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State's unemployment rate dipped to 10.4 percent in December

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 fell from 142,500 in November ...

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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 that the NLRB does not ...

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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 sees how the automakers react ...

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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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Huntington Ingalls workers presented with new union plan

PASCAGOULA — Employees at Huntington Ingalls shipyard in Pascagoula reporting for the 6 a.m. shift last Friday were greeted by union leaders handing out flyers with details on a new three-year contract proposal. Union leaders would not comment on the contract, saying a joint statement would be released later Friday. They did say they are recommending approval of contract which ...

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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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Poultry workers win lawsuit against Tyson

More than 17,000 Tyson poultry workers in 41 plants in 12 states have settled a $32-million lawsuit in a 12-year struggle to get paid for work already performed, according to the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW). The UFCW initiated the suit against Tyson. Last Thursday, the United States District Court in Georgia approved the settlement. The lawsuit ...

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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 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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