The number of U.S. job openings hit a new high in April while hiring slowed, a sign that employers are struggling to find workers.
The number of job openings rose by 259,000 to 6.04 million, the Labor Department said Tuesday, the highest level recorded since the government started tracking the figure at the end of 2000. The number of hires, meanwhile, fell by 253,000 to 5.05 million in April.
The wealthiest state in the U.S. is having trouble collecting enough money to pay its bills, and the Democratic governor doesn’t think taxing the rich is the answer anymore.
The legislation in New York City, described as the “first of its kind” by its sponsor, is designed to solve these problems by enlisting employers in the fight before they are even unionized. Here’s how the Fast Food Worker Empowerment Act, as it is called, would work: If a fast-food worker so chose, his employer would be required to deduct contributions from his paycheck each month and remit them to a not-for-profit organization. That could include union-aligned nonprofits. A New York City local of the SEIU has already created one called Fast Food Justice.
What has been the biggest accomplishment of the Fight for $15 movement?
It’s reaffirmed a very bedrock principle of working people, which is when we join together, we can make the impossible, possible. This bodacious demand, four years ago, for $15 and a union—that people were laughing at, thought was crazy—the $15 part of that has become a standard against which people will debate. I have more people coming up to me than ever before and asking, “When is it going to $20? When are you upping the demand?”
The share of foreign-born workers in the U.S. climbed to a record last year, as workers continue to flock to an attractive U.S. labor market and younger immigrants join the labor force.
In 2016, there were 27 million foreign-born people in the U.S. labor force, accounting for 16.9% of the total. The share was 10.8% in 1996, according to Labor Department data tracking back two decades.