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Saving Jobs in Hard Times

Posted on 09/3/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Public Policy Institute | WorkIs there a way to protect some workers — younger as well as older — from job loss during economic downturns? Some might be helped during the next recession if more employers have access to and use what is known as short-time compensation or work sharing. Work sharing is exactly what it sounds like — the sharing or spreading around of the available work when times are tough. Work sharing is not to be confused with job sharing, which is …

Thank Unions for the Weekend, or Blame Them for Everything Else?

Posted on 08/30/2013 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin Today | WorkAmericans continue to be widely divided about labor unions, according to Gallup’s annual Labor Day poll. This year’s approval rating rose slightly above the last two years, from 52 percent to 54 percent. That’s still pretty close to the all-time low of 48 percent in 2009. The all-time high: 75 percent in the mid-1950s. Although from a dyed-in-the-wool union family, I, like America, am split on unions. My grandpa Sam sewed furs and was an officer in the International Fur …

50 Years Later, Still a Racial Divide on Jobs

Posted on 08/28/2013 by | Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsFifty years since Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, 60 percent of blacks believe that whites have better chances than they do to get jobs for which they are qualified, a new Gallup poll shows. Back then, 74 percent of the blacks polled felt that whites had better chances at jobs. And the perception of unequal opportunity was stronger among blacks under 50 (81 percent) than among blacks 50 and older (73 percent). Now the numbers are …

Looking for Work? Check Out ‘Best Employers’ Winners

Posted on 08/23/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

WorkThe following is a guest post by Debbie Banda. Would you leave your employer for a job with greater flexibility and more benefits? And would it help to know that your prospective new employer actually valued older workers? If so, take a look at openings at the winners of AARP’s Best Employers for Workers Over 50 award, co-sponsored by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). This article points out some key elements of what attracts workers and makes them …

Movies for Grownups Weekend Preview

Posted on 08/15/2013 by | Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentWhat’s good and grown up in theaters this weekend. The newest: Lee Daniels’ The Butler Litigation resulted in a title change to feature the name of the film’s director; it might have worked better as Forest Whitaker is the Butler. Or maybe Oprah Winfrey is the Wife of the Butler. No matter; this is worth seeing for Whitaker as White House butler Cecil Gaines, Robin Williams as President Eisenhower and Jane Fonda as Nancy Reagan.   Paranoia Few actors command the …

Cybercrime Costs 508,000 U.S. Jobs

Posted on 07/25/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsAs many as 508,000 American jobs have been lost to cybercrime, the hacking of computer networks to find confidential information and disrupt service, a new report says.  Armed with stolen data, foreign companies are able to better compete in world markets against American companies, leading to job reductions in the United States. Service disruptions, lowered consumer trust and higher costs of computer security also drag the American companies down. Touted as the first-ever report that connects cybercrime to job loss, …