New bus routes from city to suburbs ‘off to a good start’

Hopeful job applicants get off the bus at BuySeasons on South Moorland Road in New Berlin, at the end of the new MCTS Route 6. (Photo by Andrea Waxman)

A Milwaukee County Transit System spokesperson says the agency is “very pleased to see the high ridership” on Route 6 to New Berlin. Riders hope the routes will offer more access to jobs.

Construction skills training program expelled from North Division

OHMS founder Ezzard White explains the OHMS program to visitors in a technical training lab at the Barack Obama School. (Photo by Andrea Waxman)

After MPS terminated its agreement with One Hope Made Strong at North Division High School, Ezzard White plans to move his construction skills training program for adults to the Barack Obama School of Career and Technical Education.

President Obama to headline Laborfest on Summerfest grounds

President Obama mingles with the crowd at Milwaukee’s Laborfest on Labor Day, 2010. (Photo courtesy of Wisconsin AFL-CIO)

The 55th annual Laborfest will be held from noon to 5 p.m. on the Summerfest grounds.

Micro lawn-mowing businesses put food on table for poor laborers

Richard Wilder stands next to his truck after clearing brush from a lot. (Photo by Brendan O'Brien)

For a few dollars, landscapers mow lawns and clear brush for homeowners and small businesses.

McDonald’s low-wage workers applaud NLRB ruling

Workers demonstrate for higher wages at a local McDonald’s franchise. (Photo By Raina J. Johnson)

Low-wage workers rallied at a local McDonald’s in support of a recent opinion by the National Labor Relations Board general counsel that the company — not just franchisees — has control over workers’ wages.

Spontaneous summer job program spawns loyalty, support

Andre Lee Ellis gives advice and encouragement to some of the young men who came to work in the community garden. (Photo by Andrea Waxman)

As a summer of mentoring and employing a growing group of young men comes to a close, Andre Lee Ellis is considering what’s next for his “We Got This” initiative.

Teenage entrepreneurs sell water bottles to thirsty motorists

Otis Lynn (center) and his friends seek customers on the corner of Hadley and 35th streets in the Sherman Park neighborhood. (Photo by Brendan O’Brien)

Otis Lynn, 14, and his friends sell bottled water to passersby on the corner of Hadley and 35th streets in the Sherman Park neighborhood.