Posts Tagged ‘labor’

AT&T, union agree to five-day extension of negotiations

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — AT&T reports a settlement was not reached with the Communications Workers of America by the 11:59 p.m. EDT Aug. 4 expiration of the core wireline contract in the Southeast region, but the company and union have agreed to a five-day extension of contract negotiations. The contract was extended until 11:59 p.m. EDT […] [...]

Manufacturers say China too pricey

Simple arithmetic drove North Carolinian Bruce Cochrane to start making furniture in the Tar Heel State instead of China. The fifth-generation furniture maker’s calculations convinced him he could not afford to make furniture in China, where he had spent the last 10 years as a furniture manufacturing consultant and had witnessed rising costs and declining […] [...]

Senators opposed to rule changes regulating youth employment in agriculture

WASHINGTON — Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) are supporting legislation to stop a proposed new federal rule restricting youth employment on farms and ranches. The senators are original cosponsors on the Preserving America’s Family Farm Act (S.2221), which was introduced last week by Senators John Thune (R-S.D.), Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and […] [...]

Cochran cosponsoring resolution of disapproval over proposed H-2B changes

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) will support legislation to stop the implementation of new federal regulations governing a temporary foreign worker visa program, saying the regulatory changes are flawed and detrimental to seasonal industries like shrimping on the Gulf Coast. Cochran announced that he would cosponsor a joint resolution of disapproval challenging the […] [...]

Union opposing planned affiliation of UMMC and HMA

JACKSON — A group touting itself as the nation’s largest health care union is taking issue with the planned affiliation between Health Management Associates and the University of Mississippi Medical Center. In news release, the Service Employees International Union contends HMA “wants to partner with UMC to obtain a share of special Medicare payments reserved […] [...]

Judge delays trial of couple accused of using illegal immigrants

RIDGELAND — A federal judge has pushed back until May the trial of a couple charged with knowingly using illegal immigrants at their irrigation company in central Mississippi. The trial had been scheduled for April in U.S. District Court in Jackson, but has been postponed until May 21. A federal indictment says Paul and Barbara […] [...]

State’s unemployment rate dipped to 10.4 percent in December

by Published: January 25,2012

Tags: economy, employment, jobs, labor, labor force, unemployment, work, workers

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi’s unemployment rate dipped to 10.4 percent in December, as more people withdrew from the labor force. The jobless rate is down from 10.5 percent in November, but above the 10.2 percent rate in December 2010. Mississippi had the fourth-highest jobless rate among the states in December. The number of unemployed people […] [...]

NFIB adds more claims to challenge of notice posting rule

JACKSON — Ron Aldridge, state director of the National Federation of Independent Business, said the nation’s leading small-business association is adding new claims to its existing legal challenge to the National Labor Relations Board’s Notice Posting Rule, saying now that President Obama’s Jan. 4 “recess” appointments to the board violated the Constitution. The complaint argues […] [...]

Will UAW target Nissan?

CANTON — Top officials of the United Auto Workers have decided for now against targeting a single company in its effort to sign up workers at U.S. factories owned by foreign automakers. UAW president Bob King told The Associated Press in an interview yesterday that the union’s executive board won’t make any decision until it […] [...]

Workers at Ingalls ratify three-year contract extension

by Published: December 2,2011

Tags: employees, labor, manufacturing, shipbuilding, ships, unions, workers

PASCAGOULA — Employees at Huntington Ingalls shipyard in Pascagoula yesterday approved a three-year contract extension that affects 6,000 employees at the state’s largest private employer. The Sun Herald reports union officials said just over 1,100 members of the Pascagoula Metal Trades Council, voted on the proposal. It passed with 60 percent of the vote. More […] [...]

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