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WNYC News

Temp Workers Play Santa, Hope To Receive Full-Time Offers

Friday, December 17, 2010

In November, private employers added 14,000 jobs in New York City. The State Labor Department says it's a decent result, if not spectacular. Some of the biggest job gains were in temporary holiday retail and delivery work. Many of the people who've found a job this season are either selling gifts or distributing them.

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The Takeaway

Congress Weighs Unemployment Benefits

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Earlier this month, a bill to extend benefits for three months for the long-term unemployed was defeated in Congress. The cost of extending benefits would have equaled roughly $12 billion.

But while Capitol Hill has thus far been unwilling to spend $12 billion for the unemployed, Republicans on the Hill have also announced their intention to extend the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest two percent of Americans. The price tag to do so for 2011? Roughly $36 billion.

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WNYC News

Don't Shoot the Messenger! He's Lucky to Have a Job

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Since the beginning of the year, New York City has added 34,000 private sector jobs. But some industries are lagging -- among them couriers and messengers. In leaner times, delivery businesses are slimming down and innovating to stay afloat.

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The Takeaway

Surprisingly Sackable Offenses

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The Constitution guarantees Americans freedom of speech, religion and association ... but there's no guarantee that your employer won't fire you for exercising some of these entirely legal rights. That's what Best Buy employee Brian Maupin discovered, after he was fired for posting a YouTube video making fun of Apple fans' slavish devotion to the iPhone. Employees of businesses around the country get fired every day for lesser (and in some cases, unusual) offenses.  We asked Takeaway listeners for what counted as firing offenses in their workplace, and got a wide range of responses.

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WNYC News

New Figures Show the Strength of Wall Street's Rebound

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Tuesday that between the spring of 2009 and the spring of 2010, the average weekly wage in Manhattan rose 12 percent. In comparison, across the nation the average weekly wage increased less than one percent. The figures include end-of-year bonuses, which big banks typically pay out in the first part of the calendar year.

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WNYC News

Paid Sick Leave Debate Reignites With Two Conflicting Studies

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

The discussion over a paid sick leave is heating up again. At issue is a bill before the City Council that would require all businesses in the city to offer sick workers paid leave so they can stay home and recuperate. Two new studies offer conflicting takes on the likely effects this bill would have on businesses.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Job Training: Is It Worth It?

Monday, September 06, 2010

Sheila Maguire, senior vice president of Program Effectiveness at Public/Private Ventures, a research group that works to improve policies and programs for low-income communities, discusses the effectiveness of job training and a new study on sector-based employment programs. 

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The Takeaway

Listeners Respond: Getting a New Job...With a Serious Pay Cut

Thursday, September 02, 2010

Yesterday we spoke about the growth in low-wage and low-skilled jobs in the U.S.  Listeners weighed in, sharing their own experiences with taking jobs for which they're either overqualified or underpaid...or both.  

John from New England wrote in to give us this response:

At the present moment I am contemplating a job offer of $37k after negotiating up from $30k. My previous job was $50k. I am grateful for the offer but feel like (at this stage of my career) I should be considering a higher salary rather than a lower one.

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The Takeaway

CEOs Get Rich With Layoffs; Those Laid Off Get New, Worse Jobs

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

"If you will not fight for right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory is sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may even be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves." —Winston Churchill

We talked yesterday about how the income gap may have caused, at least in part, the financial collapse. Today we get two new studies that shed even more light on the cataclysmic forces currently moving our nation. Here's the first headline: The Institute of Policy Studies says that executives at the 50 firms with the most layoffs during the economic crisis took home nearly $4 Million more than a typical CEO. The worst offenders include the CEOs of Johnson & Johnson and Hewlett-Packard. And here's the second: The National Employment Law Project says the jobs that were lost in 2008-2009 were in higher wage industries, but job growth in 2010 has been disproportionately by industries with lower wages.

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The Takeaway

Low-Paying Jobs on the Rise

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

With the unemployment rate over nine percent, many people are being forced to do just about any job, even if that means taking a serious cut in pay. This is part of a trend toward growth in low-skilled and low-wage jobs, according to a new study by the National Employment Law Project, which found that job expansion so far has been skewed toward industries whose median wages fall below $15 an hour. Some fear it is a trend that is likely to continue, even as the economy improves.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Job Training: Is It Worth It?

Monday, August 09, 2010

Sheila Maguire, senior vice president of Program Effectiveness at Public/Private Ventures, a research group that works to improve policies and programs for low-income communities, discusses the effectiveness of job training and a new study on sector-based employment programs.

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The Takeaway

The Recession and Religious Workers

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

A rabbi, a priest and a pastor are all looking for a job … It sounds like the set-up to a joke we’ve all heard before. But due to shifts in our culture and economy, it turns out that this set-up has no punchline. The unemployment rate among clergy has doubled from ten years ago. And institutions ranging from churches to College chaplains have enacted hiring freezes and clergy lay-offs.

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The Takeaway

Are Unemployment Benefits a Disincentive to Work?

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Around 1.3 million people in the U.S. have lost their unemployment benefits since the beginning of 2010.

Yesterday, we talked with two people who have recently lost their benefits: Donovan Marsden in New York and Michelle Ives in Texas. And we asked: does the extension of unemployment benefits provide a disincentive to finding a job? We got an overwhelming number of responses on both sides of that argument. Some listeners thought it was callous even to suggest that people receiving unemployment benefits don't want jobs. A few listeners actually admitted that receiving benefits has made them lazy. Today, we get an economic perspective.

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The Takeaway

Why Bother With Grad School?

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

With the unemployment rate for people in their twenties hovering around 15 percent, it’s tempting for recent college grads to just skip the terrible job market and stay in school. And many of them are doing just that. Last year, there was a 6 percent increase in graduate school enrollment, and this year, 27 percent of college grads will go to grad school instead of entering the job market. But Takeaway work contributor Beth Kobliner says it might not be the best choice for everyone.

 

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The Takeaway

Performance Reviews Might Just Be the Problem

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

It's the time of year when companies around the nation ask employees and employers to have what's usually an awkward conversation: the 'performance review.' We'll be hearing from a management professor who thinks we should simply do away with them entirely. Do you have to do one? Do you have to conduct one?  Are they helpful, or is there a better way to get the information across?

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WQXR News

Paterson Calls for Layoffs in 2011

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

New York Governor David Paterson is putting together a plan to lay off thousands of government workers at the beginning of next year. He's proposing the layoffs to help close New York's $9.2 billion deficit.

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The Takeaway

Unemployed ... and Obsolete?

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Later today, President Obama heads to Western New York as a part of his “White House to Main Street” tour.

He is scheduled to tour Industrial Support, Inc. and talk with employees from the small manufacturing company in downtown Buffalo. This comes on the heels of Wednesday’s announcement by Senators John Kerry (D-Mass) and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn) to unveil a long awaited energy bill that they hope will create millions of energy related jobs throughout the country. 

So while jobs are at the top of Washington’s agenda, the question we’re asking is: What happens to those people whose job skills are for positions or industries that are becoming obsolete?

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The Takeaway

Does the Summer Job Exist Anymore?

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

For this week’s work segment, we look at a coming-of-age ritual that teenagers have engaged in for decades, but might be missing out on this year due to the bad economy: the summer job. A new study indicates that the unemployment rate for 16- to 24-year-olds has doubled in the past three years, from 10 percent to 20 percent, making the search for the summer job harder than ever.

But it’s not entirely hopeless.

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The Takeaway

Richard Florida on America's 'Great Reset'

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Even though many economists are proclaiming the "Great Recession" ending or over, the nearly 10 percent of Americans who are unemployed probably find it difficult to imagine exactly what a prosperous, post-recession America will look like. Richard Florida, author of "The Great Reset: How New Ways of Living and Working Drive Post-Crash Prosperity," says that's because the crash has fundamentally altered how we feel about spending and saving. He says we're all in the process of resetting the way we work and live.

We started the conversation by asking the question: Have you remade your life because of this recession?

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The Takeaway

Is Your Unpaid Internship Legal?

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

In recent articles that have been getting a lot of buzz, the New York Times and Wall Street Journal took on the topic of unpaid internships...and suggested that many unpaid internships may, in fact, be illegal.

We wanted to find out more. And so we're talking with our work contributor Beth Kobliner about what kinds of internships are legal, which aren't, and whether they're even worth doing.

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