Posts Tagged ‘labor’

Employment agency agrees to pay workers for overtime

LAFAYETTE, La.  — An industrial services employment agency has agreed to pay nearly $2 million in back wages to more than 2,000 employees following a U.S. Labor Department investigation. The Labor Department said Lafayette, La.-based Hutco Inc. employees in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas were denied overtime compensation as a result of the company’s improper payment […] [...]

Grant awarded for storm cleanup; more counties eligible for aid

SOUTHEAST MISSISSIPPI  — The U.S. Department of Labor says it’s giving a $2-million grant to assist Mississippi with cleanup and recovery efforts from recent storms, tornadoes and flooding. The funds are being awarded to the Mississippi Department of Employment Security to create temporary jobs that support storm recovery efforts. In the aftermath of storms that […] [...]

Union supporters say officials threaten to close Nissan plant

CANTON — Pro-union workers say Nissan Motor Co. has threatened to close its Canton assembly plant if workers vote for the United Auto Workers to represent them, though the company denies such threats. Such threats would violate federal law, which bars managers from telling employees they’ll close a plant in retaliation for a pro-union vote. […] [...]

Actor joins union protesters at Detroit show

CANTON — Actor Danny Glover has joined supporters of unionization for workers at a Nissan Motor Co. assembly plant in Mississippi demonstrating outside the North American International Auto Show. The Mississippi Alliance for Fairness at Nissan protested yesterday next to Detroit’s Cobo Center. The group says workers who show interest in organizing the Japanese carmaker’s […] [...]

State’s jobless rate falls to lowest level since 2009

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi’s unemployment rate fell to 8.5 percent in November, the lowest level since February 2009. More people found work even while fewer people were looking, cutting the pool of unemployed people to about 113,000. That’s down 7,000 from October and well below November 2011′s level of 143,000. The Bureau of Labor Statistics […] [...]

Labor unions flip, throw support to Kemper power plant

KEMPER COUNTY — In exchange for the promise of 1,000 jobs, a group of labor unions is throwing its support behind Mississippi Power Co.’s Kemper County coal plant. The unions had most recently opposed the plant because contractors for Atlanta-based Southern Co. were excluding union members from the $2.8 billion project, which currently employs 2,600 […] [...]

Utility, security guards hammer out deal ending lockout

PORT GIBSON — Union security guards have voted to ratify a three-year contract with Entergy Corp., ending a nearly seven-week lockout. Entergy locked the guards out from its Grand Gulf nuclear plant on Sept. 30 after the previous contract expired. The guards are represented by the United Government Security Officers of America Local 36. The […] [...]

Labor agreement reached affecting 22,000+ workers

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — AT&T reports it has reached a new tentative agreement with the Communications Workers of America District 3 in wireline contract negotiations for AT&T Southeast (BellSouth Telecommunications). The three-year agreement covers more than 22,000 wireline employees in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee, and will be submitted […] [...]

Grocer reaches labor agreement affecting 9,000+ workers

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Kroger Co. associates working at 80 of the company’s Delta Division stores have ratified new labor agreements with UFCW Local 1529. “We are pleased to reach an agreement that is good for our associates and allows us to be competitive in the region,” said Tim Brown, president of Kroger’s Delta Division. […] [...]

Entergy Nuclear locks out security workers at nuke plant

CLAIBORNE COUNTY — Entergy Nuclear has locked out union security workers at its nuclear plant near Port Gibson after contract negotiations with the United Government Security Officers of America Local 36 failed. The current contract with plant security officers expired at midnight Sunday. Mike Balduzzi, Entergy Nuclear’s senior vice president of nuclear technical services, said […] [...]

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