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20
Jan
16

The President’s Day

President Barack Obama speaks at the United Auto Workers-General Motors Center for Human Resources, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016 in Detroit. While in Detroit the president is scheduled to visit the 2016 North American International Auto Show and speak of the progress made by the city, its people and neighborhoods, and the American auto industry. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

President Barack Obama gestures as he speaks at the UAW-GM Center for Human Resources in Detroit, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, to highlight the progress made by the city, its people and neighborhoods, and the American auto industry. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

U.S. President Barack Obama reminisces about his first new car, a Jeep he purchase when he was 32, as he delivers remarks on the U.S. auto industry at the UAW-GM Center for Human Resources in Detroit, Michigan January 20, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

President Barack Obama speaks at the United Auto Workers-General Motors Center for Human Resources. While in Detroit the president visited the 2016 North American International Auto Show and speak of the progress made by the city, its people and neighborhoods, and the American auto industry

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President Barack Obama is introduced by United Auto Workers Vice President Cindy Estrada at the UAW-General Motors Center for Human Resources, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016 in Detroit. While in Detroit the president is scheduled to visit the 2016 North American International Auto Show and speak of the progress made by the city, its people and neighborhoods, and the American auto industry. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

President Barack Obama is introduced by United Auto Workers Vice President Cindy Estrada

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President Barack Obama greets people as he arrives to speak at the UAW-GM Center for Human Resources in Detroit, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, to highlight the progress made by the city, its people and neighborhoods, and the American auto industry. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

U.S. President Barack Obama (in blue shirt, back to camera) greets people in the audience after his remarks on the U.S. auto industry at the United Auto Workers-General Motors (UAW-GM) Center for Human Resources in Detroit, Michigan January 20, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

President Barack Obama shakes hands as he arrives to speak at the UAW-GM Center for Human Resources in Detroit, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, to highlight the progress made by the city, its people and neighborhoods, and the American auto industry. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

President Barack Obama smiles while speaking at the United Auto Workers-General Motors Center for Human Resources, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016 in Detroit. While in Detroit the president visited the 2016 North American International Auto Show and speak of the progress made by the city, its people and neighborhoods, and the American auto industry. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

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President Obama sits in the 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV, an all-electric vehicle with an estimated range of 200 miles on a single charge, while touring the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016. The man at left is unidentified. (Daniel Mears/Detroit News via AP, Pool)

President Obama looks over the Chrysler Pacifica minivan, with NAIAS chairman Paul Sabatini at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016. (Daniel Mears/Detroit News via AP, Pool)

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UAW President Dennis Williams, from left, President Barack Obama and North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) chairman Paul Sabatini talk during a tour of the NAIAS in Detroit, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016. (Daniel Mears/Detroit News via AP, Pool)

UAW President Dennis Williams, from left, President Barack Obama and North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) chairman Paul Sabatini talk during a tour of the NAIAS

President Barack Obama stops at the Chrysler exhibit during visit to the 2016 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, to highlight the progress made by the American auto industry. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

President Barack Obama stops by the Chrysler exhibit during his visit to the 2016 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016. With him, from left are, Mitch Clauw, Fiat Chrysler's vice president of vehicle engineering, Paul Sabatini, North American International Auto Show chairman, and Dennis Williams, president of the UAW. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

President Barack Obama stops by the Chrysler exhibit during his visit to the 2016 North American International Auto Show

President Obama looks over the Chrysler Pacifica minivan, with NAIAS chairman Paul Sabatini, far left, and UAW President Dennis Williams at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016. (Daniel Mears/Detroit News via AP, Pool)

U.S. President Barack Obama smiles as he sits in an all-electric Chevrolet Bolt at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan January 20, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

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President Barack Obama responds to a bystander after visiting retail store Shinola in Detroit, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016. Someone yelled out, "Did you buy a watch?" Obama said, "I already have one," and pointed to the watch on his wrist. (Daniel Mears/Detroit News via AP, Pool)

President Barack Obama responds to a bystander after visiting retail store Shinola. Someone yelled out, “Did you buy a watch?” Obama said, “I already have one,” and pointed to the watch on his wrist

As the snow falls, surprised onlookers try to see President Barack Obama as he visits retail store Shinola in Detroit, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016. (Daniel Mears/Detroit News via AP, Pool)

U.S. President Barack Obama (R) uses a credit card to buy an item at the Shinola watchmakers flagship store in Detroit, Michigan January 20, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

President Barack Obama buys an item at the Shinola watchmakers flagship store

President Barack Obama leaves Shinola, a domestic manufacturer of watches and other goods after a tour, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, in Detroit. While in Detroit the president is scheduled to visit the 2016 North American International Auto Show and speak of the progress made by the city, its people and neighborhoods, and the American auto industry. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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President Barack Obama has lunch at the Jolly Pumpkin Brewery in Detroit, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, with Teana Dowdell, autoworker at the General Motors’ Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly, left, Dr. Tolulope Sonuyi, Emergency medicine physician engaged with Detroit youth through violence prevention and intervention programs, part of Detroit’s efforts around the My Brother’s Keeper initiative, center, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, right, obscured, and Tom Kartsotis, Founder, Shinola. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

President Barack Obama has lunch at the Jolly Pumpkin Brewery with Teana Dowdell, autoworker at the General Motors’ Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly, Dr. Tolulope Sonuyi, Emergency medicine physician engaged with Detroit youth through violence prevention and intervention programs, part of Detroit’s efforts around the My Brother’s Keeper initiative,  Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, and Tom Kartsotis, Founder, Shinola

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President Barack Obama has lunch with Teana Dowdell, autoworker at the General Motors’ Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly, left, and Dr. Tolulope Sonuyi, Emergency medicine physician engaged with Detroit youth through violence prevention and intervention programs, part of Detroit’s efforts around the My Brother’s Keeper initiative, right, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, at the Jolly Pumpkin Brewery in Detroit. While in Detroit the president is scheduled to visit the 2016 North American International Auto Show and speak of the progress made by the city, its people and neighborhoods, and the American auto industry. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

U.S. President Barack Obama (2nd L) sits down to lunch with autoworker Teana Dowdell (L), Dr. Tolulope Sonuyi (2nd R) and Shinola founder Tom Kartsotis at the Jolly Pumpkin Brewery in Detroit, Michigan, January 20, 2016. In Detroit, Obama will visit the North American International Auto Show and deliver remarks on the U.S. auto industry at the UAW-GM Center for Human Resources. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

08
Jan
16

This Is Progress

08
Jan
16

Another History Making Jobs Report. Thanks, President Obama

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THIS. Thank you, thank you, thank you, President Barack Obama!

07
Oct
15

The President’s Day

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President Barack Obama shakes hands with German President Joachim Gauck during a meeting in the Oval Office. The two leaders participated in a bilateral meeting that marked the 25th anniversary of German reunification

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U.S. President Barack Obama is introduced by Terrance Wise, a second-generation fast food worker, at the White House Summit on Worker Voice in Washington October 7, 2015. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

President Barack Obama is introduced by Terrance Wise, an organizer and fast food worker, at the White House Summit on Worker Voice

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President Barack Obama speaks during White House Summit on Worker Voice, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. The summit is an effort to give unions, organizers and some businesses a platform to discuss wages and other issues. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

President Barack Obama speaks during White House Summit on Worker Voice in the East Room of the White House. The summit is an effort to give unions, organizers and some businesses a platform to discuss wages and other issues

U.S. President Barack Obama embraces Terrance Wise, a second-generation fast food worker, who introduced Obama to speak at the White House Summit on Worker Voice in Washington October 7, 2015. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

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President Barack Obama during a event co-hosted by coworker.org during the White House Summit on Worker Voice in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015. On stage with Obama is Michelle Miller, co-founder of coworker.org. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

President Barack Obama speaks during a event co-hosted by coworker.org during the White House Summit on Worker Voice. On stage with the president is Michelle Miller, co-founder of coworker.org

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The full conference with President Obama and Vice President Biden’s remarks

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President Barack Obama takes off his jacket as he arrives to participate in a conversation co-hosted by coworker.org during the White House Summit on Worker Voice in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015, with workers, employers, unions, organizers and other advocates and experts on how to energize a new generation of Americans to come together and recognize the potential power of their voice at work. On stage is Michelle Miller, co-founder of coworker.org. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

President Barack Obama, accompanied by Michelle Miller, co-founder of coworker.org, left, speaks during a conversation co-hosted by Coworker.org during the White House Summit on Worker Voice, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Workers, employers, unions, organizers and other advocates were meeting on how to energize a new generation of Americans to come together and recognize the potential power of their voice at work. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

President Barack Obama, second from left, and Michelle Miller, co-founder of coworker.org, left, listen as International President of the Service Employees International Union Mary Kay Henry, right, speaks during a conversation co-hosted by Coworker.org at the White House Summit on Worker Voice, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Workers, employers, unions, organizers and other advocates were meeting on how to energize a new generation of Americans to come together and recognize the potential power of their voice at work. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

President Barack Obama, right, listens as Labor Secretary Thomas Perez, left, speaks the White House Summit on Worker Voice in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015. Participants included workers, employers, unions, organizers and other advocates and experts on how to energize a new generation of Americans to come together and recognize the potential power of their voice at work. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

President Barack Obama attends a conversation co-hosted by Coworker.org during the White House Summit on Worker Voice, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Workers, employers, unions, organizers and other advocates were meeting on how to energize a new generation of Americans to come together and recognize the potential power of their voice at work. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

President Barack Obama shakes a present that her received following a conversation co-hosted by coworker.org at the White House Summit on Worker Voice in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015. Participants included workers, employers, unions, organizers and other advocates and experts on how to energize a new generation of Americans to come together and recognize the potential power of their voice at work. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

President Barack Obama shakes a present that he received following a conversation co-hosted by coworker.org

President Barack Obama stops to pose for a photograph with Terrence Wise, right, and Wise's mom Joann Wise, center, during the White House Summit on Worker Voice, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. The summit is an effort to give unions, organizers and some businesses a platform to discuss wages and other issues. Terrence Wise is a second-generation fast food worker from Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

10
Sep
15

A Tweet Or Two

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19
Aug
15

A Huge Surge In Full Time Jobs. Thanks, President Obama

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Victoria Stilwell: Full-Time Jobs In The U.S. Just Made A Comeback

Friday’s labor-market report showed that the number of full-time U.S. jobs as a share of total employment rose to 81.7 percent, the highest level since November 2008. For those worried (including not a few presidential candidates) that this economic recovery has been one that’s created only low-quality jobs, this should be really good news.

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At the same time, the number of employees on the payrolls of temporary work services also fell, declining 8,900, the report showed. All of these statistics combine to paint a picture of a “shift to full-time work,” economists led by Derek Holt at Scotiabank in Toronto wrote in a note to clients.
The rest of the details of the jobs report were also solid. Overall, payrolls climbed by 215,000 in July and the unemployment rate held at a seven-year low of 5.3 percent.

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30
Jun
15

President Barack Obama: A Champion For Workers

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President Barack Obama: A Hard Day’s Work Deserves A Fair Day’s Pay

It’s been a good few days for America. On Thursday, the Supreme Court reaffirmed the Affordable Care Act. It is here to stay. And, Democrats and Republicans in Congress paved the way for the United States to rewrite the rules of global trade to benefit American workers and American businesses. On Friday, the Court recognized the Constitutional guarantee of marriage equality. With that ruling, our union became a little more perfect — a place where more people are treated equally, no matter who they are or who they love. These steps build upon America’s steady progress in recent years. Out of the depths of recession, we’ve emerged ready to write our own future. Our businesses have created 12.6 million new jobs over the past 63 months — the longest streak on record. More than 16 million Americans have gained health insurance. More kids are graduating from high school and college than ever before. But more work lies ahead, if we are to succeed in making sure this recovery reaches all hardworking Americans and their families.

We’ve got to keep making sure hard work is rewarded. Right now, too many Americans are working long days for less pay than they deserve. That’s partly because we’ve failed to update overtime regulations for years — and an exemption meant for highly paid, white collar employees now leaves out workers making as little as $23,660 a year — no matter how many hours they work. This week, I’ll head to Wisconsin to discuss my plan to extend overtime protections to nearly 5 million workers in 2016, covering all salaried workers making up to about $50,400 next year. That’s good for workers who want fair pay, and it’s good for business owners who are already paying their employees what they deserve — since those who are doing right by their employees are undercut by competitors who aren’t. That’s how America should do business. In this country, a hard day’s work deserves a fair day’s pay.

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Mike Dorning: Obama Plans To Expand Overtime Eligibility For Millions

The Obama administration plans to raise the wages of millions of Americans who work more than 40 hours a week by requiring their employers to pay them overtime. Workers who earn as much as $970 a week would have to be paid overtime even if they’re classified as a manager or professional, based on draft rules to be announced as soon as Tuesday, said an administration official. Many employees now receiving as little as $455 a week, or $23,660 a year — below the federal poverty line for a family of four — aren’t entitled to overtime pay because they are classified as managers exempt from overtime pay. The regulations, from the Labor Department, would take effect in 2016, said the official, who asked for anonymity because the plan hasn’t been announced. Workers in retail stores and restaurants are among most likely to be affected.

“You would be hard pressed to find a rule change or an executive order that would reach more middle class workers than this one,” said Jared Bernstein, a former economic adviser to Vice President Joe Biden who is now a senior fellow at the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities. The median U.S. household income of $54,600 in April was $1,600 short of the amount at the start of the recession in December 2007, according to inflation-adjusted estimates from Sentier Research. Ross Eisenbrey, vice president of the Economic Policy Institute, a research group partly funded by labor unions, has estimated that the higher salary threshold would expand overtime to as many as 15 million additional workers.

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12
Jun
15

The Economy Is Rebounding. Thanks, President Obama

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Jeffrey Sparshott: Economists React to the May Jobs Report: ‘Unambiguously Positive’

U.S. employers added 280,000 jobs in May, the unemployment rate rose to 5.5% from April’s 5.4% as more Americans joined the workforce, and wages firmed. With the labor market showing signs of strength, all eyes are now on the Federal Reserve, which has pinned interest rates near zero since December 2008. Here’s what economists had to say. “Any doubts about lingering economic weakness in the second quarter, at least as it relates to the labor market, were certainly erased with the release of the May employment report….In addition to the stronger-than-expected headline figure, revisions to prior months were positive 32,000 but perhaps most importantly, the average hourly earnings number increased by 0.3%. As a result, the year-over-year change in earnings is now 2.3%, the highest level since it briefly ticked there in August 2013.”–Dan Greenhaus, chief strategist at BTIG

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“Even if one holds a long-term capped growth/secular stagnation view as we do, there can be and indeed are some unambiguously positive economic data in the meantime. Today’s payroll release was certainly one of them.” –Guy LeBas, managing director for fixed income strategy at Janney Montgomery Scott “This 280,000 rise in May payroll jobs, combined with a 32,000 upward revisions to job growth in March and April, reinforces our view that the decline in real GDP in the first quarter was an aberration due mostly to temporary factors and statistical problems acknowledged by the [Bureau of Economic Analysis]….I expect real GDP growth to rebound to at least 3.0% per annum in the middle two quarters of this year on strength in consumer spending, residential and nonresidential (including public) construction and less drag from private energy investment and net exports.” –Stu Hoffman, chief economist at PNC Financial Services “We see this as a very strong report, and it provides strong affirmation that underlying strength in the economy is building as the recovery moves back on track

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05
Jun
15

A Tweet Or Two

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Thank you, President Barack Obama

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05
Jun
15

Jobs! Jobs! Jobs! Jobs! Thank you, President Obama

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31
Mar
15

President Of The People

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President Barack Obama signs a Memorandum of Disapproval regarding a joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval of a rule submitted by the National Labor Relations Board relating to representation case procedures. The joint resolution passed by Congress is a rarely used oversight tool that allows legislators to block regulatory actions

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