UI service workers call for wage hike

CHAMPAIGN — Cooks, janitors and other service workers who have been negotiating for months with the University of Illinois picketed outside the UI's Physical Plant on Friday.

The UI's four-year contract with Service Employees International Union Local 119, which represents about 750 building service workers and food service workers, expired at the end of July.

John Roska: Employer must reimburse unused vacation when you leave

Q: Does my employer have to pay me for unused vacation time when I leave work?

A: Probably. There are ways around it, but under the most common vacation policies, you're entitled to be paid for unused vacation in your final paycheck.

Police: Worker fatally shot supervisors at Tennessee plant

ATHENS, Tenn. (AP) — An employee at an east Tennessee plant fatally shot his two supervisors after walking out of a meeting with them and returning with a gun, authorities said Friday.

EpiWorks plans Friday event to help fill 120 jobs


CHAMPAIGN — EpiWorks, a Champaign technology company with plans to expand, is holding a recruitment event Friday afternoon to help fill 120 new jobs.

The event, billed as an “informal meet-and-greet” to provide an inside track on the new jobs, will be from 3 to 6 p.m. at Big Grove Tavern, 1 E. Main St., C.

Claims for jobless aid slide to lowest level since July

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell last week to the lowest level since July, more evidence that U.S. workers are enjoying job security.

Jobless rates mostly down in key states

WASHINGTON (AP) — Unemployment rates in U.S. presidential swing states, including Florida and North Carolina, mostly fell in August compared with a year ago.

Report finds racial wage gap widest in 36 years

WASHINGTON (AP) — As wages for American workers have stagnated for more than a generation, the income gap between black and white workers has widened, and discrimination is the main reason for the persisting disparity, according to a new report.

Labor Day parades: Keep up the good work

Labor Day isn't just another Monday off. The parades and picnics celebrate you, the worker.

And this is a parade that's been around.

News-Gazette the right fit for new exec

CHAMPAIGN — Having worked for media organizations including the Los Angeles Times and Illini Media, coming to The News-Gazette as the new vice president of business development seemed like a natural fit for Lilyan Levant.

"I have newsprint in my blood," she said.