Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Links 08/03/10

Factory Growth Slows Around World Wall Street Journal ...Growth in manufacturing activity slowed in many of the world's major economies in July, underscoring concerns about the recovery's strength for the rest of this year.

99 Weeks Later, Jobless Have Only Desperation New York Times ...In June, with long-term unemployment at record levels, about 1.4 million people were out of work for 99 weeks or more.

The truth about PLAs Boston Globe PLAs ... have been used on large public projects as well as private buildings ... where owners seek a level of comfort regarding scheduling, training, workforce diversity, productivity, uninterrupted work progress, and known costs.

UAW seeks easier union organizing among foreign automakers The Detroit News ... United Auto Workers President Bob King wants foreign automakers to sign written agreements, allowing workers to organize members.

Sen. Casey introduces bill to guarantee direct care workers fair pay The Daily Review ... U.S. Sen. Bob Casey said he believes direct-care workers such as home-care aides and nursing assistants often do not get the pay and the respect they deserve for the work they do.

Free dental care draws thousands to outdoor clinic in rural Virginia Washington Post ...Growing up as the children of union miners, the Honakers, like many of their neighbors, received good dental care. But many of the mines have closed, and the jobs and benefits have disappeared.