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U.S. Steel Cuts 677 Jobs In North America

November 13, 2008 9:19 am | News | Comments

United States Steel Corp. says it is laying off 677 workers in the United States and Canada because of weakening customer demand.

UK Truck Maker Leyland Lays Off 250

November 13, 2008 9:15 am | News | Comments

Leyland Trucks said Thursday it would cut about 250 jobs, or a fifth of its work force, blaming a dramatic drop in demand.

JCB Cuts Almost 400 Jobs

November 13, 2008 8:26 am | News | Comments

British construction equipment maker to cut nearly 400 jobs, just a month after 2,500 of its workers agreed to reduced pay and hours in a bid to save their positions.

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Trane Sheds 270 Jobs, Moves Work To Mexico

November 13, 2008 6:59 am | News | Comments

Manufacturer of commercial air conditioning systems says it will cut 270 jobs in the next three years and transfer the workload to its plant in Monterrey, Mexico.

USG Corp. Slashes Spending, Jobs

November 13, 2008 6:25 am | News | Comments

Building products manufacturer said it is taking restructuring measures such as cuts to capital spending and jobs in response to sagging construction market and falling economy.

Romanian Companies Cut 800 Jobs

November 13, 2008 5:19 am | News | Comments

Companies in the chemical and fertilizer industry said Thursday they will lay off some 800 workers as their businesses feel the effects of the global economic crisis.

Boeing, Engineers Union Close To Agreement

November 13, 2008 4:30 am | Boeing | News | Comments

Head of the engineers union representing about 21,000 white-collar workers of airplane maker Boeing Co. said a tentative labor pact could be reached Thursday.

Jobless Claims Surge To 7-Year High

November 13, 2008 4:19 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Labor Department reported jobless claims last week increased by 32,000 to a seasonally adjusted 516,000, the highest total since just after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

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Cessna Aircraft Cuts 665 Jobs

November 13, 2008 4:13 am | by Roxana Hegeman, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Aircraft company announced Wednesday it is cutting 665 jobs in Kansas and Oregon because of the global economic downturn.

Emergency Grant To Help Maine Paper Workers

November 12, 2008 9:39 am | News | Comments

U.S. Department of Labor will award a $527,000 emergency grant to help workers laid off from Katahdin Paper Co.

UPM To Lay Off 340

November 12, 2008 5:15 am | News | Comments

Paper company UPM-Kymmene Corp. to close several of its self-adhesive label production lines in Finland and elsewhere in Europe and ax some 340 jobs by end-2009.

German Union Avoids Strike

November 12, 2008 5:13 am | News | Comments

Germany's leading industrial union IG Metall says it has agreed to accept a 4.2 pay rise over the next 18 months and will not go on strike.

MeadWestvaco, Union Reach Agreement

November 12, 2008 4:40 am | News | Comments

Union representing workers at an Alabama paper mill said it has reached an agreement with MeadWestvaco Corp. on a new contract after 14 months of talks.

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Britain's Unemployment Rate Nears 6 Percent

November 12, 2008 3:43 am | by Emily Flynn Vencat, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Unemployment rate rose sharply to 5.8 percent in the three months to September, as the economic slowdown hit the job market, official figures showed.

Nokia Siemens Cuts 1,250 Jobs

November 11, 2008 9:14 am | News | Comments

Joint venture between Nokia Corp. and Siemens AG will lay off 1,250 employees in Finland and Germany as part of a previously announced cost-cutting plan.

Hundreds Strike At Hubbell Manufacturing Plant

November 11, 2008 6:55 am | News | Comments

More than 500 employees at Hubbell Inc.'s Centralia, Mo., plant are striking over a contract they say eliminates or restructures certain retirement, health and medical benefits.

German Union In Talks To Prevent Strike

November 11, 2008 6:50 am | News | Comments

IG Metall, Germany's biggest industrial union, began a new round of talks with employer representatives on Tuesday to reach a wage deal and stave off a full-fledged strike.

Boeing Engineers Contract Talks Extended

November 11, 2008 6:50 am | Boeing | News | Comments

Contract talks covering nearly 21,000 Boeing engineers, scientists and technical workers have been extended because of unresolved economic and other issues.

Amylin Pharmaceuticals Eliminates 340 Jobs

November 11, 2008 4:36 am | News | Comments

Drugmaker Amylin Pharmaceuticals Inc. will cut 340 jobs, or a quarter of its San Diego work force, in a move to cut operating expenses by more than $100 million in 2009.

General Motors Cuts Another 1,900 Workers

November 11, 2008 4:19 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

GM to lay off another 1,900 factory workers at parts stamping, engine and transmission factories in North America as it cuts expenses to deal with a worsening cash crisis.

Volvo To Layoff 1,000 In Sweden, North America

November 11, 2008 4:00 am | News | Comments

Swedish truck and bus maker says it will lay off 900 permanent workers at its powertrain unit in Sweden and 100 in North America.

GM Shares Sink To 60-Year Low

November 11, 2008 3:52 am | by Bree Fowler, AP | News | Comments

Bad news kept piling up for General Motors on Monday as shares plunged and some analysts predicted the automaker would collapse without a government bailout.

Boeing, Engineers Contract Talks May Run Long

November 7, 2008 9:41 am | Boeing | News | Comments

Contract talks covering more than 20,000 of Chicago-based Boeing's engineers, scientists and technical workers could extend beyond Tuesday.

General Motors Cuts 3,600 Jobs

November 7, 2008 9:25 am | News | Comments

About 3,600 GM workers will be laid off indefinitely beginning early next year as the automaker slows down production at 10 of its assembly plants.

Whirlpool Cuts 170 Jobs In Ohio

November 7, 2008 9:01 am | News | Comments

Company is temporarily laying off about 170 workers at a plant that makes dishwashers in northwest Ohio due to falling demand.

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