July 25, 2013 |
BOGOTA, Colombia -- Work on Colombia's biggest-ever construction project, a $6.47-billion refinery called Reficar going up near the coastal city of Cartagena, has ground to a halt amid ongoing labor strife, the latest in a series of setbacks that has contributed to delays and billions in cost overruns on the megaproject. The strike is only the latest in Colombia's fast-growing energy and mining sectors. The most notable impacts have been a slowdown this year in the country's oil boom and a possible decline in coal exports for the first time in a decade, both partly the result of labor strikes.
December 14, 2012 |
After two days of federal mediation, a top Obama administration official had something to say about the NHL's prolonged labor dispute. In fact, it happened to be the official at the very top: President Obama. Frank Vascellaro, a reporter for WCCO-TV in Minneapolis, had the chance to interview the president and asked about the lockout. He pointed out that Minnesota is known as a hockey state and asked if Obama would be "willing to intervene" in the matter. The president gave a fairly lengthy answer but, unfortunately for hockey fans, it does not appear as though he would be getting involved.
November 8, 2012 |
During the same period that American Airlines struggled through a labor dispute with its pilots, the carrier's on-time performance dropped to 58% in September. The nation's largest airlines arrived within 15 minutes of their scheduled time an average of 83% of the time, according to the latest numbers from the U.S. Department of Transportation. That's an improvement over the 79% on-time performance in August. Fort Worth-based American Airlines had the worst on-time performance of all major airlines in September, according to the data released Thursday.
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February 8, 2009 |
As a stay-at-home mother, Vanessa Madrid has the luxury of donating lots of time to her daughter's Covina preschool, preparing lunches, aiding teachers, attending the Head Start program's parent meetings and joining its advisory group. She said she was delighted when the other parents elected her as their representative to the board of Options, a government-funded provider of preschool and after-school care to 9,000 low-income San Gabriel Valley children.
January 9, 2013 |
When tensions grew high during the last stage of collective bargaining negotiations between the NHL and the players union and the two sides couldn't sit in the same room, federal mediator Scot L. Beckenbaugh kept the talks alive. Beckenbaugh, deputy director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, shuttled back and forth between the offices of the league and the union, helping broker the tentative deal they reached early Sunday morning. Some grateful fans suggested Beckenbaugh be named the league's MVP this season … and one Ducks season ticket holder from Silver Lake took it a step further.
July 24, 2013 |
George Mitchell, the former U.S. senator from Maine, has worked to broker peace in the Middle East and Northern Ireland. He was partnered with Major League Baseball to get to the bottom of its steroid scandal. And now it appears that Mitchell is lending a hand to the world of classical music by serving as a negotiator between the Minnesota Orchestra and its musicians. The Minnesota Star Tribune has cited unnamed sources who said that Mitchell met last week in Washington, D.C., with representatives of management and labor to work out a possible settlement.