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Layoff Notice Preceded Fatal Mine Accident In W.Va.

May 15, 2014 8:01 am | News | Comments

Weeks before an underground accident killed two workers, employees at a problem-plagued West Virginia mine were notified that they may lose their jobs because the coal was selling for less than the cost of digging it out.          

Report Spotlights Child Labor On Tobacco Farms

May 14, 2014 8:03 am | News | Comments

You may have to be at least 18 to buy cigarettes in the U.S., but children as young as 7 are working long hours in fields harvesting nicotine- and pesticide-laced tobacco leaves under sometimes hazardous and sweltering conditions.     

Chrysler Dedicates Indiana Transmission Plant

May 14, 2014 7:45 am | News | Comments

Chrysler's Tipton Transmission Plant, a sprawling factory seven years in the making, was dedicated Tuesday during an event that celebrated the promise of 850 jobs.               

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Samsung Apologizes To Sick Chip Workers

May 14, 2014 7:41 am | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co. apologized and promised compensation to chip factory workers who suffered cancers linked to chemical exposure, a rare win for families and activists seven years after the death of a 23-year-old employee from leukemia.  

Cummins Expects To Start Hiring This Year In Indiana

May 13, 2014 3:56 pm | News | Comments

Engine maker Cummins Inc. expects to start hiring this year at a central Indiana factory as it starts building a new diesel engine that will go into the light-duty Nissan Titan pickup truck.                

Solar Industry Tries To Salvage Rebate Effort

May 13, 2014 11:30 am | News | Comments

The Missouri Solar Energy Industries Association said its members will have to lay off thousands of workers if state lawmakers don't fix an incentive program that provided up to $50,000 in rebates to customers who installed solar rooftop panels. 

British Lawmakers Press Pfizer For Job Guarantees

May 13, 2014 8:14 am | by Danica Kirka, Associated Press | News | Comments

Lawmakers pressed the chief executive of Pfizer to guarantee jobs should the American company succeed in taking over London-based AstraZeneca, prodding him on whether he could be trusted to honor promises made as part of the bid.    

Mine Workers' Union Backs Coal Dust Rule

May 12, 2014 12:28 pm | News | Comments

The United Mine Workers of America is giving "qualified support" to the Obama administration's new rule aimed at cutting the amount of coal dust in coal mines.                

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Job Openings Slip In March After Strong Gain

May 9, 2014 11:08 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. employers advertised slightly fewer jobs and slowed hiring a bit in March, though the declines came after healthy gains the previous month. The figures suggest the job market is improving in fits and starts.        

Workers At Cargill Plant Due More Benefits

May 9, 2014 7:50 am | News | Comments

The U.S. Labor Department has approved a union petition for extended unemployment and other benefits for workers of a shuttered West Texas meatpacking plant.                

Applications For Unemployment Aid Fall To 319K

May 8, 2014 8:41 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell 26,000 last week to 319,000, the latest sign that the job market is slowly improving.                               

Argentine Automakers Suspend Staff As Sales Plummet

May 8, 2014 8:14 am | News | Comments

 Argentine automakers are suspending production and laying off factory workers as sales plunge due to a gathering storm of economic trouble.                               

Applicants, Bosses Get Blamed As Jobs Go Unfilled

May 7, 2014 11:24 am | by Joyce M. Rosenberg, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

It's a situation that's leading small business owners wading through piles of resumes to an unhappy conclusion: The job applicant pool is full of unskilled, unreliable slackers.                    

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U.S. Productivity Falls In 1Q

May 7, 2014 10:18 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. productivity fell in the first quarter while labor costs rose, reflecting the economic slowdown caused at the start of the year by harsh winter weather.                            

Former CEO Testifies In Anheuser-Busch Bias Trial

May 6, 2014 2:45 pm | News | Comments

Another former Anheuser-Busch CEO is defending the beer maker's executive pay plan in a gender discrimination lawsuit filed by a one-time top-ranking female executive with the St. Louis brewer.           

Haiti Raising Minimum Wage For Apparel Workers

May 6, 2014 7:51 am | by Trenton Daniel, Associated Press | News | Comments

Haiti raised slightly its minimum wage for the estimated 29,000 workers who sew together T-shirts and other clothing in the country's apparel factories.                 

Wax Plant Fire Injures 1 In Pennsylvania

May 5, 2014 11:24 am | News | Comments

The owners of a northwestern Pennsylvania wax plant were working with investigators to determine the cause of a fire that injured a worker.                   

Puerto Rico Tries To Retain Young Workers

May 2, 2014 12:12 pm | News | Comments

Puerto Rico's governor has filed legislation aimed at retaining young workers and reversing an exodus of people moving to the U.S. mainland amid economic problems.                

Unemployment Rate Lowest Since Sept. 2008

May 2, 2014 8:47 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The U.S. unemployment rate plunged in April to its lowest level since September 2008 as employers added 288,000 jobs, the most in two years.                             

Boat Part Maker Creates 100 Jobs

May 1, 2014 3:56 pm | News | Comments

Gov. Nathan Deal announced that Coyote MFG Co. is planning to invest $2.5 million into a manufacturing facility in Nashville, which is about 35 miles north of Valdosta.                   

Applications For Unemployment Reach 2-Month High

May 1, 2014 8:44 am | by Paul Wiseman, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits rose last week to the highest level since February, more disappointing news for an economy that is supposed to be gaining momentum.           

NLRB Charges FirstEnergy With Unfair Labor Practices

April 30, 2014 11:23 am | News | Comments

The National Labor Relations Board has charged FirstEnergy Corp. with unfair labor practices related to the closing of two coal-fired power plants in southwestern Pennsylvania in October.             

ADP: U.S. Businesses Add 220K Jobs In April

April 30, 2014 10:01 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. businesses boosted hiring in April, according to a private survey, a sign the economy may improve after a sluggish start this year.                   

Activist Says 1 Detained After China Factory Strike

April 30, 2014 7:51 am | News | Comments

Police detained a labor rights activist following a strike by 40,000 employees at a factory that makes shoes for Adidas and Nike, his colleague said Wednesday.                        

CAT Closing South Carolina Plant

April 29, 2014 12:47 pm | News | Comments

Caterpillar is moving its engine production plant operations from Fountain Inn to Georgia and Texas, affecting 380 full-time and 130 temporary jobs.                  

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