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WSU, Beechcraft Team Up To 'Insource' Jobs

May 27, 2014 8:02 am | by Roy Wenzl, The Wichita Eagle | News | Comments

What Beechcraft got out of this were good employees at a reasonable cost, he said. What those undergrads got, two students say, was real-world job training.                 

GE-Hitachi Closing Pa. Plant

May 23, 2014 1:49 pm | News | Comments

GE-Hitachi is closing a western Pennsylvania plant that makes storage containers for spent nuclear fuel rods, idling 134 employees who still work there.                   

Plastic Omnium Building Facility Next To VW Plant

May 23, 2014 9:27 am | News | Comments

Plastic Omnium Auto Exteriors is constructing a new facility to supply the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, creating 300 jobs over the next three years.                 


HP To Cut Up To 16,000 More Jobs

May 23, 2014 7:40 am | by Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Hewlett-Packard said it aims to cut another 11,000 to 16,000 jobs by October, bringing the total number of planned layoffs to a maximum of 50,000 and nearly doubling the largest payroll reduction ever for the 75-year-old technology giant.   

Unemployment Aid Applications Rise To 326K

May 22, 2014 8:51 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits jumped last week, but remained at a low level that suggests hiring should remain steady.                   

Zippo, Lorillard Battle Over Blu Trademark

May 21, 2014 9:25 am | News | Comments

Zippo and the nation's third-biggest tobacco company are battling over the Blu brand name being used for both Zippo lighters and a hugely popular electronic cigarette.                    

Alcoa Employee Arrested In $1M Fraud Case

May 21, 2014 8:57 am | News | Comments

An Alcoa machine shop worker in Texas has been arrested in what prosecutors call a $1 million scam to order, steal and then resell equipment.                  

4 Injured In Foundry Mishap Remain Hospitalized

May 20, 2014 3:06 pm | News | Comments

Four of seven workers injured when a machine failed at a Saukville, Wis., foundry and spilled molten metal remain hospitalized.                      


OSHA Orders BNSF To Reinstate 2 Workers

May 20, 2014 2:06 pm | by Amy Beth Hanson, Associated Press | News | Comments

OSHA has ordered BNSF Railway to reinstate workers in Montana and Wyoming, with back pay, after an agency investigation determined the employees were illegally fired after reporting they suffered a back injury at work.       

Company Says 4 Dead In Vietnam Riots

May 20, 2014 10:34 am | News | Comments

A Chinese company said Tuesday that four of its workers died last week in riots in Vietnam triggered by China's deployment of an oil rig in disputed seas.                            

Obama Hosting CEOs Whose Firms Are Investing In U.S.

May 20, 2014 8:28 am | by Jim Kuhnhenn, Associated Press | News | Comments

The gathering Tuesday is designed to illustrate growing interest in the United States by firms capable of creating high-paying jobs.                     

Turkey: Mine Disaster Won't Go Unpunished

May 20, 2014 7:52 am | by Suzan Fraser, Associated Press | News | Comments

Turkey's prime minister pledged Tuesday not to allow anyone responsible for the country's worst mine disaster to go unpunished, and promised improved supervision of Turkish mines.             

Chinese Ships Evacuate Workers After Riots In Vietnam

May 20, 2014 7:46 am | by Hau Dinh and Chris Brummitt, Associated Press | News | Comments

More than 3,000 Chinese workers left Vietnam on Monday on ships chartered by their government after deadly unrest broke out last week amid a dispute over sovereignty claims in the South China Sea.           


Temporary Jobs On The Rise As Economy Shifts

May 19, 2014 2:10 pm | by Tom Raum, Associated Press | News | Comments

While the U.S. economy has improved since the Great Recession ended five years ago, part-time and "contract" workers are filling many of the new jobs.                   

High Gas Levels Ignored At Turkish Mine

May 19, 2014 8:20 am | by Berza Simsek and Suzan Fraser, Associated Press | News | Comments

Sensors noted high levels of toxic gas inside a coal mine days before the Turkish mining disaster that killed 301 workers but company officials took no action, Turkish news reports said Monday.              

Anheuser-Busch VP Loses Discrimination Suit

May 19, 2014 7:54 am | by Alan Scher Zagier, Associated Press | News | Comments

Anheuser-Busch did not discriminate against a former executive by paying her significantly less than a male predecessor, a jury in St. Louis decided Friday.         Rewind: Porsche Sued Over Deadly Crash; Samsung Apologizes To Chip Workers

May 16, 2014 2:18 pm | News | Comments

Check out some of this week's top headlines from across, from kitty litter that may have caused a radiation leak to Samsung apologizes to workers who suffered cancers linked to chemical exposure.                  

Obama Touts Jobs Projects

May 16, 2014 12:55 pm | by Darlene Superville, Associated Press | News | Comments

President Obama and Vice President Biden are lunching outside the White House and promoting government financed work projects that he says could be endangered if Congress does not act by the end of the summer.           

Swiss Mull $24 Minimum Wage

May 16, 2014 12:25 pm | by John Heilprin, Associated Press | News | Comments

In a nation of mostly haves and have-mores, Swiss voters head to the polls Sunday to decide on a union proposal that would create a new nationwide minimum wage at 22 Swiss francs ($24.70) an hour — the world's highest.      

Unemployment Rates Fall In Nearly All U.S. States

May 16, 2014 11:10 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Unemployment rates fell in nearly all U.S. states last month, and half the states now have rates below 6 percent. The figures are a sign of widespread, if slow, improvement in the nation's job market.          

Mich. Senate Votes To Raise Minimum Wage

May 16, 2014 10:31 am | by Emma Fidel, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Michigan Senate approved raising the state's minimum wage to $9.20 an hour from $7.40 in a compromise that some supporters hope will pre-empt a ballot drive to raise it to $10.10.             

Former GM Site To Become Auto Glass Plant

May 16, 2014 8:13 am | News | Comments

A Chinese company has finalized its plan to build an automotive glass-making plant in southwest Ohio, creating about 800 jobs and revitalizing a former General Motors factory site.                 

6 Injured In Explosion At Tenn. Steel Mill

May 16, 2014 8:00 am | News | Comments

Knoxville Fire Department Capt. D.J. Corcoran told local media outlets that one worker was in critical condition with burns over 80 percent of his body. He says the others suffered less severe injuries.          

Seattle May Lead Nation To $15 Minimum Wage

May 15, 2014 12:03 pm | by Manuel Valdes, Associated Press | News | Comments

While the Seattle mayor is proposing to raise the wage to $15 in the coming years to the highest level in the nation, some activists say that's too slow and are threatening to take the issue to voters with a ballot measure that would force a raise sooner.

Fewest Americans In 7 Years Seek Unemployment Benefits

May 15, 2014 9:43 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits fell to the lowest level in seven years last week, a sign the job market is steadily improving.                  

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