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New Rule Requires Union Rights Posters At Work

August 25, 2011 8:57 am | by Sam Hananel, Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Labor Relations Board has approved a new rule that requires private employers to notify workers about their right to form a union. The rule requires businesses to prominently display posters that explain the right to bargain collectively, distribute union literature and engage in other union activities without reprisal.

Saab Delays Salary Payments For Third Month

August 25, 2011 8:55 am | News | Comments

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Ailing Swedish car maker Saab has delayed salary payments to its staff for the third month in a row as it continues to struggle to fund its operations. Saab spokeswoman Gunilla Gustavs said Thursday it is unclear when payroll is expected to run smoothly again, but it will be done "as soon as we have short-term funding solutions in place.

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Are Corporate Wellness Programs Really Worth It?

August 25, 2011 7:06 am | by Rosie Ward, Ph.D. | Articles | Comments

Only if They Move Beyond Fruits, Veggies and Pedometers. There are many positive things one can say about corporate wellness programs aimed at creating a healthy environment for employees. Much has been written about the profound results companies have found through their wellness programs.

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Cost Versus Quality: The Dangers Of Outsourcing Design Overseas

August 25, 2011 7:06 am | by Joel Delman, Product Development Technologies (PDT) | Articles | Comments

For many years now, the outsourcing of American manufacturing overseas has been common practice. Asia leads the way in producing most consumer goods — from electronics to housewares and everything in between — at far lower cost than would be possible in the States. While this has resulted in a painful transition period for countless American workers, by and large U.

How Do We (Re)Train Unemployed To Go To Work?

August 25, 2011 7:04 am | Videos | Comments

Much has been made of the unemployment rate in the United States. Yes, it is difficult to find work. However, several companies around the country have a number of open positions they can't fill because they are unable to find workers with the skills to do the work. Visit msnbc.

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China Hits Tech Milestone: PC Shipments Pass U.S.

August 24, 2011 9:18 am | by Jordan Robertson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — China has passed an important technological milestone: It became the world's biggest consumer of PCs in the second quarter, according to new market research by IDC. Computer makers shipped about 18.5 million PCs in China in the second quarter, compared with 17.

Toray Plastics Plans $200M Expansion

August 24, 2011 9:16 am | News | Comments

NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP) — One of the state's largest employers on Wednesday announced a multi-million dollar expansion expected to create more than two dozen new jobs, but Rhode Island is still competing with Virginia to be home to a second, much larger expansion project. Toray Plastics (America), which already employs about 600 people in the state, said it would undertake an $11.

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Danfoss Lays Off Workers Due To Industry Slow-Down

August 24, 2011 9:13 am | News | Comments

ARKADELPHIA, Ark. (AP) — An international compressor manufacturer has laid off 100 workers at its Arkadelphia factory because of a seasonal slow-down in the industry. Danfoss Scroll Technologies said in a statement the layoffs of 60 full-time employees and all temporary workers were effective this past Thursday.

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Obama Consults with GE, AMEX Execs On Job Creation

August 24, 2011 9:11 am | News | Comments

VINEYARD HAVEN, Mass. (AP) — President Barack Obama is soliciting advice from the co-chairmen of his jobs council on employment boosting initiatives in advance of a major economics address he intends to deliver after Labor Day. The discussions Wednesday morning with General Electric CEO and chairman Jeffrey Immelt and American Express CEO and chairman Kenneth Chenault focused on increasing engineering graduates and adding construction jobs by making buildings more energy efficient.

Oil Rises On News Of Stronger Manufacturing Activity

August 24, 2011 9:09 am | by Chris Kahn, AP Energy Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Oil rose Wednesday following news of stronger U.S. manufacturing activity. Benchmark West Texas crude on Wednesday rose 75 cents to $86.19 per barrel in New York, while Brent crude was up $1.34 at $110.65 per barrel in London. Prices climbed after the government reported that orders for long-lasting, durable goods like autos and aircraft increased 4 percent in July, the biggest increase since March.

Parts In Place To Assemble First Boeing 787

August 24, 2011 9:07 am | News | Comments

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Boeing workers are preparing to assemble the company's first 787 made in its new $750 million South Carolina plant. The Post and Courier of Charleston reported (http://bit.ly/pNWt2T) Wednesday that the completed aft section of the plane body was wheeled into the assembly plant earlier this week.

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Here Comes The Sun...Powered Vehicle?

August 24, 2011 6:30 am | Videos | Comments

SunPower, one of the leading solar power companies in the United States, has announced it is teaming up with Ford to make a "green" vehicle that features an option that allows is to run entirely on solar power. Just how will this work? If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

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Threats To Your Mobile Device

August 24, 2011 6:26 am | Videos | Comments

What's interesting about the rise of mobile devices in business settings is the lack of information out there about potential security risks associated with using these devices. Much like a personal computer, a mobile device is very susceptible to spyware, malware, and other unwanted threats.

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More Lipstick, Beer - Consumers Take On Market Anxiety

August 24, 2011 6:25 am | Videos | Comments

How worried are you about the economy? A Reuters/IPSOS poll finds 47 percent of you fear the worst is coming. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department. Have any comments or questions about our video editions of IMPO? Or do you have a video you'd like to see featured in one of our deployments? Email me at Rachel.

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Smartphones: A New Way To Pay

August 24, 2011 6:24 am | Videos | Comments

Soon we may use smartphones to make all of our payments instead of cash or credit cards. Molly Wood, Executive Editor at CNET TV, reports. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department. Have any comments or questions about our video editions of IMPO? Or do you have a video you'd like to see featured in one of our deployments? Email me at Rachel.

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Scientists Use Mosquitoes To Test Water Quality

August 24, 2011 6:23 am | Videos | Comments

A Costa Rican researcher has discovered a type of mosquito that can be used to identify safe river water for human consumption. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department. Have any comments or questions about our video editions of IMPO? Or do you have a video you'd like to see featured in one of our deployments? Email me at Rachel.

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Boeing Order Means More PA Jobs

August 24, 2011 5:27 am | News | Comments

RIDLEY PARK, Pa. (AP) — An order of 14 new Chinook helicopters by Britain's Royal Air Force could mean more work at the Boeing Co.'s factory in suburban Philadelphia. Chris Owens, president of Boeing's United Aerospace Workers Union Local 1069, told the Delaware County Times that the order could mean work for as many as 100 new employees.

ReconRobotics Wins $6M Military Contract

August 24, 2011 5:25 am | News | Comments

EDINA, Minn. (AP) — An Edina (ee-DEYE'-nah) company has been awarded a military contract to build miniature robots. ReconRobotics has military orders, worth nearly $6 million, to build the mini robots that can perform surveillance in areas that are considered too dangerous for troops, like inspecting a potential explosive device.

Chrysler To Invest $72M In OH Plant

August 24, 2011 5:23 am | News | Comments

PERRYSBURG, Ohio (AP) — Chrysler Group LLC plans to invest $72 million in a northwest Ohio plant, and the state's governor said Tuesday there might be bigger things to come from the automaker. Chrysler wants to install new equipment and modernize its Toledo Machining Plant near Perrysburg, which will allow it to retain 640 hourly and salaried jobs, the company said.

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China To Appeal WTO Ruling On Raw Materials Curbs

August 24, 2011 5:19 am | News | Comments

BEIJING (AP) — China will appeal a World Trade Organization rejection of its curbs on exports of industrial raw materials, the government said Wednesday, in a case that Washington and Europe hope will lead to an easing of its restrictions on rare earths sales. "We still consider that China practice and China's policies do not violate WTO rules," Ministry of Commerce spokesman Shen Danyang at a regular news briefing.

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