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Compiled by SHRM Online Staff  9/2/2014
More Workers Are Claiming ‘Wage Theft’
Week after week, Guadalupe Rangel worked seven days straight, sometimes 11 hours a day, unloading dining room sets, trampolines, television stands and other imports from Asia that would soon be shipped to Walmart stores. Even though he often clocked 70 hours a week, he was never paid time-and-a-half overtime, he said.
New York Times

Help Wanted: Librarians, Sea Captains
America may be running out of sea captains and librarians. Those professions, along with occupational therapists, plant operators and scores of others, are likely to report significant deficits of qualified workers over the next 15 years or so, according to a report coming out Tuesday from the Conference Board.
Wall Street Journal

Men Outpacing Women in Job Gains
Job growth has accelerated this year, but women are falling behind. Women occupy 45 percent of all jobs gained over the past 12 months, down from half of all payroll additions in the previous year. They held 49 percent of the nation's 131 million jobs in July, Bureau of Labor Statistics figures show.

Few Women in Construction; Recruiting Efforts Rise
Janice Moreno graduated from college with a degree in English literature, but never landed a job paying more than $12 an hour. Now, at 36, she's back in the classroom — in safety glasses and a T-shirt—learning how to be a carpenter. "I anticipate a lot of hard work," she said amid instruction in sawing techniques. "I believe it's going to pay off."

Fast-Food Workers Plan Nationwide Protest Thursday
The campaign to get fast-food workers paid at least $15 a hour resumes later this week. Union organizers say workers will walk off their jobs Thursday in 150 cities nationwide. Restaurants that they say will be affected include McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s and KFC, which is owned by Yum Brands.

Civil Disobedience Expected in Fast-Food Pay Fight
McDonald's, Wendy's and other fast-food restaurants are expected to be targeted with acts of civil disobedience that could lead to arrests Thursday as labor organizers escalate their campaign to unionize the industry's workers. Kendall Fells, an organizing director for Fast Food Forward, said in an interview that workers in a couple of dozen cities were trained to peacefully engage in civil disobedience ahead of this week's planned protests.

Latino Workers and the Future of Labor
As the nation celebrates Labor Day, Latino officials and labor leaders state Hispanics increasingly represent the workforce of the future – as well as the future of the labor movement. U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez believes that the best way to honor workers on Labor Day is to give them a raise. “President Obama’s opportunity agenda is about rewarding hard work with a fair wage,” he said.
NBC News

The Evolution of the Employee
One of the things I have been writing about and have tried to make clear over the past few months is that work as we know it is dead and that the only way forward is to challenge convention around how we work, how we lead, and how we build our companies. Employees which were once thought of expendable cogs are the most valuable asset that any organization has.

Labor Day Anxiety: Will Wages Ever Start Rising
As Americans pause for Labor Day, workers can be forgiven for wondering: Will all the talk of an improving job market ever translate into rising wages? It’s been five years since the official end of the Great Recession, as reckoned by economists. The job market has been improving – with employment growth solid if unspectacular.
Christian Science Monitor

What’s in a Name? Former Arthur Andersen Employees Spell It Out
Arthur Andersen is back. Or at least the old accounting firm's name will be, for the first time since its association with accounting scandals at Enron more than a decade ago. The firm was criminally convicted—a decision that was later overturned, although that came too late to save the company.
National Public Radio

America’s Favorite Six-Figure Jobs
The nationwide median household income was $53,891 as of June, according to Sentier Research, down nearly 5 percent from where it was at start of the recession. And while household incomes have slowly risen over the past few years, few families, and even fewer individuals, earn the coveted six-figure salary.

Canadian Labor Group Says Temporary Foreign Worker Program Poses Safety Risk
The Alberta Federation of Labor says a program that fast-tracked guest workers in the province’s oilsands is endangering the safety of all workers. On Monday, CBC reported Canadian tradesmen from the Husky Sunrise project expressed concerns about “safety hazards and near misses, which they blame on the use of unqualified foreign workers.
Toronto Sun

Japan’s Wage Growth Surges in July
Japanese wages unexpectedly logged their strongest increase since 1997, providing a boost to the government's battle against deflation. Labor cash earnings rose by 2.6 percent in July compared to a year ago, beating forecasts of a slowdown to 0.9 percent. Special payments, or summer bonuses, grew by an annual 7.1 percent in July from a revised 2 percent gain in June.
BBC News

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