February 15, 2004 |
Citing troubles due to the discovery of mad cow disease in Washington state, Swift & Co. said Friday that it would suspend its second shift next week at two meatpacking plants. A total of 2,100 employees will be affected at the plants in Grand Island and Greeley, Colo., said Jim Herlihy, a spokesman for Swift, the nation's third-largest beef and pork processor. Herlihy said the suspension would begin Monday, and employees would return to work Feb. 23.
November 23, 2003 |
America used to need this town tucked into a crook of the Mississippi River. The assembly lines in Burlington and other factory towns nearby built the products that kept the nation moving -- school buses, car batteries, backhoes, tractor-trailers. Workers put in 60- and 70-hour weeks to meet demand. The backhoes are produced in Mexico now, the batteries in Canada. Men and women who once defined themselves by what they built now support their families with unemployment checks.
November 11, 2003 |
The accelerating U.S. economic recovery has begun to penetrate factories across the country, although slow job growth continues to be a concern, regional Federal Reserve banks said. Monthly reports from Federal Reserve banks in the Midwest and Southeast showed that factory activity increased at a healthy clip in September and October, respectively. Manufacturing activity also grew in October in the central states, but at a slower pace. From Reuters
November 7, 2003 |
IBM Corp. took the offensive Thursday against a former employee who has blamed workplace chemical exposure for her breast cancer, saying Alida Hernandez had been a regular smoker who was overweight. During cross-examination before a jury at Santa Clara County Superior Court, lawyers for IBM displayed medical and employment records that showed Hernandez smoked half a pack of cigarettes a day in the late 1970s and weighed 201 pounds around the time of her retirement in 1991.
September 28, 2003 |
My fascination with the world of cigars started with cigar boxes and cigar labels. These wooden boxes with intricate pictures of imaginary landscapes, which suggest the possibility of escaping to a magical place through the brevity of a smoke, have always been intriguing to me.
July 27, 2003 |
It is 1 o'clock on a Thursday afternoon at the gates to the State Enterprise for Electrical Industries, and the workers have gone home. What about the managers? Out. Is even one technician left inside? The guards shake their heads: of course not. Granted, it's 110 degrees outside, and the one-day weekend -- Friday in Iraq -- is just around the corner. But knocking off work early is routine in postwar Baghdad. At the sprawling plant, the day begins at 9 a.m.
June 5, 2003 |
Factories making products in China and elsewhere for Nike Inc., Levi Strauss & Co. and five other companies violated labor laws, ranging from inadequate pay to failure to provide proper hearing protection, an industry-supported group said. A contractor for Nike in China paid its workers less than the minimum wage of 31 cents an hour, and a contractor for Liz Claiborne Inc. in China failed to register workers ages 16 to 18, the Fair Labor Assn. said in a report released Wednesday in Washington.
May 12, 2003 |
Employees have been told they will need to make up the time they're off work while a plastics plant is used as the site of a speech by President Bush on his economic and employment proposals. The president is to appear today at the Airlite Plastics Co. Bush is expected to speak to the company's 575 employees about how his economic stimulus plan would benefit them.
April 25, 2003 |
When more than 1,000 massive Abrams tanks led the charge into Iraq, they had a reputation for being invincible. In the 23 years since they were first fielded, not one had been lost to enemy fire. But the 70-ton M-1A1 and M-1A2 armored battle tanks, developed to face Soviet armor on the fields of Europe, had a weakness: Heavily armored in the front, they are much more lightly protected in the back, where their exhaust pipes are.
January 5, 2003 |
Driving along the gritty streets here, Kunio Marukawa used to cringe when a souped-up car blaring loud music pulled up next to him. Nowadays, the Japanese executive looks approvingly at those drivers and offers a silent prayer of thanks. "Those crazy guys are our best customers," said the San Diego-based vice president of Pioneer Corp.'s Pioneer Speaker Systems.