In places such as Kansas City, doubts linger about the president’s plan to grant work permits to more than 4 million immigrants living illegally in the United States. Many legal residents fear his plan might increase competition for jobs that low-skilled Americans, especially African-Americans, already struggle to cling to.
Missouri and Kansas already are among nine states that limit regular jobless benefits to fewer than the 26-week standard around the country. Legislators previously set the Missouri cap at 20 weeks and now seek to lower it to 13 weeks, based on the state’s unemployment rate of less than 6 percent.
The Women’s Foundation of Greater Kansas City and researchers from the University of Missouri have collaborated to produce an interactive database with information about the status of women in Missouri. It’s the first step in an education and advocacy project to influence Missouri legislators and other elected officials and help drive public policy.
Missouri recorded a year-end unemployment rate of 5.4 percent in December 2014, down from 6 percent a year earlier. Meanwhile, unemployment in Kansas was 4.2 percent, down from 4.9 percent in December 2013. The two states were among 46 states and the District of Columbia that had lower joblessness rates at the end of 2014 than at the end of 2013.
When women say they aren’t being heard in the workplace, or taken as seriously as men, studies back up what anecdotal evidence has said for years. Here are suggestions on how to address this bias in your own workplace.
Union membership slipped slightly in 2014 as a percentage of all workers, but collective bargaining remains a force in the public sector. Out of 14.6 million union members, 7.2 million — about 36 percent of public sector workers — were in unions, compared to 7.4 million — or just 6.6 percent — of private-sector workers.
Two of the most important pieces of advice for doing well in a job interview: Don’t be negative. Be likeable. Here are some more specific responses to common questions, as suggested by career coach Ford. R. Myers.
The open house runs from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 29 at 1 Memorial Drive in Kansas City, near the Liberty Memorial. It will let job candidates learn about the regional Fed bank’s technology operations. Registration for the event closes Thursday, though attendance is not part of the job application process.
Preet Bharara, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, joined with the Teamsters in asking a federal judge to terminate the consent order that had been in place since March 1989. Teamsters president Jim Hoffa called it “a historic day” for the union.
Aetna is joining companies like Starbucks and Gap in raising wages. About 5,700 employees in areas such as customer service and billing will get a minimum of $16 an hour starting in April. The company also plans to cover more health care costs for 7,000 workers beginning next year.
New year. Same workplace. But what can be new goals? One goal could be to eliminate favoritism in the workplace if you are a manager. Actually, eliminating it may be impossible since so much of it is subconscious and unconscious.
Ford appears to have exceeded its cap on the number of entry-level United Automobile Workers members it is allowed under its union contract and will bump the most senior workers up to the top-tier wage as early as next week, the Detroit Free Press has learned.
Q: I was recently passed over for promotion for the second time. As a senior nurse, I have often filled in for our supervisor, so I have experience in that role. However, now that I've been turned down twice, it seems clear that I am never going to get a supervisory position.