Labor & Economic News Blog

Friday, March 31, 2006

Free trade bid for emerging world
Brazil, India and South Africa pledge to set up a free trade area which may grow to take in the nations they represent. The three made the pact at talks ahead of an informal World Trade Organization (WTO) meeting in Rio de Janeiro.


Unions reject Chirac 'compromise'

Trade unions and students denounce the French president's decision to enact a modified youth labour law.


Chirac to sign France's job law

France's president says he will sign the youth labour law that has triggered protests, but pledges to modify it.


Delphi Seeks to Void Union Deals, Cut Jobs
By By DEE-ANN DURBIN, AP Auto Writer
Auto parts supplier Delphi Corp. unveiled a broad restructuring plan on Friday that would cut 8,500 salaried jobs, shut a third of its plants worldwide and asked a bankruptcy court judge to void its labor agreements in a move that sent a shudder through the...


Jobless rate not masking hidden unemployed: Fed (Reuters)
Reuters - Some economists think that as the U.S. labor market tightens and wages rise, working-age Americans sitting on the sidelines will decide it is worth their while to start looking for work again.


Thursday, March 30, 2006

SAN FRANCISCO / Teachers vote to strike -- 2,203 to 317 in favor of walkout / Union president says membership is frustrated, angry
By Heather Knight
San Francisco public school teachers overwhelmingly approved a walkout Wednesday night in the first strike vote taken by the group in 27 years. The United Educators of San Francisco -- which represents 6,000 teachers and aides working in the San...


SACRAMENTO / Minimum wage hike stalls / Governor's plan dies, and he says he'll veto Democrats' plan
By Mark Martin
A key piece of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's re-election year agenda suffered a setback Wednesday as his bid to raise the minimum wage by $1 failed in its first legislative hearing. Senate Democrats instead approved a broader proposal that would...


French job law 'constitutional'

A youth employment law that has sparked protests across France is legal, says the top constitutional body.


German unemployment goes under five million (AFP)
AFP - The number of unemployed Germans fell below five million in March, with analysts saying that while the scale of the drop was disappointing the economy still showed signs of recovery.


Delta Pilots March Through Atlanta Airport
By By HARRY R. WEBER, AP Business Writer
Almost 275 Delta Air Lines Inc. pilots marched through the world's busiest airport Thursday to vent their anger over the company's effort to throw out their contract so it can impose up to $325 million in long-term pay and benefit cuts. The pilots for...


Dow Chemical May Slash 350 Jobs in W.Va.
By By JOHN RABY, Associated Press Writer
Dow Chemical Co. announced Thursday it will cut up to 350 jobs from its South Charleston operations over the next three years, the latest reductions at a plant the chemical giant acquired from Union Carbide five years ago. Dow, the nation's largest...


Digital files at center of lawsuit / Firing alleged over Kodak's storage plan
By Tom Abate
An Orinda woman has sued a division of Eastman Kodak Co. for allegedly firing her because she protested a plan that would have saved the company money by cutting the quality of the digital photos it stores for consumers. In a lawsuit filed Tuesday in...


Jobless claims fall 10,000 in latest week (Reuters)
Reuters - New claims for U.S. jobless benefits fell 10,000 last week to a level slightly lower than forecast, a government report showed on Thursday, suggesting continued health in the labor market.


Wednesday, March 29, 2006

French unions plan more protests

French unions and student groups call for fresh action next week to keep up pressure over the youth job law.


Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Inbev workers in Belgium protest at job cuts

Thousands of Inbev workers take to the streets of Belgium to protest at proposed job cuts at the Belgian-based brewer.


Pensions strike bites across UK
More than one million council workers have joined a 24-hour strike over pensions, closing schools, libraries and sports centres, say unions.


Monday, March 27, 2006

France hit by mass job protests
More than one million people protest against French labour laws as Paris police clash with demonstrators.


Friday, March 24, 2006

EU mulls immigration 'contract'

Interior ministers from the European Union's six biggest countries are considering introducing an "integration contract" for immigrants.


Thursday, March 23, 2006

French student group snubs PM

A French student group refuses to meet the prime minister on Saturday about a controversial youth labour law.


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