Employment

Where Have All The Workers Gone?

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Where Have All The Workers Gone?
In March, the economy added 192,000 jobs and the unemployment rate remained stable at 6.7 percent – positive indicators which were generally well-received, until the Wall Street Journal pointed out that these figures can be deceiving because the unemployment rate only takes into account human beings who are looking for work, and right now a…
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WE WANT TO ENRICH YOU BY KEEPING YOU POOR

WE WANT TO ENRICH YOU BY KEEPING YOU POOR

Gosh, it must be so horrible being a Republican legislator or “pro-business” advocate knowing that all you want to do in life is help the poor and lower-middle classes in this country empower themselves by denying them the very things they’re demanding, if only they had the sense to realize it! But instead of being…
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Will The Contraception Mandate Be Sacrificed In The Name Of Corporate Religion?

Will The Contraception Mandate Be Sacrificed In The Name Of Corporate Religion?

On Tuesday, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Inc., and the stakes are high — whether or not you use contraceptives. At issue will be whether the ACA violates the First Amendment right to freedom of religion, by requiring corporations to comply with provisions that run counter to…
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Shrinking Unions, Shrinking Middle Class: Cause And Effect?

Shrinking Unions, Shrinking Middle Class: Cause And Effect?

Full disclosure: I was a child of the American labor union – the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, to be specific. We grew up believing collective bargaining put a roof over our heads, food on our table, and clothes on our backs. Because it did. In return, my WWII combat veteran father climbed hill country…
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Surviving The Startup Shark Tank

Surviving The Startup Shark Tank

After writing about the dynamic of positive and negative feedback in business presentations recently, here’s another interesting example. Entrepreneur Jamie Siminoff didn’t let his moment of rejection on ABC’s entrepreneurial reality TV show Shark Tank get in the way of the success of his home security startup, DoorBot. Instead of letting the VC sharks get…
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