Economy/Labor/Biz

11:08pm

Tue September 9, 2014
college graduates

What It's Really Like for Today's New College Grads

On the Oct. 12, 2014 edition of Work with Marty Nemko, I talk with Richard Arum, author of Aspiring Adults Adrift: Tentative Transitions of College Graduates.

Plus, you can call in for a Workover--Whatever career conundrum is besetting you or someone you care about, I usually can be of at least modest help.

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3:25pm

Thu September 4, 2014
Economy/Labor/Biz

Human trafficking: A fisherman’s story

Sara Brooke Curtis

San Francisco has some of the country’s highest reports of human trafficking. It’s one of the top 10 cities in the U.S where trafficking is the worst. The practice is often called modern-day slavery: traffickers use sexual exploitation, fraud, and forced labor to keep people powerless. It’s the second most profitable crime in the world, generating more than $32 billion per year -- just behind drug trafficking.

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5:36pm

Wed September 3, 2014
Economy/Labor/Biz

Why are elderly homeless sleeping in chairs at night?

Leila Day

 

If you walk upstairs from the kitchen at Mother Brown’s drop-in center in the evening, you’ll find dozens of people sleeping in chairs. During the day, Mother Brown’s serves home-cooked meals to the homeless in San Francisco’s Bayview district. There are over a thousand people without homes in Bayview -- the second-highest homeless population in the city. But there’s not one shelter. So for more than a decade, Mother Brown’s has been offering chairs. Now they want to offer beds.

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5:00pm

Mon September 1, 2014
Economy/Labor/Biz

Living Wage: UC Berkeley's Ken Jacobs on Restaurant Wages in San Francisco

Ken Jacobs of UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education with KALW's Todd Whitney
Ben Trefny

 

In the late 1990s and early 2000s, San Francisco passed a variety of measures to help low wage workers try to keep up with the rising cost of living. The city now has the highest minimum wage in the country at 10 dollars 74 cents an hour. It also requires employers to either provide health benefits or pay into a pool so the city can cover their health care costs.

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5:00pm

Mon September 1, 2014
Economy/Labor/Biz

Living Wage: Workers weigh in

Flickr user Paul Sableman

Income inequality has become a key political issue in the Bay Area, and across America. The federal minimum wage has stayed at $7.25 an hour since 2009.

In the Bay Area, lawmakers and organizers are working to change local minimum wage laws. Berkeley’s minimum wage will reach $10.75 by 2016. Richmond's will top $12 the following year. Oakland and San Francisco may put wage hike measures before voters in November. But are these increases enough to live on? Many people at a rally in Oakland said they’re not even close. Let’s hear what they had to say.

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