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Report Spotlights Child Labor On Tobacco Farms

May 14, 2014 9:58 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

You may have to be at least 18 to buy cigarettes in the U.S., but children as young as 7 are working long hours in fields harvesting nicotine- and pesticide-laced tobacco leaves under sometimes hazardous and sweltering conditions, according to a report released Wednesday by an international rights group.

British Lawmakers Press Pfizer for Job Guarantees

May 13, 2014 11:19 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

British lawmakers pressed the chief executive of Pfizer on Tuesday to guarantee jobs should the American company succeed in taking over London-based AstraZeneca.                         

Thousands of Vietnamese Workers Protest at Chinese Factories

May 13, 2014 11:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Several thousand Vietnamese workers protested at Chinese-owned factories on Tuesday, vandalizing some of them, as anger flared at Beijing's deployment of an oil rig in waters claimed by Vietnam.                 

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Unilever Closing Canadian Plant, Moving Production To U.S.

May 9, 2014 10:07 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Unilever plant in Bramalea, Ont. that manufactures dry mixes for soups, sauces and other foods, will close and its production capability shipped to the United States, the company announced Thursday.               

Workers At Cargill Plant Owed More Benefits

May 9, 2014 9:34 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Labor Department has approved a union petition for extended unemployment and other benefits for workers of a shuttered West Texas meatpacking plant.                            

U.S. Productivity Falls In 1Q

May 7, 2014 2:02 pm | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The falling productivity coupled with a slight increase in hourly compensation led to labor costs rising 4.2 percent in the first quarter.                                

Abysmal Scores For High School Seniors, Especially In STEM

May 7, 2014 1:51 pm | by Kimberly Hefling, AP Education Writer | News | Comments

In an abysmal showing, only about one-quarter of U.S. high school seniors performed solidly in math in a major assessment known as the nation's report card.                            

Applicants, Bosses Get Blamed As Jobs Go Unfilled

May 7, 2014 1:43 pm | by Joyce M. Rosenberg, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The problem isn't just a flippant attitude on the part of job applicants. Employers have contributed to a change in job search etiquette.                                 

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Brown: Little California Could Have Done To Keep Toyota

May 5, 2014 9:26 am | by Juliet Williams, Associated Press | News | Comments

Gov. Jerry Brown said Friday that it appears there was little California could have done to keep Toyota, the world's largest automaker, from moving its U.S. headquarters and about 3,000 jobs to Texas.               

SPI: Chicago's Plastic Bag Ban Could Kill Manufacturing Jobs

May 2, 2014 2:08 pm | News | Comments

The Chicago City Council’s decision to ban plastic shopping bags will damage the plastics manufacturing industry’s ongoing efforts to create and maintain American manufacturing jobs, according to SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association.   

Infographic: My Boss Is Going To Get Somebody Killed

May 2, 2014 2:03 pm | by Chris Fox, Managing Editor, Product Design & Development | Articles | Comments

As a general rule, engineers approach problems as logically as possible to weigh the most desirable outcome (exceptions always apply), but that doesn’t mean that engineers are without concern or worry.              

Puerto Rico Tries To Retain Young Workers

May 2, 2014 1:47 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Puerto Rico's governor has filed legislation aimed at retaining young workers and reversing an exodus of people moving to the U.S. mainland amid economic problems.                         

Unemployment Rate Lowest Since Sept. 2008

May 2, 2014 9:41 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. unemployment rate plunged in April to its lowest level since September 2008 as employers added 288,000 jobs, the most in two years.                                

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Anheuser-Busch Trial Highlights Gender Bias In Pay

May 2, 2014 9:29 am | by Alan Scher Zagier, Associated Press | News | Comments

Six years after the sale of AB to inBev, the trial fascinates a company town, threatening to give more unwanted publicity to a family dynasty that's had its fair share.                        

Activist Says 1 Detained After Factory Strike

April 30, 2014 10:11 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Police detained a labor rights activist following a strike by 40,000 employees at a factory that makes shoes for Adidas and Nike, his colleague said Wednesday.               

CAT Closing South Carolina Plant

April 29, 2014 2:15 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Caterpillar is moving its engine production plant operations from Fountain Inn to Georgia and Texas, affecting 380 full-time and 130 temporary jobs.                 

Congress Heads To Work To Do The Bare Minimum

April 28, 2014 1:46 pm | by Andrew Taylor, Associated Press | News | Comments

The only things likely to become law in a Congress bitterly divided between House Republicans and the Democratic-led Senate are those that simply have to pass, such as a measure to avoid a government shutdown.           

Workers And UAW Turn To OECD In Nissan Dispute

April 28, 2014 1:33 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

UAW and IndustriALL Global Union have requested mediation by the U.S. State Department to protect workers’ organizing rights at the giant Nissan auto assembly plant in Canton, Mississippi.                  

Coca-Cola Building New Facility In Chattanooga

April 28, 2014 1:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials say the Coca-Cola Co. will build a new distribution center in Chattanooga, maintaining the company's 115-year business relationship with the city.                           

Buffett On Technology Replacing Jobs

April 28, 2014 10:17 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Warren Buffett explains why he thinks it's progress to have technology replacing human jobs, but acknowledges that people who are left behind need support.                             

Chinese Shoe Factory Strike Partially Ends

April 28, 2014 9:47 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Most of the tens of thousands of workers who were striking at a massive Chinese shoe factory complex have returned to the job, labor activists said Saturday, enabling Adidas to resume production there.                

Drones A Possible Growth Market For North Dakota

April 28, 2014 9:41 am | by Henry C. Jackson, Associated Press | News | Comments

North Dakota has positioned itself well to take advantage of its unique attributes: A first-of-its-kind academic program, an established military presence, a strong commitment from state and federal officials to find funding, and even the weather.

Engineers Feel Underpaid & Overworked

April 25, 2014 3:01 pm | by Chris Fox, Managing Editor, PD&D - @ChrisFoxPDD | Blogs | Comments

The survey results tell the suspected tale that engineers feel underpaid and overworked, but perhaps more importantly engineers feel qualified to engineer.                            

UAW VP Nominated For Seat On GM Board

April 25, 2014 1:33 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

For the first time, General Motors Co. could have an official of the United Auto Workers union on its board of directors.                                    

Adobe, Apple Settle High-Tech Workers' Lawsuit

April 25, 2014 9:47 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Google, Apple, Intel, and Adobe Systems have settled a class-action lawsuit alleging they conspired to prevent their engineers and other highly sought technology workers from getting better job offers from one another.          

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