Jobs and Labor

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2014

    Dre Watch 2014: Andre Johnson Reportedly Spotted At NRG Stadium

    Where will Andre Johnson be come Friday? That's the question on every Texan fan's mind as we head toward the end of the week and the beginning of Training Camp 2014. Will he remain away from the team, working out on his own at home? Will he happily just trot out with the wide receivers, get in line ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2014

    Texans Exercise J.J. Watt's Fifth Year Option On His Rookie Contract

    When the NFL players and owners agreed to a new collective bargaining agreement prior to the 2011 season, one of the most crucial elements was the implementation of a rookie wage scale. The key benefit at the time seemed pretty simple -- the scale would stop the marquee, high draft choice rookies f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2014

    Dewhurst Thinks Teachers Have It Just Great in Texas, Except When He Didn't

    Teachers are use to working long hours, attending parent teacher conferences, and sometimes sacrificing their personal lives to teach. They don't earn millions of dollars each year like basketball players or actors but the passion they have for education and making a difference is what drives them t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2013

    Nearly 9,000 Expected for American Legion Convention

    Nearly 9,000 veterans will attend the American Legion's 95th national convention in Houston August 23, according to the nation's largest organization of wartime vets. A press release states that "blue-capped Legionnaires will be seen primarily in the downtown area where they will be housed in a num ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2013

    NBA Finals: Give Houston What It Wants, Rashard Lewis Vs T-Mac

    We interrupt this widespread panic over LeBron James's possibly being human (and this widespread panic....and this widespread panic....) for a request. Oh, wait a second...Gary Neal just hit another three...okay, continuing... We interrupt this widespread panic for a request.... Damn! Danny Green ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2013

    Workers at ExxonMobil's Massive Baytown Plant (Almost) Went On Strike over safety

    The folks over at Exxon Mobil's Baytown refinery were facing a possible Norma Rae situation last week when local United Steelworkers representatives threatened a strike if the Exxon people didn't put in the health and safety provisions they'd asked for in their contracts. Local USW rep Rich "Hoot" ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2013

    NFL Free Agency 2013: Your Texans Cheat Sheet (Cap Numbers, Restructure Candidates, and More!)

    Back in the day, when I used to have oodles and oodles of idle time on my hands during prime game-show watching hours (that's code for "back in college"), Wheel of Fortune was a staple of my game-show dance card. (For the record, Tic Tac Dough, Joker's Wild and Price is Right -- the Sopranos of game ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2013

    The Truth About Tom Brady's New Contract (With Special Guest Star Matt Schaub!)

    Of the three major professional sports leagues, football has the methodology of compensation that is the least broken and the fiscal system that is least susceptible to ruin at the hands of compulsively spending owners, and it's all because of the NFL's policy of utilizing non-guaranteed contracts. ... More >>

  • News

    January 31, 2013

    Survival Skills

    Calling your boss a dick on Facebook might no longer be a fireable offense (but I wouldn't test it).

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2013

    Royce White Close To Returning To The Houston Rockets

    After a standoff that's lasted since virtually the beginning of the 2012-2013 NBA season, and on the heels of a piece that ran on HBO's Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel on Tuesday night, it appears that Houston Rockets rookie forward Royce White will soon return to work under parameters contained in a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2013

    Calling Your Boss a Dick on Facebook Might No Longer Be a Fireable Offense (But I Wouldn't Test It)

    The National Labor Relations Board, through a series of new rules governing small business and social media, has provided greater protections for employees who speak out against employers online. Expanding existing rules, the NLRB said, "workers have a right to discuss work conditions freely and wit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2012

    Adventures in DUI: Jacksonville Jags WR Justin Blackmon (w/ Mugshot!)

    While the new NFL collective bargaining agreement has brought rookie salaries, particularly first round rookie salaries, more in line with their true value, there is no denying that NFL teams are still investing significant chunks of change in a bunch of unproven commodities. Along those lines, it's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2011

    Local Taqueria Chain in Trouble with Department of Labor, Agrees to Pay Over $275,000 to Employees

    Pinche burger? How about paying the pinche minimum wage to your employees, Taconmadre?​Longtime Houstonians may know Taqueria Taconmadre as a solid local chain, as a good place to grab tacos into the wee hours of the night. But the U.S. Department of Labor knows Taconmadre as the subject of it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2011

    Carrie Feibel & Eric Kane: Chronicle Romance Makes The New York Times

    According to the Times: "Collins Metu Engagement photos of Carrie Feibel and Eric Kayne at the Menil in Houston, Texas" ​The lusty, throbbing crucible of lust that is the Houston Chronicle was exposed in The New York Times Sunday, as a bodice-ripping tale of love at first sight, layoffs and ... More >>

  • Calendar

    March 3, 2011
  • Blogs

    February 10, 2011

    Feds Sue Kinder Morgan for $1 Million in Unpaid Overtime

    The Department of Labor has filed a lawsuit against Houston's Kinder Morgan that seeks more than $1 million in what it says is unpaid overtime owed to "4,500 current and former operators, technicians, maintenance workers, laborers and administrative nonexempt employees." Kinder Morgan provides serv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2010

    The 10 Most Annoying Cubicle Habits, As Reported By Your Co-Workers

    Work is hell​The sniffling-and-coughing season is upon us, so that means it's time to get highly, highly annoyed by the idiots in the nearby cubicles at your office.Not our office, you understand. We have terrific, totally un-annoying co-workers. You guys out there, though, you gotta lot a problem ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2010

    BP Will Pay $50 Million Fine For Texas City Refinery, But You're Not Getting $80 Million Out Of Them, By God

    BP: This time they really mean it​BP will pay a whopping $50 million fine to the feds for chronic safety violations at its notorious Texas City refinery, OSHA announced today.The fine is whopping in terms of previous fines; it's more than double the previous record fine of $21 million, says OSHA ( ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2010

    Cecil Harris Young & Recessioned: At A Job Fair, Trying To Find A People Job

    ​Today's installment of Young & Recessioned features Cecil Harris, who spent Monday afternoon at a Houston career fair trying to find some work. I've been looking for a job since December, and it's like, there are no jobs. I was working as a dispatcher with an incorporated company for Con ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2010

    Shannon Franklin, Young & Recessioned: Spell The Hiring Manager's Name Correctly, Please

    ​Today's installment of Young and Recessioned features Shannon Franklin, assistant director of the Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University, who says that even Rice students might have to do anything at any point to try to make some income. We help them with networking, resume building ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2010

    Viet Tran, Young & Recessioned: You Can't Be Afraid To Be Goofy

    ​Today's installment of Young & Recessioned features Viet Tran, a 27-year-old University of Houston grad who has used reality TV, YouTube episodes and street corner stunts to find his dream job. I went into commercial real estate right after I graduated. I did that for about three years. I had ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2010

    Dmetrius Alexander, Young & Recessioned: You're Just A Set Of Keywords In A Search Engine

    ​Today's Installment of Young & Recessioned features Dmetrius Alexander, a 26-year-old from San Antonio that found the only thing worse than being unemployed in Houston for ten months is searching for jobs online. I went to St. Mary's University in San Antonio. I always wanted to get into busi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2010

    HISD Looks to Hire Teachers From California

    ​The Houston ISD is heading out to California (and later to Louisiana, Michigan and Florida!) to recruit teachers, its press office announced today.Specifically, it is looking for bilingual, secondary math and science teachers and cash-strapped California -- where reportedly more than 20,000 teach ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2010

    HISD's Breakfast Was Pop Tarts and Animal Crackers

    Photo courtesy Orell Fitzsimmons​The upcoming cost-savings cutback in hours for cafeteria workers in the Houston ISD brought union leader Orell Fitzsimmons over to two HISD elementaries this week and when he looked in on the actual breakfast being served, he was not amused."Milk, juice, Pop Tarts ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2009

    Hey Houston!! You're Getting A Raise!! (Well, Some Of You Are)

    ​There's startling news out of a new survey by Hewitt Associates, a national human-resources firm: People are getting raises.In this day and age! Not only that, but Houston is at the top of the pack for this strange, more or less unheard-of phenomenon.Hewitt's survey shows that Houston workers can ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2009

    Hard Times on Milam For A Man Who Wants No Publicity For His Publicity Stunt

    Just minutes ago we got a text from a friend on lunch break, informing us of neatly dressed man briskly walking down Milam armed with a posterboard that read "I Need a Job." He gave us no other clues to go on but when one hears about someone meandering around downtown carrying a sign, we will always ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2009

    Your Federal Government: Protecting The Rights Of Old People To Work In Strip Clubs

    Now this is the kind of federal government you're getting now that Obama's in office -- the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is suing a Houston strip club for firing a worker because she was too old.Finally, we have a gover -- what the hell? We're gonna get old strippers now? Bring back McCai ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2009

    36 Years At DPS, Eight Months As Chief -- And He's Outta Here!

    The Department of Public Safety has put out a terse statement announcing that Colonel Stanley Clark, the director of the agency, has resigned that position as of 5 pm today.Why? No answers are forthcoming from DPS or other officials. "This is an elite law enforcement agency. We expect all our employ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2009

    Layoff Tales From The Chron

    The layoff tales are spreading from 801 Texas, home of the Houston Chronicle. Here's one. A former copy editor relates her day: my favorite part of the whole experience was being greeted with an offhand joke about copy editors by the bigwig who told me my copy editing job was being eliminated. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2009

    Sherlock's Pub Gets Spanked Back With Harassment Ruling

    The ass-spanking and breast-squeezing has come to a stop at Sherlock's Pub (we assume), but it was an expensive lesson.The owners of the bar on Westheimer agreed to pay $115,000 to settle a class sexual-harassment case brought against them by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the EEOC ann ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2008

    Fox 26 News May Be Facing Some Big Job Cuts

    Difficult times may be coming for Channel 26, Fox's local news operation.A television-news website reports that Fox is planning big cutbacks at stations across the country. "Stations like New York's WNYW, Chicago's WFLD and Houston's KRIV are expected to be hit hard," reports TVNewserKRIV is an "own ... More >>

  • News

    November 13, 2008

    Bad Faith and Texas Mutual Insurance: Plausible Deniability

    State doesn't keep track of how many denials are reversed on appeal

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2008

    Houston Chronicle Staffers Facing Buyouts, Layoffs

    Back in July we wrote about how staffers at the Houston Chronicle were walking on eggshells over rumors of cuts and layoffs. Well, if the devil you know is better than the one you don't, then they could be feeling better. But not by much. The numbers are in -- publisher Jack Sweeney sent a letter ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2008

    Uh-Oh, O'Reilly: Racial Discrimination?

    The Houston portion of the auto-parts chain O'Reilly's is in trouble. The local office of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced today they've filed a discrimination suit against the retailer, saying African-American employees at a Houston plant were subjected to "racial slurs b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2008

    Metro Gets Picketed

    About 30 Metro employees picketed the downtown transit center this morning, demanding that Metro save benefits planned to be cut, and improve other benefits. Members of Transportation Workers Union 260 told the Houston Press that contract negotiations were planned today, and they feared losing bene ... More >>

  • News

    May 22, 2008
  • News

    April 24, 2008

    The Annotated Alberto Gonzales

    A look at Gonzo's job hunt

  • News

    November 11, 2004

    Black and White

    Good ol boys prosper at the Harris County Sheriffs Office. Many African-Americans dont.

  • News

    July 15, 2004

    Children of Enron

    One of Ken Lay's many legacies: the families whose lives were disrupted by the fall

  • News

    November 6, 2003

    Pens and Needles

    Federal turf fights and deals mark the legacy of a union bribery case

  • News

    January 17, 2002

    War on bin Laden -- or Unions?

    Bush's battle against terrorism now bars some federal labor activities

  • News

    January 17, 2002

    What's Wrong with This Picture?

    MFA director Peter C. Marzio gets a bonus of $1.7 million while front-line museum employees say they have trouble paying their rent

  • News

    January 10, 2002

    Riding Short

    Houston firefighters say the city has been playing Russian roulette by carrying crews of three members instead of four on its trucks. Last October, Jay Paul Jahnke anted up with his life.

  • News

    November 1, 2001

    Down at the Boardwalk

    A couple's claim against Landry's -- was it bawdy behavior or veiled blackmail?

  • News

    October 15, 1998

    Grand Prix Profits

    City overtime demotion scheme gains a checkered flag

  • News

    October 9, 1997
  • Film

    July 31, 1997

    Perfect Mess

    What's wrong with this Picture? Everything.

  • News

    January 9, 1997


    The medical examiner's controversial DNA expert is fired... for doing her job

  • News

    February 8, 1996

    Station Break

    Beset by budget problems, bereft of substantive local programming, Channel 8 finds itself at a crossroads. Perhaps it's time to put the "public" back into Houston Public Television.

  • News

    December 1, 1994
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