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United Auto Workers strike General Motors

The United Auto Workers Monday morning went on strike at General Motors, the first labor walkout at the Detroit automaker since 2007. However, both sides said they resumed negotiations Monday afternoon to end the strike. It is not known how much progress has been made. Some 46,000 hourly workers hit the picket lines at 55 plants nationwide. The workers want[Read More…]

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Black unemployment rate was 5.5 percent in August, down from 6.0 percent in July

  Jobless rate increases for black men but drops for black women The nation’s nonfarm companies added a lower than expected 130,000 jobs in August, pushing the jobless rate among black men up slightly. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday the jobless rate for black men 20 and older was 5.9 percent. This compares with 5.8 percent in July[Read More…]

Companies added 195,000 jobs last month

The nation’s private-sector employment increased by 195,000 in August,  according to the ADP  National Employment Report, which was released Thursday. August’s numbers compare with July when private-sector employment increased by 142, 000. Small businesses, employing 1 to 49 workers, added 66,000 jobs, and medium-sized companies, with 500 to 999 workers, added 77,000  jobs. Large companies employing 1,000 or more workers[Read More…]

Majority of black workers support universal basic income for those displaced by automation

  By Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today An overwhelming percentage of black workers support free college or free job training if they are displaced from their jobs by automation. The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, a think tank for black elected officials, reported 85 percent of African Americans supported this position, followed by 78 percent of Asian Americans,75 percent[Read More…]

July’s unemployment rate for black men was 5.8 percent, the same as June

July’s unemployment rate for black men 20 and older was 5.8 percent, the same as June, but much lower than the 6.3 percent recorded for the same month a year ago. Nonfarm payrolls increased in July to 164,000. The employment-population ratio—the number of black men 16 to 64 who were employed– was 64.5 percent in July, higher when compared to[Read More…]

Foundations buy Johnson Publishing Company’s extensive photo archive

  The museum of African American History in Washington will display many of the photos by Frederick H. Lowe BlackmansStreet.Today A consortium of foundations has purchased the photo archives of Ebony and Jet magazines for $30 million at auction during a bankruptcy filing. The sale was announced July 25th The consortium includes, J. Paul Getty Trust, the John D. and[Read More…]

Google parent asked to report on gender and racial pay gap

  By Rosemary Eng BlackmansStreet.Today SUNNYVALE, CALIFORNIA – African American entrepreneur Sky Kelley asked the management team of Alphabet Inc. for improved reporting on the corporation’s global median, gender and racial pay gap to better expose inequality in its treatment of employees. Kelley, representing Time’s Up, made her remarks at the June 19 shareholders meeting of Alphabet Inc. which is[Read More…]

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