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Chrysler President ‘Optimistic’ On UAW Offer

December 3, 2008 9:10 am | News | Comments

President of Chrysler says the United Auto Workers' willingness to change the union's contract is a good step towards helping the Detroit Three survive.

Freeport-McMoRan Laying Off 600 Workers

December 3, 2008 9:08 am | by Sandy Shore, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Mining giant will lay off three quarters of its employees at a New Mexico mine next year and cut production estimates through 2010 due to a sharp decline in copper prices.

Brazil's Vale Cutting 1,300 Jobs

December 3, 2008 6:50 am | News | Comments

World's largest iron ore producer has cut 2.1 percent of its work force because of slumping global demand for the raw ingredient used to make steel.


Auto Workers Hold Emergency Bailout Meeting

December 2, 2008 5:12 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

UAW leaders from across the country will hold a meeting in Detroit Wednesday to discuss concessions the union could make to help automakers get government loans.

Boeing Engineers, Tech Workers Approve Contracts

December 2, 2008 4:47 am | Boeing | News | Comments

Engineers and technical workers have voted to ratify new contracts, ensuring four years of labor peace at Boeing's commercial airplane operations.

Tata Steel To Furlough 4,600 Dutch Workers

December 2, 2008 4:30 am | News | Comments

Netherlands arm of India's Tata Steel said Tuesday it has requested government support for a 6-week furlough for about half of its Dutch workforce.

Bridgestone Firestone Cutting 150 Jobs

December 1, 2008 9:14 am | News | Comments

Tire company will layoff at least 158 employees at its plant in LaVergne, Tenn., due to a decrease in demand for passenger and light truck tires.

Aston Martin Cuts 600 Employees

December 1, 2008 8:30 am | News | Comments

Maker of James Bond's luxury sports car said Monday that it is laying off as much as a third of its work force because of falling sales during the economic slump.


UAW Chief Pleads For Government Aid

December 1, 2008 4:40 am | by Julie Hirschfeld Davis, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Head of the United Auto Workers made a public plea for government help for U.S. carmakers as the Big 3 put final touches on stabilization plans to submit to Congress.

Japanese Manufacturing Workers’ Overtime Hours Drop

December 1, 2008 4:35 am | News | Comments

Overtime hours worked by employees in manufacturing dropped by a sharp 11.1 percent in October from a year earlier due to slumping production activity in Japan.

Workers Protest At Chinese Toy Factory

November 26, 2008 4:28 am | by William Foreman, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

About 200 protesters stormed the gates of a toy factory in southern China that supplies U.S. toy maker Hasbro, the second day of demonstrations over a pay dispute.

Philips Cutting 1,600 Jobs

November 25, 2008 4:57 am | News | Comments

Royal Philips Electronics NV said Tuesday it plans to cut 1,600 jobs at its health care division in response to a global economic slowdown.

Maine Paper Company Laying Off 250

November 25, 2008 4:55 am | News | Comments

NewPage paper company says it will temporarily lay off about 250 employees at its Rumford mill starting Dec. 8.


Mitsubishi Fuso Cutting 500 Temp Positions

November 25, 2008 4:30 am | News | Comments

Cutback is in line with the truck and bus maker's plan to reduce truck production beginning in December amid falling global sales due to the current financial crisis.

Union Rejects GPC Contract Offer

November 24, 2008 4:25 am | News | Comments

Members of United Food and Commercial Workers, on strike since Aug. 22, rejected the latest proposal from Grain Processing Corp. in Muscatine, Iowa.

New Hampshire Hit By Auto Industry Downturn

November 24, 2008 4:09 am | News | Comments

Some of the 7,000 New Hampshire auto parts workers could be part of the estimated 2.5 million U.S. job losses if just one of the big three automakers declared bankruptcy.

ArcelorMittal Warns Over 2,000 Layoffs Possible

November 24, 2008 4:01 am | News | Comments

As many as 2,444 employees at ArcelorMittal's steel plant in Indiana could be laid off indefinitely in January, the company said.

GM-Suzuki Workers OK Layoffs

November 24, 2008 3:47 am | News | Comments

Workers at CAMI Automotive, a GM and Suzuki joint venture, voted in favor of rotating layoffs between January and April 2009, meaning members will work in alternating two-week shifts.

Boeing: Layoffs Possible In 2009

November 21, 2008 7:14 am | by Daniel Lovering, AP Manufacturing Writer | Airbus, Boeing | News | Comments

Chicago-based plane maker says it will likely lay off more workers next year as it cuts costs in a slowing economy.

Bush Extends Jobless Benefits

November 21, 2008 5:21 am | by Jim Abrams, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

With no end in sight to economic bad news, President Bush ensured that millions of laid-off workers will keep getting unemployment checks as the year-end holidays approach.

Report: 215,000 German Jobs In Jeopardy

November 21, 2008 4:18 am | News | Comments

German economy could lose up to 215,000 jobs in 2009 amid the global economic crisis, Germany's Bild newspaper said Friday, citing a survey it compiled.

Viasystems Milwaukee Closing Plant

November 20, 2008 10:01 am | News | Comments

Company says it will close its Oak Creek manufacturing and distribution plant next year, resulting in the loss of 238 jobs.

Great Dane Cutting 115 Jobs At Indiana Plant

November 20, 2008 8:00 am | News | Comments

Following ‘tremendous’ cutbacks by its customers, Great Dane Trailers will lay off half the workers at the trailer maker's Terre Haute plant, the company said.

Brady To Cut Over 700 Workers

November 20, 2008 6:25 am | News | Comments

Maker of labels, signs and safety devices said Thursday it plans to cut its global work force by about 10 percent due to difficult economic conditions.

Washington Working To Extend Jobless Benefits

November 20, 2008 6:22 am | by Deb Riechmann, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

With weekly jobless claims benefits at a 16-year high, White House said President Bush would quickly sign legislation pending in Congress to provide further benefits.

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