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Kaiser Permanente faces strike votes in California, Oregon

Oct. 12, 2021 12:47 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — More than 24,000 nurses and other health care workers at Kaiser Permanente in California and Oregon have overwhelmingly authorized a strike, threatening to walk out over pay and working conditions strained by the coronavirus pandemic. Kaiser, one of...

Do we need humans for that job? Automation booms after COVID

Sep. 05, 2021 03:02 AM EDT

Ask for a roast beef sandwich at an Arby’s drive-thru east of Los Angeles and you may be talking to Tori — an artificially intelligent voice assistant that will take your order and send it to the line cooks. “It doesn’t call sick,” says Amir Siddiqi, whose...

Worker pay rises strongly as businesses fight to fill jobs

Jul. 30, 2021 09:46 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Wages and salaries rose at a healthy pace in the three months ended in June as employers competed to find enough workers to fill millions of available jobs. Pay increased 1% in the second quarter for workers in the private sector, the Labor Department...

Connecticut minimum wage increases to $13 an hour on Sunday

Jul. 29, 2021 15:28 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Minimum wage earners in Connecticut are poised to get a raise. Beginning Sunday, the state's current $12 an hour rate will increase to $13 an hour. It's the latest step toward gradually increasing the rate to $15 an hour. The...