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Compiled by Janice Kimball and the staff of the IRLE Library

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Japan Job Vacancies Fall; Unemployment Holds at 3.8%

Japan Job Vacancies Fall; Unemployment Holds at 3.8%
Bloomberg
Japan's job vacancies fell to a two- year low and the jobless rate was unchanged, adding to evidence that consumer spending may slow.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 1:57 PM


Pfizer layoffs stun Vigo County

Pfizer layoffs stun Vigo County
Indianapolis Star
660 idled staff to be fired; area troubled by eroding jobs base. For months, people around Terre Haute hoped Pfizer would move a new product line into its massive factory just south of town, to help fill the loss after the company pulled the plug on its Exubera inhaled insulin line in October.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 1:55 PM


Fears About Economy Drag Down Tech Job Mood

Fears About Economy Drag Down Tech Job Mood
InformationWeek
Anxiety about the economy sank spirits among techies in January, as their job confidence plummeted to record low levels, ...

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 1:53 PM


High-end jobs put shine on economy in Canada

High-end jobs put shine on Canadian economy
Toronto Star
The Canadian economy created an abundance of high-paying, high-quality jobs last year to offset the loss in the battered manufacturing sector, ...

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 1:50 PM


Friday, January 25, 2008

GM Collapse Would Devastate Ohio Village

GM Collapse Would Devastate Ohio Village
NPR audio
If GM were to fail, one of the hardest-hit places would be Lordstown, Ohio. Over the summer, the village learned it would be the site for the Chevy Cruze in 2010, but the concern now is whether GM will be around to make the Cruze without a bailout.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 5:03 PM


Thursday, January 24, 2008

Jobs Can Go Up In Smoke

Jobs Can Go Up In Smoke
California high court rules that workers can be fired for using prescribed medical pot

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 11:33 AM


Lebanon Transport Unions on Strike

Lebanon Transport Unions on Strike
Houston Chronicle
Lebanon was hit by a transport drivers' strike Thursday that led to the blockade of some roads across the country while traffic flowed normally on others, reflecting the deep political divisions in the country as well as the unions.

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


Public sector strike hits France

Public sector strike hits France
BBC News
Thousands of teachers and other public service workers are staging a one-day strike in France over jobs and wages. Public sector unions organised big ...

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


South Asia creates 28% global jobs: ILO

South Asia creates 28% global jobs: ILO
Economic Times, India - Finally, there is some evidence that the benefits of economic growth may be trickling down to India's poor. The ILO's 2008 Global Employment ...

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 11:09 AM


Five million more unemployed feared in 2008: ILO

Five million more unemployed feared in 2008: ILO
AFP
International Labour Organization: Five million more people risk being made unemployed in 2008 as the global economy struggles with the US subprime crisis and rising oil prices ...

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 11:07 AM


Indiana: 675 new jobs offset some recent losses

675 new jobs offset some recent losses
Indianapolis Star
A topsy-turvy week on the Indiana job front took another twist Wednesday as Fortune 500 diesel engine specialist Cummins said it would add 500 jobs, most of them in engineering and IT, over the next two years.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 11:03 AM


Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Fix economy with manufacturing jobs

Fix economy with manufacturing jobs
Detroit Free Press
To restore the health of the American economy, it follows that we must resuscitate our once dominant manufacturing sector and reclaim those jobs. ...

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 10:24 AM


Tuesday, January 15, 2008

News Blog for Writers Strike

http://community.livejournal.com/wga_supporters/
The Fans for the WGA (FFWGA) is a “ragtag fleet” of over 2,500 members representing over thirty different television shows and films. The FFWGA is committed to remaining in steadfast solidarity with the writers via organizing consumer and viewer protests, and spreading the message in a thoughtful and precise manner.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 1:02 PM


Studios Start Dumping Contract Writers

Studios Start Dumping Contract Writers
New York Times
The term refers to a common contract clause that allows for the termination of writers/producers in the case of a strike. ...

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 1:01 PM


Mexican Mining Union Calls Strike

Mexican Mining Union Calls Strike
The Mexican miners' union on Monday announced a one-day nationwide strike to protest alleged abuses by police sent to end a five-month work stoppage at the country's largest copper mine.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 12:59 PM


Amtrak Rail Strike Would Be Commuter Nightmare

Rail Strike Would Be Commuter Nightmare
There has never been a strike in Amtrak's 36-year history, and it's still likely that one will be averted, either through a last-minute deal or intervention ...

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 12:56 PM


Um, Before We Can Go Green..

Um, Before California Can Go Green..
California state's eco-friendly economy won't work if we don't develop the necessary workforce.

# posted by Janice's Labor, Work, Economics News Blog @ 11:50 AM


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