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IBM Laying Off 100 Temp Workers

November 5, 2008 8:18 am | News | Comments

Company is confirming it has laid off 100 temporary manufacturing employees at its Essex Junction, Vt., plant.

GlaxoSmithKline Cutting 1,000 U.S. Sales Jobs

November 5, 2008 7:45 am | by Linda A. Johnson, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

British drugmaker is restructuring its U.S. operations, starting with reducing its U.S. sales force by 1,000, following many of its top competitors in eliminating sales jobs.

Intersil Cutting 140 Employees

November 5, 2008 6:02 am | News | Comments

Semiconductor company Intersil Corp. said Wednesday it is cutting its global work force by 9 percent because of the current economic turmoil.


Missouri Glass Maker Lays Off 190

November 5, 2008 5:05 am | News | Comments

Piramal Glass in Park Hills, Mo., says it is laying off 190 workers because of the troubled economy.

N.H. Suffers More Manufacturing Layoffs

November 5, 2008 4:55 am | News | Comments

State’s manufacturing industry lost 700 jobs in August and September, and the layoffs keep coming as Hoyt Electrical Instruments laid off another handful of workers in less than a month.

Delta Faucet Cuts 45 Jobs

November 5, 2008 4:47 am | News | Comments

Company's plumbing fixtures plant in West Tennessee has laid off 45 workers as the housing downturn continues to drag down the economy.

Former Georgia-Pacific Workers Called Back To Mill

November 5, 2008 4:45 am | News | Comments

About 160 former employees of an idle pulp and paper mill in Old Town, Maine, will soon be going back to work now that the court-approved sale of the facility has been made official.

Cessna CEO Warns Of Production Cuts, Layoffs

November 5, 2008 4:15 am | by Roxana Hegeman, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Aircraft company’s plants to reduce its work force levels amid the global financial crisis, Cessna’s chairman and chief executive warned in an e-mail to employees Tuesday.


Pfizer Asked To Reconsider Foreign Workers Plan

November 4, 2008 10:15 am | News | Comments

Connecticut lawmakers are asking Pfizer to reconsider plans to hire foreign workers to replace some local contractors at its campuses in New London and Groton.

Tektronix Lays Off 150

November 4, 2008 8:05 am | News | Comments

Oregon's high-tech giant Tektronix is laying off about 150 workers in the Beaverton area as it prepares for tougher times in 2009.

Apparel Maker Laying Off 120 Employees

November 4, 2008 4:45 am | News | Comments

Block Corp. will cut 120 employees -- about half of its work force -- starting Jan. 1, as it blames a poor retail market for the layoffs.

Hawker Beechcraft Eliminating 490 Jobs

November 4, 2008 4:30 am | by Roxana Hegeman, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Aircraft maker said Monday it will lay off about 5 percent of its worldwide work force in expectation of declining sales amid the global economic downturn.

Nokia Restructuring Affects 600 Workers

November 4, 2008 4:14 am | News | Comments

World's leading mobile phone maker announced restructuring plans that affect more than 600 employees, primarily in its marketing and research functions.


Plant Owner Pleads Guilty In Immigration Case

November 3, 2008 11:29 am | by Russell Contreras, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

U.S. Attorney's office says the president of a leather-goods factory raided last year has agreed to plead guilty to harboring and concealing illegal immigrants.

Bosch To Cut Workers’ Hours

November 3, 2008 6:35 am | News | Comments

Auto parts supplier said Monday it plans to reduce working hours for some workers at a German plant later this week as the car industry cuts costs and braces for economic recession.

Blackwater Lays Off Workers Of Armored Vehicle Project

November 3, 2008 4:30 am | BAE Systems, Lockheed Martin | News | Comments

Security firm has laid off an undisclosed number of employees after the company failed to win a government contract for its Grizzly armored vehicle to replace the Humvee.

German Industrial Union Expands Strike

November 3, 2008 4:29 am | News | Comments

IG Metall expanded a campaign of brief strikes to underline its demand for a hefty pay hike, while employers stuck to their insistence on a moderate increase.

Germany's Largest Industrial Union Threatens To Strike

October 31, 2008 6:45 am | News | Comments

IG Metall is poised to launch brief strikes this weekend in the nation's struggling automobile sector as the union and employers spar over wage increases.

Alcoa Cutting Upstate NY Jobs

October 31, 2008 6:35 am | News | Comments

Aluminum maker is cutting about 100 jobs from its northern New York plant in Massena.

Bobcat Offers Severance Packages

October 31, 2008 6:27 am | News | Comments

Union rep says Bobcat Co. is offering severance packages to about 100 hourly employees at its Bismarck plant before its six-week shutdown starts in December.

BMW Supplier To Add Jobs In South Carolina

October 31, 2008 6:25 am | News | Comments

LSP Automotive Systems will add 61 jobs and spend $45 million expanding its metal stampings plant in Greenville.

ArvinMeritor Cutting 1,250 Jobs

October 31, 2008 6:24 am | News | Comments

Auto parts supplier says it will cut 7 percent of its worldwide staff to help cut costs as weakness persists in the U.S. economy and auto market.

Striking Machinists Scrutinize Boeing Offer

October 31, 2008 6:05 am | by Daniel Lovering, AP Business Writer | Boeing | News | Comments

Leaders of Boeing's striking Machinists union published details of a contract offer it says protects more than 5,000 factory jobs, as workers expressed mixed opinions about the tentative deal.

Employment Costs Rise In 3Q

October 31, 2008 5:55 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Wages and benefits paid to U.S. workers rose by a moderate 0.7 percent in the third quarter, the government said Friday, matching analysts' estimates.

Alcoa Eliminating 115 Jobs In Tennessee

October 31, 2008 5:20 am | News | Comments

Aluminum maker is cutting 115 of its 1,250 jobs at a Tennessee smelter operation over the next year as part of an effort to reduce costs because of plummeting aluminum prices.

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