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  • Website, job fair set up to help laid-off oil, gas workers

    May 25, 2016 9:28 AM

    BATON ROUGE - An effort is underway in the Bayou Region of Louisiana to help workers affected by oil and gas industry downsizing to find training options and new jobs in south Louisiana. BayouOpportunity.com , a new website, will serve as a gateway to employment opportunities. A news release says... more »
  • Red Cross gives safety tips after storms

    May 20, 2016 1:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Red Cross disaster workers across south Louisiana are assisting residents whose homes have been damaged by Thursday night’s storms. Disaster workers are also coordinating with parish officials and emergency management leaders to assist in the recovery efforts. Residents in need of assistance because of storm-related damage, can call... more »
  • Governor wants to suspend state worker pay raises next year

    May 4, 2016 12:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration wants to scrap pay raises for Louisiana's state workers next year, saying the state can't afford them. The governor's chief budget adviser Jay Dardenne asked the Civil Service Commission on Wednesday to block annual "performance adjustments" for rank-and-file government workers, called classified... more »
  • Thousands plan May 1 marches in US in heated election year

    May 1, 2016 3:14 PM

    LOS ANGELES - Thousands are expected to rally in cities across the United States for immigrant and worker rights and against what they see as hateful presidential campaign rhetoric. Events are planned for Sunday in cities from New York to Miami to Cleveland and to Los Angeles. Organizers say they... more »
  • Intrusive alligator moves into home under construction Play Video

    April 28, 2016 12:07 AM

    STERLINGTON - Workers were in for a big surprise, when they found a huge alligator in a new home under construction. David Bradford found the reptile in the living room. "Never, never in a house, never. I've never seen one that big..and in a matter of fact, in a house... more »
  • United Airlines workers ratify new contracts

    April 16, 2016 3:27 PM

    United Airlines workers have ratified a set of new contracts that will increase their pay and benefits over the next five years. Airline and union representatives said Saturday that the vote was "overwhelming" in favor of the contracts, which govern about 30,000 employees including airport workers, security officers and other... more »
  • Verizon workers go on strike amid contract dispute

    April 13, 2016 6:18 AM

    NEW YORK - Tens of thousands of Verizon landline and cable workers on the East Coast have walked off the job after working without a contract since August. The strike Wednesday morning involves about 39,000 members of the Communications Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers in... more »
  • Man arrested, accused of cursing at store workers

    January 26, 2016 1:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Sheriff's deputies arrested a man who investigators said was yelling and cursing at workers at a Baton Rouge Walmart. The East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office charged 30-year-old Kenneth Bradley with disturbing the peace and entering after being forbidden after his arrest Monday. Deputies said they... more »
  • Continued preps happening for inauguration day

    January 8, 2016 7:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Workers were getting prepared for the inauguration of governor-elect John Bel Edwards, all day Friday. Truck loads of magnolia trees and plants were being placed outside the capitol as well as inside, for the big day. Nearly 3,000 seats will be placed to accommodate guests. There will... more »
  • Volunteers to work at the USS KIDD all weekend Play Video

    October 23, 2015 6:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - About 30 volunteers, including veterans from across the country are giving their time for four days to putting in maintenance work on the USS KIDD. It's all a part of Fall Field Days that has been happening every year at the Kidd since 1996. Workers... more »
  • Civil service commissioner says state worker are "taken for granted" Play Video

    October 5, 2015 7:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Civil Service Commissioner Pete Fremin said he's "very disappointed" that more than 35,000 rank-and-file state workers didn't get their yearly pay raise. "This is the fourth or fifth year it's happened," said Fremin. Every year Louisiana workers get graded on how hard they work. If they... more »
  • Prison workers taken hostage by inmates in South Carolina

    September 6, 2015 2:16 PM

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP)- Authorities say inmates took two employees hostage at a maximum security state prison in South Carolina, but they were released without suffering serious injuries. Corrections Department spokeswoman Stephanie Givens said that the hostage situation lasted around six hours Saturday at Kirkland Correctional Institution in Columbia. Givens... more »
  • Wal-Mart cutting back on hours for workers at some stores

    August 31, 2015 7:11 PM

    NEW YORK - Wal-Mart says it is asking some stores to schedule workers for fewer hours, although it says the directive is only being given to stores that are assigning more hours than they were expected to. The world's largest retailer said the instructions apply only to a small... more »
  • SEC requires companies to reveal CEO-vs-worker pay gap

    August 5, 2015 12:50 PM

    WASHINGTON - Federal regulators are requiring companies to reveal the pay gap between CEOs and their employees. The Securities and Exchange Commission voted Wednesday to order most public companies to disclose the ratio between their chief executives' annual compensation and median, or midpoint, employee pay. The new rule will... more »
  • Nicholls State hoping to boost enrollment with partnership

    May 28, 2015 11:45 AM

    THIBODAUX - Thibodaux's Nicholls State University has reached an agreement to waive out-of-state and international fees for Edison Chouest Offshore employees and their families in order to boost the school's enrollment. Nicholls President Bruce Murphy and Kirt Chouest, the general manager of the Galliano-based shipbuilder and oilfield service provider, announced... more »
  • Denham Springs to monitor vehicles with GPS Play Video

    May 27, 2015 6:46 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - The city of Denham Springs in Livingston Parish is getting a new way to keep tabs on its employees. City leaders and department heads will be able to keep track of municipal vehicles after it installs GPS devices on 100 vehicles. The city council approved a... more »
  • Report says Baton Rouge in top 10 'Least Hardworking' cities Play Video

    April 3, 2015 5:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE - According to a recently published Forbes article, Baton Rouge ranks as one of the top ten least hardworking cities. The capital city falls at number four on the list. Coming in at number 3 is Columbia, South Carolina, number 2 is Buffalo, New York, and... more »
  • Plant strikes affecting local businesses Play Video

    February 25, 2015 6:03 PM

    DONALDSONVILLE - Business owners said their bottom lines are also being affected by a chemical plant workers strike that's in its fourth day in Norco and Convent. Hundreds of workers went on strike at the Shell and Motiva plants there, demanding more pay and attention to safety issues. It's... more »
  • CATS workers protest broken buses, broken promises Play Video

    February 5, 2015 7:24 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Capital Area Transit System workers gathered to protest at the CATS terminal on Florida Boulevard and raise concerns over bus maintenance and safety. "We have a lot of buses that aren't safe on the road," Driver's Union President Naomi Guy told News 2's Rebecca Buchanan on... more »
  • Apple, Google, other tech firms to pay $415M in wage case

    January 15, 2015 6:18 PM

    SAN FRANCISCO - Apple, Google and two other Silicon Valley companies have agreed to pay $415 million in a second attempt to resolve a class-action lawsuit alleging they formed an illegal cartel to prevent their workers from leaving for better-paying jobs. The settlement filed Thursday in a San Jose, California,... more »
  • Obama renews push for paid leave for working parents

    January 15, 2015 12:39 PM

    BALTIMORE - President Barack Obama is renewing his push for paid leave for parents and other workers. Visiting a Baltimore cafe that offers earned sick leave to its small workforce, Obama said he's astonished that so many people don't get it. The White House said this week that Obama will... more »
  • Hungary says Sunday is sacred for workers

    December 16, 2014 7:54 PM

    BUDAPEST, HUNGARY- Lawmakers approved a measure that bans most stores from opening on Sunday, a day the government says employee should not be forced to work. Trade unions and business groups challenged the law that passed Tuesday. Even the Economy Minister said last month the measure was "not wise." One... more »
  • Job availability at an all-time high in state Play Video

    December 5, 2014 6:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The U.S. Labor Department said 2014 is "on track" to being strongest year for hiring since 1999. Job hiring in Louisiana is no different. According to the Louisiana Workforce Commission, there are more jobs this year than at any other point in the state's history. ... more »
  • New city budget doesn't include raises, but beefs up police force

    November 5, 2014 6:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The mayor released his proposed budget for the city-parish Wednesday and it did not include a raise for all city workers but promised raises instead. For years, rank and file workers have asked for an increase. Last year, the city performed a pay study to determine possible... more »
  • La. Supreme Court dismisses school workers' suit

    October 31, 2014 3:19 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana's Supreme Court has dismissed a lawsuit filed on behalf of thousands of New Orleans public school workers who were fired after Hurricane Katrina laid waste to much of the city in 2005. It was a reversal of fortune for the employees, who had won at the... more »
  • Civil disobedience expected in fast-food pay fight

    September 1, 2014 5:08 PM

    NEW YORK - McDonald's, Wendy's and other fast-food restaurants are expected to be targeted with acts of civil disobedience that could lead to arrests Thursday as labor organizers escalate their campaign to unionize the industry's workers. Kendall Fells, an organizing director for Fast Food Forward, said workers in a couple... more »
  • State website will match employers and job seekers

    August 11, 2014 6:32 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The dating game between employers and skilled workers is about to become easier in Louisiana. On Aug. 18, state officials will make a free, online, matchmaking employment service available for the first time to both employers and job seekers who want only their top options. Louisiana Job... more »
  • Louisiana to share $154M for job training

    June 27, 2014 3:13 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana is among a group of 32 states, Puerto Rico and the Cherokee tribal nation getting a portion of more than $154 million awarded by the federal government for job training laid-off workers in high-demand industries. The U.S. Department of Labor announced Thursday that Louisiana will get... more »
  • Samsung to compensate workers' cancer

    May 14, 2014 7:40 PM

    SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA- Samsung Electronics is compensating former workers who are battling cancer and families of dead workers. It comes after a public outcry in South Korea over working conditions in Samsung plants and exposure to harmful chemicals. The company response comes a month after a South Korean... more »
  • West Virginia mine was doing risky retreat mining

    May 14, 2014 3:37 AM

    WHARTON, W.Va. - The two workers who were killed in an underground coal mine in West Virginia were performing a risky method known as retreat mining. That's where the roof is intentionally collapsed to retrieve more coal. Retreat mining has been going on for generations and is considered standard practice... more »
  • Official: 2 killed at West Virginia coal mine

    May 13, 2014 9:39 AM

    WHARTON, W.V. - State and federal officials say two workers who were trapped when the ground failed at a West Virginia mine with a history of safety violations have died. Officials for federal and state safety agencies say the incident occurred just after 8:45 p.m. Monday at Brody Mine No.... more »
  • Obama blames Republicans for blocking wage vote

    April 30, 2014 4:11 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama blames Republicans for blocking an election-year increase in the federal minimum wage and says their vote denied millions of Americans a way out of poverty. Republicans argue that an increase in the minimum wage would result in job losses. In a mostly partisan vote, the... more »
  • Blacklisted workers

    March 31, 2014 7:11 PM

    IOWA CITY, IOWA- The Governor of Iowa's staff maintains a "do not rehire" list that's grown by more than 250 names since Terry Branstad returned to office in 2011. The list now has more than 1,400 names of people who were previously fired. The list is more than... more »
  • USS KIDD faces more problems with the state Play Video

    March 19, 2014 10:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Workers at the USS Kidd are fighting for their jobs after a paperwork issue with the state means they had to reapply for them. Full-time employees were hired as unclassified workers, similar to high level staffers appointed into state positions. But, according to the State Civil... more »
  • Minimum wage talk hits Baton Rouge Play Video

    January 31, 2014 5:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Some business owners in Baton Rouge say raising minimum wages to $10.10 per hour as President Obama suggests would cost consumers more money. But workers like Khadija Lamraoui say minimum wage increases would make day-to-day life better. "There's some people out here that get paid... more »
  • Workers coming up short after icy weather

    January 30, 2014 5:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Workers who depend on tips for day-to-day expenses say the icy weather left them out in the cold after shutting down roads and closing businesses. Freddie Taylor, owner of Poor Boy Lloyd's downtown, said the deep freeze hurt his restaurant's numbers this week. "It shut... more »
  • Livingston Parish dealing with excess overtime Play Video

    December 18, 2013 5:00 PM

    LIVINGSTON - Livingston Parish has around $150,000 of unpaid overtime on its books, and now parish leaders are dealing with the problem. Livingston Parish President Layton Ricks says making lump-sum payouts is unrealistic. "We simply cannot pay it out. The budget won't allow that. If we paid it... more »
  • Retired state workers could see bigger checks

    December 9, 2013 11:37 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Retired state workers could see an increase in their pension checks for the first time in five years. The four statewide retirement boards are preparing to ask the legislature to approve a cost of living increase for tens of thousands of retirees over the age of... more »
  • Fast food workers protest wages

    December 2, 2013 9:57 AM

    NEW YORK- Fast-food workers in about 100 cities will walk off the job this Thursday, organizers say, which would mark the largest effort yet in a push for higher pay. The actions would build on a campaign that began about a year ago to call attention to the difficulties of... more »
  • Many city-parish workers upset over budget Play Video

    November 6, 2013 5:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Some city-parish workers are upset that pay increases for them were left out of Mayor Kip Holden's 2014 budget for Baton Rouge. The $800 million budget includes money for police vehicles, new police officers and new firefighters, but doesn't address the issue of underpaid city-parish workers.... more »
  • LSU hospital layoffs reduce state retirement debt

    November 6, 2013 12:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Jindal administration's layoff of more than 7,700 LSU hospital workers has put a major dent in the state employee retirement system's debt, dropping it hundreds of millions of dollars. Gov. Bobby Jindal pushed to turn over the operations of LSU hospitals to private companies. Seven deals... more »
  • 5 things you'll notice in the proposed EBR budget

    November 5, 2013 10:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Tuesday, the mayor unveiled a $804,000,000 spending plan for the city that the metro council will spend the next month discussing. Public safety receives more than half of the monies allocated by Mayor Kip Holden in 2014. "Always, public service will be a top priority," Holden... more »
  • Parish workers still lowest-paid in new EBR budget

    November 5, 2013 5:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The mayor's $804 million spending plan for 2014 includes additional firefighters and police officers, but does not adjust the pay scale of workers, despite him being asked to recently. Instead, some workers will get a 3 percent merit and longevity raise. However, the mayor wrote in his... more »
  • EBR workers seek higher pay Play Video

    October 10, 2013 5:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE - City-parish workers called Thursday for Mayor-President Kip Holden to increase their wages in next year's budget. Herman Addison has worked for the city-parish for the past 13 years. He planned on working for the city for 20 years and then retire. Addison says he hasn't received... more »
  • FEMA workers off furlough for Karen

    October 3, 2013 2:01 PM

    WASHINGTON - The White House says the Federal Emergency Management Agency is recalling some furloughed workers to help prepare for Tropical Storm Karen. President Barack Obama is being updated about the storm, as the president is directing his team to ensure staffing and resources are available to respond to... more »
  • New rules approved for home health care workers

    September 17, 2013 11:57 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration has approved new rules that extend minimum wage and overtime protections to home health care workers. The new rules will impact about 2 million workers. Home care aides have been exempt from federal wage laws since 1974, when they were placed in the same category... more »
  • South Louisiana Community College calls on industry for help

    September 1, 2013 10:32 AM

    NEW IBERIA - South Louisiana Community College wants to work with communities to respond to workforce needs, but financial help is needed from industry to train workers, SLCC Chancellor Natalie Harder says. The Advocate reports that Harder spoke this past week to a group at the college's New Iberia campus,... more »
  • Civil suit filed in altercation with debris workers

    August 15, 2013 5:17 PM

    GRAND ISLE - A Hurricane Isaac debris worker who said she was spit on last year during a profanity-laced tirade by a Grand Isle businessman filed a civil suit against him today. Brandi Worley videotaped the confrontation with Josh Jambon in Sept. 2012. The video showed Jambon slapping workers... more »
  • 'Ocean's 16' workers in NJ claim Powerball share

    August 12, 2013 1:38 PM

    LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. - The 16 public employees from New Jersey who had one of the three winning tickets in last week's $448 million Powerball jackpot have come forward to claim their prize. The Ocean County employees are calling themselves "Ocean's 16," a play on the "Ocean's Eleven" series of movies.... more »
  • Jindal signs equal pay bill for state workers

    June 19, 2013 6:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal has agreed that state agencies should be banned from paying unequal wages to employees of different genders for the same job. Jindal signed the Equal Pay for Women Act into law Wednesday. The bill by New Orleans Sen. Ed Murray doesn't affect private companies.... more »
  • Plant workers watching explosion investigation Play Video

    June 14, 2013 4:47 PM

    GEISMAR - Many who live and work near the Williams Olefins chemical plant have questions about the explosion there Thursday, and how it could impact them. "The area is high industrial so we're back into work mode, but the impact in the community is still there," says Melissa Hite,... more »
  • Jindal: 10 workers still in plant safe room

    June 13, 2013 2:06 PM

    GEISMAR - Ten workers stayed behind at the Williams Olefins chemical plant after an explosion today to keep flaring operations running and shut down the plant, according to Gov. Bobby Jindal. He said during an afternoon briefing the workers were in a safe room as part of the plant's... more »
  • Coverage may be unaffordable for low-wage workers

    June 13, 2013 10:33 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's health care law is called the Affordable Care Act, but a glitch could make it unaffordable for many low-wage workers, including employees at big chain restaurants, retail stores and hotels. Here's the problem: The law requires medium-sized and large employers to offer what it calls... more »
  • Three workers safe after scaffolding falls at OLOL

    May 1, 2013 11:32 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Three construction workers briefly dangled from scaffolding at Our Lady of the Lake Hospital this morning, according to the Baton Rouge Fire Department. Curt Monte with BRFD said they were uninjured, and brought to safety before rescue crews arrived on scene. Hospital spokeswoman Kelly Zimmerman... more »
  • DOTD: No bridge tolls mean layoffs for workers

    March 7, 2013 7:49 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - State transportation officials say a suspension of bridge tolls at the Crescent City Connection in New Orleans means pink slips for 31 temporary workers hired pending the outcome of a contested November referendum. The Department of Transportation and Development, which runs the bridge, said Wednesday the layoffs... more »
  • La. workers excited about minimum wage proposal Play Video

    February 13, 2013 5:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE - President Obama's proposal to raise the federal minimum wage $9 has many workers excited. "It would be nice, it would definitely help a lot of people out," said Jonathan Meyers in Baton Rouge. "It's not surprising to me, because I know he's trying to put... more »
  • Obama launches push for immigration overhaul

    January 29, 2013 6:19 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is reviving his stalled proposals for overhauling the nation's immigration laws, calling for a pathway to citizenship for millions of illegal immigrants, improvements to the legal immigration system and more effective mechanisms for helping employers verify the status of workers. The president will launch his... more »

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