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Labor's glorious unemployment revolt has run its course; it's time to eat the pizza

Wages are rising as workers have leveraged the system to command top dollar for their services. Let's just not take it so far that we force the regular small business owner under.... Read more»

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Songs for Labor Day: Union tunes & working man blues

The labor movement and the songbook are intertwined; folk singers, country pickers, punks and popular balladeers have hailed the American worker, and chronicled the trials of earning a paycheck. Here are our picks for the best songs about work, for your Labor Day listening. "If Woody Guthrie were alive today, he'd have a lot to write about...." (with videos)... Read more»

Tucson kids catching COVID outside classrooms; impacts of college return not yet seen

Kids under 12 in Pima County are contracting COVID-19 outside of their classrooms, Health Department officials said Friday, and there’s confidence that the total number of new cases will decline steadily in September — though students on college campuses will still contribute to spreading the virus.... Read more»

More local kids getting COVID, Pima County needs more people vaccinated, chief medical officer says

More kids under the age of 12 were reported to have COVID-19 on Tuesday, but the overall number of new cases in Pima County seems to be leveling off, officials said Tuesday — although the numbers of new infections and deaths remain well above the figures for July.... Read more»

Songs for Labor Day: Union tunes & working man blues

The labor movement and the songbook are intertwined; folk singers, country pickers, punks and popular balladeers have hailed the American worker, and chronicled the trials of earning a paycheck. Here are our picks for the best songs about work, for your Labor Day listening. "If Woody Guthrie were alive today, he'd have a lot to write about...." (with videos)... Read more»

'Extreme heat' warning for Labor Day weekend

114-degree forecasts have officials cautioning about "dangerously hot conditions" across Arizona's deserts, with an excessive heat warning issued for Friday through Monday for Tucson and Pima County. This weekend, Tucson could see thermometers hit 110.... Read more»

Songs for Labor Day: Union tunes & working man blues

The labor movement and the songbook are intertwined; folk singers, country pickers, punks and popular balladeers have hailed the American worker, and chronicled the trials of earning a paycheck. Here are our picks for the best songs about work, for your Labor Day listening. "If Woody Guthrie were alive today, he'd have a lot to write about...." (with videos)... Read more»

Have we forgotten the true meaning of Labor Day?

Today Labor Day is no longer about trade unionists marching down the street with banners and their tools of trade. Instead, it is a confused holiday with no associated rituals.... Read more»

Az gas prices bumped by holiday, hurricane; still relatively low

Gas prices in Arizona rose 5 cents a gallon in the past week – 4 cents since Thursday – squeezed by the typical rise in holiday demand and a drop in supply from Gulf Coast refineries shuttered by Hurricane Harvey. ... Read more»

As ‘gig economy’ grows, labor experts split on whether it’s good or bad

Many workers will get holiday pay if they clock in on Labor Day, but for a rapidly growing sector of the labor force it could be just another day on the job. Uber drivers, TaskRabbit handymen, Rover dog-walkers, Airbnb hosts and countless others in the new “gig economy” are all considered independent contractors and not employees.... Read more»

What's open, what's closed on Labor Day

As the nation celebrates Labor Day, 135 years after the first holiday dedicated to workers was proclaimed in the state of New York, many government services and private businesses will be closed. Here's the low-down:... Read more»

Songs for Labor Day: Union tunes & working man blues

The labor movement and the song book are intertwined; folk singers, country pickers, punks and popular balladeers have hailed the American worker, and chronicled the trials of earning a paycheck. Here are our picks for the best songs about work, for your Labor Day listening. "If Woody Guthrie were alive today, he'd have a lot to write about...." (with videos)... Read more»

Report: Nonunion workers lose pay as labor unions lose clout

The steady decline in union membership has had a ripple effect on wages of nonunion workers, costing them a potential $14 to $52 a week in pay, according to a report released this week.... Read more»

Songs for Labor Day: Union tunes & working man blues

The labor movement and the song book are intertwined; folk singers, country pickers, punks and popular balladeers have hailed the American worker, and chronicled the trials of earning a paycheck. Here are our picks for the best songs about work, for your Labor Day listening. "If Woody Guthrie were alive today, he'd have a lot to write about...." (with videos)... Read more»

Songs for Labor Day: Union tunes & working man blues

The labor movement and the song book are intertwined; folk singers, country pickers, punks and popular balladeers have hailed the American worker, and chronicled the trials of earning a paycheck. Here are our picks for the best songs about work, for your Labor Day listening. "If Woody Guthrie were alive today, he'd have a lot to write about...." (with videos)... Read more»

Arizona's shrinking workforce driving drop in jobless rate

Arizona’s jobless rate is falling toward pre-recession levels, but experts say the drop could be driven as much by a shrinking labor force as a growing job market.... Read more»

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