May 1, or May Day, or the Feast of St Joseph the Worker, the patron saint of workers, is a day that workers were traditionally given off following the planting of the fields that later became a bank holiday and is today an annual occasion for displays of social unrest throughout much of Europe.
This holiday is not widely celebrated in the United States. Nonetheless, we are taking the occasion to survey labor memes and what it means to work, or search to find work, in 2013.
Here is one of the many austerity memes that has been making the rounds today:
2. What Are the Best Places to Work?
3. The Worst Places to Work
True, the number of workers in China's Coal Mining Industry who die every day has gone down in the past few years, but China's mines remain some of the deadliest in the world due to lax regulation and corruption. Some watchdogs estimate that the true death tolls might be twice what is reported by the Chinese government.
What is the worst (read: deadliest) place to work in the U.S.? A study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that workers on offshore oil and gas operations are more than seven times more likely to die on the job than other workers.
Read more here.
4. Yahoo Does a Redo, Sort of...
After receiving a beating in the blogosphere and the court of public opinion for banning employees from working from home, Yahoo yesterday revised its paid leave policy for new parents. However, not everyone was so impressed.
5. Labor's Bleak Outlook
As Ned Resnikoff writes on MSNBC.com, "For working America, the trend over the last few decades has been towards lower wages, fewer workplace rights, and diminished voice in the public sphere."
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