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U.S. is way behind other nations on workers’ readiness for jobs of the future, report says

April 25, 2018 |

The United States lags behind other countries in readiness for an increasingly automated world, placing ninth on a ranking of 25 advanced economies, according to a new report from Swiss technology giant ABB.

South Korea, Singapore, Germany and Canada are better prepared for the rise of machines,…


L.A. Times – Business

Why Mattel and Hasbro Workers Are a World Apart on Pay

April 15, 2018 |

The toy giants each had roughly $ 5 billion in revenue last year. But their median-worker pay is quite different.
WSJ.com: US Business

Contract workers’ suit alleging racist behavior at Tesla threatens to shine unwelcome light on carmaker’s culture

April 13, 2018 |

On a fall evening in 2015, Owen Diaz went to drop off food for his 20-year-old son Demetric, whom he’d helped find a job at the same Tesla Inc. factory where Owen operated elevators.

As he turned the corner, the two African American men allege in a lawsuit, Owen saw Demetric’s supervisor condemning…


L.A. Times – Business

Japanese Workers Call It Quits on a Firm Tradition: The Job for Life

April 12, 2018 |

The number of people who changed jobs has risen for seven straight years, reaching 3.11 million in 2017, as workers are lured by higher salaries and fewer hours amid a tighter employment market.
WSJ.com: What’s News Asia

New York official wants to give workers the right to ignore after-hours email

April 7, 2018 |

On the first day of 2017, a new law took effect in France giving workers the legal right to avoid responding to work email or text messages on days off or at all hours of the night. A bill proposed by New York City Councilman Rafael Espinal seeks to bring the same idea to the city that never sleeps.


L.A. Times – Business

3K Google Workers Sign Letter to CEO Over Pentagon Work

April 4, 2018 |

Some Google employees have sent CEO Sundar Pichai a letter . Well, more than some: It has at least 3,100 signatures—not quite 5% of the workforce—and implores Pichai to withdraw the company from Project Maven. That’s a Pentagon program focused on using artificial intelligence to analyze drone footage,…
Newser

Tesla executive exhorts workers to ramp up Model 3 production and prove ‘haters’ wrong

March 29, 2018 |

Tesla Inc. exhorted its factory workers to disprove the “haters” betting against the company wrong and asked for volunteers to join the effort to ramp up output of the crucial Model 3 line.

In a pair of internal memos last week, the heads of engineering and production spelled out measures to free…


L.A. Times – Business

U.S. job openings soar to a record-high 6.3 million as companies seek skilled workers

March 19, 2018 |

U.S. employers sharply ramped up their demand for workers in January, advertising 6.3 million jobs at the end of the month, the most on records dating back 17 years.

The number of job openings soared 645,000 in January, the Labor Department said Friday. It was the largest one-month increase in…


L.A. Times – Business

Toys ‘R’ Us Tells Workers It Will Likely Close All U.S. Stores

March 14, 2018 |

Toys ‘R’ Us Inc. told employees Wednesday the struggling big-box retailer will sell or close all its U.S. stores, a collapse that threatens up to 33,000 American jobs in the coming months.
WSJ.com: US Business

McDonald’s workers quit as mobile-app orders and new offerings create chaos

March 13, 2018 |

For Dudley Dickerson, the mobile-app orders were the last straw.

McDonald’s Corp. has been updating with new technology, delivery, a revamped menu and curbside pickup. But the chain’s “Experience of the Future” effort could backfire. Employees are handling more tasks, in many cases, they say, without…


L.A. Times – Business