ECONOMY

Good Jobs, Green Jobs Conference Kicks Off at the Washington Hilton

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By Glynn Wilson – WASHINGTON, D.C. – The opening session of the Good Jobs, Green Jobs Conference for 2014 kicked off Sunday night with a dynamic panel of speakers who are at the forefront of the national discussion about how to address the country’s crumbling infrastructure, while at the same time beginning to deal with…

Volkswagen Workers in Tennessee to Vote on Joining a Labor Union

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Workers at the Volkswagen automobile manufacturing plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee — the only major Volkswagen production facility in the world where workers are not represented by a union — will hold a vote on February 12–14 to decide whether to unionize as part of the United Auto Workers. If successful, they plan to organize under…

Americans of All Stripes Show Dissatisfaction With Distribution of Wealth

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Democrats and Independents More Dissatisfied Than Republicans – By Glynn Wilson – Two out of three Americans are dissatisfied with the way income and wealth are distributed in the United States, according to Gallup’s Mood of the Nation poll. This should come as no surprise considering all the news stories over the past decade or…

Organized Labor Pushes for Unemployment Compensation Extension in Congress

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By Glynn Wilson – Pushed by organized labor, other advocacy groups and President Barack Obama, the U.S. Senate unexpectedly voted 60-37 in a test vote to limit further debate on legislation extending unemployment benefits, although Republicans in the House are likely to oppose the compromise, even if it adds nothing to the federal budget deficit.…

National Wildlife Refuges Support More Than 35,000 Jobs, Pump $2.4 Billion into Local Communities

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Southeast Region Attracts the Most Refuge Visitors, Creates the Most JobsBy Glynn Wilson – America’s national wildlife refuges continue to be strong economic engines for local communities across the country, pumping $2.4 billion into the economy and supporting more than 35,000 jobs, according to a new national Banking on Nature report released Wednesday by U.S.…

Large Majority of Americans Blame Republicans in Congress for Government Shutdown

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By John Anzalone, Jeff Liszt and Lisa Grove – In addition to the estimated $24 billion impact on the country’s economy, public opinion surveys show the government shutdown has dragged down confidence in the country’s direction, support for incumbent politicians, and Americans’ views of the Republican Party, according to the Anzalone Liszt Grove Research National…

Improved Outlook Pushes U.S. Economic Confidence Back Up

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The confidence Americans have in the economy, an important indicator of public opinion that effects the actual economy, especially consumer spending, is back on the rise again after a dip this summer, according to the latest Gallup poll on the subject. Gallup’s U.S. Economic Confidence Index is up for the month of September over the…

Rapid Arctic Ice Thawing Could Cost the Global Economy $60 Trillion

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By John Vidal – Rapid thawing of the Arctic ice could trigger a catastrophic “economic timebomb” which would cost trillions of dollars and undermine the global financial system, a group of economists and polar scientists now say. Governments and industry have expected the widespread warming of the Arctic region in the past 20 years to…

The Middle Class ‘American Dream’ Dies a Little More Every Day

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Blue-Green Alliance Offers A Better WayBy Glynn Wilson – When Hunter S. Thompson wrote about the death of the American Dream 40 years ago, he probably knew he was not only right, but onto something big. Too bad nobody much listened to the message of the Fear and Loathing series. Young people into drugs, sex…

Interior Department Announces Wind Energy Plan Off Virginia Coast

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Conservation Groups Applaud Decision By Glynn Wilson – The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, a division of the U.S. Department of the Interior, announced Monday that it will lease about 113,000 acres off the coast of Virginia for commercial wind energy development. As part of President Obama’s comprehensive plan to move the economy toward domestic…