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Rocket Manufacturer ULA To Lay Off 350

November 14, 2008 5:55 am | News | Comments

United Launch Alliance, blaming the worsening economy which has slowed the demand for rockets, will lay off 350 workers early next year at facilities in four states.

Auto Parts Maker Moving 120 S.C. Jobs To Mexico

November 14, 2008 4:50 am | News | Comments

Schaeffler Group officials say the automotive parts maker is shipping nearly 120 jobs from its INA ball bearings plant in Spartanburg to Mexico over the next six months.

Boeing Engineers Seek Strike Vote

November 14, 2008 4:28 am | by Tim Klass, Associated Press Writer | Boeing | News | Comments

Contract talks appeared to stall Thursday, and the union council called for members to vote on whether to authorize the leadership to call a strike.


Micron Orders Mandatory Time Off

November 14, 2008 4:20 am | News | Comments

Memory chip maker is ordering workers at facilities around the world to take up to 12 days off to help the company save money.

Eclipse Aviation Employees Not Getting Paychecks

November 13, 2008 9:59 am | by Heather Clark, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Employees in Albuquerque, N.M., arrived at work early Thursday to learn that they won't be receiving paychecks for the last two weeks of labor.

Twinkies Maker Gets Teamsters OK On Reorganization

November 13, 2008 9:40 am | News | Comments

Teamsters union members have overwhelmingly approved modifications to their contract with Interstate Bakeries Corp., clearing the way for the company to exit bankruptcy protection.

Riverside Furniture To Lay Off 250 Workers

November 13, 2008 9:30 am | News | Comments

Arkansas furniture company will lay off 250 workers at its plants in Fort Smith and elsewhere, as the economic slowdown has stalled consumer spending.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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