republicans Against Right-To-Work Can Keep Their Posts After All http://nhpr.org/post/leading-republicans-against-right-work-can-keep-their-posts-after-all <p title="Leading Republicans Lose Positions For Opposing Right-To-Work">Yesterday, we linked to a story on TheLobbyNH.com <a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/new-hampshire/2011/12/01/leading-republicans-lose-positions-for-opposing-right-to-work/" target="_blank" title="Leading Republicans Lose Positions For Opposing Right-To-Work">following-up on House Speaker William O&rsquo;Brien&rsquo;s latest attempt to overturn the governor&rsquo;s veto of Right-to-Work legislation</a>.</p><p>A number of Republicans joined Democrats in opposition to the override during Wednesday&rsquo;s vote.</p> Fri, 02 Dec 2011 16:58:00 +0000 Amanda Loder 742 at http://nhpr.org Leading Republicans Against Right-To-Work Can Keep Their Posts After All