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December 23, 2004

via The New York Times

A British panel on Wednesday dismissed a high-profile sexual discrimination suit filed by a former executive against Merrill Lynch, but ruled that the woman who made the accusations had been poorly treated and unfairly dismissed  ...full story

December 22, 2004

via The Washington Post

The Federal Aviation Administration announced a plan yesterday to hire 12,500 air traffic controllers over the next 10 years, in an effort to replace nearly three-quarters of the agency's workforce that will be eligible for retirement  ...full story

December 22, 2004

via Los Angeles Times

Honda Motor Co. expects its plants in the U.S., Canada and Mexico to reach full production capacity by about 2006, when the company starts building three more light trucks  ...full story

December 21, 2004

via Los Angeles Times

Democrats challenge the president's proposal on such investments, saying Social Security at least guarantees a minimum income for retirees  ...full story

December 21, 2004

via Los Angeles Times

Tentative pact covers nearly 170 stores in Northern California. Bay Area talks continue  ...full story

December 21, 2004

via The Miami Herald

For the 102,061 unemployed people in Miami-Dade and Broward counties, the greatest gift of all right now would be a job -- and increasingly, the local economy is offering a fair chance of getting one  ...full story

December 20, 2004

via Los Angeles Times

Truckers OK a contract that raises their wages about 10 percent over five years. Unions push to organize more workers  ...full story

December 15, 2004

via Los Angeles Times

The retailer says it will present a final offer to the union Friday, temporarily averting a holiday season strike  ...full story

December 15, 2004

via Business Europe

The labour market tightened further in November, according to official figures, in a sign that recruiters will face more skills shortages in the New Year  ...full story

December 15, 2004

via The New York Times

But Russia still lags far behind India, according to Luxoft, an outsourcing company here, which said that India's $11 billion outsourcing industry last year, dwarfed Russia's, at $500 million. Still, the Russian ministry in charge of communications and information technology estimates that the nation's figure could grow to $2 billion in the next two years   ...full story

December 15, 2004

via The Washington Post

Fewer employers pay for retirees' health benefits  ...full story

December 15, 2004

via Los Angeles Times

Nearly 10 months after the end of the bitter Southern California grocery strike and lockout, the three companies and the union that waged the longest labor standoff in U.S. supermarket history are still in turmoil  ...full story

December 15, 2004

via The New York Times

United Airlines, struggling to reorganize after two years in bankruptcy protection, reached a tentative agreement with its pilots' union on additional wage and benefit concessions, the union said yesterday  ...full story

December 14, 2004

via Los Angeles Times

Former Walt Disney Co. Director Robert A.M. Stern testified Monday that the company made a "wise investment" when it fired then-President Michael Ovitz in 1996 and paid his hefty severance package to end his 15-month tenure  ...full story

December 14, 2004

via Los Angeles Times

United Airlines took a first step toward achieving the additional labor savings it seeks, imposing wage reductions on its 8,500 nonunion employees that include an 11% pay cut for Chief Executive Glenn Tilton and other top executives  ...full story

December 14, 2004

via The Washington Post

Flight attendants at bankrupt US Airways Group Inc. have authorized their union to call a strike should a federal court allow airline management to void their contract  ...full story

December 13, 2004

via Forbes

The news that Paul Tellier was fired came as the Montreal-headquartered multinational manufacturer shuffled its top management responsibilities amid deepening problems in both its railway and airliner divisions  ...full story

December 13, 2004

via The Miami Herald

Everyone would love a holiday bonus with no strings attached, but some employers are making their employees work for their rewards  ...full story

December 13, 2004

via The Miami Herald

Former PepsiCo executive Michael Feiner offers pointers on being a good boss. His new book has landed on suggested reading lists for CEOs  ...full story

December 10, 2004

via The New York Times

Delphi Corp. said Friday it plans to cut 8,500 jobs -- or 4.6 percent of its total work force -- worldwide next year as part of an ongoing restructuring. The world's largest automotive supplier also expects to lose $350 million as it struggles with lower vehicle production and rising commodity prices  ...full story

December 10, 2004

via The Washington Post

Undercut by vastly cheaper labor in neighboring Poland and by increasing global competition, the union at Adam Opel AG acceded to a plan by General Motors Corp. to cut 12,000 jobs throughout Europe -- 10,000 of them in Germany and an estimated 4,000 at the Bochum plant alone  ...full story

December 10, 2004

via The Washington Post

Safeway Inc. yesterday said that for the first time, it will open many of its supermarkets on Christmas Day, a move that triggered an angry protest from the union representing the grocer's Washington area employees  ...full story

December 10, 2004

via The New York Times

The closing is part of the company's plan to focus on larger and more productive stores, the chief executive, Fred Wilson, said in the statement. Saks said this year that it would cut 700 jobs by closing eight other Saks Fifth Avenue stores and three Off 5th outlets. It also said it would convert a ninth Saks Fifth Avenue store to an Off 5th store  ...full story

December 9, 2004

via Los Angeles Times

California Labor Federation members will ask shoppers to stay away from three chains if contract talks fail  ...full story

December 9, 2004

via The New York Times

I.B.M., dogged by complaints about changes it made to employee pensions in the 1990's, has decided to close its pension plan to new employees at the end of the year and give all new workers a 401(k) plan instead  ...full story

December 9, 2004

via Los Angeles Times

Safeway Inc. warned Wednesday that lingering effects of the Southern California grocery workers strike and lockout would continue to damp its profit next year

  ...full story

December 9, 2004

via The Washington Post

The Labor Department reported Thursday that the number of new applications filed for unemployment insurance rose by a seasonally adjusted 8,000 to 357,000 for the week ending Dec. 4. That marked the highest level since late September  ...full story

December 8, 2004

via The Washington Post

America Online Inc. yesterday cut about 750 employees, mostly at the Internet firm's Northern Virginia headquarters, as part of renewed efforts to slash costs due to mounting subscriber losses  ...full story

December 8, 2004

via The Miami Herald

Hoping to return to profitability, Concord Camera plans to rely on others to produce many of its digital cameras. About 1,700 jobs will be lost  ...full story

December 8, 2004

via The Los Angeles Times

The productivity of U.S. workers grew at a 1.8% annual rate in the third quarter, the slowest pace in nearly two years, the government reported Tuesday  ...full story

December 8, 2004

via The Miami Herald

Just this week, the company told workers employed for the entire 2004 2004 that they will each get a $250 cash bonus. That's on top of a free pound of coffee or tea each week, a 30 percent discount on Starbucks items, tuition reimbursement, generous health insurance benefits, vacation, stock options and a match program to support community service  ...full story

December 7, 2004

via Personnel Today

Tasks including booking holidays, running reports and updating absence records are all taking their toll on the profession's ability to be more strategic, according to new research by HR and payroll software provider Snowdrop Systems, with administration taking up to three days of the HR week  ...full story

December 7, 2004

via MSNBC

Most of the cuts will be in administrative departments, and some operations will be moved from London to Manchester  ...full story

December 7, 2004

via Los Angeles Times

China canceled a meeting of union and business leaders scheduled for next week that was aimed at getting multinational companies to guarantee workers in China basic labor rights  ...full story

December 7, 2004

via The New York Times

Consumer goods maker Colgate-Palmolive Co. (CL.N) said on Tuesday it would cut about 12 percent of its 37,000-person work force and close one-third of its factories worldwide as part of a four-year restructuring  ...full story

December 7, 2004

via The New York Times

Wal-Mart said that Mike Duke, the president of Wal-Mart's USA stores, and Kevin Turner, who is the Sam's Club chief executive, will take over the bulk of Mr. Coughlin's duties and report directly to H. Lee Scott Jr., the company's chief executive. But while the company has a history of grooming its mangers, analysts said the loss leaves a significant void  ...full story

December 6, 2004

via The New York Times

The world's factory floors are now populated with people like Yun Liu, a 23-year-old woman from the countryside who shares a cramped house with her sister and eight other women who work in a factory. All the women are from her hometown, Siyang, about four hours north of here  ...full story

December 6, 2004

via Online Recruitment

Nine out of 10 employers see improving the quality of information as the most important objective when acquiring an HR management system according to findings released today by IRS Employment Review, published by LexisNexis Butterworths   ...full story

December 6, 2004

via The New York Times

The prospect of strikes brings to mind the disruptions of the late 1980's and early 1990's, when carriers like Continental Airlines, Pan American World Airways and Eastern were roiled by the anger of workers who were seeing their jobs disappear and their pay and benefits cut. The unrest helped put Eastern and Pan Am out of business  ...full story

December 6, 2004

via The Los Angeles Times

The members consider working without contracts until 2006. The properties are against the backdoor approach  ...full story

December 3, 2004

via The New York Times

U.S. employers pulled back on hiring as they entered the holiday shopping season, adding just 112,000 new jobs overall in November. It was the weakest gain in five months and about half of what economists had forecast  ...full story

December 3, 2004

via The New York Times

The move affects about 200 people, including the former chief executive, David N. Siegel, who resigned in April, and his predecessor, Stephen M. Wolf, who left in 2002  ...full story

December 2, 2004

via The Washington Post

The latest chapter in the workers' woes could begin today when bankruptcy court Judge Stephen S. Mitchell begins hearings to decide whether to institute longer-term pay and benefit cuts for about 20,000 of the airline's 28,000 employees  ...full story

December 2, 2004

via Online Recruitment

New evidence released today highlights a concerning lack of funding for firms’ efforts to identify, develop and retain talent in their organisations  ...full story

December 2, 2004

via The New York Times

The number of new people signing up for unemployment benefits rose sharply last week but the overall level of applications still points to a recovering job market  ...full story

December 2, 2004

via The Washington Post

Almost 3 million youngsters ages 15 to 17 work during the school year, and like Nichols, about 4 million during the summer. For many, that first after-school or summer job, spent taking people's orders or keeping an eye on swimmers, means entry into a new world: a first paycheck, time away from parents, and new friends. But for others, the experience is memorable for another reason  ...full story

December 2, 2004

via The New York Times

The growth in health care spending by private employers slowed in recent years, creating some optimism that the employers had turned the corner in their struggle with rising costs. But any relief appears to have been short lived, according to a study to be released today  ...full story

December 1, 2004

via The Los Angeles Times

Seventeen workers at a Wal-Mart Tire & Lube Express in Loveland, Colo., have taken the first step to unionize at the world's largest retailer  ...full story

December 1, 2004

via The Washington Post

Bombardier Inc. plans to cut 2,200 more jobs at its train-making unit and further trim the production rate for its 50-seat regional jet, the company said on Wednesday as it unveiled a lower third-quarter profit  ...full story

December 1, 2004

via The Los Angeles Times

At least 100 Delta Air Lines Inc. pilots are expected to retire effective today, the start date for a 32.5% pay cut agreed upon in a $1-billion concessions package aimed at saving the nation's third-largest air carrier from a bankruptcy filing  ...full story

December 1, 2004

via Porterville Recorder

Deutsche Bank AG, Germany's largest bank, said Wednesday it will cut 1,950 jobs over the next two years as part of a restructuring program  ...full story

December 1, 2004

via The Los Angeles Times

New York filed a lawsuit Tuesday against Merck & Co. Inc., claiming the state's pension fund lost $171 million from its investment in the drug maker after the company recalled its Vioxx painkiller  ...full story

December 1, 2004

via The New York Times

Hoping to salvage some lost pension money, the trustee representing employee pension funds at United Airlines sought a court order on Tuesday that the carrier be required to make up hundreds of millions of dollars in skipped contributions  ...full story

December 1, 2004

via HR.BLR.com

Facing double-digit increases in healthcare costs, a growing number of companies are offering wellness programs to employees and a vast majority of executives say they have a responsibility to promote wellness, according to a survey by the American Management Association  ...full story

 
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