Workers’ Pay Raise Next Year: 3 Percent

Salaried workers can expect a slightly fatter paycheck next year, but the salary bump you get may be considerably different from what your colleague in the next cubicle takes home. Overall, workers’ base pay in most industries is expected to climb an average of 3 percent in 2014. While that may seem relatively modest, it’s actually the biggest wage hike that employers have given out since 2008, according to a report by business consultant Aon Hewitt, which surveyed 1,147 U.S. …

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

Americans 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 …

Dad’s Value Is Rising (But He’s Still Worth Less Than Mom)

How valuable is dad? We’re happy to report that he’s more valuable this year than he was last year. For all that dad does around the house — plumbing, BBQ grilling, mowing the lawn and other chores — he’s now worth $23,344. That’s up from $20,248 last year, thanks to average wage increases for household jobs that dads typically do, according to Insure.com’s annual Father’s Day Index. (The index is based on wage data from the U.S. Department of Labor). …