Employment

Employment

$15 minimum wage becomes part of campaign landscape

From liberal firebrands Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren to moderates Joe Biden and John Hickenlooper, nearly the entire 2020 Democratic presidential field agrees that the federal minimum wage should be more than doubled, to $15 an hour.

AP Fact Check: Trump cries 'treason' over campaign scrutiny

EDITOR'S NOTE — A look at the veracity of claims by political figures.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is using "treason" rather lightly as he assails unidentified U.S. officials for investigating operatives of his campaign in 2016. There's no allegation or even suggestion that they committed this punishable-by-death crime, if any crime at all.

Ford cutting 7,000 white-collar jobs

DETROIT (AP) — Ford revealed details of its long-awaited restructuring plan Monday as it prepared for a future of electric and autonomous vehicles by parting ways with 7,000 white-collar workers worldwide, about 10 percent of its global salaried workforce.

Amazon offers to help employees start delivery business

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon, which is racing to deliver packages faster, is turning to its employees with a proposition: Quit your job and we'll help you start a business delivering Amazon packages.

AP Fact Check: Trump's trade theories don't hold water

EDITOR'S NOTE — A look at the veracity of claims by political figures.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump cast a fog of misinformation over the U.S. trade dispute with China, floating inaccurate numbers and skewed economic theories as big tariffs kicked in on Chinese goods.

Siemens to cut 10,000 jobs in major overhaul

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — German industrial equipment maker Siemens says it will cut some 10,000 jobs in a major restructuring that will involve spinning off its oil, gas and power generation business and creating new areas of growth.

Uber, Lyft drivers turn off apps in protest

NEW YORK (AP) — Drivers for ride-hailing giants Uber and Lyft turned off their apps Wednesday to protest what they say are declining wages at a time when both companies are raking in billions of dollars from investors.

Demonstrations took place in 10 U.S. cities, including Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Washington, as well as some European locations like London.

For many in Champaign County, one full-time job just isn't enough

CHAMPAIGN — Kartila Brooks has no wiggle room.

After providing for her four teenage children and paying the bills, the 34-year-old Champaign woman is left with about $120 from the two paychecks she gets every two weeks.

Jim Dey | Conflicting tax arguments will challenge voters in 2020

Whom are you going to believe in the great debate over Gov. J.B. Pritzker's proposed progressive income-tax amendment to the Illinois Constitution?

Don't worry — no immediate decisions have to be made. The vote on Pritzker's amendment won't occur until November 2020, a delay that provides some breathing room in the decision-making process.

Jim Dey | Study: Pritzker's tax hike more likely to force out middle, lower earners

One of the arguments from opponents of Gov. J.B. Pritzker's proposed progressive income-tax amendment to the Illinois Constitution is that another tax hike, particularly on upper-income earners, will encourage more people to leave the state.

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