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Japan Urges Companies To Keep Jobs

December 11, 2008 5:20 am | by Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Industry minister held talks with Japanese business leaders Thursday, urging them to avoid cutting jobs as they cope with the global financial crisis.

Wabash National To Lay Off 800

December 11, 2008 4:45 am | News | Comments

Truck-trailer manufacturer plans to extend its annual holiday shutdown and lay off 800 employees after work resumes next year.

Chicago Factory Workers End Sit-In

December 11, 2008 4:31 am | by Michael Tarm, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Workers agreed to a $1.75 million settlement that ends their six-day occupation of a shuttered Chicago factory that became a symbol of the plight of labor nationwide.


Mack Truck Sheds 180 Jobs At Pa. Plant

December 10, 2008 8:12 am | News | Comments

Truck maker laying off an additional 180 employees at its factory near Allentown, Pa., and will extend the end of year production shutdown by an extra week.

Czech Car Makers To Cut 13,500 Jobs

December 10, 2008 8:06 am | News | Comments

Car manufacturers and their suppliers in the Czech Republic are expected to lay off more than 13,000 workers by the middle of next year, an auto industry group said.

Pratt & Whitney Orders Holiday Furlough

December 10, 2008 5:15 am | Pratt & Whitney, United Technologies Corp. | News | Comments

Jet engine maker is ordering 1,000 hourly employees in Connecticut to take a one-day unpaid furlough on Christmas Eve.

Hutchinson Technology Cutting Over 1,000 Jobs

December 10, 2008 5:00 am | News | Comments

Maker of disk-drive components says it will cut as many as 1,125 jobs as demand for its products weakens during the slow economy.

SKF Lays Off 2,500 Workers

December 10, 2008 4:54 am | by Louise Nordstrom, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Swedish bearings maker said it is slashing nearly 6 percent of its work force worldwide to adapt to lower demand from the auto sector due to the global financial crisis.


Electric Boat To Hire 650 Workers

December 10, 2008 4:50 am | News | Comments

Submarine maker plans to hire 650 workers in the upcoming new year to help with the construction of the new Virginia-class Missouri sub and other projects, EB President John Casey said.

Rio Tinto Cuts 14,000 Jobs

December 10, 2008 4:26 am | by Tanalee Smith, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

One of the world's largest miners will cut 14,000 jobs worldwide and reduce capital investment to trim its debt amid waning demand for iron ore and other metals.

Seadoo Maker Cuts 1,000 Jobs

December 9, 2008 9:26 am | News | Comments

Skidoo and Seadoo maker Bombardier Recreational cutting its work force by nearly 1,000 as it slashes production by 20 percent to respond to the global recession.

Sony To Slash 8,000 Jobs

December 9, 2008 7:34 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Japanese electronics maker to cut 4 percent of its global work force, aiming to cut costs by $1.1 billion a year as an economic downturn and a stronger yen batter profits.

Survey: Hiring On Hold For 1Q 2009

December 9, 2008 7:20 am | by Tali Arbel, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Two-thirds of U.S. employers planned no changes in hiring in the first three months of 2009, according to a survey of from Manpower Inc.


Wash. State Promotes Partial Jobless Benefits Program

December 9, 2008 7:05 am | by Shannon Dininny, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

State’s Shared-Work Program allows Washington businesses to cut full-time employees’ hours by as much as 50 percent and workers to qualify for partial unemployment benefits.

USW Local Approves Cooper Tire Contract

December 9, 2008 6:55 am | News | Comments

United Steelworkers members in Ohio overwhelmingly approved a 3-year contract with Cooper Tire & Rubber that includes major concessions by workers anxious to keep their jobs.

Analyst Praises Dow Chemical Job Cuts

December 9, 2008 6:52 am | News | Comments

Dow Chemical's move to cut costs by reducing its workforce by 11 percent is a step in the right direction, an analyst said, but challenges still loom for the company.

Danaher To Cut 1,700 Jobs In Restructuring Move

December 9, 2008 5:10 am | News | Comments

Maker of bar code readers, medical products and Sears' Craftsman tools said it will cut 1,700 jobs and eliminate 13 facilities, citing weak global economic conditions.

Republic Windows Sit-In Continues, Draws Support

December 9, 2008 5:00 am | by Don Babwin, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Sit-in at a Chicago factory has stretched into a fifth day after talks between the workers' union, their former employer and the company's debtor failed to produce a way out of the impasse.

Chinese Factory Workers Protest Layoffs, Pay

December 9, 2008 4:39 am | News | Comments

Hundreds of workers gathered outside an electrical components factory to demand pay and protest layoffs, as recession-related unrest spread to China's commercial capital.

Anheuser-Busch-InBev Slashes 1,400 Jobs

December 8, 2008 9:08 am | News | Comments

Newly formed brewer says it will cut 1,400 U.S. jobs -- mostly from its North American headquarters in St. Louis -- as part of plans to streamline the beer company.

Republic Windows’ Workers Protest Layoffs

December 8, 2008 6:25 am | News | Comments

Sit-in by laid-off workers at a shuttered window factory in Chicago is becoming a cause for those who want action to avert economic pain.

Job Losses Could Surpass 3M By Mid 2009

December 8, 2008 5:55 am | by Edited by staff | News | Comments

Conference Board’s Employment Trends Index indicates the economy has lost 1.9 million jobs and declines suggest job losses could very well surpass 3 million by mid 2009.

SSAB To Cut 1,300 Jobs

December 8, 2008 4:55 am | News | Comments

Swedish steel maker will cut about 14 percent of its work force because of rapidly falling demand for steel, the company said Monday.

Indiana Cities: Auto Bailout Needed For Survival

December 8, 2008 4:40 am | News | Comments

Mayors of two Indiana cities heavily dependent on manufacturing say auto bailout is needed to prevent widespread unemployment and major losses in their communities.

Smithfield Foods, Union Near Vote

December 5, 2008 9:25 am | by Emery P. Dalesio, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Caustic 16-year effort to unionize world's largest hog slaughterhouse -- a journey that's included disputed elections and immigration raids -- is quietly headed toward an end next week.

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