Labor and Jobs

Workplace Raids Signal Shifting Tactics in Immigration Fight

“It’s causing a lot of panic,” said Oscar Renteria, the owner of Renteria Vineyard Management, which employs about 180 farmworkers who are now pruning grapevines in the Napa Valley. When word of the raids spread, he received a frenzy of emails from his supervisors asking him what to do if …

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‘We’re Competing Against Everybody Just Like You’: Voices on Manufacturing in Mexico

Many of the respondents echoed a common theme: Fear of the looming threat of automation, and of losing jobs to China. In follow-up interviews, respondents shared more about their experiences and their views on globalization. These interviews have been lightly edited and condensed, and one was translated from Spanish. ‘Americans …

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Looking at Blue-Collar Factory Jobs in the Rearview Mirror

To be honest, I felt a bit nervous about it. I’m used to agonizing over every word I write, not talking off the cuff in public. But in the end, this trip back to Indianapolis felt almost like a homecoming. I’d been there enough times to have acquired a favorite …

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The Robots Are Coming, and Sweden Is Fine

Eighty percent of Swedes express positive views about robots and artificial intelligence, according to a survey this year by the European Commission. By contrast, a survey by the Pew Research Center found that 72 percent of Americans were “worried” about a future in which robots and computers substitute for humans. …

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As Trump Tightens Legal Immigration, Canada Woos Tech Firms

Last week, the Department of Homeland Security published a set of proposed rule changes that would make the visas even harder to qualify for, to ensure that only “the best and brightest” foreign workers were selected. It also hoped to eliminate a work permit for spouses of some of these …

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How Care for Elders, Not Children, Denies Women a Paycheck

Lots of these older Americans — 14 million, according to Paul Osterman of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management — can’t live independently and care for themselves. The burden of care weighs predominantly on their wives and the daughters. About a quarter of women 45 to 64 …

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Readers in Michigan: We Need More Skills, Not More Jobs

“I was like, O.K., is he ever going to be leaving?” she quipped to the nearly 100 community members who turned out for the forum on Nov. 28. The focus was jobs and the manufacturing economy, and we were joined onstage by Mindy Bradish-Orta, president of the Jackson County Chamber …

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Ford Will Build Electric Cars in Mexico, Shifting Its Plan

Sherif Marakby, Ford’s vice president for autonomous vehicles and electrification, said Thursday that the company had altered its plans for the Michigan plant — in Flat Rock, 25 miles southwest of Detroit — because it now expected the market for self-driving cars for taxis and delivery fleets to grow rapidly …

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In a Venezuela Ravaged by Inflation, ‘a Race for Survival’

Venezuelans of all socio-economic classes have been buffeted by sharply rising costs amid desperate scarcities of food and medicine, the collapse of public services and the medical system, and rampant crime. Their purchasing power has plummeted as wage increases have lagged far behind prices. But affording purchases is only one …

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Indian Automaker’s Plant Is Latest Sign of Detroit Comeback

“How many people told Elon Musk, ‘You don’t have any hope of getting into the car business’?” he said. Mahindra is a major producer of cars and trucks in India and South Korea, but until now it was mainly known in the United States as the world’s leading maker of …

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