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apprenticeships, long common in blue-collar industries, are coming to white-coll


andrew skelnik grew up in what he calls a "strong blue-collar background" in chicago. the word "apprenticeship," to him, meant learning a similar skilled trade: he was waitlisted for two he applied for at local unions earlier in his career.






populists want to bring back the blue-collar golden age. but was it really so go


thanks to donald trump’s populist rhetoric, the most romanticized figure in america right now is the blue-collar worker of yesteryear — symbol of an era in which companies took good care of their front-line employees. just listen to the way steve bannon, the white house chief strategist, talks...






a 'golden age'? factory work in the 60s was tedious, dangerous and soul-crushing


to the editor: in the fall of 1967, i worked in “the pit” at a chrysler assembly plant in michigan. every 45 seconds a car rolled on tracks overhead while our three-man team inspected several essential items. (“populists want to bring back the blue-collar golden age. but was it really so golden?...






le pen upstages macron in battle for blue-collar votes


far-right presidential candidate marine le pen turned an appliance factory into a battleground wednesday for france's blue-collar vote, upstaging rival emmanuel macron with a surprise campaign stop at the plant threatened with closure.






macron on risky hunt for blue-collar votes against le pen


french presidential front-runner emmanuel macron is going hunting for blue-collar votes, planning to meet on wednesday with workers from a home appliance factory that is the latest hot-button symbol of the loss of french jobs to plants overseas.






a blue-collar, middle-class truck driver’s rant on america’s health care mess


here’s a concrete example of what ‘skyrocketing premiums,’ ‘gargantuan deductibles,’ and ‘outrageous co-pays’ look like on the ground for a blue-collar, middle-class truck driver.






college-educated whites, not blue-collar trump backers, powered washington state


a wave in white, blue-collar voters never materialized in washington in the 2016 presidential election. but the bump in college-educated whites could have helped hillary clinton receive a higher percentage of king county votes than obama in 2012.






trump administration will not ignore white collar crime: justice official


the trump administration will be persistent in prosecuting white collar crimes despite giving a higher profile to tackling violent crime, a senior justice department official said on thursday. since taking office, u.s. attorney general jeff sessions has repeatedly said federal law enforcement agenci...






trump's supreme court shortlist: blue blood and blue collar


president trump plans to announce his nominee for the supreme court tonight at the white house






man accused of beating kids, using dog shock collar on them


a suburban philadelphia man has been accused of beating and abusing his two children and shocking them with an electric dog collar repeatedly.






blue-collar dream job: 3 percent of applicants picked in lottery


full-time dockworkers in los angeles and long beach earn $123,278 on average, get free medical coverage and receive a pension.






flag wavers and white christians do not have a monopoly on patriotism


to the editor: joan c. williams makes good points about the urgent need for progressives to stop dissing blue-collar americans. the class divide has enabled president trump, a billionaire who has never done physical work in his life, to pass himself off as a regular american guy. (“even on july...






mike napoli can't land a long-term deal despite a solid resume


mike napoli has been an integral part of eight playoff teams, three world series teams and one championship team in 11 big league seasons, providing middle-of-the-order power, steady leadership and a blue-collar work ethic to every club for which he has played. all of which makes napoli’s nomadic...






kraft heinz lays off 200 white-collar workers in canada, us


pittsburgh (ap) — kraft heinz co. has laid off 200 white-collar workers in canada and the united states. michael mullen, the company’s senior vice president of corporate and government affairs,, says the company is realigning its administrative functions to be more efficient. the company didn’t say where the layoffs occurred. kraft heinz is dually headquartered […]






white house staff pushed to make overly positive projections for economic growth


president donald trump made a lot of promises on the campaign trail, particularly around economic issues. “make america great again,” the slogan that powered the trump campaign, was premised around bringing blue collar work back to the us and reforming programs like the affordable care a...






‘toxic brew of resentment and victimization’: historian explains the roots of wh


over the past two years, there has been a debate over what has really been responsible for donald trump’s rise: is it racism or economic anxiety among blue-collar white people? writing in the washington post, university of oklahoma history professor steven gillon says that it’s a mix of ...






the message from office makeovers at microsoft, ibm, ge: don’t get too comfortab


new office designs are meant to cater to the variety of tasks required of modern white-collar workers. put another way, it means people don’t sit in just one place.






mueller taking on new challenge after heading fbi on 9/11


robert mueller took office as fbi director in 2001 expecting to dig into drug cases, white-collar misdeeds and violent crime. a week later was sept. 11.






mueller: 9/11 fbi head again catapulted into new challenge


robert mueller took office as fbi director in 2001 expecting to dig into drug cases, white-collar misdeeds and violent crime. a week later was sept. 11.






mueller taking on new challenge after heading fbi on 9/11


robert mueller took office as fbi director in 2001 a week before sept. 11. he had been expecting to dig into drug cases, white-collar misdeeds and violent crime.






trump promised his followers anything and everything. now, he's testing their lo


to the editor: it is undeniable that president trump, through his first 100 days in office, has been remarkably successful in creating a powerful visceral connection to his voting base, which includes millions of disaffected blue-collar workers. it also follows that a base so energized by his demagoguery...






new coach mike hopkins vows to instill blue-collar work ethic into huskies


“coach hop is a lot like me,” returning assistant coach will conroy says. “he’s a fighter. he’s a grinder. he’s tough. and we need to get back to that.”






former u.s. attorney andrew luger to join minneapolis office of jones day


the former u.s. attorney will lead white-collar defense practice for jones day in the twin cities






healthcare debate highlights the split that threatens to paralyze republicans


six months after taking control of the white house and both houses of congress, republicans who campaigned for years on repealing obamacare still can’t agree on how to do it. a chief reason that the struggle has been so hard is the growing importance in the party of populist blue-collar voters,...






man accused of beating kids, using dog shock collar on them


philadelphia (ap) — a suburban philadelphia man has been accused of beating and abusing his two children and shocking them with an electric dog collar repeatedly. authorities say collegeville resident joseph myhre punched, kicked, choked and otherwise abused the boy and the girl over the past six years. the boy is now 13. the girl […]






durbin on gop health plan: 'put a lace collar on a pit bull and it's still a mea


democratic u.s. sen. dick durbin blasted senate republicans' new health care proposal thursday shortly after it was released, saying "you can put a lace collar on a pit bull and it's still a mean dog." durbin made the comment from the senate floor, also noting that president donald trump previously...






u.s. employers add 156,000 jobs in august; unemployment rate edges up to 4.4%


august was a good month for blue-collar jobs, but hiring on the whole tailed off from earlier in the summer and there was no indication of an upturn in wage growth, which has been missing in the nation’s long economic recovery. despite solid gains in manufacturing, construction and mining, u.s....






wildlife managers track daughter of famous or-7 wolf


medford, ore. (ap) — state and federal wildlife managers will again be able to track gray wolf or-7’s rogue pack now that one of his presumed offspring is sporting a new gps collar. in what was described as a “textbook” capture, biologists on the morning of oct. 3 were able to trap, tranquilize and collar […]






durbin on gop health care plan: 'put a lace collar on a pit bull and it's still


democratic u.s. sen. dick durbin blasted senate republicans' new health care proposal thursday shortly after it was released, saying "you can put a lace collar on a pit bull and it's still a mean dog."durbin made the comment from the senate floor, also noting that president donald trump previously...






wednesday's tv highlights: 'major crimes' on tnt


series blue collar millionaires the unscripted series about working-class entrepreneurs ends another season. 7 p.m. cnbc arrow china white, cupid and liza warner (guest stars kelly hu, amy gumenick and rutina wesley) conspire to stage a prison break and go to star city in a new episode of the...






mars spacesuits: designing a blue-collar suit for the red planet


the first explorers on mars will need a new kind of spacesuit, and a university-based team has taken a novel approach to design the equipment.






this silicon valley startup wants to replace lawyers with robots


in the last two years, automation and artificial intelligence tools have become sophisticated enough to affect professional and white-collar work






martin truex jr.'s blue-collar journey will surely lead to nascar cup title in 2


martin truex jr. is not a lonesome loser. he’s crawled his way up the ranks and paid the requisite dues. truex’s long trajectory dates to racing go-karts at the new egypt speedway in central new jersey and a pit stop in mooresville, n.c., where he once rented a home from dale earnhardt jr. as he...






sabotaged cars and threats of assault: why cupe felt it had to take control of m


'they physically pushed me back while the president of local 301 continued to insult me.... i felt in danger like never before'






democrats have become their own worst enemy


by now, we were supposed to be pretty far along in analyzing how democrats lost blue-collar voters in the so-called rust belt states of ohio, wisconsin, michigan and pennsylvania. and, for their part, instead of focusing so much on russia,