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Scott MacKay Commentary
5:00 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Scott MacKay Commentary: Labor Day 2014, Tough Times For Unions, Workers

As another Labor Day comes and goes, Rhode Island's economy remains sluggish. The unemployment rate is one of the highest in the nation.
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It’s Labor Day, time to celebrate workers and labor unions. For this Labor Day  RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says it’s  a tough time for workers and organized labor.

In Rhode Island, Labor Day wasn’t always just another day off. It wasn’t always just an excuse for a last  summer day at the beach.  Or a backyard cookout.

A century ago, Labor Day was a time of worker activism. In 1893, after years of agitation by workers and union leaders, the Rhode Island General Assembly established the first Monday in September as a legal, but not a paid, holiday.

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Business
8:19 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Good News on Jobs Front

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Rhode Island’s unemployment rate has fallen to its lowest level in more than four years. The latest data from the state Labor Department indicates people may be finding work outside of the state.

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