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  • Despite tough stance on immigration, Trump’s companies hire many foreigners

    01/12/2018 10:58:27 PM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 54 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | Jan 12, 2018 | Brenda Medina
    As a candidate and as president, Donald Trump’s position and comments on immigration have been controversial. But while the president condemns illegal immigration and eliminates protections for some immigrant groups, his companies depend on foreign labor, according to figures from the U.S. Department of Labor. At least one Trump hotel also depends on immigrant labor or descendants of immigrants: Trump National Doral Miami. During a campaign event in October 2016, Trump said that 80 percent of the hotel’s employees are Latinos, according to a Los Angeles Times report. At the event, Trump encouraged his hotel employees “to step forward with...
  • 7-Eleven Immigration Raids: 'Harbinger' for Employers

    01/10/2018 2:59:27 PM PST · by mandaladon · 31 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 10 Jan 2018
    U.S. immigration agents descended on dozens of 7-Eleven stores before dawn Wednesday to open employment audits and interview workers in what officials described as the largest operation against an employer under Donald Trump's presidency. Agents targeted about 100 stores nationwide, broadening an investigation that began with a 4-year-old case against a franchisee on New York's Long Island. The audits could lead to criminal charges or fines over the stores' hiring practices. The action appears to open a new front in Trump's sharp expansion of immigration enforcement, which has already brought a 40 percent increase in deportation arrests and plans to...
  • Michigan dairy farmer gets prison time for hiring undocumented immigrants

    01/07/2018 8:57:39 AM PST · by Wolfie · 83 replies
    MLive ^ | Jan. 4, 2018
    Michigan dairy farmer gets prison time for hiring undocumented immigrants A Michigan dairy farmer is to spend a couple of years in federal prison and owes a six-figure fine for hiring undocumented immigrants. U.S. District Judge Thomas L. Ludington on Thursday, Jan. 4, sentenced Denis Burke to two years in prison, followed by two years of supervised release. Ludington did not order Burke taken into custody on Thursday, but gave him time to self-report to the U.S. Marshals Services. The judge also ordered Burke to pay a fine of $187,500 and an assessment fee of $100. Burke in September pleaded...
  • Chicago bakery loses 800 workers after immigration raid

    11/29/2017 11:30:00 AM PST · by doug from upland · 106 replies
    WGN 9 ^ | 11-28-17 | Melissa Espana
    CHICAGO — A Chicago bakery lost 800 workers to an immigration raid earlier this year. Bloomberg reports that the Cloverhill Bakery on the Northwest Side, lost more than a third of its employees who didn’t have sufficient documentation. The Swiss-based company makes hamburger buns for McDonald’s and other chains. A spokesman said the bakery is struggling to replace staff, is facing pressure to raise wages, and has lost $21 million due to the disruption.
  • This is how health care costs are stealing your raises

    11/15/2017 3:43:51 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 23 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | November 15, 2017 | Glenn Melnick
    Stagnant wage growth is one of the most pressing problems facing American workers. Rising health care costs is one of the biggest reasons, and undoubtedly one of the most overlooked. How do rising health costs reduce wages? Most full-time workers are paid a combination of wages and benefits. If the cost of benefits goes up, employers have less to pay wages – and the cost of health benefits to employers has been increasing rapidly for many years. That is exactly what has been happening to California workers, and it will only get worse – much worse and very soon.
  • The Developing Gig Economy:Freelancers Predicted to Become the US Workforce Majority Within a Decade

    11/08/2017 12:42:47 PM PST · by davikkm · 38 replies
    IWB ^ | Robert Carbery
    In mid-October, Upwork, a global freelancing platform where businesses and individual freelance workers connect and collaborate online, released the results of a new study on the gig economy, in conjunction with Freelancers Union, titled “Freelancing in America: 2017” — the most comprehensive measure of the U.S. independent workforce. This is the fourth annual study of the 57.3 million American freelance workers, which amounts to 36 percent of the U.S. workforce. This chunk of the world’s top economy contributes around $1.4 trillion per year, an almost 30 percent increase year-over-year, per Upwork’s report. The amazing takeaway from the world’s largest freelancing...
  • Trump's Mar-a-Lago Granted Visas For 70 Foreign Workers

    11/04/2017 3:36:24 AM PDT · by DoodleDawg · 102 replies
    MSN ^ | 11/4/17 | Mary Papenfuss
    President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort has been granted 70 visas to bring in foreign workers for the winter season, The Palm Beach Post reports. That’s a 9 percent increase from last year, when Mar-a-Lago hired 64 workers under the H-2B visa program. The new visas will go to 20 foreign cooks, 35 waiters and 15 maids and housekeepers for the 2017-18 tourist season, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. They’ll earn hourly wages from $10.33 (for the cleaners) to $13.34 (for the cooks). The temporary visas allow them to work from October 2017 to the end of May 2018. A hallmark of Trump’s presidential...
  • McDonald's & others are trying to appeal to millennial employees by offering daily paychecks

    10/26/2017 9:23:54 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 75 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | Saturday, October 21, 2017 | Chris Weller
    McDonald's, Outback Steakhouse, and several dozen other food and hospitality retailers are using daily paychecks as a means to give low-wage workers more flexibility with their finances. Steve Barha, CEO of Instant Financial, the technology company enabling retailers' move to same-day pay, said the option is partly meant to cater to a preference shared by millennial employees that quick cash is better than waiting two weeks for a lump sum. "Basically, their life is real-time," Barha told Business Insider. "Their communication is real-time. Their transportation is real-time, with Uber and Lyft. So this program really aligns with their real-time life...
  • E-Verify Is Still Failing Because Too Many People Want It To Fail: Very Few are using it.

    09/12/2017 7:53:40 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/12/2017 | Jazz Shaw
    The lower number of illegal aliens crossing the southern border is good news, but the numbers remain too high. (Technically, any number greater than zero is too high, but we’re still nowhere near zero.) Despite increased activity in the deportation department and tough messaging from Washington, there are still jobs waiting for many illegal aliens and that makes the trip across the border worth the risk.The LA Times (of all places) has a sobering article about why we’re not making more progress in cutting off this incentive for illegal border crossings. In short, the E-Verify system is full of...
  • At Google, Employee-Led Effort Finds Men Are Paid More Than Women

    09/09/2017 4:43:56 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 24 replies
    New York Times ^ | September 8, 2017 | DAISUKE WAKABAYASHI
    SAN FRANCISCO — Female employees are paid less than male staff members at most job levels within Google, and the pay disparity extends as women climb the corporate ladder, according to data compiled by employees that provide a snapshot of salary information at the internet giant. A spreadsheet, obtained by The New York Times, contains salary and bonus information for 2017 that was shared by about 1,200 United States Google employees, or about 2 percent of the company’s global work force. While Google said the data painted an incomplete picture of how people are paid, the salary details shared by...
  • To understand rising inequality, consider the janitors at Kodak and Apple, then and now

    09/04/2017 7:59:42 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 48 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | September 3, 2017 | Neil Irwin
    Gail Evans and Marta Ramos have one thing in common: They have each cleaned offices for one of the most innovative, profitable and all-around successful companies in the United States.
  • Salaries have risen for high-skilled foreign workers in U.S. on H-1B visas

    08/19/2017 7:53:01 AM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 25 replies
    U.S. employers planned to pay high-skilled foreign workers with H-1B visas a median salary of $80,000 a year in fiscal year 2016, up from about $69,000 a decade earlier, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of new U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services data. This is the first time the U.S. government has made salary information about H-1B applicants publicly available. Most H-1B applicants get approved for visas, so the data provide a window into the salaries of high-skilled foreign workers employed in the United States.
  • America is Addicted to Immigrant Labor: Especially When it Comes to Healthcare

    08/17/2017 1:25:32 PM PDT · by Thalean · 38 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | August 16, 2017 | Spencer P Morrison
    Now that President Trump has signaled his support for the RAISE Act, many Americans are being forced to think about the merits and pitfalls of our legal immigration system. One important problem that has received no attention is how the large-scale immigration of foreign physicians has contributed to the atrophying of our medical schools. Specifically, America’s universities can no longer train enough medical practitioners to meet the nation’s healthcare demands—America relies on the immigration of foreign professionals to maintain its healthcare system, and standard of living. In a sense, we rely on imported physicians like we rely on foreign oil....
  • The Fight For $15 Fizzles

    08/14/2017 6:15:15 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 31 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 8/11/2017 | Staff
    Economics: Last year, the "Fight for $15" movement was said to have unstoppable momentum, driven by labor unions, left-wing politicians and a sympathetic press. Then reality struck. Too bad it didn't strike sooner. "This is a trend that cannot be stopped." "The political earth has shifted." "This movement continues to build." "Even economic experts who oppose the increased rate see it gaining momentum." That's what all the "experts" were saying last year. It was easy to make such assumptions. Protests and strikes were on the rise, hitting 340 last year. In 2015 alone, 14 cities and states approved $15 minimum...
  • Why Robots Won't Cause Mass Unemployment

    08/04/2017 1:26:21 PM PDT · by aquila48 · 93 replies
    Mises Institute ^ | 08/02/2017 | Jonathan Newman
    I made a small note in a previous article about how we shouldn’t worry about technology that displaces human workers: The lamenters don’t seem to understand that increased productivity in one industry frees up resources and laborers for other industries, and, since increased productivity means increased real wages, demand for goods and services will increase as well. They seem to have a nonsensical apocalyptic view of a fully automated future with piles and piles of valuable goods everywhere, but nobody can enjoy them because nobody has a job. I invite the worriers to check out simple supply and demand analysis...
  • Hubbard, Ohio factory owner says she has jobs but few sober applicants

    HUBBARD, Ohio – An Ohio factory owner said Saturday that though she has blue-collar jobs available at her company, she struggles to fill positions because so many candidates fail drug tests. Regina Mitchell, a co-owner of Warren Fabricating & Machining in Hubbard, Ohio, told The New York Times this week that four out of 10 applicants otherwise qualified to be welders, machinists and crane operators will fail a routine drug test. In an interview Saturday with CNN’s Michael Smerconish, Mitchell said that her requirements for prospective workers were simple. “I need employees who are engaged in their work while here,...
  • Seattle fires research team that proved minimum wage hike would hurt low-wage workers

    07/21/2017 10:35:29 AM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 11 replies
    redalertpolitics ^ | July 6, 2017 | Alana Bannan
    Seattle leaders are displaying shocking bias by turning over a study on their minimum wage increase to Michael Reich, a left-leaning economics professor at the University of California Berkeley, after their initial sanctioned study with the University of Washington (UW) proved their decision to raise the wage was having adverse effects. Seattle’s 2014 legislation called for a gradual increase of the city’s minimum wage until it reaches $15 an hour. Following the vote, commissioners recruited a team of UW researchers to find the effects of the steady rising minimum wage. Not to the surprise of fiscal conservatives, the study found...
  • Indian-American CEOs welcome Donald Trump's apprenticeship programme

    06/17/2017 12:21:18 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Times of India ^ | June 17, 2017 | The Press Trust of India
    Indian-American CEOs Indra Nooyi of Pepsico and Ajay Banga of Mastercard along with India's IT major Wipro on Saturday joined scores of US companies in welcoming President Donald Trump's ambitious apprenticeship programme aimed at developing job-related skills among the workforce. . . "We applaud the president's commitment to industry-driven apprenticeships as a powerful tool to build the skilled workforce prepared for the jobs of the 21st century," Business Roundtable -- a group of chief executive officers of leading US companies -- said in a full-page advertisement released in The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times today. . ....
  • Donald and Ivanka Trump head to Wisconsin for jobs push (Apprenticeships)

    06/10/2017 11:45:02 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    ABC News ^ | June 10, 2017 | Jordyn Phelps
    President Donald Trump and his daughter Ivanka Trump are set to travel to Wisconsin Tuesday to join Gov. Scott Walker to tour a technical college, as the administration puts a renewed focus on its goal of job creation. The trip is just one event in a week full of activities built around promoting technical skills training and apprenticeships. Dubbing it “workforce development week,” first daughter and presidential adviser Ivanka Trump is taking a leading role in the administration’s initiative. “We're very excited about where we are,” she said. “We’ll be launching a series of initiatives, call on Congress to pass...
  • The Silicon Valley Billionaires Remaking America’s Schools

    06/06/2017 6:10:53 AM PDT · by C19fan · 8 replies
    NY Times ^ | June 6, 2017 | Natasha Singer
    In San Francisco’s public schools, Marc Benioff, the chief executive of Salesforce, is giving middle school principals $100,000 “innovation grants” and encouraging them to behave more like start-up founders and less like bureaucrats. In Maryland, Texas, Virginia and other states, Netflix’s chief, Reed Hastings, is championing a popular math-teaching program where Netflix-like algorithms determine which lessons students see.