Newton Murray is 99 years old and has worked since 1926. His job for more than 30 years has been as a janitor at a property in St. Petersburg, Fla. He doesn't plan on retiring, nor does his employer plan on making him. "Life can't always be easy, but you do your best and be grateful," he says.
Stock prices have shown modest gains this morning, after a two-day decline as investors reacted to the Federal Reserve's plan to start withdrawing stimulus if the economy improves. The Standard & Poor's 500 index dropped 2.5% on Thursday, its biggest one-day decline since Nov. 11, 2011. The Dow Jones industrial average and the Nasdaq Composite index each gave up about 2.3%.
Hospital custodians who viewed their work in "rich relational terms" and sought out positives were happier than those who did not, according to study author Amy Wrzesniewski. "Though there are obviously times you should quit a terrible job, the impulse to always look for the perfect career situation rather than try to find ways to thrive in your current one and connect with the value of the work you already do, makes a lot of people unnecessarily miserable," writes Jessica Stillman.
About 400 janitors from the Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en la Lucha union have authorized a strike if they cannot begin negotiations with three companies that provide cleaning workers for retailers in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area.
Janitors and security officers in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area have voted to approve a strike if negotiations with building service contractors fail. Further meetings between the sides were scheduled for this week.