Topic Category: Labor

In May, the number of Americans working nearly climbed back to its high of 146 million in 2007, just before the Great Recession hit, the U.S. Department of Labor reports. This “good news” is tempered by the fact that since 2007, another 15.8 million people entered the civilian non-institutional population.

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Any successful business must have a strategic plan that is fluid and workable. And not surprisingly, all too often the plan is complex, unrealistic and difficult to grasp. Over the last 30 years, I have come to realize that there is a very simple and straightforward strategy that drives the success of many great companies — and it’s not complicated. But delivering it isn’t always easy.

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President Obama set the chattering classes abuzz after his recent unilateral announcement to raise the minimum wage for newly hired Federal contract workers. During his State of the Union address in January, he sang the praises for his decision, saying that "It’s good for the economy; it’s good for America." But is it?

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All business executives are interested in company growth. In turn, many organizations are making fundamental changes in order to stay viable and expand in these uncertain times. An organization cannot grow, however, unless its people grow. New strategies and business initiatives require new mindsets from business leaders — and a thoughtful focus on the culture that facilitates this growth.

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Immigration reform is alive and well in 2014. Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, recently said he would pursue it but, “one step at a time.” So if a step-by-step process is how immigration reform is going to get done, there are three critical components that must be included for it to be a success.

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Democratic politicians are desperate to make up for ObamaCare’s disastrous roll-out. Thirteen states are increasing their minimums this year, and some Democrats believe raising the national minimum wage is a winning campaign issue for November. There’s no doubt that raising the minimum wage would reduce employment and slow economic growth.

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In most wars a victor is declared. Yet, there is one war that has raged for more than half a century and there is no winner: the war on poverty. It started under the Lyndon Johnson administration with the best intentions. Now 50 years and $20 trillion later, poverty in this nation has actually grown worse. 

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Trade unions are always proclaiming their mission is to save and create U.S. jobs. But if you have been paying attention to their actions, you would be hard pressed to see this philosophy in action. Jobs aren't being created by unions — the opposite is occurring. That may explain why union membership has dropped to 6.6 percent of all workers, down from 35 percent in the mid-1950s.

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American conservatives have always been of two minds about immigration. The first instinct extols the virtues and benefits of immigration — a process that makes America wealthier and more culturally prosperous, as well as being consistent with our old historical roots. The second is concerned that immigrants make America less American — less prosperous, less free, and less culturally familiar.

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In July, the number of persons employed part time for economic reasons, sometimes referred to as involuntary part-time workers, was essentially unchanged at 8.2 million. These individuals were working part time because their hours had been cut back or because they were unable to find a full-time job. Contrast this to 2004 when The Heritage Foundation estimated that only one in five part-timers preferred a full-time job.

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