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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 […] [...]

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 […] [...]

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