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With no end in sight for the shutdown, thousands of federal workers file for unemployment

With no end in sight for the shutdown, thousands of federal workers file for unemployment

Finance
A few days ago, Will Kohler, a tax examiner for the IRS, filed for unemployment. He's been out of work for three weeks now due to the gridlock in Washington, D.C. "It seems like it's going to go on forever," Kohler, 55, said, from his house in Covington, Kentucky. "I need to eat." He has $ 500 left until his first unemployment check arrives. Tweet Some 800,000 federal workers across the country find themselves in financial uncertainty as the government shutdown drags into its third week. President Donald Trum...
Rent, mortgage payments are hard to meet for workers entangled in the government shutdown

Rent, mortgage payments are hard to meet for workers entangled in the government shutdown

Finance
On Christmas Eve, Cory Binsfield, a landlord in Duluth, Minnesota, received bad news from a couple of his tenants: their rent will be late. Normally, Binsfield dings tenants who are more than five days behind with an 8 percent late fee and if he doesn't see their payment for two weeks, the lawyers get called. He's making an exception this time, however. "I just said 'Don't worry about it'," Binsfield, 54, said. "It's not the tenant's fault." The two renters are currently ...
He can't pick up his insulin because of the government shutdown. How workers are hurting

He can't pick up his insulin because of the government shutdown. How workers are hurting

Finance
As a result of the partial government shutdown, Leo, a tax examiner for the IRS in Ohio, has been out of work for 10 days now. He cannot pick up his more than $ 200 insulin prescription because he doesn't know when his next pay check will come. "I have to save every penny right now," said Leo, who asked to use his middle name only because he's not permitted to speak about his job with the media. If the stalemate in Washington perists, he expects to rely on his credit card to get by. "But will...
Black and minority workers face £3.2bn 'pay penalty'

Black and minority workers face £3.2bn 'pay penalty'

Business
Britain's 1.9 million black and ethnic minority workers face a £3.2bn "pay penalty" compared to white workers doing the same types of jobs, according to new analysis by a think-tank. The report from the Resolution Foundation found that pay differences persisted even when accounting for factors such as employees' occupations, contract types and qualifications.It called for the government to make large firms report on black and minority ethnic (BAME) pay gaps as they already require for gender differences - a policy which is already being consulted on.The study found that having a degree does not close the gap, with the worst pay penalty for all categories of workers faced by black male graduates, who on average earn £3.90 an hour, or 17%, less compared to their wh...
Video games workers create union to demand rights

Video games workers create union to demand rights

Technology
Workers in the video games industry have formed a union for the first time in the UK. Excessive and unpaid overtime, precarious contracts and discrimination are all serious problems in the industry, according the the Games Workers' Union, which launched on Friday.Now it is hoping to use collective organising to fix a "broken sector and create an ethical industry", according to founding member Dec Peach."For as long as I can remember it has been considered normal for games workers to endure zero-hours contracts, excessive unpaid overtime, and even sexism and homophobia as the necessary price to pay for the privilege of working in the industry," he said.When the union holds its first meeting on Sunday, one of the biggest concerns for Mr Peach and his follow members is likely...