Proposed labor policy riddled with problems

Editorial Labor Day began at the instigation of labor unions in the 1860s as a way to celebrate the “working man” and demonstrate the “esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations.” As membership in unions (except, interestingly, government employee unions) has waned, the day has increasingly become, unofficially, the Last Great Barbecue of […]

There’s power in being bossed

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Once upon a time, a warlord rampaged throughout the countryside, killing every peasant until only a monk remained. Furious, he ordered the monk brought before him and shouted, “Do you know who I am?” “I am he who can run you through with a sword without even batting an eye!” […]

N.M. Labor Secretary visits region

By Jean Verlich: Freedom Newspapers New Mexico Labor Secretary Betty Sparrow Doris is in Clovis today as part of a two-day visit to eastern New Mexico to lay groundwork for a more integrated approach in meeting the state’s employment needs. Doris met Tuesday in Portales with members of the Eastern Area Workforce Development Board. She […]

Not all rest on Labor Day

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By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer Labor Day is just how it sounds to many people in Roosevelt County. The first Monday in September has long been designated as Labor Day, a creation of the labor movement giving workers an extra day off during the year, but many people work whether they choose to or […]

State gets funding to help job transitions

Staff and Wire Reports The U.S. Department of Labor has decided to award the state $1 million in job transition funds since it could be affected by the Pentagon’s plans to close Cannon Air Force Base and transfer jobs from White Sands Missile Range. The funds would be used in eastern New Mexico to support […]

Paralegal career full of challenges

By David Irvin By David Irvin CNJ STAFF WRITER david_irvin@link.freedom.com The clock is ticking and the paperwork is piling up. Two-hundred pages to brief, 30 minutes till court and little room for error. Welcome to the paralegal profession. “There is never a day that you are caught up,” said Shannon Cassidy, who works as a […]

Sept. 8 Dora News

By Charlie Carmichael There was a little more rain on Saturday night, so it was a Godsend on the fresh green wheat sprigs emerging from mother earth. It sure was nice on the seeds that are being sown now in other fields. It would be nice if could all be done in a day when […]

Labor Day sees difference among generations

By Tony Parra The focus all year is on work, but this Monday will give United States and Roosevelt County residents an opportunity to relax instead of punching the clock at their jobs or attending classes. Residents focused in on work ethic and the meaning of Labor Day. Many of today’s workers believe work ethic […]

County unemployment rates drop

By Mike Linn The parking lot of the state labor department’s Clovis branch was virtually empty Thursday afternoon. Inside the building, Bethany Hanner — a 20-year-old who lost her job on Tuesday — searched the labor department’s online database for work. “This place has been helpful,” she said. She was the only one there looking […]

Labor Day weekend is well deserved by all

Jim Lee Well, here we are a week into September. How did that happen so fast? School has started and last weekend was the last hurrah of summer. I hope everybody enjoyed that three-day Labor Day weekend. While we enjoyed that day off, I wonder how many of us gave a thought to how it […]

Strong work ethic equals success

Tony Parra and Janet Bresenham Most business owners agree: Hard work and customer service have always been the key to any business’ success. But do area residents demonstrate strong work ethics? Interviews on Labor Day weekend 2003 suggest yes … and no. Troy Hinton, owner of Portales’ IGA grocery store, said Portales has a strong […]

Residents kick back, enjoy long weekend

Tony Parra Portales may not be celebrating Labor Day with any official events, but officials said Rotary Park and Portales Municipal Park will be busy this weekend with families barbecuing and enjoying a three-day weekend. Oasis State Park is also expecting crowds and the lake is stocked with trout and catfish. The Department of Transportation […]

Fuel costs don’t thwart holiday travels

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Mike Linn The rise in gas prices in the state and across the nation may be annoying local residents, but the soaring rates — the second highest recorded prices in New Mexico history — aren’t discouraging citizens from traveling out of town this Labor Day weekend. As of Thursday afternoon, the American Automobile Association reported […]

Whether you have a holiday or a ‘jale-day,’ make it last

Helena Rodriguez Will your Labor Day be a holiday or a “jale-day?” “Jale” is Spanish slang for the word “work” and is pronounced something like “hah-leh,” so essentially holiday and “jale-day” are pronounced the same but mean two completely different things. “Jale-day” is a clever mix of Spanish and English and a great way for […]

Summer jobs hard to come by for students

By Mike Linn This time of year has numerous recurring events — rising temperatures, graduation services and students entering the job market. The glut of job seekers, most entering the labor pool between May and August, receive no guarantees: Labor Department officials say many employers are willing to hire for temporary positions, yet others feel […]