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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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'.

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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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