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Strike Continues At Texas Refinery Following Union Vote

May 20, 2015 2:02 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A federal mediator helped craft the proposal, only to see the union reject it.

Unions Urge Amtrak To Put Second Crew Member In Locomotives

May 20, 2015 9:31 am | by Michael R. Sisak, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Congress stopped requiring a second crew member in the train in the early 1980s.

Massive Blue Bell Layoffs Spur Worker Outrage, Gratitude

May 16, 2015 6:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

About 37 percent of the workforce will be laid off; many more will be furloughed.

Listeria Problems Cause 1,450 Blue Bell Workers To Lose Jobs

May 15, 2015 5:01 pm | by Juan A. Lozano, The Associated Press | News | Comments

More than a third of Blue Bell's workforce will be without jobs.

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Missouri Appears Unlikely To Enact Right-To-Work

May 14, 2015 2:09 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Lawmaker votes might be insufficient to overrule Gov. Nixon's expected veto.

Three Small Steps To Better Integrate Millennials Into Your Workplace

May 14, 2015 2:01 pm | by Lindsey Pollak | Blogs | Comments

Here are some small changes that you can implement to better integrate millennials.

Aluminum Plant To Begin Lockout

May 12, 2015 3:03 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Union members took issue with provisions on insurance rates and rights of future members.

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Officials Defend Hiring Practices At Iowa Fertilizer Plant

May 12, 2015 2:42 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials are defending their hiring practices amid criticism from labor leaders.

UAW Seeks Negotiating Authority At TN VW Plant

May 7, 2015 5:21 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The union hopes to be named the exclusive bargaining unit for a Tennessee VW plant.

Siemens To Cut 4,500 More Jobs As Earnings Slip

May 7, 2015 3:19 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The cuts serve to streamline business and improve profitability.

Obama's Nike Stop Puts Focus On Outsourcing, Labor Standards

May 7, 2015 2:06 pm | by Jim Kuhnhenn, Gosia Wozniacka, The Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — No doubt President Barack Obama is fond of Nike. Golf outings often find him decked out from head to toe in apparel featuring the emblematic company swoosh. Now the president is putting the company logo on his trade agenda. On Friday, the president will visit Nike headquarters...

Gov. Cuomo Proposes Plan For Minimum Wage Hike

May 7, 2015 12:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Cuomo noted that state law empowers the labor commissioner to investigate whether wages paid in a specific industry or job classification are sufficient to provide for the life and health of those workers.

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Ford To Lay Off 700 Workers Due To Slow Car Sales

April 24, 2015 9:48 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

It's the first time since 2009 that Ford has cut a shift at a U.S. plant. Automakers have been in growth mode since the recession, adding thousands of workers to meet strong U.S. demand for new cars.

Low Wages, Trade Deals Luring Auto Plants And Jobs To Mexico

April 21, 2015 3:19 pm | by Tom Krisher, Christopher Sherman, The Associated Press | News | Comments

In the past two years, eight automakers have opened or announced new plants or expansions in Mexico.

Halliburton Cuts 9K Jobs In Wake Of Oil's Drop

April 20, 2015 6:06 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. drilling activity has dropped by half since November, and energy companies are pressing Halliburton to reduce fees.

Labor Group Seeks Rehiring Of Workers At 5 Wal-Mart Sites

April 20, 2015 3:43 pm | by Anne D'Innocenzio, AP Retail Writer | News | Comments

A union is asking labor regulators to go to court to force Wal-Mart to rehire all 2,200 employees affected by the abrupt temporary closing of five stores a week ago.

Survey: U.S. Businesses Expect Sales Rebound, More Hiring

April 20, 2015 10:41 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The percentage of firms that said they raised pay in the January-March quarter soared to 45 percent, up from 31 percent in January and 35 percent a year earlier.

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Hyundai Supplier Disputes Safety Allegations, Blames Union

April 17, 2015 10:06 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Lear Corp. says safety allegations are part of efforts by United Auto Workers to pressure the company into accepting a union at the plant.

Machinists Could Postpone Boeing Unionization Vote

April 16, 2015 2:21 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The International Association of Machinists union is reportedly considering delaying a union election amid heavy pressure from Boeing Company and South Carolina elected officials.

Minimum Wage Campaigns Meet Resistance From Some Union Members

April 16, 2015 1:58 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Reports categorized Wednesday's rallies as the largest yet in a now years-long campaign to raise the nation's pay floor from the current $7.25 per hour to a "living wage" of $15 per hour.

Skilled Foreign Worker Program Quickly Hits Cap

April 14, 2015 9:22 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Applications exceeded the government’s annual limit within a week for the third consecutive year.

Federal Estimates Show Slight Decline In Manufacturing Jobs

April 6, 2015 12:04 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The official totals showed the country lost 1,000 jobs in the manufacturing sector compared to February numbers, which BLS officials characterized as "little change" in employment.

Obama Vetoes Union Election Rule

March 31, 2015 3:13 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

"Workers deserve a level playing field that lets them freely choose to make their voices heard, and this requires fair and streamlined procedures for determining whether to have unions as their bargaining representative," Obama said in a statement.

U.S. Steel To Idle Part Of Minnesota Plant, Lay Off 680

March 31, 2015 10:25 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

It's the latest symptom of the downturn in the American steel and iron mining industry. U.S. Steel cites high steel imports, dumping and low steel prices.

Union Vote Set Next Month At Boeing's South Carolina Plants

March 27, 2015 2:41 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The union announced Tuesday that the Machinists and Boeing have agreed to the National Labor Relations Board conducting a one-day vote April 22 at five locations on the company's North Charleston campus.

U.S. Steel To Idle Illinois Plant, Lay Off More Than 2,000

March 26, 2015 9:35 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

"Global influences in the market like reduced steel prices, unfair trade, imports and fluctuating oil prices, continue to have an impact on the business."

UAW Chief Rejects Lower Wage Tier

March 25, 2015 1:11 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The current two-tier UAW wage system, installed in 2007, pays veteran workers $28 per hour, while pay for newer employees is capped at $19.28 per hour.

Report: GM, Ford Could Seek Lower Wage Tier From UAW

March 24, 2015 2:40 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

UAW is a top stockholder in GM and therefore has an interest in keeping labor costs in check, but the contract negotiations are set to begin during a tumultuous time for organized labor.

Applications For U.S. Jobless Aid Barely Rose Last Week

March 19, 2015 9:50 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly applications for unemployment aid rose slightly by 1,000 to a seasonally adjusted 291,000.                  

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