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Using Worker Focus Groups Carries Risks for Employers

February 4, 2011
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A labor lawyer warns that focus groups, even when set up by managers with the most noble motives, can easily backfire and expose a company to a litigation nightmare.
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Cemetery Workers Protest Plans to Outsource Jobs

January 18, 2011
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After just one session at the bargaining table, workers allege management told them it planned to contract the work out to the Brickman Group, a landscaping giant that often uses foreign workers on temporary visas.
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Automaker Union Boss Mulls Tying Worker Pay to Company Results

January 13, 2011
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UAW chief Bob King says the union’s role in the revival of the Detroit Three automakers since the 2009 crisis has shown that the union has become a partner rather than an adversary in the companies.
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New York Mayor Says Its too Hard to Fire, Punish City Workers

January 12, 2011
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A mayoral task force calls the city’s civil service system ill-suited for a modern workforce and suggests changes to get rid of the bad and retain and promote the best. Unions howl.
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Report: Judge Sides with FedEx in Contractor Case

December 15, 2010
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More than 50 lawsuits by FedEx drivers were consolidated into one lawsuit, according to reports. The judge previously ruled that FedEx drivers in Kansas were independent contractors.
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GM, Union Cut Historic Deal to Make Subcompact Car Profitably in U.S.

October 5, 2010
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About 900 of the 1,200 to 1,500 laid-off workers at the Michigan plant will be able to return at full wages and benefits. The remaining laid-off workers will have the option of coming back with Tier 2 wages and full benefits or seeking a transfer to another GM plant.
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Bloomberg Freezes New York Hiring as Layoffs Become Likely

September 22, 2010
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In a couple of years, one out of every eight dollars the city spends will go to providing health care benefits to retirees, says one leading administrator.
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A Bittersweet Win for Former N.Y. Bakery Workers

September 10, 2010
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National Labor Relations Board affirms legal ruling that now-shuttered bakery’s owners didn’t play fair with union when seeking wage concessions that led to lengthy strike. Millions in back pay at stake.
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Continental Pilots Resist Plan to Outsource After United Merger

September 9, 2010
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With antitrust approval of the merger out of the way, hammering out a joint contract with United and Continental pilots is the next critical step in the merger, set to close next month. Talks began August 9 on an accelerated schedule.
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GMs New CEO Meets With UAW Leaders, Says Lets Work Together

September 3, 2010
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After the meeting at UAW headquarters in Detroit, Daniel Akerson said the leaders concluded that ‘while we will not always see eye to eye on everything, GM will succeed to the extent that management and labor work together.’
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