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USW Authorized To Strike Against ArcelorMittal

August 28, 2008 5:30 am | by Daniel Lovering, AP Business Writer | Comments

Members of the United Steelworkers voted to give the union authority to launch a nationwide strike against the world's largest steel producer if ongoing negotiations fail.


Sony Exec Warns Stagflation Threatens Asia

August 28, 2008 5:25 am | by Alex Kennedy, Associated Press Writer | Comments

Stagflation -- slowing economic growth and quickening inflation -- in the U.S., Europe and Japan is beginning to undermine consumer demand in Asia, said Sony’s president.


Toyota Reduces 2009 Global Sales Target

August 28, 2008 5:16 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | Comments

Target lowered by 700,000 vehicles to 9.7 million, showing that even one of the most durable automakers is being hurt by rising costs and a slowing U.S. market.


Proton Wants Foreign Partnerships

August 28, 2008 5:15 am | by Eileen Ng, Associated Press Writer | Comments

Malaysia’s national carmaker said it is still keen on foreign partnerships amid renewed interest from General Motors.


Survey: Americans Losing Confidence In Job Market

August 28, 2008 5:11 am | by Ellen Simon, AP Business Writer | Comments

American workers' confidence in the job market is as low as it was during the 2001 recession, according to a survey released Thursday.


CPSC: Simplicity Bassinets 'Deadly'

August 28, 2008 5:06 am | Comments

Consumer Product Safety Commission warning parents not to use a Pennsylvania company's baby bassinets after two babies were trapped and strangled in the product.


Tensions High Between Union, Immigrants Before Raid

August 28, 2008 5:05 am | by Holbrook Mohr, Associated Press Writer | Comments

Friction between union and immigrant workers, along with a tipoff at an electrical manufacturing plant, boiled over into the biggest workplace immigration raid in U.S. history.


Ford Sees Thinning Among Dealership Ranks

August 28, 2008 5:00 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | Comments

With U.S. sales continuing to decline, a top Ford exec said he expects to see more Ford, Lincoln and Mercury dealers willing to consolidate with others.


Machinists Union Tells Boeing To ‘Get Serious’

August 27, 2008 1:23 pm | by Dan Catchpole, Associated Press Writer | Comments

Union wants language covering members job security to be strengthened; Boeing hopes to present a final offer by Friday.


Agriprocessors Supervisor Pleads Guilty

August 27, 2008 12:58 pm | Comments

Second supervisor arrested after a massive immigration raid at Agriprocessors' kosher meatpacking plant pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting the harboring of undocumented immigrants.


Durable Goods Look Strong In July

August 27, 2008 12:05 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | Comments

Orders for big-ticket manufactured goods turned in a second consecutive strong monthly performance in July, posting a far bigger-than-expected gain.


Maple Leaf Foods Takes Blame For Listeriosis Outbreak

August 27, 2008 11:30 am | Comments

Company’s president insisted the problem and the ongoing efforts to fix it, including locating the original source of the bacteria, was Maple Leaf's responsibility alone.


Bombardier Among Hardest Hit By Business Jet Slowdown

August 27, 2008 11:25 am | Comments

Montreal-based Bombardier and Dassault Aviation of France endured the largest declines as use of their business jets each fell by 10 percent so far this year.


AbitibiBowater Looks To Slash Jobs

August 27, 2008 11:20 am | by Ross Marowits, CP | Comments

Company unveiled a plan to union officials to slash jobs at its Grand Falls-Windsor paper plant in Newfoundland as part of an effort to avoid closing the high-cost facility.


Nucor To Restart Idled Kingman Steel Plant

August 27, 2008 11:20 am | Comments

Company plans to restart the Arizona facility by mid-2009 with an initial production target of 250,000 tons per year of reinforcing rods known as rebar.


OSHA Fines Alabama Metal Company

August 27, 2008 11:17 am | Comments

Occupational Safety and Health Administration has proposed $138,500 in penalties for AAR Summa Technology for 31 safety and health violations.


Russia May Cut Poultry, Pork Import Quotas

August 27, 2008 11:10 am | Comments

Poultry and pork import quotas could be slashed, which would hurt U.S. poultry producers that supply nearly 75 percent of the total poultry import quota.


Chrysler Weighing Options For Dodge Viper

August 27, 2008 9:10 am | Comments

Automaker says it is weighing options for its iconic Dodge Viper sports car, which could include a sale of the nameplate.


Analyst: Boeing Machinist Strike Unlikely

August 27, 2008 6:32 am | Comments

Jefferies & Co. analyst Howard A. Rubel said he did not expect Boeing's talks with the union to result in a strike, adding 'neither side wants a strike'.


Daimler Sets Up Hybrid R & D Center In Japan

August 27, 2008 6:28 am | Comments

German automaker has set up a research center in Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture, to develop hybrid technologies combining diesel engines and electric motors.



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