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Compiled by Janice Kimball and the staff of the IRLE Library

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Graveyard shift work linked to cancer, scientists say

Graveyard shift work linked to cancer, scientists say
Like UV rays and diesel exhaust fumes, working the graveyard shift will soon be listed as a "probable" cause of cancer.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 3:33 PM


Jobless claims jump sharply

Jobless claims jump sharply
AP - The number of new people signing up for jobless benefits last week jumped sharply, suggesting that the labor market is softening as national economic activity slows.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 2:35 PM


Talks push forward, slowly in Writers strike

Talks push forward, slowly
Los Angeles Times
Negotiators meet for a third day and agree to a fourth as the studios confront a PR problem. Hollywood writers and studio negotiators talked until early ...

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 2:33 PM


Russian Labor Raises Its Voice

Russian Labor Raises Its Voice
BusinessWeek
Even in post-Communist times, Russian workers haven't really organized, and strikes have been rare. But a walkout at Ford Motor's (F) St. Petersburg plant ...

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 2:31 PM


State discrimination ruling a victory for pregnant workers in Washington

State discrimination ruling a victory for pregnant workers
Seattle Post Intelligencer
Is it sex discrimination when a company that requires its employees be able to lift a significant amount of weight turns away an applicant because she's ...

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 2:26 PM


Workers' salary cuts are probed

Workers' salary cuts are probed
Los Angeles Times
The US Department of Labor is investigating whether the company that employs workers who process immigration and citizenship applications in Orange County ...

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 2:25 PM


Bush Shrinks Federal Pay Raises

Bush Shrinks Federal Pay Raises
AP
Federal workers living in more expensive regions of the country will get much smaller pay raises than scheduled under an order from ...

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 2:20 PM


Nike workers on strike in Vietnam

Nike workers on strike in Vietnam
BBC News
Thousands of workers have gone on strike at a Vietnamese plant that makes shoes for Nike, demanding higher pay. Workers, who produce about 10% of the 75 ...

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 2:16 PM


Stagehands End Walkout on Broadway

Stagehands End Walkout on Broadway
The settlement brought to an end a strike that had shuttered most of Broadway for 19 days and disrupted the plans of thousands of theatergoers.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 2:14 PM


Tuesday, November 27, 2007

UK Postal workers back peace deal

Postal workers back peace deal
Guardian Unlimited
Postal workers have overwhelmingly backed a deal on pay and conditions finally ending their long-running dispute. The Communication Workers Union (CWU) said ...

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 8:35 AM


Monday, November 26, 2007

Harley-Davidson idles 5400 workers

Harley-Davidson idles 5400 workers
BusinessWeek
Some 5400 Harley-Davidson Inc. workers are out of work this week as the motorcycle maker cuts production because of falling sales. ...

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 3:10 PM


Writers strike takes toll on production workers

Writers strike takes toll on production workers
Los Angeles Times
Beaudine is among the thousands of "below-the-line" workers who are the unintended casualties of the first writers strike in 20 years. ...

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 3:07 PM


Result At Foxwoods Could Inspire Other Tribal Casino Workers

Result At Foxwoods Could Inspire Other Tribal Casino Workers
Hartford Courant
At 2 am, the celebration by the United Auto Workers union and its supporters in an out-of-the-way hallway at one of the world's largest casinos seemed muted ...

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 3:02 PM


Retirement-Fund Suits May Be Permitted by US Supreme Court

Retirement-Fund Suits May Be Permitted by US Supreme Court
Bloomberg
US Supreme Court justices signaled they will let participants in 401(k) retirement plans file lawsuits claiming their ...

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 2:57 PM


Russia: Ford Workers Stay on Strike Amid Deadlock

Ford Workers Stay on Strike Amid Deadlock
St.Petersburg Times, Russia
Negotiations between Ford and striking workers at the company’s plant in Vsevolozhsk, Leningrad Oblast, failed on Monday. ...

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 2:54 PM


German rail union to resume talks

German rail union to resume talks
BBC News
Germany's GDL train drivers union is ready to resume negotiations with Deutsche Bahn, the national rail operator, over a pay dispute. ...

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 2:52 PM


French trains back to normal four days after strike

French trains back to normal four days after strike
Reuters UK
A normal service was fully restored on France's rail network on Monday, four days after striking transport workers agreed to go back to ...

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 2:51 PM


Talks Adjourned in Broadway Strike

Talks Adjourned in Broadway Strike
New York Times
Talks in the Broadway strike were adjourned at 6:30 am Monday between the league representing the theater owners and producers and the ...

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 8:55 AM


Friday, November 16, 2007

The Perils Of A Mani-Pedi

The Perils Of A Mani-Pedi
Toxic, ungregulated chemicals pose major health risks for salon workers, experts say.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 9:10 AM


Boeing bosses have wide power to spy on workers

Boeing bosses have wide power to spy on workers
Reading private e-mails, following workers, collecting footage of them -- it's not the latest Bond flick, but rather how The Boeing Co. investigates its employees, the P-I has learned.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 8:32 AM


France endures third strike day

France endures third strike day
Most of France's rail network remains disrupted for a third day as protests against pension reforms continue.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 8:27 AM


Enterprising staff 'hard to find' in UK

Enterprising staff 'hard to find'
More than three in four small UK firms struggle to recruit enterprising staff, a survey by Orange suggests.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 8:26 AM


German rail strike into third day

German rail strike into third day
Germany's latest rail strike enters its third day, with neither side giving ground and travellers and businesses suffering as a result.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 8:26 AM


Nurses' strike drags on in Appalachia

Nurses' strike drags on in Appalachia
AP - Jerry Blevins has stood for weeks on a picket line with his fellow nurses, thinking about his mortgage, his tearful wife, his four children.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 8:24 AM


Industrial production dropped in Oct.

Industrial production dropped in Oct.
AP - Industrial production plunged in October by the largest amount in nine months, reflecting a big drop in utility output and continued troubles in autos and housing-related industries.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 8:23 AM


Thursday, November 15, 2007

Gap takes steps to stem child labor

Gap takes steps to stem child labor
Gap Inc. is pulling 50 percent of its orders placed with a vendor whose subcontracting led to children sewing some of the retailer's clothes in squalid conditions in India.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 9:51 AM


Classroom assistants on strike in Northern Ireland

Classroom assistants on strike
In Northern Ireland
More that 3,000 classroom assistants across Northern Ireland are due to resume their strike.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 9:47 AM


France faces fresh travel misery

France faces fresh travel misery
France faces a second day of travel chaos as transport unions continue their strike against pension reforms.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 9:39 AM


German rail strike extends action

German rail strike extends action
Germany's rail dispute escalates into what operator Deutsche Bahn calls the biggest strike in its history.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 9:37 AM


Army Dismissals for Mental Health, Misconduct Rise

Army Dismissals for Mental Health, Misconduct Rise
NPR audio:
The Pentagon has released detailed statistics on the number of troops being discharged for mental-health problems such as post-traumatic stress disorder. The numbers raise troubling questions about how the military is handling mental-health issues.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 8:34 AM


Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Survey: Young Workers Expect More Sooner

Survey: Young Workers Expect More Sooner
NPR audio:
Most employers said that their young employees expect to be promoted within a year, and that employees under age 30 expect to be paid more, according to CareerBuilder.com. So it's very possible those employers hope the baby boomers do stick around.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 11:20 AM


Baby Boomers Likely to Retire Later

Baby Boomers Likely to Retire Later
NPR audio:
Almost 80 million baby boomers will be eligible to receive Social Security benefits in the next 20 years, setting off fears that the Social Security system will be overwhelmed. But baby boomers are expected to bring a different approach to old age by working longer than prior generations.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 11:00 AM


Reconsidering Retiree Health Benefits

Reconsidering Retiree Health Benefits
Inside Higher Ed
At a time when many colleges are concerned about the cost of paying for their employees’ post-retirement health care, Dartmouth College is floating a plan that would scale back existing coverage for some employees and eventually cut it altogether for others.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 9:50 AM


Foreigners earn highest and lowest wages in Switzerland

Foreigners earn highest and lowest wages
Highly skilled foreign staff are paid more than top Swiss managers, but unqualified workers from abroad are among the country's lowest earners, wage ...

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 9:48 AM


US Airways Pilots Try to Oust Union

US Airways Pilots Try to Oust Union
Houston Chronicle
A group of disgruntled US Airways pilots is moving forward with plans to replace its union at the ...

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 9:45 AM


Broadway’s Showdown: The Lowdown

Broadway’s Showdown: The Lowdown
New York Times
The main attraction on Broadway this week continues to be the street theater of picketing stagehands. And from the way things look, ...

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 9:42 AM


France hit by transport chaos as unions confront Sarkozy

France hit by transport chaos as unions confront Sarkozy
France was plunged into travel chaos for the second time in a month Wednesday as striking railway unions staged a show of strength against the ...

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 9:36 AM


UAW union ratifies landmark Ford contract

UAW union ratifies landmark Ford contract
The United Auto Workers union ratified a landmark contract with Ford Motor Co. aimed at boosting the struggling US automaker's competitiveness against foreign rivals, the company and the union announced Wednesday

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 9:00 AM


Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Climbing Some Steps on the Pay Ladder

Climbing Some Steps on the Pay Ladder
A pilot program helps workers aim toward promotions.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 11:32 AM


The Public Face of Wal-Mart’s Health Care Program

The Public Face of Wal-Mart’s Health Care Program
Linda Dillman, who oversees Wal-Mart’s health care system, answers questions about changes the company has made in the program.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 11:30 AM


4th Woman Joins U.S. Bias Suit Against Bloomberg L.P.

4th Woman Joins U.S. Bias Suit Against Bloomberg L.P.
Another woman has joined the federal government’s lawsuit against Bloomberg L.P., accusing the company of discriminating against pregnant employees.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 11:27 AM


Income Gap Between Blacks, Whites Expands

Income Gap Between Blacks, Whites Expands
NPR audio:
A new study shows that while incomes have increased among both black and white families in the past three decades, the gain is greater among whites. The study, based on some 2,300 families, shows a black family's income in 2004 was a little more than half that of a similar white family's.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 11:21 AM


More women break FTSE barrier

More women break FTSE barrier
FT.com - Women are continuing to break through the glass ceiling, with the number of female directors on the boards of Britain's biggest businesses rising to record levels.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 10:49 AM


A Health Plan for Wal-Mart: Less Stinginess

A Health Plan for Wal-Mart: Less Stinginess
New York Times
For much of the last decade, the retailing behemoth Wal-Mart Stores has been associated with stingy health care as much as low prices.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 9:51 AM


Friday, November 09, 2007

When e-mail becomes your workplace master

When e-mail becomes your workplace master
Every morning when he flips on his office computer, Thomas Boston rips with a fury into the hundreds of e-mails that have silently invaded his computer's inbox. But for every one he kills, reinforcements quickly pop up. "E-mail is the Trojan horse of office productivity," says Boston, an economics professor at Georgia Tech and owner of the EuQuant research firm. "Most people I know spend more time checking e-mails than reading for knowledge or pleasure. I can easily spend three hours each day on e-mail-related tasks." Like the giant wooden horse of Greek mythology, e-mail is widely seen as a benevolent helper, a godsend that helps us communicate quickly and easily with people all over the world. But experts say it has a costly downside.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 11:57 AM


Outlays for veterans often hidden

Outlays for veterans often hidden
Like an outsider tucked into a military unit, spending on veterans is an "embed" in the overall economy. Representing many tens of billions of dollars in transactions each year, that spending is part of a long-standing policy to compensate and care for those who have worn uniforms in the nation's service. Like an embed, it blends in. But veteran-centered outlays have a distinct effect: Not only do they ease the financial burden for millions, they quietly nurture the private sector.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 11:56 AM


Judge Deals Transit Union a Blow on Collecting Dues

Judge Deals Transit Union a Blow on Collecting Dues
A state judge refused to allow the Transport Workers Union to begin automatically collecting dues again from its members, saying he did believe the union leaders’ assertions that it would not strike again.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 11:40 AM


Attracting Valuable Coaches to the Priciest College Town

Attracting Valuable Coaches to the Priciest College Town
Stanford University has created a new financial assistance plan to lure coaches to the most expensive college town in America.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 11:36 AM


Thursday, November 08, 2007

House Approves Ban on Anti-Gay Discrimination

House Approves Ban on Anti-Gay Discrimination
The bill, which grants broad protections against workplace discrimination for gays, was praised by supporters as a landmark civil rights achievement.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 11:46 AM


Jobless claims fell by 13,000 last week

Jobless claims fell by 13,000 last week
Reuters - New applications for jobless aid fell unexpectedly last week, dropping by 13,000, but a more reliable moving average of these claims rose to the highest level in six months, government data on Thursday showed.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 9:17 AM


Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Job Bias Case Turns on Filing Right Form

Job Bias Case Turns on Filing Right Form
The age discrimination case that was argued before the Supreme Court on Tuesday turned on a hyper-technical issue that only an employment lawyer could love.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 11:45 AM


Productivity surges by 4.9 percent rate

Productivity surges by 4.9 percent rate
AP - Worker productivity surged in the summer at the fastest pace in four years while wage pressures eased.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 9:19 AM


Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Calif business moves causing few job losses: study

Calif business moves causing few job losses: study
Reuters - California is losing relatively few jobs as a result of businesses relocating to other states, with most business moves involving relocations within the state, according to a study released on Monday.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 9:20 AM


Monday, November 05, 2007

Peru mine unions say national strike starts Monday

Peru mine unions say national strike starts Monday
Reuters UK
Peru's biggest federation of mining unions said workers will go on strike nationwide starting on Monday despite efforts by the ...

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 11:23 AM


Writers to strike as 11th-hour negotiations fail

Writers to strike as 11th-hour negotiations fail
Hollywood Reporter
Studio reps and WGA negotiators were bargaining Sunday night in a last-minute bid to avert a strike, even as film and television writers ...

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 11:17 AM


Silicon Valley Should Withstand Next Bust

Silicon Valley Should Withstand Next Bust
WSJ
The good times are back in Silicon Valley, but when this start-up boom sours, it is unlikely to repeat the same devastating pattern of the last technology bust.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 10:23 AM


Service sector grew in Oct., survey says

Service sector grew in Oct., survey says
AP - The U.S. services sector grew at a faster-than-expected rate in October boosted by strength in new orders, a private research group said Monday.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 10:19 AM


Ford, union reach tentative deal

Ford, union reach tentative deal
AP - The United Auto Workers union reached a tentative contract agreement Saturday with Ford Motor Co., the last of the Big Three automakers participating in a historic round of negotiations that has slashed wages and changed the way health care is provided to retirees.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 10:10 AM


Writers' Strike Could Harm Support Businesses

Writers' Strike Could Harm Support Businesses
NPR audio
Writers for network television and the big screen are on strike after last-ditch talks, called by a federal mediator, failed. There are about 12,000 members of the Writers Guild of America, but a prolonged strike will be harmful to many more, including set designers, carpenters, drivers, dog groomers, caterers, hotels and more.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 9:24 AM


Friday, November 02, 2007

Lack of jobs in Mexico is acute

Lack of jobs in Mexico is acute
Cesar Mora has been looking for steady work for three frustrating years since he graduated with a degree in applied mathematics from Mexico's National Autonomous University. Now 30, he lives with his parents, does odd jobs such as fixing computers and wonders whether his career will ever start. "It's sad, but it's the reality here," Mora said. "The diploma is just for pride. ... Companies here don't need workers."

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 12:02 PM


Amtrak Workers in Cooling-Off Period

Amtrak Workers in Cooling-Off Period
Amtrak workers may be able to strike as early as Dec. 1, after rejecting mediation and entering a 30-day cooling-off period, the National Mediation Board said.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 11:42 AM


Payrolls in October grow by 166,000

Payrolls in October grow by 166,000
AP - Employers added twice as many new jobs to their ranks than expected in October, an encouraging sign that the nation's employment climate is not cracking under the stress of a deepening housing slump.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 10:21 AM


Chrysler to Lay Off Thousands of Workers

Chrysler to Lay Off Thousands of Workers
NPR audio
In an attempt to turn around its business, Chrysler will lay off more workers. The carmaker plans to cut up to 10,000 hourly employees. That's in addition to the 13,000 layoffs it announced in February. The news comes just days after the United Auto Workers approved a new contract.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 9:23 AM


Thursday, November 01, 2007

Is There Room at the Top for Black Executives?

Is There Room at the Top for Black Executives?
The departures of E. Stanley O’Neal and Richard D. Parsons have started a debate over whether they broke down barriers for younger black executives who seek the corner office.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 2:29 PM


Chrysler to Cut 11,000 Jobs and Drop Models

Chrysler to Cut 11,000 Jobs and Drop Models
The new round of job cuts is deeper than anticipated and comes on the heels of a new union contract.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 2:26 PM


Incomes edge up as inflation remains muted

Incomes edge up as inflation remains muted
Reuters - Incomes edged higher in September while underlying consumer prices rose modestly, data released on Thursday showed, suggesting inflation remains in check despite lower U.S. interest rates.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 2:21 PM


Manufacturing growth slows in Oct.

Manufacturing growth slows in Oct.
AP - U.S. manufacturing grew in October at the weakest pace since March, suggesting that ongoing troubles in the housing and credit markets have seeped into the industrial sector.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 2:20 PM


W.E Upjohn Institute Employment Research Report Oct 2007

W.E. Upjohn Institutue Employment Research
October 2007 issue
A Future of Good Jobs? America's Challenge in the Global Economy, by Timothy Bartik and Susan Houseman
How Responsive are Community Colleges to Local Needs?, by Duane E. Leigh and Andrew M. Gill
W.E. Upjohn Unemployment Trustee Corporation - 75th Anniversary, by Randall W. Eberts

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 10:16 AM


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