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Guggenheim Museum Staff Ratifies Union Contract

The Guggenheim Museum announced Tuesday that it had reached an agreement with its workers’ union after more than two years of bargaining and that nearly 150 curators, conservators and other employees connected with Local 2110 of the United Auto Workers had ratified their first contract. The contract goes into effect immediately, providing an average salary increase of 11 percent over …

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It’s Never Too Late to Become a Nurse

“It’s Never Too Late” is a series that tells the stories of people who decide to pursue their dreams on their own terms. Joanna Patchett has always had a fear of death, and the dying. “I was terrified of being responsible for people’s lives, and was frightened of the space between life and death,” she said. And yet in July …

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Restaurant Chain Franchises Face Scrutiny From the FTC

“Making It Work” is a series about small-business owners striving to endure hard times. When Kenneth Laskin flew to California to meet with executives at Burgerim, a start-up chain of restaurants, he was made to feel not just like another prospective franchisee, but like part of a family. The company’s executives, he said, made a point one evening of highlighting …

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The Unemployment Gap Between Black and White New Yorkers Is Widening

The gulf between Black and white unemployment rates in New York City is now the widest it has been this century, exceeding even the largest gap during the Great Recession, according to a new report. In the first three months of the year, the unemployment rate for Black New Yorkers rose to 12.2 percent, the highest rate of any group, …

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How African Restaurant Baobab Fare Found Success in Detroit

He also had a big dream: to bring the food of their home country to Detroit. He competed in a local entrepreneurship program in 2017, and the couple won the $50,000 prize to help them get their restaurant started. They finally opened the doors to their airy restaurant, Baobab Fare, in early 2021 — in the throes of the pandemic. …

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How Janelle Jones’s Story About Black Women and the Economy Caught On

For the past several years, Ms. Jones has been developing one central philosophy: Because Black women have historically been concentrated in low-paid caregiving jobs, which are often excluded from labor laws and benefits like Social Security, they have accumulated less wealth and experienced worse health outcomes. Furthermore, Ms. Jones argues, helping Black women — through measures like raising wages in …

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When Clothes Fly Off, This Intimacy Coordinator Steps In

The pilot of “Yellowjackets” includes several intimate scenes, including one where two high schoolers, played by Sophie Nélisse and Jack Depew, have sex in a car, and another where a housewife, played by Melanie Lynskey, masturbates. Having Ms. Steinrock on set for those scenes was vital, Ms. Kusama said. As a director, Ms. Kusama said she has always felt a …

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With Layoffs, Retailers Aim to Be Safe Rather Than Sorry (Again)

The retail industry is trying to figure out its correct size. Retailers, faced with sky-high demand from shoppers during the pandemic, spent the past three years ramping up their operations in areas like human resources, finance and technology. Now, times have changed. A public that rushed to buy all sorts of goods in the earlier parts of the pandemic is …

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Day 23: On Christmas Day, No Rest for the Weary. (Or the Guy Who Feeds the Penguins.)

Until the African penguin starts observing federal holidays, Sparks Perkins won’t either. Which is to say the morning of Dec. 25 will bring not presents and mistletoe for the 33-year-old San Franciscan, but beak trims and fish guts. A biologist at the California Academy of Sciences’s Steinhart Aquarium, Mr. Perkins belongs to that unfaltering set — hospital personnel, firefighters, point …

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A ‘Period Dignity Officer’ Seemed Like a Good Idea. Until a Man Was Named.

LONDON — Scotland gained worldwide praise when it passed a pioneering period act, making tampons and pads free by law and instructing schools to make them available in every building. One region even instituted a “period dignity officer.” Then the role was given to a man. The appointment of Jason Grant, a former personal trainer, as the coordinator of the …

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