Labor & Economic News Blog
Friday, December 22, 2006
LA reaches tentative pact with union for architects, engineersLA reaches tentative pact with union for architects, engineers
Source: San Jose Mercury-News
The union representing city architects and engineers has tentatively approved a new contract for its 7,400 members, the union announced on its Web site. If approved by its members, the pact would end a dispute that led to brief strikes at the airport and Port of Los Angeles.
Mexico to boost minimum wageMexico to boost minimum wage
Mexico will raise the minimum daily wage by 3.9 percent in 2007, just under the annual rate of inflation of last month. The minimum wages in Mexico's three geographic zones will rise on Jan. 1, the National Minimum Wage Commission said in a statement Thursday. Inflation in November was 4.1 percent.
Holiday bonus or lump of coal?Holiday bonus or lump of coal?
While many companies shut down for the holidays, the airlines keep flying. Many days during the period rank among the busiest of the year and, as this week demonstrated, can come with challenging weather conditions.
Midday Business Report: Missouri jobless rate dropsMidday Business Report: Missouri jobless rate drops
The unemployment rate in Missouri dropped to 5.1 percent of the labor force in November, down from 5.4 percent in October. That was 0.2 percentage points lower than the state’s jobless rate in November 2005.
From law degrees to Bible studies, taxpayers foot billFrom law degrees to Bible studies, taxpayers foot bill
Cops chasing law degrees. Court clerks deconstructing the Old Testament. A firefighter studying medicine offshore and acupuncture in California. When it comes to the educational dreams of Miami-Dade County employees, there is no limit to what taxpayers are required to finance.
German Chimney Sweeps Face Loss of MonopolyGerman Chimney Sweeps Face Loss of Monopoly
For 70 years, German chimney sweeps have held monopolies in assigned districts, with customers required by law to pay for their services. The sweeps are about to learn if the German government will challenge an EU ruling that the arrangement blocks free trade.
Wages to Be Cut for Comair PilotsWages to Be Cut for Comair Pilots
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
CINCINNATI, Dec. 21 (AP) — A federal bankruptcy judge ruled Thursday that Comair, the Delta Air Lines subsidiary, could impose wage cuts and changes in work rules for the regional airline’s 1,500 pilots, the final holdouts in the airline’s plan to trim labor costs as part of its restructuring.
Maryland jobless rate falls below 4 percentMd. jobless rate falls below 4 percent
Employers pick up pace of job creationMaryland's unemployment rate fell below 4 percent last month for the first time in half a year as employers picked up the pace of job creation, the federal government said this morning.
Emeryville hotel workers attempting to keep jobs / Discrepancies with Social Security records at heart of problemEmeryville hotel workers attempting to keep jobs / Discrepancies with Social Security records at heart of problem
By George Raine
Twenty-four Emeryville hotel workers are asking an Alameda County court today to temporarily block Woodfin Suite Hotel from firing them because of discrepancies in their Social Security records. The employees allege the hotel is retaliating because...
Incomes, spending rise in November (Reuters)Incomes, spending rise in November (Reuters)
Reuters - U.S. incomes and spending rose more modestly than expected in November, while core consumer prices were unexpectedly flat in the month, a government report showed on Friday.
Thursday, December 21, 2006
A union hearing: A retooled approach to discussing organized labor would resonate with insecure white collar workersA union hearing: A retooled approach to discussing organized labor would resonate with insecure white collar workers
Source: American Prospect
Most Democrats understand that they need to have more to talk about with these Americans than Iraq and stem cell research. The reelection of Janet Napolitano in Arizona and Debbie Stabenow in Michigan, to name just two, hinged in large part on their taking an economic security message to technical and professional workers.
Business as usual: Administration officials went to China for yet another round of talks and no action regarding Chinese labor abuses and trade violatBusiness as usual: Administration officials went to China for yet another round of talks and no action regarding Chinese labor abuses and trade violations
Source: American Prospect
The high-profile mission to China of key administration economic officials looks like another predictable fizzle. The delegation, headed by Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson and Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke, is long on state dinners and photo ops, short on real progress.
Swedish worry over Santa shortageSwedish worry over Santa shortage
Sweden is suffering from a serious Santa shortage. That's the worrying message from the profession's Swedish trade organisation, which is appealing for more Santas to come forward. The Swedish Santa Association currently has 45 members across the nation,
Norway Dec adjusted jobless 52,043 vs revised 53,769 in NovNorway Dec adjusted jobless 52,043 vs revised 53,769 in Nov
OSLO (AFX) - The number of registered jobless in Norway at the end of December was 52,043 after seasonal adjustments, down from a revised 53,769 in November, the labour directorate said. In absolute figures, the number of registered jobless was 49,806,
Swedish parliament passes controversial benefit lawSwedish parliament passes controversial benefit law
Sweden's parliament has voted in favour of tough new laws to cut unemployment benefit and get the jobless back to work. The proposal was passed by a narrow margin, with 158 votes in favour and 151 votes against. Labour unions have protested against the
Germany: master of the forces of globalisation?Germany: master of the forces of globalisation?
Berlin (dpa) - German business is ending the year in a buoyant mood amid signs that the top companies in Europe's biggest economy have mastered the forces unleashed by fast-paced globalisation. Indeed, some 15 years after corporate Germany embarked on a
China makes 75% of world's toysChina makes 75% of world's toys
In the real world, Christmas looks like Dongguan: a grey, industrial city in South China, where mile upon mile of factories house mile upon mile of uniformed young women toiling on production lines. Within a single generation, they have swept up the global toy business.
Strikers optimistic as Goodyear, union negotiateStrikers optimistic as Goodyear, union negotiate
The talks between the world's third-largest tiremaker and the Steelworkers were the first meetings since negotiations in Cincinnati broke off Nov. 17 after four days.
Teamsters say proposed rail security rules ignore employees' safety roleTeamsters say proposed rail security rules ignore employees' safety role
Proposed rules by the Transportation Security Administration ignore necessary employee training and protections against employer retaliation. The Teamsters Union is still reviewing the rules, issued Friday, but so far has determined that the proposals are inadequate.
China's coal mine death toll down, but workplace accidents still too frequentChina's coal mine death toll down, but workplace accidents still too frequent
With ten days left in the year, the number of miners killed in Chinese coal mines has dropped by 21 percent compared to the same period last year. 'The work safety situation is still grave, however. We can't relax,' said Li Yizhong, head of the State
Early retirement agreement at VWEarly retirement agreement at VW
Thu 21/12/06 - The unions and management at Volkswagen's plant in the Brussels municipality of Vorst have reached agreement on the conditions for early retirement for staff over the age of 50. The unions will write to their members informing them about
Weekly jobless claims rise (AP)Weekly jobless claims rise (AP)
AP - The number of newly laid-off workers signing up for unemployment benefits rose last week as companies kept a close eye on the size of their work forces amid slowing economic activity.
Delta Gets OK to End Pilots' PensionsDelta Gets OK to End Pilots' Pensions
The government's pension insurer gave its final approval Wednesday for a plan to terminate the pensions of Delta Air Lines pilots, a key step for the carrier to resolve a multibillion-dollar issue in its bankruptcy case.
3M workers face pay overhaul3M workers face pay overhaul
The e-mail sent to thousands of 3M employees recently hasn't inspired much holiday cheer. The Maplewood-based conglomerate is changing its compensation system for employees, including the elimination of stock options for about 5,500 to 6,000 supervisors and entry-level managers worldwide. That change will start in 2007.
Skycaps at Logan sue over lost tipsSkycaps at Logan sue over lost tips
By Sacha Pfeiffer, Globe Staff
Two American Airlines skycaps at Logan International Airport have filed a class-action lawsuit against the carrier and the contract company that employs them for allegedly withholding their tip money and failing to pay them minimum wage.
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
DaimlerChrysler Integrates AIDS Education into TrainingDaimlerChrysler Integrates AIDS Education into Training
This year, DaimlerChrysler will integrate education about the immune deficiency illness HIV/AIDS on a general basis into the vocational training of a total of 8,200 trainees in German
EasyJet appeals against French labour decreeEasyJet appeals against French labour decree
The low-cost British airline EasyJet said Tuesday it has appealed to France's highest administrative court against a decree that subjects air crews at French airports to the national labour laws.
Unions continue Wal-Mart fightUnions continue Wal-Mart fight
Source: Gilroy Dispatch
A dozen people huddled in winter coats and held candles Friday night outside Gilroy's Wal-Mart Supercenter, as part of a nationwide protest over the retail giant's labor practices. The vigil was one of more than 40 occurring nationwide, organized by WakeUpWalMart.com and supported by local groups like United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 428.
New jobs outnumber new workers as Minnesota's jobless rate is unchangedNew jobs outnumber new workers as state's jobless rate is unchanged
In StarTribune.com Business
Minnesota's unemployment rate was unchanged in November at 3.9 percent, seasonally adjusted, as the state added 12,300 jobs and 10,000 Minnesotans joined the labor force, according to the state's monthly jobs report released Tuesday. It was the third consecutive month of increases in the number of Minnesotans working or looking for work, the report by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development said. The additions averaged 12,000 a month and raised the state's labor force participation rate from an all-time low of 73 percent to 73.8 percent last month, the report said.
Raising the Floor on PayRaising the Floor on Pay
By LOUIS UCHITELLE
The Democrats’ proposed minimum wage increase does not catch up with what some states have already done to raise the pay of tens of millions of workers.
Job Hunters Seek Winning Edge in Video ResumesJob Hunters Seek Winning Edge in Video Resumes
Some job candidates hoping to stand out from the competition are posting video resumes online to boost their chances of getting hired. But federal employment officials say companies should handle video resumes with care.
Bush backs raising U.S. minimum wage with tax breaksBush backs raising U.S. minimum wage with tax breaks
President George W. Bush said he supports a raise in the minimum wage paired with ``tax and regulatory relief'' to avoid burdening small businesses.
Bringing new meaning to 'girl power'Bringing new meaning to 'girl power'
Two months ago, Adriana Alba was working in a climate-controlled office at the City Colleges' Dawson Technical Institute. Now, she's out in the cold climbing utility poles.
Delta to hire first new pilots in 5 yearsDelta to hire first new pilots in 5 years
Delta Air Lines said Wednesday it will resume hiring new pilots after a five-year hiatus, with interviews for new co-pilots beginning in January. The Atlanta airline, which is fighting a hostile takeover bid by US Airways, had already said last month that it would probably need to hire new pilots to keep up with its growth plans. The airline had announced plans to bring back 200 pilots, a move that would probably exhaust its list of furloughed pilots awaiting recall. One of Delta's chief pilots touted the move — Delta's first pilot hiring since 2001 – as a "significant milestone" and a sign that Delta's restructuring efforts are succeeding.
Repeated tours raise GIs' stress, Army says / If Bush ups troop levels in Iraq, thousands would likely stay longer than plannedRepeated tours raise GIs' stress, Army says / If Bush ups troop levels in Iraq, thousands would likely stay longer than planned
By Julian E. Barnes
American soldiers who serve repeated tours of duty in Iraq are more likely to suffer from acute stress in Iraq, according to a mental health survey released Tuesday by the Army. Overall, 13.6 percent of soldiers reported suffering from acute stress in...
Goodyear talks resume; supply a concernGoodyear talks resume; supply a concern
Source: Ithaca Journal
Strike-hampered Goodyear and the United Steelworkers went back to formal talks Monday for the second time during the 2 1/2-month job action, while some dealers expressed concern over possible tire shortages for the coming winter.
India warning on globalisationIndia warning on globalisation
In South Asia
Globalisation could damage public services in countries like India, a Nobel-prize winning economist warns.
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
Payoffs not layoffs promised to American Apparel staff after salePayoffs not layoffs promised to American Apparel staff after sale
The mostly foreign-born workers at American Apparel's downtown garment factory, the nation's largest, have enjoyed benefits that would make austere executives grab their wallets: A health plan. Free English classes. Back rubs from a masseuse and
AirTran's unions back takeover bid for Midwest AirlinesAirTran's unions back takeover bid for Midwest Airlines
Midwest Air Group CEO Timothy Hoeksema reiterated his company's rejection of any takeover.
After labor dispute, all workers back on job at WTC skyscraperAfter labor dispute, all workers back on job at WTC skyscraper
NEW YORK (AP) _ Workers resumed removing the facade of a contaminated skyscraper near the World Trade Center site on Monday after a contract dispute that stopped the dismantling almost as soon as it began.
Reviled in Argentina, paper mills bring life to FinlandReviled in Argentina, paper mills bring life to Finland
At the heart of an angry dispute between Argentina and Uruguay, pulp mills, sometimes seen as major polluters, have brought life to parts of Finland where they have often been around longer than the trees themselves.In Finland's southeastern industrial town of Joutseno, where one in two people live off the pulp mills, residents say they can't fathom the Argentinian opposition to the construction of a mill on the Uruguayan side of the river that divides the two South American countries.
Working families stuck in poverty cycleWorking families stuck in poverty cycle
Jerusalem-based social policy research center will call on Knesset members and policy makers to address Israel's growing social and economic gaps when
Education key to winning at globalizationEducation key to winning at globalization
MENTION CHINA, India or Mexico these days and chances are the conversation will turn to jobs and fears the advance of these countries will mean fewer jobs and lower pay in Canada. There's no doubt that these and other developing economies are becoming
Hong Kong jobless rate falls to lowest in almost six yearsHong Kong jobless rate falls to lowest in almost six years
HONG Kong's jobless rate fell for a fifth straight month in November to the lowest in almost six years, helping sustain the longest economic expansion in a decade, the government said yesterday.
Court upholds limit on political activityCourt upholds limit on political activity
By firstname.lastname@example.org on Local News
A state appeals court Monday upheld a state law that prohibits public employees from using any public facilities or resources for political activity.
Real Estate Dip Brings Layoffs in Home ConstructionReal Estate Dip Brings Layoffs in Home Construction
Only a year ago, construction firms were scrambling to find enough workers. Now they're laying them off as the real estate market slumps. Toll Brothers, one of the largest homebuilding firms, expects to lay off as much as 15 percent of its workforce.
Washington State: Mine workers seek help from GregoireMine workers seek help from Gregoire
CENTRALIA-- Mike Edwards was a year from retirement when the coal mine he worked at for 25 years was shut down suddenly last month, putting him and hundreds of his colleagues out of work.
Washington State sees more jobs, job seekers in NovemberState sees more jobs, job seekers in November
Washington employers added 4,900 new jobs in November on a seasonally adjusted basis, the state's Employment Security Department said Tuesday in its monthly summary of employment statistics.
Palestinian government workers' 3 month strike near end, official saysGvt workers' 3 month strike near end, official says
RAMALLAH, West Bank, Dec 17 (Reuters) - Palestinian government employees look set to return to work this week if a deal to end a more than three-month-old strike over unpaid wages is signed on Monday, a top union official said.
Money to Treat 9/11 Workers Will Run Out, Officials SayMoney to Treat 9/11 Workers Will Run Out, Officials Say
By SEWELL CHAN
The roughly $40 million that was set aside to treat workers who became ill after helping with the 9/11 cleanup and recovery will run out in months.
Chinese Success Story Chokes on Its Own GrowthChinese Success Story Chokes on Its Own Growth
By HOWARD W. FRENCH
Few cities have created wealth faster than Shenzhen, but the costs stare out from every corner.
Investor offers $3.4 billion to Delphi...if it signs a contract with UAWInvestor offers $3.4 billion to Delphi...if it signs a contract with UAW
Source: NY Times
The United Automobile Workers union faces a difficult choice: reach agreement on concessions with the Delphi Corporation or risk seeing Delphi lose out on a deal that would help it emerge from bankruptcy. A group of private equity firms led by Appaloosa Management and Cerberus Capital said on Monday that they were willing to invest at least $1.4 billion and up to $3.4 billion when Delphi emerges from Chapter 11.
Local governments that use pension funds to finance healthcare for retirees find themselves with no moneyLocal governments that use pension funds to finance healthcare for retirees find themselves with no money
Source: NY Times
Many local governments began turning to their pension funds to help pay for health care for retired public workers in the 1990s. Some are now regretting it.
Corzine vows not to back down on cutting New Jersey state worker benefitsCorzine vows not to back down on cutting state worker benefits
Source: NY Times
Fresh from a scuffle with the New Jersey Legislature over who should take on the task of re-examining pensions and health care benefits for state employees, Gov. Jon S. Corzine said Monday that he was prepared to embark on “serious restructuring” efforts because soaring costs would make it impossible for the state to keep pace over the next decade.
U.S. ignores abuse of Chinese workersU.S. ignores abuse of Chinese workers
Source: Buffalo News
When Christmas shoppers peek at the "Made In China" labels on toys, Mattel wants them to buy with a clear conscience. Like the way members of the House and Senate turn a blind eye to reports of religious oppression and worker abuse in the country of origin. When I asked Fisher-Price Toys, owned by Mattel, about a recent riot at a Chinese plant where Mattel toys are made, Fisher-Price shunted that and other questions to Mattel headquarters.
Federal judge: Wal-Mart cannot be held liable under United States law for labor conditions at some of its overseas suppliersFederal judge: Wal-Mart cannot be held liable under United States law for labor conditions at some of its overseas suppliers
Source: NY Times
A complaint filed last year in Los Angeles by the International Labor Rights Fund contended that employees of Wal-Mart suppliers in China, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Swaziland and Nicaragua were forced to work overtime without pay and in some cases were fired because they tried to organize unions. The group sought to represent hundreds of thousands of employees of Wal-Mart’s overseas suppliers.
Few employers help workers quit smokingFew employers help workers quit smoking
While most large employers have banned smoking at work, 78 percent of employees at smoke-free offices said the policy is not effective in motivating them to quit.
Activists vote for 'super-union'Activists vote for 'super-union'
Leading members of the T&G union vote in favour of a merger with Amicus, creating the UK's largest union.
Sri Lanka tea strike called offSri Lanka tea strike called off
In South Asia
Sri Lankan tea unions call off a two week strike which officials say brought the industry to a virtual standstill.
French teachers strike over hoursFrench teachers strike over hours
Teachers in France stage a strike in protest at plans which would remove their right to teach for fewer hours.
Chinese city may limit migrantsChinese city may limit migrants
China's Guangzhou city may limit migrant workers because of "social problems" they bring, state media said.
Mittal seeks Point layoffsMittal seeks Point layoffs
5-week leaves mark third offer since Oct. as steelmaker scales back to fit demandNetherlands-based Mittal Steel Co. NV is offering workers at Sparrows Point another round of five-week layoffs, a sign that the world's largest steelmaker doesn't expect the industrywide slowdown to recover immediately in the new year.
Unions in Qantas shares dilemmaUnions in Qantas shares dilemma
Source: The Australian
SOME of Australia's top union leaders who represent Qantas workers could be compelled to sell multi-million-dollar stakes in the airline despite their opposition to the $11 billion takeover by a private equity consortium.
Kenya: Matatu Operators Strike in CoastKenya: Matatu Operators Strike in Coast
Public transport in Mombasa and Malindi towns and surrounding areas were paralysed the whole of yesterday when matatu operators went on strike.
Minnesota companies facing labor shortageMinnesota companies facing labor shortage
In StarTribune.com Business
Eden Prairie's Micro Dynamics Corp. has been growing swiftly, but it's chronically hampered by one thing it can't do without: trained workers. "If we could get our hands on 10 folks, we'd gobble them up," said Win Wood, vice president of strategic programs for the company. It needs engineers, assemblers and trained electronic technicians -- and the dilemma is now common. Despite a recent spate of high-profile layoffs, some Minnesota industries are running into worrisome worker shortages as the state economy hums along with an unemployment rate below 4 percent.
UPS's No. 2 delivers retirement noticeUPS's No. 2 delivers retirement notice
UPS Chief Operating Officer John Beystehner will retire Jan. 2, the world's largest transportation giant announced. The Sandy Springs-based company didn't immediately name a successor. In a separate move, UPS said Scott Davis, the company's chief financial officer, has been named vice chairman. Davis, 55, was elected to the company's 12-member board of directors in February.
Airport workers rally with Delta execs against mergerAirport workers rally with Delta execs against merger
Top executives joined with front-line workers at Delta Air lines Tuesday to rail against a proposed US Airways takeover, then lined up to add their names to an oversized petition at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. "It never made sense to us for US Airways to capitalize on all of your hard work," Delta CEO Gerald Grinstein told a crowd of about 150 Delta workers on the day the company filed its reorganization plan to emerge from bankruptcy court as an independent company. "There's nothing they can do to make a non-starter start."
Companies give more year-end gifts, bonusesLABOR SCENE: Companies give more year-end gifts, bonuses
More bonuses, more parties. Buoyed by a strong economy and a record-setting stock market, more U.S. companies are dispensing the good cheer during the year-end holidays.
Office away from office Technology keeps employees connected to workplace 24/7Office away from office Technology keeps employees connected to workplace 24/7
Give technology the credit for making it possible to work away from the office but also hand it the blame for taking it too far.
Free trade proves costlyFree trade proves costly
Since the end of World War II, the United States has promoted free trade in the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, the World Trade Organization and the North American Free Trade Agreement.
A very healthy job fieldA very healthy job field
Stacy Hamilton works hard — but finding work has never been much of a chore. As a family nurse practitioner, Hamilton helps run MinuteClinic health clinics at CVS stores in the Kansas City area.
Party branch set at Wal-Mart officeParty branch set at Wal-Mart office
By Associated Press
Employees at the China headquarters of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. have set up a Communist Party branch, part of a growing campaign to expand the ruling party's presence in foreign companies.
Monday, December 18, 2006
Unions Hope Democrats Will Counter GOP Policy ChangesUnions Hope Democrats Will Counter GOP Policy Changes
By Zachary A. Goldfarb
As a member of the Democratic minority, Rep. Chris Van Hollen (Md.) fought a Bush administration policy that increasingly opened up federal jobs to private contracting.
L.A., Long Ruled by Cars, Becoming a Transit LeaderL.A., Long Ruled by Cars, Becoming a Transit Leader
By John Pomfret
LOS ANGELES -- Demeaned as a car-crazed megalopolis where people drive two blocks to valet-park at the dry cleaners, Los Angeles is on the road to fashioning one of the best public transit systems in the nation.
NYC transit union chief re-elected (AP)NYC transit union chief re-elected (AP)
AP - The transit union boss who led a strike that paralyzed New York City for 60 hours at the height of last year's Christmas shopping season has been re-elected, union officials said Friday.
Pilots lead union fight to save jobs at QantasPilots lead union fight to save jobs at Qantas
Source: The Australian
QANTAS pilots are considering a plan to personally invest $50,000 each as part of a "blocking stake" to stop the airline's $11 billion sale to a private equity consortium backed by Macquarie Bank.
Nurses cope with increasing job pressuresNurses cope with increasing job pressures
In StarTribune.com Business
If you've noticed that hospital nurses seem distracted or stressed lately, it could be they're suffering from a newly diagnosed malady: "complexity compression." It's a condition largely blamed on growing paperwork and changing work rules, and it's showing up in hospitals around Minnesota and quite likely around the country. Besides the heavy workloads and the demands of ever-sicker patients, nurses talk about a confounding series of "improvements" such as form changes, procedure revisions and documentation demands.
National Highlights From The National Survey On The Work And Health Of Nurses, CanadaNational Highlights From The National Survey On The Work And Health Of Nurses, Canada
The Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI), Health Canada and Statistics Canada have released the findings of the largest and most comprehensive survey ever conducted on the work and health of nurses in Canada. More than 19,000 nurses from across Canada took part in the survey, which sheds important new light on the issues they face in their day-to-day life, such as overtime, work overload, physical and mental health problems, medical errors and exposure to risk. [click link for full article]
Air traffic controllers, FAA at odds over staffing and safetyAir traffic controllers, FAA at odds over staffing and safety
WASHINGTON -- Nearly 1,100 fewer air traffic controllers are guiding planes through the nation's skies than three years ago, even though flights are increasing.
Striking workers, AFL-CIO protest Goodyear tire storesStriking workers, AFL-CIO protest Goodyear tire stores
About 50 members of a Lincoln, Neb., chapter of United Steelworkers protested at two area Goodyear retailers, decrying the company's use of replacement workers during the 2-month-old strike. About 150 additional rallies were planned in the United States and Canada.
America takes notice of gap in incomesAmerica takes notice of gap in incomes
Americans overwhelmingly say the growing gap between rich and poor has become a serious national concern, a sentiment that may bolster Democrats' plans to narrow the income divide when they take control of Congress.
Report calls Massachusetts a new-jobs laggardReport calls Mass. a new-jobs laggard
By Robert Weisman, Globe Staff
Massachusetts remains a magnet for research funds and venture capital, but it's become an underperformer in job creation.
Companies soften view of ex-workersCompanies soften view of ex-workers
NEW YORK The old view of corporate exes -employees who leave for other jobs- was that they were deserters and traitors who must never be spoken of again.
A call to tell workers about hidden 401(k) feesA call to tell workers about hidden 401(k) fees
Federal regulators need to boost their oversight of 401(k) retirement plans and adopt a series of changes to ensure full disclosure of hidden costs that can cut into the savings of millions of American workers, a government report recommends.
When workers go to extremesWhen workers go to extremes
Driven by competition, love of job, many admit pace can exact personal tollDo you have an extreme job?
Friday, December 15, 2006
Hospitals Fight Nurse-to-Patient Ratios, Seek Alternatives To Use Nursing Staff More EfficientlyHospitals Fight Nurse-to-Patient Ratios, Seek Alternatives To Use Nursing Staff More Efficiently
The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday examined how "hospitals are fighting back against efforts to set minimum nurse-to-patient ratios and adopting new strategies to use nursing staff more efficiently" as the U.S. faces "a worsening" nurse shortage. According to the Journal, "an increasing number of states ...
SEC Requires Clear Disclosure of Executive PaySEC Requires Clear Disclosure of Executive Pay
Many companies have become experts at disclosing executive pay as obliquely as possible. Now the Securities and Exchange Commission is requiring them to clearly explain their compensation practices in plain English.
New Orleans threatened by `brain drain' (AP)New Orleans threatened by `brain drain' (AP)
AP - It wasn't the flooding that drove Dr. David Jones out of New Orleans for good. His house in the Lakeview neighborhood stayed dry. Instead, it was the way Hurricane Katrina eroded the orthopedic surgeon's practice.
Ex-homeless attend to library bathroomsEx-homeless attend to library bathrooms
A group that helps the homeless find housing, employment and health care is posting formerly homeless people in the restrooms of a downtown library to help manage those who flock there looking for shelter or
Thousands protest against cut in Swedish unemployment benefitsThousands protest against cut in Swedish unemployment benefits
Thousands of workers demonstrated in central Stockholm against the new centre-right government's plan to raise premiums for unemployment insurance while decreasing payouts to the jobless. Rallies organised by the Swedish Confederation of Trade Unions
Outsourcing a dirty word in USOutsourcing a dirty word in US
New Delhi, Dec 14 (IANS) Outsourcing has become a dirty word in the US as a majority of Americans are not in favour of it as they believe it would lead to job losses at home, according to a multi-nation survey done by a leading US think tank.
Record is mixed on outsourcing state jobsRecord is mixed on outsourcing state jobs
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - At his second inauguration, Gov. Jeb Bush looked over several buildings on the capital grounds and suggested it would be nice if they were emptied of state bureaucrats. He referred to the buildings as 'silent monuments to the time
Strike disrupts Alitalia servicesStrike disrupts Alitalia services
Alitalia services on Friday were severely disrupted by another strike, further harming the Italian airline's reputation just as the government is trying to find a buyer for it.Unions at Alitalia are protesting that they are being excluded from certain
Simon Property Group agrees to improve mall janitors' conditions inSimon agrees to improve mall janitors' conditions
Source: Indianapolis Star
Simon Property Group said it signed an "agreement in principle" with the Service Employees International Union aimed at improving work standards for more than 3,000 subcontracted janitors at Simon shopping centers across the country, including over 150 in the Indianapolis area.
Airline mergers can lead to labor conflictAirline mergers can lead to labor conflict
DALLAS -- Even if the leaders of United and Continental agree to merge their airlines, the hard work of combining two work forces with different unions and conflicting interests will remain.
Faith and War: From Headscarf to Army Cap, Making a New LifeFaith and War: From Headscarf to Army Cap, Making a New Life
By ANDREA ELLIOTT
Fadwa Hamdan belongs to the rare class of Muslim women who have signed up to become soldiers trained in Arabic.
U.A.W. President Won’t Rule Out a Merger With Another UnionU.A.W. President Won’t Rule Out a Merger With Another Union
By NICK BUNKLEY
A merger would help the United Auto Workers regain some of the influence it has lost as hundreds of thousands of factory jobs have been eliminated.
Boeing worker fired over lost laptopBoeing worker fired over lost laptop
The Boeing Co. said Thursday that it has fired the employee whose laptop was stolen, putting the personal information about nearly 400,000 retired and current company workers in jeopardy.
Anderson Indiana: 600 Guide workers losing jobs600 Guide workers losing jobs
ANDERSON, Ind. -- About 600 Guide Corp. employees will lose their jobs effective Monday as the 100-year-old factory prepares for a June 2007 closing.
Older families face larger debt loadsOlder families face larger debt loads
Debt levels have risen sharply for families nearing or in retirement, shaking the retirement security of lower-income families particularly, the Employee Benefit Research Institute said Thursday.
Ford, union near deal to ensure Claycomo's futureFord, union near deal to ensure Claycomo's future
Ford Motor Co.’s local management and union have reached a tentative pact that could ensure the long-term future of the Claycomo plant, one of the Kansas City's area’s biggest employers.
Maryland: 400 jobs ending at fish plant400 jobs ending at fish plant
Icelandic to close Cambridge factoryIcelandic USA Inc. is closing its fish processing plant in Cambridge, in Dorchester County, leaving 400 employees looking for work in an area that has been hard hit by the loss of solid manufacturing jobs.
Thursday, December 14, 2006
AT WORK: Strengthening middle class should top House panel’s listAT WORK: Strengthening middle class should top House panel’s list
Job One next year for the U.S. House Education and Workforce Committee: Strengthening America’s middle class. That’s the word this week from U.S. Rep. George Miller, the committee’s Democratic chairman-designate.
Delta workers' rallying cry: 'We are not for sale'Delta workers' rallying cry: 'We are not for sale'
A raucous crowd of more than 3,000 Delta Air Lines workers alternately cheered, booed, clapped and hissed Wednesday as they loudly expressed opposition to a takeover bid by rival US Airways. Delta employee groups used the nearly two-hour rally to bash Tempe, Ariz.-based US Airways and its CEO, Doug Parker, in pointed, personal terms. He was compared to vilified airline raiders Carl Icahn and Frank Lorenzo and even the fictional Gordon Gekko from the movie "Wall Street." "You have underestimated your opponent!" Delta pilot union chairman Lee Moak thundered at the meeting in a convention hall near the Atlanta airport, which combined the fervor of a tent revival with the pragmatism of a political strategy session.
Newspaper Guild approves Boston Globe contractNewspaper Guild approves Boston Globe contract
THE REGION The Boston Newspaper Guild, which represents newsroom, advertising, and other employees at The Boston Globe, approved a four-year contract that ties pay raises to revenue increases. The 364-194 vote comes nearly two months after union members rejected an offer that tied raises to revenue but excluded revenue of Boston.com, the paper's online affiliate. The new contract includes online ...
Sovereign may cut jobs, shut unitSovereign may cut jobs, shut unit
By Keith Reed, Globe Staff
Sovereign Bancorp Inc. is reportedly on the brink of cutting several hundred jobs and closing its wholesale mortgage banking unit, the first major change at the bank since veteran Boston executive Joseph P. Campanelli took the helm in October.
Globalisation fund may benefit Volkswagen workersGlobalisation fund may benefit Volkswagen workers
A fund to support workers laid off because their companies have been affected by globalisation will become available from 1 January 2007, following a European
NY pension funds press big Web companies on rights (Reuters)NY pension funds press big Web companies on rights (Reuters)
Reuters - New York City employee pension funds are calling on two top Internet companies to do more to protect free speech in repressive countries, joining a year-old campaign by human rights groups.
Most employers kept retiree drug coverageMost employers kept retiree drug coverage
A majority of large employers retained their retiree drug coverage this year despite the initiation of the Medicare drug benefit and plan to continue the offering next year, according to a new study released yesterday.
Jobless claims fall to 2-month low (AP)Jobless claims fall to 2-month low (AP)
AP - The number of Americans filing applications for unemployment benefits dropped sharply for a second straight week, pushing total claims down to the lowest level in two months.
Tech workers to get relief from tax debtTech workers to get relief from tax debt
Thousands of Internet and technology workers who ended up owing large tax debts from exercising stock options instead of becoming multimillionaires will get some of their money back under legislation Congress passed last week.
Americans see rich-poor gap worseningAmericans see rich-poor gap worsening
Americans overwhelmingly say the growing gap between rich and poor has become a serious national concern, a sentiment that may bolster Democrats' plans to narrow the income divide when they take control of Congress.
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
Law Professor Finds Home Healthcare Workers Have Few Legal ProtectionsLaw Professor Finds Home Healthcare Workers Have Few Legal Protections
As more and more Americans turn to in-home health care workers to take care of elderly family members, research from a University of Iowa law professor has found nobody is taking care of the caregivers.
Poor language skills hold back HK firms, finds surveyPoor language skills hold back HK firms, finds survey
More than half of local companies are not satisfied with employees' language skills and do not believe Hong Kong's competitiveness will improve in the next few years, according to a poll released by Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce
Unions fear 'Swedish model' may be in perilUnions fear 'Swedish model' may be in peril
For decades, strong unions have been just like cold winters and crisp bread: a natural part of Swedish life. But following a shift to a less labor- friendly government in September, signs are that the days of the one of the world's most highly organized work forces might be coming to an end.
Flying Without WingsFlying Without Wings
By Del Quentin Wilber
Before stepping into the cockpit of a commercial jetliner for the first time, pilots have racked up hundreds of hours in the air, usually at the controls of small planes.
Foreign Service Hiring Gets A Re-ExamForeign Service Hiring Gets A Re-Exam
By Elizabeth Williamson
For generations, the United States has selected its diplomats through a two-stage test seen as a model of merit-based rigor. Pass hundreds of questions in a dozen subject areas and a day-long oral grilling by Foreign Service officers, and join the ranks. Fail, and find a different line of work.
Florida Finds Little Trauma, Drama from Wage HikeFlorida Finds Little Trauma, Drama from Wage Hike
Democrats say that raising the federal minimum wage will be a priority when they take control of Congress. Would such a measure help low-wage workers or lead to layoffs? Florida, which raised its minimum wage two years ago, provides some clues.
Minimum Wage: A Worker's ViewMinimum Wage: A Worker's View
Gina Walter, who makes $6.25 an hour, says the proposed minimum-wage boost in January 2007 would make a difference in her daily life as a minimum-wage worker.
Minimum Wage: An Employer's ViewMinimum Wage: An Employer's View
Michele Norris talks with Robert Mayfield, who owns four Dairy Queens and a Wally's Burger Express in the Austin, Texas, area. Mayfield says a raise in the federal minimum wage would force him to cut back on the hours of many of his workers, and may lead to cutbacks in
Global: Organising and defending the rights of migrant workersGlobal: Organising and defending the rights of migrant workers
LabourStart headline - Source: ITUC
Around 60 trade unionists from all over the world and representatives of international organisations dealing with migrant workers’ rights are meeting in Brussels for a seminar organised by the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC). The seminar runs until 15 December and it will address the question of organising migrant workers and protecting their rights.
China and India: Most Popular Outsourcing LocalesChina and India: Most Popular Outsourcing Locales
The world's two most populous countries--China and India--were named the most popular outsourcing destinations by companies in Asia, according to a recent study KPMG. Results of the report, titled Asian outsourcing: the next wave, were released last week
World Bank: Globalization to bring social, environmental pressuresWorld Bank: Globalization to bring social, environmental pressures
The World Bank predicted on Wednesday that rapid globalization could spur faster economic growth in the world, especially in developing countries in the next 25 years, but will also bring growing income inequality and potentially severe environmental
More Americans Struggle With Health-Care CostsMore Americans Struggle With Health-Care Costs
TUESDAY, Dec. 12 (HealthDay) -- More Americans are forced to spend more of their family income on health care, and more middle-class Americans are joining the ranks of those spending a disproportionate share of their budget on such expenses, a new study
Perata proposes health care for all workers in CaliforniaPerata proposes health care for all workers in state
(12-13) 04:00 PST Sacramento -- Firing the first salvo in what will be the biggest fight in the Capitol next year, the Senate's top Democrat proposed legislation Tuesday that would require all working Californians to have health care insurance paid for
British Labour anger over union funding plansLabour anger over union funding plans
There has been an angry response from Labour MPs to the suggestion that there might be a £50,000 limit on political donations, including from trade unions.
British Unemployment falls to 1.7 millionUnemployment falls to 1.7 million
UK unemployment fell by 7,000 to 1.7 million in the August to October period, official figures show.
London: Goldman cleaners protest on payGoldman cleaners protest on pay
Goldman Sachs could face a strike by contract cleaners, who say they are overworked even as the firm posts record bonuses.
South Africa: Economy Booming, But Slow Growth in JobsSouth Africa: Economy Booming, But Slow Growth in Jobs
THE economy continued to create jobs in a slow and steady fashion in the third quarter, increasing the number of people employed in the formal, nonfarming sectors by 73000 (1%). According to Statistics SA, which released its quarterly employment statistics yesterday, this brought the increase from the same quarter last year to 193000, or 2,7%.
Union Reaches Deal at Philadelphia PapersUnion Reaches Deal at Philadelphia Papers
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
The Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News reached a tentative contract agreement Tuesday with their largest union.
Purdue students end hunger strike over sweatshopsPurdue students end hunger strike over sweatshops
West Lafayette, Ind. -- A group of Purdue University students ended a hunger strike this morning by eating some pita bread near the steps of Hovde Hall.
Truckers Tripped Up by Workplace Smoking RulesTruckers Tripped Up by Workplace Smoking Rules
Ohio voters approved a statewide smoking ban in November that included a ban on lighting up in the workplace. It's now being interpreted as applying to the "workplaces" of Ohio truckers.
Managers Fear Employees Working SickManagers Fear Employees Working Sick
During flu season, especially, employers are worried about "presenteeism," according to a survey by CCH, Inc, an employment information provider. The company says a majority of employers fear the impact of workers who insist on coming into work when they're sick.
Union Chief: US Air Is Only Delta BidderUnion Chief: US Air Is Only Delta Bidder
By By HARRY R. WEBER, AP Business Writer
No other carrier has offered to buy Delta Air Lines Inc. since US Airways' hostile bid last month, and no merger discussions between Delta and any other carrier are currently ongoing, the head of Delta's pilots union said Wednesday. "In the normal...
Delta workers rally against US Airways mergerDelta workers rally against US Airways merger
An anti-merger rally Wednesday drew an estimated 3,000 Delta Air Lines employees and family members who oppose a takeover bid by rival US Airways. The rally at a convention center near Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport was organized by worker groups and aimed at showing that opposition to the bid goes deeper than top management. "Delta Air Lines is not for sale," declared Lee Moak, chairman of Delta's unit of the Air Line Pilots Association.
St. Paul, Minnesota: Ford's final night shift nearsFord's final night shift nears
For hundreds of Ford Motor Co. employees taking buyouts in St. Paul, Thursday will be their last day of work as the plant shuts down for the last two weeks of December.
Immigration raid roils Worthington in MinnesotaImmigration raid roils Worthington
WORTHINGTON, Minn. Federal immigration officials staged a surprise raid at a Worthington pork-processing plant Tuesday, terrifying immigrant workers and bringing operations to a standstill.
Lilly plans to cut all Icos jobs after mergerLilly plans to cut all Icos jobs after merger
BOTHELL, Wash. -- Pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly and Co. plans to lay off all 700 employees of Icos Corp. if shareholders approve Lilly's proposed buyout next week, officials said.
Indiana will help firms find trainingState will help firms find training
A new three-year program aims to play matchmaker between companies and workforce trainers, a pairing that officials hope will help Indiana employees learn skills that can help them on the job.
Google creates new moneymaking option for employeesGoogle creates new moneymaking option for employees
Google Inc. employs a lot of brilliant minds, but even smart people have trouble figuring out how much their stock options are really worth.
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
Dominican labor unions willing to press for health insuranceDominican labor unions willing to press for health insurance
Santo Domingo.- Eight unions linked to the labor movement and health sector denounced that entrepreneurs have sequestered the National Social Security Council (CNSS), with a view to stall implementation of the Family Health Insurance (SFS) program.
Brookings economist tapped to head CBO (AP)Brookings economist tapped to head CBO (AP)
AP - Democrats taking over Congress have chosen Brookings Institution economist Peter Orszag as director of the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, which issues forecasts and provides lawmakers with cost estimates for legislation.
Part-time faculty on rise, report saysPart-time faculty on rise, report says
Source: Boston Globe
More than half the faculty at Boston University, Northeastern, Tufts, and Harvard are part-time or are not on the tenure track, according to a report released yesterday.
U.S. job activity little changed in October: Labor (Reuters)U.S. job activity little changed in October: Labor (Reuters)
Reuters - U.S. job openings, hires and job turnover rates were little changed in October, the Labor Department said on Tuesday.
Seattle: Local job forecast looks good for first quarterLocal job forecast looks good for first quarter
Puget Sound-area employers expect to hire at a healthy pace during the first quarter of 2007, according to an employment agency's survey.
USA: Workers' comp has room to maneuver, despite unions' call for rollback on changesUSA: Workers' comp has room to maneuver, despite unions' call for rollback on changes
Work comp, as it's called, was the single most important issue for the business interests that backed Schwarzenegger's re-election and for many groups, such as labor unions, that wanted Angelides to prevail. The reason is simple: lots of money.
USA: American Truckers: Sweatshops on Wheels, Adrift In A Tumultuous SeaUSA: American Truckers: Sweatshops on Wheels, Adrift In A Tumultuous Sea
This must be the week to write about truckers, with Stephen Labaton's article in the NY Times last Tuesday and now Steve Franklin and Darnell Little's article in the Chicago Tribune yesterday. Labaton focused primarily on the regulatory cave-in by the Bush administration, which has resisted efforts to reduce the number of hours that truckers spend on the road and working. In fact, Labaton writes, the Bush administration has actually expanded the number of hours truckers can spend driving. His article failed, however, to delve into the deeper structural issues in the industry that are driving truckers to cheat, lie, take drugs and speed.
Indiana: Marion Co. schools struggle to fatten rosters of substitutesMarion Co. schools struggle to fatten rosters of substitutes
More than 40 classrooms across Marion County go without teachers on a typical day because districts have too few substitutes -- leaving enough kids teacherless to fill three small elementaries.
Black workers allege bias at Houston companyBlack workers allege bias at Houston company
The EEOC has sued a Houston construction company, alleging it treated black employees differently by denying them access to power tools and not giving them time for lunch.
UPS offers buyouts to 650UPS offers buyouts to 650
UPS announced Monday it has offered voluntary separation packages to about 650 employees. The workers have until Jan. 29 to accept the offers. The company said the program is intended to eliminate redundant positions. UPS said the impact of the offer on financial results won't be determined until after that deadline.
Comair pilots ok strike if talks failComair pilots ok strike if talks fail
Comair pilots overwhelmingly gave their union leaders authorization to call a strike if they determine it's necessary in the continuing dispute with the regional airline over contract concessions. Pilots had been voting by mail since last month on whether to give union leaders authority to call a strike against the Delta Air Lines subsidiary. The Air Line Pilots Association, representing Comair's 1,500 pilots, said the vote was 93.2 percent in favor of the authorization, but union spokesman Paul Denke said pilots still hope to reach a consensual pay-cutting deal with Comair. "This vote tally by Comair pilots sends a loud and clear message to our management and Delta management that we are united in our resolve and will not work under imposed conditions," said Denke. "If management will not work with us and negotiate a fair and consensual agreement — one pilots can afford to live under — we now have the authorization to call for a strike."
Minnesota hiring prospects dimArea hiring prospects dim
Don't include finding a new job on your list of New Year's resolutions. The hiring outlook isn't all that great. Twin Cities employers expect to hire at a sluggish pace during the first quarter of 2007, a Manpower employment survey found. Of the companies interviewed about their hiring plans, 28 percent expect to reduce their payrolls. Another 48 percent expect to maintain their current staff levels. Just 18 percent plan to hire more employees.
Careers: Work-at-home traps and tipsCAREERS: Work-at-home traps and tips
The lure of working from home attracts many — who then are profoundly disillusioned when they respond to work-from-home ads.
Counting on jobsCounting on jobs
The hiring of full-time accounting and finance professionals in the Kansas City area is expected to increase in the first quarter of 2007, according to a survey of CFOs.
Work Space: Leaders shouldn’t be afraid to learnWORK SPACE: Leaders shouldn’t be afraid to learn
At workplace training seminars, one comment frequently heard from attendees is: “My boss should have been here to hear that.”
Kansas City-area hiring forecast appears somewhat sunnyLABOR SCENE: KC-area hiring forecast appears somewhat sunny
While the Kansas City area’s jobless rate hovers above 5 percent, the hiring outlook remains relatively bright.
Hiring in early '07 expected to be softHiring in early '07 expected to be soft
By Associated Press
MILWAUKEE -- Twenty-three percent of US employers plan to hire more people in the first quarter of next year, a level of growth on par with the same period last year but lower than more recent quarters, according to a survey of 14,000 companies.
Daimler to cut 4,000 workersDaimler to cut 4,000 workers
By Bloomberg News
DaimlerChrysler AG, the world's largest truck maker, is preparing to lay off 4,000 workers in North America because it expects sales to slump next year.
Monday, December 11, 2006
Performance appraisals get low marksPerformance appraisals get low marks
Consultant Dick Grote has spent many years thinking about the systems companies use to let employees know whether they're measuring up.
Cities Face Life Without 16 Ford PlantsCities Face Life Without 16 Ford Plants
LORAIN, Ohio -- He glances through the chain-link fence at hulking, dark buildings and weeds growing tall in pavement cracks. The chilling scene on a gray November day makes John "Larry" Wargo sigh with sadness. He remembers when the parking lots were packed _ with workers' cars and freshly assembled vehicles waiting to be sent from the Lorain Ford Assembly Plant to market.
Working on the railroad looks good for the long haulWorking on the railroad looks good for the long haul
The hours are irregular and the work means long days away from home, but 22-year-old Brady Foster is following in his father's footsteps and signing on with the railroad.
Experts: Minimum wage hike won't solve povertyExperts: Minimum wage hike won't solve poverty
A proposed hike that would bring the federal minimum wage to $7.25 would give workers their first raise since the minimum increased to $5.15 in 1997. But some low-income workers and their advocates say the wage increase won't affect many workers and is not a way out of poverty for minimum wage workers.
Ford now aims buyouts at white-collar staffFord now aims buyouts at white-collar staff
In StarTribune.com Business
DEARBORN, MICH. - Ford Motor Co. will begin offering buyouts to the bulk of its white-collar workforce Monday as part of the automaker's ongoing effort to cut its payroll and return to profitability. In most departments, Ford is expected to offer buyouts to 85 percent of salaried employees. Ford said in September that it plans to cut 10,000 of its 38,500 U.S. salaried positions by 2008. The company hopes to meet that goal through voluntary buyouts, but it has said it will resort to involuntary layoffs if necessary.
Tough Times for Transit WorkersTough Times for Transit Workers
Source: Gotham Gazette
Though it happened a year ago, the 60-hour transit strike of 2005 is still very much alive for the members of Transport Workers Union Local 100.
--They await the findings of a state arbitration panel on the terms of their new contract, terms that, under state labor law, they must accept.
--Union members are electing a president and other local officials, with results to be tallied on December 15.
--The union members remains sharply split over the effects of last years strike on their individual well-being, on the union and on the labor movement as a whole.
Labor sees new day in Southern Nevada: Recent orchestration of hospital deal shows unions very much aliveLabor sees new day in Southern Nevada: Recent orchestration of hospital deal shows unions very much alive
Source: Las Vegas Sun
If there was any doubt about the resurgence of organized labor in Southern Nevada, it was erased last week when union leaders persuaded elected officials to broker a deal to get hospital nurses back to work. Even Republican Gov.-elect Jim Gibbons, a political foe of labor, sat down behind closed doors - with three union-friendly Democrats - to force management at Desert Springs Hospital and Valley Hospital Medical Center to return to collective bargaining after locking out the nurses.
AFT faculty union at SUNY warns against threat posed by privatizationAFT faculty union at SUNY warns against threat posed by privatization
The head of the union representing faculty at the State University of New York, including health care professionals at the three SUNY hospitals, today urged the state Assembly to reject the Berger Commission's recommendations aimed at privatizing the public hospitals in Brooklyn, Syracuse and Stony Brook.
6 of 10 unions at Philly newspapers ratify contracts6 of 10 unions at Philly newspapers ratify contracts
Source: Business Week
Six of 10 unions at Philadelphia's two largest newspapers have voted to ratify their three-year labor contracts, officials said Monday.
10,000 New Jersey public workers rally against benefits cut10,000 New Jersey public workers rally against benefits cut
Source: Bloomberg Business News
More than 10,000 New Jersey teachers and government workers rallied in front of the Statehouse today, protesting benefits cuts proposed by lawmakers to reduce the state's highest-in-the-nation property taxes.
Millions in U.S. now telecommuteMillions in U.S. now telecommute
Telecommuting is becoming more common, and across more industries. In King County, 9.4 percent of adults who are working or in school are telecommuters.
DuPont Cutting 1,500 JobsDuPont Cutting 1,500 Jobs
By By ALEX DOMINGUEZ, Associated Press Writer
DuPont Co. is cutting 1,500 jobs and consolidating manufacturing in its agriculture and nutrition division, and the chemical company said it will put the $100 million in annual savings into its seeds business as it steps up competition with rival...
Future looks brighter for college gradsFuture looks brighter for college grads
Employers plan to hire 17.4% more graduates this year, study finds.
Poinsettias a clue: Bay Area is back in business / Unemployment in the region is falling, and companies have more money to spendPoinsettias a clue: Bay Area is back in business / Unemployment in the region is falling, and companies have more money to spend
By Carolyn Said
Are poinsettias a sign that the Bay Area economy is flourishing? They are if you listen to Sara Hutchinson, owner of In-House Greens, who makes her living providing and maintaining plants and flowers for Bay Area offices. After the dot-com...
Judge OKs termination of Delta pilots' pension planJudge OKs termination of Delta pilots' pension plan
A federal judge Monday upheld an order approving Delta Air Lines Inc.'s request to terminate its pilots' pension plan, over the objections of 223 retired pilots. The group of retired pilots had appealed a U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge's ruling in September that said Atlanta-based Delta had met the requirements for its distress termination of the pension plan. Some had argued that Delta's assumption about the number of pilots who would retire early if their lump-sum pension payment option was restored was flawed. They also argued that Delta had not explored other ways to reduce the number of early retirees before seeking termination of the pension plan.
New contract could keep a roof over their headsNew contract could keep a roof over their heads
Grant and Anne Lindquist know a lot about stretching a $48,000 income stream. Their money covers the costs of a four-member household and the carpentry-painting business that Grant Lindquist owns.
Striking workers at Goodyear seek global supportStriking workers at Goodyear seek global support
Birgit Birgersson-Brorsson, a union officer for IF Metall in Sweden, spent an afternoon recently with strikers on a Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. picket line. Wood scraps burning in a barrel helped keep them warm.
Youngsters lend voices to national protestYoungsters lend voices to national protest
By Adrienne P. Samuels, Globe Staff
SOMERVILLE -- About 50 fifth-graders and their parents marched outside a supermarket yesterday to lend their voices to a growing nationwide protest against stores stocking the products of Smithfield Packing Co., the world's largest pork processor.
Riding the life-science tiger in MassachusettsRiding the life-science tiger
Just what the state needs: another business committee. Well, yes, actually -- if the new Massachusetts Life Science Collaborative can rationalize the state's current hodge podge of overlapping and competing efforts to boost this promising industry. Jobs for at least 600,000 Massachusetts residents and 10 percent of the state's gross domestic product depend on it.
Video resumes enhance job huntVideo resumes enhance job hunt
More tout qualifications in clips posted on YouTube, recruitment Web sitesBaker Tee is a job-hunting pioneer.
At work, worrying about the kidsAt work, worrying about the kids
Study finds flex-time, childcare programs offer antidote for anxious parentsMichelle Stone worries about her two children once they leave school even though they are enrolled in an after-school program.
Friday, December 08, 2006
Labor sees opening to reverse trendLabor sees opening to reverse trend
After 50 years of decline, the labor movement sees an opening to reverse that trend with the election of a Congress controlled by Democrats.
Philadelphia newspapers' contract talks to resumePhiladelphia newspapers' contract talks to resume
A spokesman for The Newspaper Guild of Greater Philadelphia said strike preparations, which were revived after talks broke off Wednesday night, will be put on hold until Monday.
Input sought on workplace lawInput sought on workplace law
The U.S. Department of Labor wants employers, employees and other interested parties to submit comments about the Family and Medical Leave Act.
Working frenzyWorking frenzy
The U.S. continues to lead the industrialized world in the number of hours worked per week.
Union rally over ferry employer / Dispute concerns Hornblower's hiring for Alcatraz serviceUnion rally over ferry employer / Dispute concerns Hornblower's hiring for Alcatraz service
By George Raine
For pure symbolism, there could not be a better venue for a union rally Saturday than a pier along San Francisco's Embarcadero, where the labor movement showed its muscle in a 1934 general strike. The rally and picketing scheduled for 10 a.m. is a...
Siemens Energy Closing Two Ohio PlantsSiemens Energy Closing Two Ohio Plants
Siemens Energy & Automation Inc. said Friday it plans to close two plants in western Ohio, a move that will result in the loss of about 700 jobs. The Atlanta-based company, which makes industrial circuit breakers at the plants, intends to close plants...
Employers boosted payrolls by 132,000 (AP)Employers boosted payrolls by 132,000 (AP)
AP - Employers boosted payrolls by a respectable 132,000 in November, but the unemployment rate edged up to 4.5 percent as jobseekers streamed into the labor market by the thousands with the onrushing holidays.
Thursday, December 07, 2006
American Airlines 'Insources' Maintenance WorkAmerican Airlines 'Insources' Maintenance Work
Worker input has allowed American Airlines to redesign its maintenance efforts, making operations efficient enough that the company is doing work for other airlines, including four from South America.
AT WORK: Days off in December are dearAT WORK: Days off in December are dear
Between now and Jan. 1, workplaces will be pockmarked by employee absences. Some are planned vacations. Some will occur when workers cram in use-them-or-lose-them personal days off before year end.
New FedEx distribution terminal in Kansas City adds more than 325 jobsNew FedEx distribution terminal adds more than 325 jobs
FedEx Ground has opened its second terminal in the Kansas City area, adding more than 325 jobs. The $50 million, 236,000-square-foot facility in the Northland Park industrial area houses operations for FedEx Ground and FedEx Home Delivery.
Employers Offer Electronic Medical DataEmployers Offer Electronic Medical Data
By By KEVIN FREKING, Associated Press Writer
Five of the nation's largest employers plan to soon give their workers a unique health care benefit _ their very own electronic medical record that they can take when they travel, change jobs or see a new doctor. About 2.5 million workers and their...
Weekly jobless claims fall by 34,000 (AP)Weekly jobless claims fall by 34,000 (AP)
AP - The number of newly laid off workers filing claims for unemployment benefits dropped last week by the largest amount in six months, relieving worries about a big jump in claims in the previous week.
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
Workers Use Sick Days for Rest, ShoppingWorkers Use Sick Days for Rest, Shopping
For some, life gets so hectic during the holidays that it's tempting to call in sick to work and take it easy for a day, or finish the shopping. A recent Harris poll shows that nearly one-in-three workers admitted to calling in sick during the past year when they actually felt fine. Deborah Amos speaks with careerbuilder.com's Richard Castellini. His company commissioned the poll.
Andersen workers brace for layoffsAndersen workers in Minnesota brace for layoffs
Andersen Corp. is laying off 450 to 500 employees, workers said they were told Tuesday, possibly because the maker of windows and doors is feeling the effects of the housing-market slowdown.
Jobs data raise hopes for payrolls boost (Reuters)Jobs data raise hopes for payrolls boost (Reuters)
Reuters - A spike in private-sector jobs in November tentatively raised hopes of improvement in the U.S. labor market on Wednesday while a jump in mortgage applications offered some light in the dimming housing sector.
Tuesday, December 05, 2006
Delta, pension agency reach accordDelta, pension agency reach accord
By Associated Press
Delta Air Lines Inc. and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. have reached a settlement over key issues related to the carrier's request to terminate its pilots' pension plan.
Pact at Mercury reduces layoffs / San Jose newspaper's deal expected to save more than 40 jobsPact at Mercury reduces layoffs / San Jose newspaper's deal expected to save more than 40 jobs
By Ryan Kim
The San Jose Mercury News, poised to lay off 69 union workers this week, reached a tentative contract agreement with the San Jose Newspaper Guild on Monday, reducing the proposed layoffs by more than half. After a 20-hour negotiation session, the two...
November layoffs rise by 11 percent: surveyNovember layoffs rise by 11 percent: survey (Reuters)
Reuters - Planned U.S. layoffs rose 11 percent in November from the previous month, led by a heavy round of job cuts in the automotive industry, an independent report showed on Tuesday.
Labor cost growth lower than expectedLabor cost growth lower than expected (Reuters)
Reuters - U.S. worker productivity rose by a weaker-than-expected 0.2 percent in the third quarter, but unit labor costs grew less than initially thought in a sign of moderating inflation pressure, government data showed on Tuesday.
U.S. Factory orders plungeFactory orders plunge (AP)
AP - Orders to U.S. factories plunged 4.7 percent in October, the third decline in the past three months, and the biggest drop in more than six years.
Service sector stronger than expected (Reuters)Service sector stronger than expected (Reuters)
Reuters - Growth in the U.S. services sector accelerated unexpectedly in November and third-quarter labor costs grew more slowly than forecast, suggesting the economy may be weathering a manufacturing slowdown with wage-driven inflation coming under control.
Indian School Case May Affect Casino Labor PoliciesIndian School Case May Affect Casino Labor Policies
Teachers at a Native American charter school in northern Michigan file unfair labor charges against school administrators after just two bargaining sessions. School officials are threatening to close the school unless the teachers vote to decertify the union. Tribal officials concede that the fight is tied to fears that unions would be able to organize tens of thousands of workers at Indian casinos.
Delta pilots highlight US Air's abandonment of former HQDelta pilots highlight US Air's abandonment of former HQ
In an attempt to bring attention to what could become Atlanta's fate, Delta Air Lines pilots are taking their opposition to a US Airways takeover to the latter's abandoned former headquarters in Arlington, Va. Capt. Lee Moak, chairman of the union representing Delta pilots, is scheduled to hold a press conference near the former US Airways headquarters building vacated a year ago after the airline was purchased in bankruptcy court by America West. American West, now flying under the US Airways banner, remains headquartered in Tempe, Ariz. Top US Airways executives met with Delta officials and airline creditors last week to present their merger plans.