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Lawmakers Begin New Session With Labor Bills

January 9, 2009 9:45 am | by Jim Abrams, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Democratic-led House took up two wage discrimination bills Friday, aimed at assuring women’s rights to equal pay are adhered to.

Solis To Expand Job Training As Labor Head

January 9, 2009 6:51 am | by Sam Hananel, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Obama's pick for labor secretary, Hilda Solis, told lawmakers that if confirmed she will work to expand job training programs, enforce workplace safety, health and fair pay laws.

Freightliner To Layoff 2,100 Workers

January 9, 2009 6:50 am | News | Comments

Parent company, Daimler Trucks North America, says it will lay off more than 2,100 employees at three North Carolina plants because of sagging sales.

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Canada's Unemployment Rate Jumps In December

January 9, 2009 6:48 am | by BY Rob Gillies, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Canadian jobless rate rose to 6.6 percent in December as the country shed 34,400 jobs, Statistics Canada said.

GM, Chrysler Loans Bar Strikes

January 9, 2009 4:07 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Provisions of General Motors' and Chrysler's $17.4 billion in federal loans automatically places them in default if union workers go on strike.

UAW Begins Talks On Concessions

January 8, 2009 10:10 am | by Kimberly S. Johnson, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Union bargaining officials will begin this week discussing wage and benefit concessions they must make so General Motors and Chrysler can keep their federal loans.

Bath Iron Works Laying Off 179 Workers

January 8, 2009 9:58 am | by David Sharp, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

The layoffs, effective Jan. 23, reflect workload instability as the Navy's DDG-51 destroyer program winds down and production of the next-generation DDG-1000 ramps up.

Weekly Initial Jobless Claims Drop

January 8, 2009 7:20 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Initial applications for unemployment insurance dropped by 24,000 though the number of people continuing to claim jobless benefits jumped unexpectedly by 101,000 to 4.61 million.

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Cytec To Cut 600 Jobs Amid Restructuring

January 8, 2009 5:55 am | News | Comments

Layoffs, mostly in its specialty chemicals product lines, will eliminate about 10 percent of Cytec's headcount; the cost-cutting move is expected to save $85 million a year by the end of 2009.

Nissan Cutting British Workforce

January 8, 2009 5:52 am | News | Comments

Japanese automaker said Thursday it will slash its British workforce by 1,200 as it lowers production in anticipation of a grim economic year.

China's Lenovo To Cut 2,500 Jobs

January 8, 2009 4:48 am | News | Comments

Computer maker said it will lay off about 11 percent of its work force, as part of a plan aimed at helping it remain competitive amid the global economic downturn.

TDK Cutting 8,000 Jobs

January 8, 2009 4:44 am | News | Comments

Japanese electronics component maker said Thursday it would cut 8,000 workers and post its biggest net loss ever this fiscal year, due to falling orders and a stronger yen.

Dell Slashing Jobs In Ireland

January 8, 2009 4:41 am | by Shawn Pogatchnik, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

U.S. computer maker said it will slash 1,900 workers from its Irish work force and shift its European manufacturing operations to Poland.

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Reports: Mitsubishi Cutting 2,000 Jobs

January 8, 2009 4:40 am | News | Comments

Mitsubishi Motors will slash more than 2,000 temporary jobs in Japan by the end of March as the country's fourth largest automaker struggles with a severe slump in sales worldwide.

GM: Retiree Benefits Safe

January 8, 2009 4:10 am | News | Comments

Chief Executive Rick Wagoner said Thursday the Detroit automaker can survive long-term without cutting benefits to retired workers.

Fiat Laying Off White Collar Workers

January 8, 2009 4:05 am | News | Comments

Italian automaker informed unions this week that 1,800 white-collar workers will be temporarily laid off for the first week of February, and 1,500 during the second week.

Cessna To Lay Off More Workers

January 7, 2009 8:00 am | Boeing | News | Comments

Last month, Cessna laid off 665 employees and is now planning a second round of layoffs as the slowing economy affects orders for new planes.

German Jobless Rate Hits 7.4 Percent

January 7, 2009 4:08 am | by Geir Moulson, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Jobless rate was up from 7.1 percent in November, Federal Labor Agency said, as 3.102 million people were registered unemployed last month in Europe's biggest economy.

Brunswick Cuts Jobs As Boat Demand Weakens

January 6, 2009 7:10 am | News | Comments

Boat maker said the job cuts will occur throughout its Sea Ray manufacturing and product development plants as well as at Sea Ray's Knoxville, Tenn., headquarters.

Report: Sanyo Could Slash 1,000 Jobs

January 6, 2009 4:20 am | News | Comments

Company considering cutting up to 1,000 domestic workers in the next few months, as it scales back unprofitable businesses ahead of an expected buyout by Panasonic, a press report said.

ArvinMeritor Cutting Executive Pay 10 Percent

January 6, 2009 4:10 am | News | Comments

Auto supplier said in a regulatory filing that it's temporarily cutting the pay of its top executives by 10 percent, citing worsening economic conditions.

Amsted Rail To Cut Over 300 Jobs In Illinois

January 5, 2009 4:55 am | News | Comments

Steel company says it will lay off 363 employees at its mill in Granite City beginning Feb. 16.

Wind Tower Manufacturer Cutting Back

January 5, 2009 4:55 am | News | Comments

DMI Industries says it's cutting back its work force, six months after the company announced a major expansion of its West Fargo, N.D. plant.

Jobless Benefits Filings Drop Below 500K

December 31, 2008 5:00 am | by Jeannine Aversa, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Number of newly laid off workers signing up for unemployment benefits fell sharply last week but those continuing to draw aid climbed to the highest level since 1982.

Workers Forced To Take Unpaid Vacation

December 31, 2008 4:13 am | by Ellen Simon, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Financially struggling factories are requiring employees to take unpaid furloughs, pushing the number of temporarily laid off workers to a 17-year high.

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