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April 23, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
An auto parts factory in northern France was closed after employees angry about job losses ransacked offices and prompted new concern about increasingly violent worker protests. A French court had rejected a motion brought by employees of a factory run by Germany's Continental AG to block the plant's planned 2010 closure. Citing the steep drop in demand in the automobile sector, Continental announced in March its plans to shutter the factory in Clairoix, north of Paris. The plant employs 1,120 people.
February 27, 2009 | Associated Press
The factory where laid-off workers staged a sit-in that garnered national attention last year was sold to a California company, which hopes to rehire the workers and open in about a month, the workers' union and the new owner said Thursday. The sale of the former Republic Windows & Doors plant to Sunnyvale, Calif.-based Serious Materials, a manufacturer of energy-efficient windows, was approved Wednesday by a bankruptcy judge.
May 7, 2008 | Lisa Girion, Times Staff Writer
U.S. manufacturers who provide health insurance spend an average of $2.38 per worker per hour on healthcare -- more than twice as much as their foreign competitors, an analysis released Tuesday found. The study provides support for the now-familiar lament of employers -- that rising healthcare costs are eating into the corporate bottom line. American automakers say employee health coverage adds $1,500 to the price of each car, and many U.S.
September 30, 2007 | Wilson Ring, Associated Press
pownal, vt. -- Down a dirt driveway, in one of the whitest states in the nation, is a museum dedicated to the experiences of black servicemen and women during World War II. The Museum of Black World War II History is run by Bruce Bird, a white, retired factory worker who sold his home and used the proceeds to convert a two-room 19th century schoolhouse to hold it.
April 9, 2007 | Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Times Staff Writer
A little-known federal program called wage insurance is winning bipartisan congressional support as a way to help workers displaced by international trade find new jobs and acquire new skills. An alternative to unemployment insurance and government-funded training programs, wage insurance is designed to help older workers get rehired quickly. The program pays displaced manufacturing workers, age 50 and over, half the difference between their new and old salaries for two years.
April 7, 2007 | From the Associated Press
A Massachusetts judge on Friday temporarily barred federal officials from deporting a large group of illegal immigrants snared in a factory raid last month. U.S. District Court Judge Richard Stearns granted the emergency request from lawyers for the detained immigrants, who argued that about 110 of 360 workers arrested may have agreed to waive an appeal of their deportation order under duress or with improper translators.
February 21, 2007 | John O'Dell, Times Staff Writer
In a rare move for a major Japanese automaker in the U.S., Nissan Motor Co. said Tuesday that it was offering a cash buyout to employees as it adjusts the product mix at its two Tennessee manufacturing plants. The company said improved manufacturing efficiencies also led it to offer the plan to cut about 300 of 6,200 jobs at the factories. Analysts cautioned against reading the move as a sign of trouble. "This is no big deal," said Ken Elias, a Scottsdale, Ariz.
September 27, 2006 | Cyndia Zwahlen, Special to The Times
A program to train, test and certify manufacturing production workers is being launched this week by the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council and the National Assn. of Manufacturers. The council will offer the program through assessment centers nationwide, including 11 at Southern California community colleges.
September 15, 2006 | John O'Dell, Times Staff Writer
Moving to speed and possibly expand its plan to slash 30,000 jobs from its manufacturing payroll, Ford Motor Co. will offer retirement incentives and buyout packages of as much as $140,000 to all employees at its U.S. factories. More than 75,000 blue-collar workers are eligible for the programs, disclosed Thursday by the United Auto Workers union and acknowledged by Ford. The offer is similar to a retirement and buyout plan offered this year by General Motors Corp.
July 9, 2006 | Chris Kraul, Times Staff Writer
In his classic 1936 film, "Modern Times," Charlie Chaplin has to work so fast tightening bolts in a steel factory that he finally goes crazy. In a memorable scene that has become a metaphor for labor exploitation, the Little Tramp is run through the factory's enormous gears. For President Hugo Chavez's socialist government, the film is more than just entertainment: It's become a teaching tool.
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