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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 quality. Cochrane relaunched his family’s ...

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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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Allstate agents approve affiliation with union

GULFPORT — Approximately a week after a vote in favor of affiliating with Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU), AFL-CIO, the board of directors of the National Association of Professional Allstate Agents Inc. (NAPAA) voted to approve the affiliation. The roll call vote by the board followed a secret ballot in which, according to OPEIU, NAPAA membership voted nearly ...

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Allstate agents vote 'yes' to unionizing

GULFPORT — Members of the National Association of Professional Allstate Agents (NAPAA) have voted to affiliate with the Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU), AFL-CI, according to the union. Secret ballots were mailed to all 1,200 members of Gulfport-based NAPAA and when the ballots were tallied, more than 94 percent had voted in favor of affiliating, the OPEIU reports. ...

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Allstate agents to vote on joining union

GULFPORT — Members of the National Association of Professional Allstate Agents Inc. (NAPAA) in Gulfport will soon take part in a secret mail ballot vote that will decide whether the Association will affiliate with Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU) as a guild. This according to the OPEIU. The vote will be administered by the American Arbitration Association (AAA) ...

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Omnova workers could vote to decertify union

COLUMBUS — A vote could soon be taken to decertify the union at Omnova Solutions Inc. in Columbus, where some workers have been on strike for a year. The Columbus Dispatch reports a group of replacement workers have filed a request with the National Labor Relations Board to take a decertification vote. The more than 100 workers could vote by ...

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Union challenges awarding of Katrina funding

GULF COAST — The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) is calling for an investigation into “the growing practice by Gulf Coast states of using federal disaster relief funds to persuade established manufacturing facilities to relocate from other states.” In a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, IAM International president Tom Buffenbarger requested a formal investigation into ...

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Nurses voting on tentative labor agreement

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — Thousands of Minnesota nurses began going to the polls early today to vote on a tentative labor agreement with 14 hospitals that averted a strike set for this week. The 12,000 members of Minnesota Nurses Association are voting from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. at locations in St. Paul and Brooklyn Park. Results are expected about midnight. ...

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Fiat vows to work with Italian labor unions

ROME — Fiat promised today to work with unions in Italy to gain concessions so it can move production of the new Panda hatchback from Poland to a plant outside Naples often troubled by labor issues. The Turin-based auto company issued a statement following a referendum among workers in which 62 percent voted in favor of more flexible working conditions. ...

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Hershey workers voting on labor agreement

HERSHEY, Pa. — Workers at the hometown plants of chocolate manufacturer Hershey are voting on a labor deal that could cut hundreds of jobs. Employees began voting this morning on a restructuring agreement that would expand one of the plants in Hershey and turn the original factory built by founder Milton Hershey into an office building. The voting was to ...

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