Yesterday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid admitted his cynicism towards a fiscal cliff compromise, blaming the House Republicans' "dictatorship." The New York Post's cover featured a diver jumping off a cliff, with the catchy headline 'This Fall Is Really Going To Hurt.' We later found out t ... More >>
What better way to start your day than with sobering news? Turns out, the downturn economy hasn't just prompted more everyday Americans to apply for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program -- formerly known as food stamps.
There's nothing like a truly terrible idea to make a subpar idea seem marginally decent, no? In this case, we have William Ernst, the owner of QC Mart, a chain of convenience stores in Bettendorf, Iowa. Ernst decided a fun work thing to do to promote store bonding or whatnot would be to make his emp ... More >>
While John McCain gets crankier and crankier about repealing Don't Ask, Don't tell, opponents of the policy have picked up a couple of unlikely allies on the right. After much lobbying, Sen. Scott Brown has finally come around and said he will consider voting to end Don't Ask (along with the usua ... More >>
Almost 100,000 unemployed New Yorkers whose unemployment benefits are expiring will have a very not-so-merry Christmas this year now that House Republicans have killed a proposed $56 billion benefits extension, the Daily News says.
Hey, New Yorkers: Things are looking up. The state Department of Labor has new numbers out, which the New York Times says show a dip in the city's unemployment rate. It's true! Our rate of downtrodden, jobless recession victims for October is down to 9.2 percent! Which means September (whose ... More >>
Happy Labor Day! You're probably thinking about picnics or sales, rather than about Joe Hill, the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, strikes, solidarity, and such like. That's okay. Enjoy your day off -- which, like any other days off you may have, was won for you long ago by union people getting ... More >>
The Bureau of Labor Statistics just released released job numbers for January, and the new is not good. Non-farm employment by 598,000 jobs last month, the biggest one-month drop since 1974, increasing the official unemployment rate from 7.2 to 7.6 percent. (That rate excludes longtime discouraged w ... More >>
This is from a release we received this morning from the New York State Department of Labor: "As the current economic crisis continues to negatively affect both workers and businesses, the State Labor Department today announced some good news for the Western New York economy. Since Extended Unemplo ... More >>
The first of the announced series of YouTube addresses from the fanciful "Office of the President-Elect" has been released. Here's a summary: Bipartisan gesture: P-E Obama says "The leaders of the G-20 nations" have gathered in Washington and he's "glad President Bush has initiated this process" be ... More >>
If you applied for unemployment insurance recently, the state department of labor may have accidentally sent some of your vital information to other people. Politics on the Hudson talks to Nathan Greene of Rochester, who got a note to that effect from the DOL -- which also contained the name and soc ... More >>
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