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UAW Says Nearly All Laid-Off Detroit 3 Workers Are Back to Work

March 25, 2011
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Since the last bargaining convention in 2007, GM’s UAW-represented work force has dropped from around 75,000 to 49,000 as plants have closed and workers departed either through attrition or retirement.
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Judge Temporarily Halts Wisconsin Public Employee Law

March 22, 2011
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For employers without a collective bargaining agreement in force, employees would be required to pay half of the annual actuarially required retirement plan contributions, according to a written statement of the Wisconsin Employee Trust Funds Department.
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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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