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    PNS Daily News - August 31, 20150 


    Among the stories we are following; President Obama renames the nation’s tallest peak; officials close in on a guns in parks policy; the death penalty on trial in California; and how dropping your devices could get you a better night’s sleep.

Livable Wages/Working Families

A majority of Idaho's 200,000 caregivers feel overwhelmed. Credit: gaertringer/pixabay.com.

BOISE, Idaho - They log more than 180 million hours a year, and they're feeling overwhelmed. That describes the 200,000 Idahoans who act as caregivers for spouses or other adult relatives who need help at home because of age or disabilities. The numbers are in a report from AARP that also delves i ...Read More

Workers around the country seek a $15 an hour minimum wage. Credit: The All-Nite Images/fickr.com

HARRISBURG, Pa. – As bills to increase the minimum wage languish in Harrisburg, new information is being offered showing people earning the minimum don't come close to a secure standard of living. The statistics, compiled by the Washington-based Economic Policy Institute, were released late ...Read More

HealthEast security officer Kyle McGinn and his co-workers want the hospital chain to boost security staffing. Credit: AFSCME Council 5.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Security officers at the HealthEast hospital chain say short staffing levels are putting everyone there at risk. Kyle McGinn, who works at Bethesda Hospital in St Paul, said there have been more than 30 violent assaults at that HealthEast facility in the last year - many from pati ...Read More

An SEIU Local 503 bargaining team has negotiated a pay raise with the state for home-care workers, who will earn up to $15 an hour by 2017. Credit: SEIU Local 503.

PORTLAND, Ore. - A pay raise is on the way for more than 20,000 home-care workers in Oregon. A new contract has been settled with the state by SEIU Local 503 that outlines a pathway of up to $15 an hour by 2017. Home-care workers currently have a base wage of $13.75 an hour. "Some people say, oh, ...Read More

Security guards in Pittsburgh demand better pay and training. Credit: SEIU 32BJ

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - University of Pittsburgh students soon will be headed back to school but campus security guards there say for them it's back to poverty. At less than $9 an hour, security guards at the university are among the lowest paid in the city. This morning, dozens of guards and their sup ...Read More

The New Mexico Veterans Business Expo and Job Fair is happening Thursday at the Albuquerque Convention Center. Credit: New Mexico Veterans Business Expo and Job Fair.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Veterans looking for work - and those who already own businesses - are expected in big numbers Thursday at the annual New Mexico Veterans Business Expo and Job Fair at the Albuquerque Convention Center. Spokesman Mike Schramski said it's an opportunity for veteran job seekers t ...Read More

Tennessee gets high marks for women's access to education, but points to room for improvement in other areas. Credit: taliesin/morguefile.com

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Today is Women's Equality Day, and a new national survey ranks Tennessee near the top for one consideration that is important to women - and others, not so much. The Volunteer State is ranked 24th for workplace environments, a category that combines such topics as wages, the numb ...Read More

Since 2011 the NYS Department of Labor has recovered almost $100 million for victims of wage theft. Photo credit: Scott Richard/Flickr.com.

BROOKLYN, N.Y. – Workers at a Brooklyn cleaning service say their boss took them to the cleaners, and he now faces charges of wage theft. The employees were promised $10 to $14 an hour to clean houses and apartments, working shifts up to 16 hours long, but often weren't paid what they were ow ...Read More

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