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S.Korea Court Invalidates Ssangyong Layoffs

February 7, 2014 7:59 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

A South Korean appeal court said the layoff of 153 employees at Ssangyong Motor Co. in 2009 was unjustified, in a belated victory for auto workers who fought pitched battles with riot police at the time. The 153 were among 2,600 workers that Ssangyong tried to shed in 2009, sparking South Korea's worst labor strife in years.

Sony To Cut 5,000 Jobs By March 2015

February 6, 2014 2:25 pm | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The company said it's cutting its global workforce by about 3 percent or 5,000 people by the end of March 2015 as it restructures its PC, television and other businesses. That comes on top of the 10,000 jobs cuts Sony announced over the previous year.

N.C. Would 'Do Anything' For Boeing Plant; 7K Jobs

February 6, 2014 2:01 pm | by Emery P. Dalesio, Associated Press | News | Comments

Assembling one of the largest package of tax breaks and other incentives in North Carolina history earned the state consideration for as many as 7,250 Boeing aircraft manufacturing jobs — but its $683 million offer was dwarfed by Washington state's winning promise of nearly $9 billion in corporate sweeteners.


Applications For U.S. Jobless Aid Fall To 331K

February 6, 2014 12:49 pm | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits declined 20,000 last week to 331,000, suggesting that Americans are facing fewer layoffs and better job prospects. The Labor Department said the four-week average, a less volatile measure, ticked up 250 to 334,000.

U.S. Productivity Grew At 3.2 Percent Rate In 4Q

February 6, 2014 10:44 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Productivity grew at an annual rate of 3.2 percent in the October-December period, down slightly from a 3.6 percent growth rate in the third quarter, the Labor Department reported Thursday. Labor costs fell at a 1.6 percent rate in the fourth quarter after an even bigger 2 percent rate of decline in the third quarter.

Volvo To Cut 4,400 Jobs In 2014

February 6, 2014 8:02 am | by Malin Rising, Associated Press | News | Comments

Volvo CEO Olof Persson said the job losses, which include the previously announced reduction of 2,000, will affect employees worldwide in group truck operations, as well as in technology, sales, marketing, IT, finance and human resource departments.

Biden Warns Of War On Labor, Says Outlook Is Dim

February 5, 2014 2:33 pm | by Josh Lederman, Associated Press | News | Comments

Vice President says a concerted war on labor threatens to drastically weaken the bargaining power of American unions. Biden spoke to an annual conference of the United Auto Workers. He says the Chamber of Commerce and right-to-work committees are leading parts of the American business to wage a concerted war on collective bargaining.

Wis. Plan For Worker Training Gets Support

February 5, 2014 11:05 am | by Scott Bauer, Associated Press | News | Comments

The measure would use the money to eliminate waiting lists for high-demand fields such as manufacturing and computer technology at technical colleges, help high school students get trained for high-demand jobs through dual enrollment programs, and support programs that help people with disabilities find work.


Labor Board Tries Again To Change Union Rules

February 5, 2014 8:51 am | by Sam Hananel, Associated Press | News | Comments

The National Labor Relations Board proposed rules Wednesday that would allow unions to hold workplace elections more quickly. That could make it easier for unions to organize and help them reverse decades of steep membership declines.    

Survey: Companies Add 175,000 Jobs In January

February 5, 2014 8:38 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Payroll processor ADP says companies added 175,000 jobs last month. That's down from 227,000 in December, which was revised lower. But it was much better than the government's official figure of just 74,000 new jobs in December.    

4 Workers Injured In Refinery Explosion In 2011 File Lawsuit

February 5, 2014 8:02 am | News | Comments

Kimberly Janvier, Irene Rombaut, Shawn Farrell and Sylvan Blake were working at the Co-Op refinery on Oct. 6, 2011 when the explosion occurred. They say that they all suffered severe physical injuries in the blast and they and their family members also suffered severe emotional distress and anxiety after the explosion.

Kellogg To Close N.C. Plant, Cut Nearly 200 Jobs

February 5, 2014 7:53 am | News | Comments

Kellogg Co. says it plans to close its Charlotte snack factory as part of an effort to cut costs, eliminating nearly 200 jobs. The Charlotte plant produces cookies including Famous Amos, Austin Sandwich Creme and Iced Animals.    

Manufacturing Economic Environment Is A ‘Concern’

February 4, 2014 3:24 pm | by Melissa Barnes, Associate Editor, PD&D | Articles | Comments

The Manufacturing Institute recently honored Denise Stanislawczyk, Operations Manager of ABB’s Measurement Products, with the Women in Manufacturing STEP Award. In this interview, Denise discusses women's place in the field, current challenges in the industry, and how those challenges might be overcome.


Volkswagen's Tenn. Workers To Vote On Union

February 3, 2014 1:55 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The United Auto Workers says employees at Volkswagen's workers Chattanooga, Tenn., plant will vote Feb. 12-14 on whether they want the union to represent them. The vote follows an agreement between the UAW and the Germany-based automaker, which decided not to challenge a unionization vote.

Owner Of Collapsed Omaha Plant Announces Layoffs

February 3, 2014 8:16 am | by Margery A. Beck, Associated Press | News | Comments

International Nutrition is outsourcing production of the livestock and poultry nutritional supplements it makes following the Jan. 20 fire and collapse of the three-level southwest Omaha plant, company owner and president Steve Silver said in a written statement.

March In Spain To Protest Coca-Cola Plant Closures

February 3, 2014 8:11 am | News | Comments

Employees, family members, trade unionists and sympathizers left the plant in Fuenlabrada and walked 15.5 miles on Sunday to Puerta del Sol square, giving away Pepsi cans and chanting "No to the closures." Coca-Cola Iberian Partners plans to close four of its 11 plants and lay off 1,253 workers.

GM's Opel Extends No-Layoff Deal At German Plants

February 3, 2014 7:56 am | News | Comments

The announcement comes days after new GM chief executive Mary Barra visited Opel's headquarters in Ruesselsheim and said the company's plant there will get the job of building a new vehicle. She reiterated a commitment to turn around the unit after years of losses.

Obama Asks CEOs For Help Hiring Long-Term Jobless

January 31, 2014 11:18 am | by Josh Lederman, Associated Press | News | Comments

CEOs from companies like Apple, Walmart, Visa and Boeing are heading to the White House on Friday to deliver commitments to do their part. Although the unemployment rate has declined to 6.7 percent, long-term joblessness in the U.S. remains a major problem.

U.S. Seeks Prison Term For Ex-Slaughterhouse Manager

January 31, 2014 8:24 am | by Ryan J. Foley, Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal prosecutors are seeking prison time for a former Iowa kosher slaughterhouse manager who they say exploited immigrant workers for labor, money and sex. Prosecutors are planning to call several witnesses at Friday's sentencing hearing for Hosam Amara to recount abuses before a May 2008 immigration raid at the Agriprocessors, Inc.

MSHA Issues 135 Citations At Mines In December

January 30, 2014 11:39 am | News | Comments

Federal mining regulators issued 135 citations during December impact inspections. The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration says it also issued 24 orders following inspections at 11 coal mines and two other mines.     

Ford Adding 350 Jobs At Ky. Truck Plant

January 30, 2014 11:02 am | News | Comments

Ford Motor Co. said Thursday it plans to invest $80 million in its Kentucky truck plant to churn out more F-Series Super Duty trucks. The ramped up production will add 350 jobs, the automaker said. The investment will boost production capacity by 15 percent, or about 55,000 units, as the company retools and upgrades the plant, Ford said.

Novartis Lays Off More Workers At Lincoln Plant

January 30, 2014 10:39 am | News | Comments

More Novartis employees have lost their jobs in Lincoln as the drug maker continues to restructure its manufacturing plant there. The Lincoln Journal Star reports the company laid off 27 and eliminated 58 open positions earlier this month.   

Applications For Jobless Benefits Rise To 348K

January 30, 2014 8:47 am | News | Comments

Weekly applications for U.S. unemployment benefits rose 19,000 last week to 348,000, the highest in about a month. But the broader trend in applications remains low. The Labor Department says that the four-week average, a less volatile measure, increased just 750 to 333,000. The increase follows three weeks of declines.

German Auto Parts Maker To Hire 650 In Miss.

January 30, 2014 8:08 am | by Jeff Amy, Associated Press | News | Comments

The company, based in Amberg, Germany, will invest $30 million over five years, with plans to open the first phase by the end of 2014. The company would hire 350 workers in the first phase and 300 in the second phase, paying an average of $12.50 an hour, or about $25,000 a year.

Reid Seeking Votes For New Jobless Benefits Deal

January 29, 2014 2:12 pm | News | Comments

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says he's seeking votes for a new measure aimed at extending jobless benefits for people who have been out of work the longest. The Nevada Democrat told reporters Wednesday he's short of the 60 votes needed to end Republican delaying tactics against the measure.

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