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International Paper Cuts Production, Jobs

September 9, 2008 7:00 am | News | Comments

Company said Tuesday it will shut down a paper machine producing about 430,000 tons of containerboard annually for corrugated packaging, resulting in about 60 layoffs.

Employment-Based Health Benefits Stabilized In '07

September 9, 2008 6:05 am | by Tom Murphy, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Smaller increases in health insurance costs helped give U.S. workers and their families a dose of stability last year, according to the Employee Benefit Research Institute.

Iowa Tannery Considers Moving To Mexico

September 9, 2008 5:40 am | News | Comments

Eagle Ottawa officials say they'll decide by the end of the month whether their automotive hide processing business that employs 108 people will leave Waterloo.


Muslims Protest Accommodations At Swift Plant

September 9, 2008 5:40 am | News | Comments

About 150 people protest meatpacking plant JBS Swift & Co.'s accommodations for workers fasting during the Muslim observance of Ramadan.

Reynolds American Cutting 570 Jobs

September 9, 2008 5:26 am | News | Comments

Company and its subsidiary R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. cutting about 10 percent of their American work force as it restructures its portfolio.

Boeing Strike Presses On, No Talks Scheduled

September 8, 2008 10:40 am | Boeing | News | Comments

Aerospace giant and the Machinists union say both sides are ready to resume negotiations at any time but no talks have been scheduled.

Conference Board: Rising Unemployment To Continue

September 8, 2008 8:10 am | by Edited by Staff | News | Comments

Continued decline in the Employment Trends Index suggests softening in the labor market, with job losses and rising unemployment continuing well into 2009.

Hearing Over RI Immigration Crackdown Delayed

September 8, 2008 6:12 am | News | Comments

Judge delays hearing in lawsuit challenging Rhode Island Gov. Don Carcieri's ability to require private employers electronically check the immigration status of new hires.


Ford Cutting 600 Jobs In Chicago

September 5, 2008 11:35 am | News | Comments

Automaker said Friday its previously-disclosed plans to cut one of the two shifts at its Chicago assembly plant will mean eliminating about 600 part-time jobs by early November.

Spain Blocks Migrant Workers

September 5, 2008 6:25 am | by Daniel Woolls, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Government said Wednesday it did not make sense to keep recruiting workers in other countries when Spain has 2.5 million people unemployed.

DeFehr Furniture Closing Two Plants In Canada

September 5, 2008 6:05 am | News | Comments

Company is closing two of its three furniture plants in Manitoba; between 80 to 85 workers will lose their jobs.

Boeing, Union Head To Mediation

September 5, 2008 5:54 am | by Tim Klass, Associated Press Writer | Boeing | News | Comments

Representatives from Boeing and the machinists union met with a federal mediator Thursday as the clock ticked on an unusual two-day contract extension.

Cirrus Sheds 100 Jobs

September 5, 2008 5:46 am | News | Comments

Duluth-based airplane manufacturer let go of 100 workers this week -- 71 in Minnesota and 29 in Grand Forks, N.D.


Canadian Economy Adds 15,200 Jobs

September 5, 2008 5:28 am | News | Comments

Economy staged a mild comeback in August by creating 15,200 jobs following two consecutive months of employment declines.

Union Official Says Lear Closing Ohio Plant

September 4, 2008 6:55 am | News | Comments

Auto parts maker Lear Corp. has told employees in Zanesville that the company will shut down its plant in the eastern Ohio city next year, says a union official.

French Businesses Reluctant To End 35-Hour Week

September 4, 2008 6:20 am | by Greg Keller, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

New law that allows companies to negotiate their way out of the 35-hour work week is meeting resistance from both workers and the employers it was meant to benefit.

Deluxe Corp. To Close North Carolina Plant

September 4, 2008 5:50 am | News | Comments

Communications company said Wednesday its manufacturing facility in Greensboro would close in the second half of 2009, affecting 117 employees.

UK: Women Still Face 'Glass Ceiling'

September 4, 2008 5:49 am | News | Comments

Government report looked at 25 categories of work and found that there were fewer women in senior positions in a dozen of them over the past five years.

U.S. Worker Productivity Strong, Labor Costs Dip

September 4, 2008 5:40 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Commerce Department reported that productivity jumped 4.3 percent at an annual rate in 2Q, a full percentage point higher than economists expected.

Unexpected Jump In Weekly Jobless Claims

September 4, 2008 5:25 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Labor Department reported that new applications for unemployment insurance rose to a seasonally adjusted 444,000, up 15,000 from the previous week.

Study: Workers Will Pay More For Healthcare

September 4, 2008 5:11 am | by Candice Choi, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Survey found 59 percent of companies intend to keep down rising health care costs in 2009 by raising workers' deductibles, copays or out-of-pocket spending limits.

Boeing Workers Vote On High-Stakes Contract

September 3, 2008 11:25 am | by Tim Klass, Associated Press Writer | Boeing | News | Comments

If Machinists vote to strike, Boeing could face potential losses as high as $100 million a day in deferred revenue and further delays in delivery of the new 787 commercial jet.

Canada ‘Upset’ Over Treatment Of Pork Plant Workers

September 3, 2008 5:15 am | News | Comments

Member of Parliament says former employees at a pork plant in Canada have learned that their pensions are only worth 52 percent of what they were told they would be receiving.

Katahdin Paper Closes Mill, Prepares For Layoffs

September 2, 2008 10:59 am | News | Comments

A Maine paper mill that's struggling to compete at a time of high oil prices halted production Tuesday as it prepares to lay off more than 200 workers.

Unemployment Surges In Spain

September 2, 2008 5:45 am | News | Comments

Number of people claiming jobless benefits rose by nearly half a million over the past year, bringing the total to a 10-year high of 2.53 million, Spain's Labor Ministry said Tuesday.

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