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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
December 31, 2012 2:20 PM
OLYMPIA, Wash.- Hundreds of thousands of workers are set to get a pay raise to start 2013, as 10 states increase their minimum wage. Washington state will again lead the way Tuesday, raising its starting salary to $9.19 an hour. Washington was first to adopt automatic adjustments in 1998 to... more »
December 28, 2012 9:08 AM
NEW YORK - Commerce could be brought to a near standstill at every major port from Boston to Houston if a walkout by thousands of dockworkers takes place.
More than 14,000 longshoremen are threatening to go on strike Sunday - a wide-ranging work stoppage would close cargo ports on... more »
November 28, 2012 3:44 PM
NEW ORLEANS - Two BP rig supervisors and a former BP executive have pleaded not guilty to criminal charges in the deadly Deepwater Horizon rig explosion and the company's response to the massive 2010 spill in the Gulf of Mexico. BP well site leaders Robert Kaluza and Donald Vidrine and... more »
November 21, 2012 9:56 PM
BATON ROUGE- Still more than 24 hours before sales were available, a small group of people gathered outside an electronics store to be the first to get the deals.
A few were outside the Best Buy near the Mall of Louisiana. The store doesn't open until midnight Friday morning.... more »
November 20, 2012 5:19 PM
NEW YORK - Federal labor officials say they haven't decided whether to support a request by Wal-Mart Stores Inc. to stop a union-backed group from encouraging worker walk-outs that are expected to culminate Friday, the traditional start of the holiday shopping season. The world's largest retailer, based in Bentonville, Ark.,... more »
November 19, 2012 3:14 PM
NEW ORLEANS - Federal authorities have blamed two rig supervisors for the deaths of 11 workers killed when the Deepwater Horizon exploded and spawned BP's massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, even though a string of investigations spread fault among a host of people and companies. A federal... more »
November 16, 2012 3:14 PM
NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has disqualified herself from presiding over the Justice Department's case against two BP supervisors charged with manslaughter in the deaths of 11 workers from the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion. U.S. District Judge Nannette Jolivette Brown said in an order Friday that she is recusing... more »
November 12, 2012 10:30 AM
SHREVEPORT - Caddo Parish Sheriff Steve Prator and Shreveport Police Chief Willie Shaw say a drug operation at the Louisiana State Fair netted three carnival workers and five fair-goers. Drug agents made the arrests on Saturday. Seven were booked with possessing a drug; 41-year-old Timothy Haley of Hawkins, Texas, was... more »
November 1, 2012 4:55 PM
BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal's top budget adviser scrapped a planned legislative vote on the governor's proposal to hire a private company to manage a state employee health insurance plan. Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols pulled the proposed contract between the Office of Group Benefits and Blue Cross/Blue Shield... more »
October 29, 2012 2:29 PM
NEW YORK - Emergency workers are at the scene of a crane that's dangling off a 65-story building in New York City. Television images show part of the crane hanging off the luxury building on West 57th Street. No injuries are reported. However, streets have been cleared as a precaution.... more »
October 10, 2012 11:48 AM
MIAMI - A section of parking garage under construction at a Miami-Dade College campus has collapsed and a fire official says some workers are trapped in the rubble. Miami-Dade Fire-Rescue Lt. Arnold Piedrahita tells WSVN-TV that some workers could be heard calling from help inside the rubble shortly after Wednesday's... more »
August 30, 2012 7:00 PM
BATON ROUGE - Flooding, road conditions and power outages in the wake of Isaac led officials to keep state offices in 13 parishes closed Friday.
Commissioner of Administration Paul Rainwater announced state offices would be closed in the following parishes:
... more »
August 21, 2012 3:34 PM
BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers are trying to find ways, despite the state's ongoing budget woes, to boost retirement payments to retired state workers and public schools teachers. Thousands of those retirees receive benefits at or below the poverty level, the Senate Retirement Committee was told Tuesday. State senators said they... more »
June 26, 2012 3:36 PM
WASHINGTON- An internal investigation has concluded that the departing chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission engaged in bullying and intimidation, creating a tense working environment at the agency. The report by the NRC's inspector general found at least 15 instances when NRC Chairman Gregory Jaczko acted in a way that... more »
June 8, 2012 2:59 AM
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Penn State has instituted a new policy requiring all employees to report suspected child abuse to state authorities. The policy announced Thursday also requires annual training for any staffer in a position to report abuse. A school spokeswoman says the policy goes beyond current Pennsylvania law,... more »
May 22, 2012 5:35 PM
BATON ROUGE- Bobby Morris knows a thing or two about sugarcane farming.
"I grew up on the farm, I'm a fourth-generation farmer," he told News 2.
Morris Farms has about 1600 acres of sugarcanes, and a lot of hard work comes with that. That's made it difficult for... more »
May 16, 2012 7:12 AM
PLAQUEMINE- Employees of the parish's Head Start program may reapply for their positions at an upcoming job fair. The Head Start chief administrative officer, Edwards Songy, told parish councilmen Tuesday that the event, open only to current Head Start employees, will be held May 29-30 at Nottaway Plantation. Last month,... more »
February 8, 2012 8:55 AM
NEW YORK - Hotels in New York City have agreed to equip their employees with panic alarms that would summon help in case of an emergency. New York Hotel Trades Council spokesman John Turchiano says the provision, which must be implemented within a year, is part of a new seven-year... more »
September 29, 2011 11:17 AM
ATLANTA - A new government report says construction workers, miners and food service workers are the occupations that smoke the most. Experts say that may have as much to do with education levels as the jobs themselves.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study found 19.6 percent of... more »
September 22, 2011 1:24 PM
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Fire inspectors and workers are combing Morgantown, removing furniture and trash from the porches of hundreds of rental homes.
Fire Capt. Ken Tennant says the cleanup has been under way since 9 a.m. Thursday.
Many truckloads are being hauled away as the city tries to... more »
September 12, 2011 9:26 AM
Mexico-The fate of two oil rig workers from Louisiana remains unknown this afternoon.
The two disappeared along with eight other workers when they evacuated their disabled rig during Tropical Storm Nate.
Two other wokers from Louisiana were found alive.
Two bodies were also found but have not... more »
September 9, 2011 1:55 PM
MEXICO CITY - Mexico's state oil company says it is searching for 10 workers who were evacuated from a platform in the Gulf of Mexico ahead of Tropical Storm Nate.
Four of the workers, who are employed by Houston-based Geokinetics Inc., are from New Iberia.
Randy Reed, president... more »
September 5, 2011 2:10 PM
NEW ORLEANS - Federal officials say offshore oil and gas workers in the Gulf of Mexico are going back to platforms and rigs that had been evacuated because of Tropical Storm Lee.
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement said Monday in a news release that 232... more »
September 2, 2011 2:26 PM
NEW ORLEANS - Entergy Corp. says 225 workers who had been working to restore power in New Jersey after Hurricane Irene are on their way back to Louisiana, where Tropical Storm Lee is heading toward shore.
The workers for Entergy New Orleans, Inc., Entergy Louisiana, LLC and Entergy Gulf... more »
July 7, 2011 10:41 AM
BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal has started the new budget year by ordering a partial hiring freeze that will require most state agencies to get approval from Jindal's budget chief before adding new workers.
The executive order announced Thursday, covers the 2011-12 fiscal year, which ends June 30.... more »
May 25, 2011 2:34 PM
PLAQUEMINE, La. - Three investigations have been launched to determine what caused the deaths of two workers inside an industrial container at Shintech's Iberville Parish plant.
Shintech, Louisiana State Police and the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration are all investigating the deaths, which happened Sunday.... more »
April 8, 2011 9:26 PM
BATON ROUGE- A possible government shutdown means many federal workers won't get paid because they won't be able to work during a shutdown.
But Congress, and the president, still get their pay checks.
All three of our local Washington delegates say they're giving up their pay if the... more »
April 6, 2011 5:54 PM
BATON ROUGE- The Louisiana Civil Service Commission has approved a plan to block merit raises for about 60 thousand state employees.
It will be the third year without a merit increase for about one-third of those workers, whose departments asked to have their raises suspended two years ago.
... more »
February 9, 2011 2:27 PM
DENHAM SPRINGS - Animal shelter workers pulled a lost dog from an open grave in Denham Springs today, and News 2 was there to see the rescue.
Workers were called to a local graveyard after a dog had been found in the bottom of a grave shortly before a... more »
January 23, 2011 12:45 PM
NEW ORLEANS- Harrah's New Orleans Casino is required by law to employee 2,400 people, but documents reveal that the company has replaced full-time workers in recent years with part-time and on-call employees.
From summer 2008 to summer 2010, the number of full-time employees fell from 84 percent to 78... more »
December 22, 2010 2:08 PM
WASHINGTON - The Senate has passed a package of health care and economic aid for people sickened by dust from the ruins of September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. The measure was passed on a voice vote with no one objecting after Democrats and Republican critics... more »
December 20, 2010 2:59 PM
BATON ROUGE - State officials agree cutting government costs involves shrinking the state's work force. But two years of debate over the topic have yet to yield any agreement about how best to eliminate jobs. There's not even consensus on how many people work for state government. The numbers range... more »
December 15, 2010 8:38 AM
BATON ROUGE - School officials said that maintenance workers were able to get the power back on at Brookstown Elementary, after a malfunction caused the school to lose power and heat yesterday.
Chris Trahan with EBR Schools said Brookstown would still be opening two hours late because of the... more »
December 8, 2010 9:16 AM
HOUSTON - A BP vice president has told a federal investigative panel that workers on the doomed Gulf of Mexico oil rig were distracted by multiple activities going on simultaneously and didn't try to shut the well until 49 minutes after gas particles began flowing in. Steve Robinson, who led... more »
December 6, 2010 4:00 PM
BATON ROUGE – Four postal workers have been indicted by a federal grand jury, accused of tampering with the mail in their care. All four are accused of opening, delaying or detaining mail that was intended to be delivered. If convicted they could face a five-year prison sentence, a $250,000... more »
November 23, 2010 11:19 AM
BATON ROUGE - Attorneys for Humana and UnitedHealthcare have asked a state judge to order the rebidding of a contract awarded to Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana to administer the HMO plan for state workers, retirees and their dependents. Lawyers representing Blue Cross and the state Office of... more »
November 9, 2010 5:29 PM
BATON ROUGE - Three women indicted in the 2009 death of a child in a daycare van have bonded out of the East Baton Rouge jail.
Indictments for negligent homicide were handed down for Wanda Connor, Michelle Veals and Kyandrea Thomas last week. Today, the three were booked into... more »
October 27, 2010 12:02 PM
State labor officials say Louisiana gained 18,100 non-farm jobs from September 2009 to September 2010. The Louisiana Workforce Commission said Wednesday that over the past 12 months, 20,600 jobs have been added to the service sector. The goods-producing sector - including petroleum, manufacturing and construction - has been reduced by... more »
September 14, 2010 5:54 PM
Less than a quarter of oil rig workers who've been without a job due to the moratorium on deep water drilling have applied to get their cut of a check from BP. Earlier this summer, the oil giant gave the Baton Rouge Area Foundation $100 million in grant funds to... more »
September 2, 2010 10:40 AM
Another explosion has occurred at an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, this one about 80 miles south of Vermillion Bay along the central Louisiana coast.
The rig is Vermillion oil rig 380 and is owned by Mariner Energy. It had 13 workers aboard at the time, all... more »
August 27, 2010 4:53 AM
A Covington company has been hired to process applications for money from a $100 million fund set up by BP to help oil rig workers idled by a federal moratorium on new deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. The Louisiana charity running the program, the Gulf Coast Restoration and... more »
August 21, 2010 9:45 AM
Government documents show that more than 23,000 workers are affected by the moratorium on deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. According a memo last month from Michael Bromwich, the nation's top drilling regulator, the six-month suspension is directly putting 9,450 people out of work. The memo also says the... more »
August 19, 2010 10:23 PM
Oil workers are not lining up to file for unemployment. Only 600 claims have come in so far, according to the state. A professor at LSU said that's far below the thousands predicted, and it's for a reason.
"There are a number of mitigating circumstances out there that have... more »
August 18, 2010 7:10 PM
Workers in Paincourtville are busy installing dams containing oil-tainted runoff from sugarcane fields. They are also re-directing runoff from non-contaminated fields through diversion channels.
However, recent rains in the area have not helped the Department of Environmental Quality, which has been working on the dams and channels since the... more »
August 10, 2010 8:46 AM
Union Tank Car Co. was planning to hire 80 to 100 new workers at its Alexandria plant- a move that will still have the manufacturer below peak employment.
Company officials said the exact number of new workers will depend upon the state of the economy.
They also said... more »
August 10, 2010 8:10 AM
Productivity dropped this spring for the first time in more than a year, a sign that companies may need to hire more workers in the near future.
Worker productivity declined at annual rate of 0.9 percent in the April-to-June quarter after posting large gains throughout 2009, the Labor Department... more »
August 2, 2010 11:00 AM
Close to 9,000 people will be eligible for grants from a $100 million fund to help struggling oil rig workers because of the federal moratorium on new deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.
The Gulf Coast Restoration and Protection Foundation, an affiliate of the Baton Rouge Area Foundation,... more »
July 30, 2010 9:08 AM
BP today announced the company will establish a $100 million fund to help unemployed rig workers experiencing economic hardship as a result of the moratorium on deepwater drilling imposed by the United States federal government. The Rig Worker Assistance Fund will be administered through the Gulf Coast Restoration and Protection... more »
July 22, 2010 12:02 PM
As weather continues to churn in the Gulf, clean up contractors working for B.P are getting more bad news. Boaters involved in the Vessels of Opportunity Program (VOO) are temporarily being laid off.
The boat captains and deck hands were given the bad news as they arrived for work... more »
July 21, 2010 8:57 AM
Authorities say 130 people were evacuated from a vessel that housed oil spill response workers when an electrical outlet caught fire Tuesday, but there were only "very minor" injuries. The injuries included a man who bumped his elbow while using a fire extinguisher and another who complained of having a... more »
July 12, 2010 10:06 PM
The feds stopped deepwater drilling again with a new moratorium today. The government says it's to prevent harm to the environment, but some say it harms people.
For 84 days, BP has been chasing this runaway reservoir. For half that time, Biloxi native Tommy Gryder has been chasing jobs.... more »
July 12, 2010 10:33 AM
The Treasury Department says businesses have added 4.5 million workers under a new program that provides tax breaks for hiring unemployed workers.
The bill passed in March exempts businesses that hire people who have been unemployed for at least 60 days from paying the 6.2 percent Social Security payroll... more »
July 2, 2010 5:57 PM
Finding enough housing for those working in the clean-up is a problem. News 2’s Rob Krieger got answers on how the State Fire Marshal has made it easier to create safe housing. more »
June 22, 2010 6:45 AM
A judge has ordered the state to reconsider its contract with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana to administer the HMO health plan for state workers, retirees and their dependents. Humana previously held the contract, which is scheduled to take effect July 1. State District Judge Mike Caldwell says... more »
June 14, 2010 3:02 PM
The president of the Humane Society of the United States says efforts to find and rescue birds and other animals endangered by the oil spill are inadequate.
Wayne Pacelle, president and chief executive of the animal advocate group, says a seven-member panel of experts said the rescue is being... more »
June 14, 2010 5:51 AM
A consulting firm says next year U.S. companies should anticipate another big increase in medical costs and many workers will be expected to pay a bigger share. The PricewaterhouseCoopers report says for the first time, most of the American workforce is expected to have health insurance deductibles of $400 or... more »
June 12, 2010 11:27 AM
A job fair in Bastrop, La. offers 100 temporary security jobs for Gulf of Mexico oil spill duty along the coast, hundreds of miles away.
Hub Enterprises of Broussard has a contract with BP PLC for security officers and supervisors from Venice to Cameron.
The Louisiana Workforce Commission's... more »
June 10, 2010 6:15 AM
Today President Barack Obama will meet with relatives of the 11 workers killed in the Gulf of Mexico oil rig explosion. The family members were meeting the president at the White House, where he was to offer his condolences for their losses. more »