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Hospital trims staff's hours in budget-cutting move

MERIDIAN — A Meridian hospital has reduced hours for its staff in what is described as a budgetary move. Anderson Hospital CEO Ray Humphreys tells WTOK-TV hours have been trimmed from 40 per week to 36. He says it covers everyone except those in jobs considered critical. Humphreys says the hospital has experienced a $1.4 million reduction in Medicaid reimbursement ...

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KI closing Pontotoc factory, laying off 70 workers

PONTOTOC and TUPELO — Furniture maker KI will lay off 70 employees in north Mississippi as it closes one factory and converts a second to a warehouse. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports the company, based in Green Bay, Wis., will close its Pontotoc factory by June 1. It will also convert its Tupelo factory to a distribution warehouse. All ...

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Workers at Ingalls ratify three-year contract extension

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 than 300 workers in the ...

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Ingalls workers to vote on new labor package

PASCAGOULA — Union workers will vote tomorrow on a company offer that affects 6,000 employees at Ingalls shipyard, the state’s largest private employer. The Sun Herald reports Ingalls is offering three raises and a one-time $1,000 bonus next month if workers will vote to extend their current work contract for three years. On the down side, healthcare premiums will go ...

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'Facebook firing'

The settlement of a complaint issued by the National Labor Relation Board (NLRB) involving the firing of an employee of a Connecticut company who posted negative comments about a supervisor on Facebook could have far-reaching implications. It should have employers in Mississippi taking a harder look at their social media policies to ensure they are not in violation of the ...

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Keesler AFB trimming 68 civilian positions

BILOXI — As a result of Air Force reductions in the civilian work force, Keesler Air Force Base is slated to lose 68 civilian positions in 2012. This reduction is in response to direction from the Secretary of Defense for the Department of Defense to keep civilian manpower costs capped at fiscal year 2010 levels. >> RELATED STORY: Weitzel facing ...

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Ice Industries cited by OSHA for safety violations

GRENADA — The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Grenada Stamping and Assembly Inc., doing business as Ice Industries Grenada, for 26 safety violations carrying proposed fines of $113,400. In April, OSHA officials opened an inspection at the facility under the agency’s national emphasis program on amputations after learning of a work-related amputation. Twenty-four serious ...

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Ingalls' contracts means shipbuilder will add jobs — for now

PASCAGOULA — Ingalls Shipbuilding contracts, which will keep workers busy into 2016, mean an uptick in employment although company leaders say the trend will remain cyclical, as seen throughout the shipyard’s history. The Mississippi Press reports Ingalls’ employees are working on nine different vessels at three shipyards, with construction on three other ships yet to begin. This year alone, Ingalls ...

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State's stimulus-funded jobs program 'STEPS' returns

JACKSON — The jobs program Mississippi STEPS: Subsidized Transitional Employment Program and Services, restarted yesterday and will run through Dec. 10. Employers who want to participate in STEPS 2 must enroll by Sept. 30 in order to take advantage of the full benefits of the program. This program, known as STEPS 2, will aid small businesses in meeting their workforce ...

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EEOC suing Signal over treatment of immigrant workers

PASCAGOULA — A federal agency has filed a lawsuit against an oil rig construction company over treatment of hundreds of immigrant workers recruited in India to work in Mississippi and Texas. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleges numerous allegations of discriminatory conduct by Signal International against the workers, including forcing them to live in crowded quarters with poor food for ...

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