Labor & Economic News Blog
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Writers endorse new three-year dealWriters endorse new three-year deal
Variety - In the final act of the WGA strike, scribes have given a 93.6% endorsement to the new three-year deal. A total of 4,060 votes were cast in Los Angeles and New York. The term of the agreement is retroactive to Feb. 13 - the day the writers stopped striking -- through May 1, 2011.
SA miners in power strike threatSA miners in power strike threat
South Africa's biggest mining union threatens to strike if any of its members lose jobs as a result of power cuts.
Kenya: Secondary Schools Yet to Pay WorkersKenya: Secondary Schools Yet to Pay Workers
Nearly 20,000 non-teaching staff in public secondary schools may not be paid salaries at the end of this month following the delay in disbursement of funds for the subsidised secondary education programme.
Siemens to cut 3,800 jobs, shift 3,000Siemens to cut 3,800 jobs, shift 3,000
AP - Munich, Germany - Siemens AG said Tuesday it will reorganize its corporate telecom unit, eliminating 3,800 jobs while another 3,000 will be transferred to partners or other units — its biggest cuts in years.
Job worries sink consumer confidenceJob worries sink consumer confidence
AP - Consumer confidence plunged in February as Americans worried about less-favorable business conditions and job prospects, a business-backed research group said Tuesday.
United Kingdom: Call to protect workers from RSICall to protect workers from RSI
More needs to be done to protect workers from repetitive strain injury, health experts say.
Ford Is Pushing Buyouts to WorkersFord Is Pushing Buyouts to Workers
New York Times
Ford’s big new push is not to sell cars. Instead, it is trying to sign up thousands of workers to take buyouts, partly by convincing them that their brightest future lies outside the company that long offered middle-class wages for blue-collar jobs.
Australian Unions seek 4% rise for low-paid workersUnions seek 4% rise for low-paid workers
Unions NSW has called on the Federal Government to support pay rises of 4 per cent for the country's lowest-paid workers despite inflationary pressures in the economy.
Monday, February 25, 2008
UAW champion guided union through tough timesUAW champion guided union through tough times
With a disarming mix of charm, toughness and innate political savvy, former United Auto Workers President Douglas Fraser ushered the union through some of the U.S. auto industry's bleakest years in the 1970s and '80s and helped save a sinking Chrysler Corp. from bankruptcy.
General Motors Europe May Contract Out Work, Holds Labor TalksGeneral Motors Europe May Contract Out Work, Holds Labor Talks
General Motors Europe and the region's works council representatives are holding ``talks about productivity and efficiency improvements,'' Joerg Schrott, a Ruesselsheim, Germany-based spokesman for the division, said by phone today. ``Outsourcing concepts play a role'' in the discussions, which are at an ``advanced stage.''
Friday, February 01, 2008
US Economy Unexpectedly Sheds 17000 JobsUS Economy Unexpectedly Sheds 17000 Jobs
New York Times
The economy lost 17000 jobs in January, the Labor Department reported on Friday, the first decline in four years and the most ...