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Drug Arrests at Boeing Plant May Reveal Bigger Workplace Worry

October 3, 2011
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Employers nationwide have learned that some workers' compensation claimants are becoming addicted to opioid painkillers prescribed for their work-related injuries; they are also discovering that employees using those prescription drugs may also drive workplace injuries.
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NLRB Issues Employee Notification Rule

September 28, 2011
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Private-sector employers with workplaces under NLRB jurisdiction (all but the smallest companies) will be required to post the employee rights notice on bulletin boards in the same area that other notices are typically posted. The rollout has been postponed until Jan. 31, 2012.
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UAW Says GM Workers Ratify Labor Contract By 2-to-1 Margin

September 28, 2011
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Under the pact, the automaker's 48,000 hourly workers have traded the promise of generous pay and benefits for job security and compensation gains that are more closely tied to the automaker's health, profitability and quality advances.
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UAW-GM Contract to Create or Retain 6,400 Jobs

September 21, 2011
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General Motors has agreed to retain or create 6,400 jobs as part of $2.5 billion in planned product and plant investments under a new labor accord with the UAW. In a move to encourage GM to add jobs, the union and automaker negotiated new buyout offers of $10,000 to $65,000 to encourage long-time workers to retire and be replaced with lower-paid, entry-level workers.
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American Axle Cuts Staff, Boosts India Business and CEO’s Bonus

September 16, 2011
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The company wants 300 to 400 white-collar workers to take early retirement by August, people familiar with the plan say. If too few sign up, layoffs could follow.
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United’s Legal Move Stokes Tension Among Pilots

September 16, 2011
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One of four pilots named in a lawsuit by United Airlines alleging sick-leave abuse has been fired and another has been suspended, fueling tensions before the company begins union contract negotiations next month.
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Union Leader Challenges Chicago Mayor’s Shutdown Plan

September 16, 2011
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Mayor Richard M. Daley had asked employee unions to accept voluntary furloughs, but they have refused. The mayor is expected to announce 1,000 or more layoffs.
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Accenture Settles Whistle-Blower Lawsuit for $63.7 Million

September 14, 2011
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The lawsuit, which was filed in federal court in Little Rock, Arkansas, alleged that Accenture submitted, or caused to be submitted, false claims for payment under numerous contracts with federal agencies for information technology services.
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Dear Workforce How does HR avoid confusion about its role regarding labor relations and employee relations

September 7, 2011
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What role should our HR department play in both labor relations and in employee relations? Our HR department oversees both functions, which raises confusing questions about where its loyalties lie.
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Turning Labor Day Lemons into Lemonade

September 6, 2011
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