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Employment News for September 02, 2014

  • Civil disobedience expected in fast-food pay fight

    The Salt Lake Tribune » Mon, 01 Sep 2014 16:27:01 MDT

    Civil disobedience expected in fast-food pay fight By CANDICE CHOI AP Food Industry Writer Updated Sep 1, 2014 04:27PM MDT New York • McDonald’s, Wendy’s and other fast-food restaurants are expected to be targeted with acts of civil disobedience that could lead to arrests Thursday as labor organizers escalate their campaign to unionize the industry’s workers. Kendall Fells, an organizing director for Fast Food Forward, said in an interview that workers in a couple of dozen cities were trained to peacefully engage in civil disobedience ahead of this week’s planned protests. Fells declined to say what exactly is in st... Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. ... Read More
  • Atlantic City losing 2 casinos, 5K jobs in 3 days

    The Salt Lake Tribune » Sat, 30 Aug 2014 16:04:10 MDT

    Atlantic City losing 2 casinos, 5K jobs in 3 days By WAYNE PARRY The Associated Press Updated Aug 30, 2014 04:04PM MDT Atlantic City, N.J. • A time few could imagine during the not-too-distant glory days of casino gambling has arrived in Atlantic City, where two casinos will close this weekend and a third will shut down in two weeks. More than 5,000 workers will lose their jobs in an unprecedented weekend in the seaside gambling resort, leaving many feeling betrayed by a system that once promised stable, well-paying jobs. The Showboat is closing Sunday, followed by Revel on Monday and Tuesday. Trump Plaza is ne... Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. ... Read More
  • EU struggles with dearth of women in top jobs

    The Salt Lake Tribune » Thu, 28 Aug 2014 11:57:01 MDT

    EU struggles with dearth of women in top jobs By RAF CASERT The Associated Press Updated Aug 28, 2014 11:57AM MDT Brussels • Don’t be fooled by Angela Merkel. The German chancellor may be the most powerful leader in the European Union, but she hardly paints a true picture of the place of women in EU politics. EU leaders meet on Saturday to divide top jobs for the next half decade, and after years of paying lip service to increasing equality between the sexes, the problem of inequality is still plain for all to see at these meetings — where are the women? “If you look at the family picture of these European ... Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. ... Read More
  • Applications for U.S. jobless aid slip to 298,000

    The Salt Lake Tribune » Thu, 28 Aug 2014 08:48:32 MDT

    Applications for U.S. jobless aid slip to 298,000 By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER The Associated Press Updated Aug 28, 2014 08:48AM MDT Washington • The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits slipped 1,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 298,000, a low level that signals employers are cutting few jobs and hiring is likely to remain strong. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, dropped to 299,750, the Labor Department said Thursday. That’s just 6,000 higher than four weeks ago, when the average fell to the lowest level in more than eight years. “The downward trend ... is now clear and strong,” said Ian She... Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. ... Read More
  • GM to move Cadillac SRX production to Tennessee

    The Salt Lake Tribune » Wed, 27 Aug 2014 13:29:01 MDT

    GM to move Cadillac SRX production to Tennessee By ERIK SCHELZIG and TOM KRISHER The Associated Press Updated Aug 27, 2014 01:29PM MDT Spring Hill, Tenn. • General Motors is moving production of the next-generation Cadillac SRX crossover SUV from Mexico to a factory in Spring Hill, Tennessee. The company also announced Wednesday it will add production of some small gasoline engines to the Spring Hill complex. The additions will bring more jobs to Spring Hill, but a spokesman wouldn’t give specifics on how many would be added to the sprawling former Saturn facility about 40 miles south of Nashville. All GM said in a statement is... Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. ... Read More
  • GM likely to build SUVs, add jobs in Tennessee

    The Salt Lake Tribune » Tue, 26 Aug 2014 18:15:02 MDT

    GM likely to build SUVs, add jobs in Tennessee The Associated Press Updated Aug 26, 2014 06:15PM MDT Detroit • General Motors and government officials are expected to announce new vehicles and jobs Wednesday at a sprawling factory complex in Spring Hill, Tennessee. An announcement is scheduled for Wednesday morning at the plant, which is likely to get new Cadillac and GMC crossover SUVs in addition to its current product, the Chevrolet Equinox. Neither GM nor Gov. Bill Haslam’s office would comment ahead of the announcement, but the state said in a July 11 news release that a nearby company was... Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. ... Read More
  • Autistic business owners capitalize on strengths

    The Salt Lake Tribune » Sat, 23 Aug 2014 12:21:39 MDT

    Autistic business owners capitalize on strengths By JOYCE M. ROSENBERG The Associated Press Updated Aug 23, 2014 12:21PM MDT New York • A growing movement to find work for autistic people is helping some start their own businesses. Work requiring an attention to detail and with repetitive tasks is ideal for an autistic person who wants to start a business, says Gregg Ireland, co-founder of Extraordinary Ventures, a Chapel Hill, North Carolina-based organization that creates jobs for the autistic. Ireland’s son Vinnie, who is autistic, has a business doing yard work and landscaping. One in 68 people have some form of a... Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. ... Read More
  • Op-ed: Export-Import Bank subsidy threatens U.S. airline jobs

    The Salt Lake Tribune » Fri, 22 Aug 2014 18:31:15 MDT

    Op-ed: Export-Import Bank subsidy threatens U.S. airline jobs By Perry Sloan Updated Aug 22, 2014 06:31PM MDT Earlier this year, the Brookings Institution reported that out of the nation’s top 100 metropolitan areas, Salt Lake City had the ninth best economic performance during the recession and recovery. According to The Salt Lake Tribune, the number of jobs in Salt Lake City increased by 3.1 percent during that time and home prices dropped 19 percent. In short, the Crossroads of the West fared much better economically in recent years than most metropolitan areas in the United States. One of the chie... Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. ... Read More
  • Women left off CEO track despite high-ranking jobs

    The Salt Lake Tribune » Fri, 22 Aug 2014 18:04:01 MDT

    Women left off CEO track despite high-ranking jobs By Jeff Green Bloomberg News Updated Aug 22, 2014 06:04PM MDT Southfield, Mich. • Mary Barra made corporate history seven months ago when she became the first female chief executive officer of a major global carmaker. Yet for all the gains made by women in the highest levels of U.S. companies, most are still in the wrong jobs if they want to follow Barra’s career path. That’s because unlike Barra, who’d been in charge of General Motors’ product development for two years before her appointment, a majority of top-ranked women in the Standard & Poor’s 500 Ind... Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. ... Read More
  • Casino workers turn to prayer to save their jobs

    The Salt Lake Tribune » Thu, 21 Aug 2014 11:36:02 MDT

    Casino workers turn to prayer to save their jobs By WAYNE PARRY The Associated Press Updated Aug 21, 2014 11:36AM MDT Atlantic City, N.J. • They’ve turned to politicians, bureaucrats, businessmen and union reps to try to save their jobs at three Atlantic City casinos scheduled to close soon. Now, hundreds of soon-to-be unemployed dealers, cocktail servers and hotel workers are turning to what many say could be their last, best chance. “We’re praying for God to open new doors to them,” said the Rev. Eric McCoy, president of the Atlantic City Fellowship of Churches. Clergy members and the main casino workers unio... Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. ... Read More
  • Applications for U.S. jobless aid fall to 298,000

    The Salt Lake Tribune » Thu, 21 Aug 2014 10:56:02 MDT

    Applications for U.S. jobless aid fall to 298,000 By PAUL WISEMAN The Associated Press Updated Aug 21, 2014 10:56AM MDT Washington • Fewer people applied for U.S. unemployment benefits last week, another sign the job market is improving. The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly claims for jobless aid fell 14,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 298,000. The prior week’s figures were revised up slightly to 311,000. The less-volatile four-week average rose 4,750 to 300,750. It remains close to levels that predate the Great Recession of 2007-2009. Applications are a proxy for layoffs. “Readings at or below t... Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. ... Read More
  • State topped Herbert’s goal with 112,000 new jobs

    The Salt Lake Tribune » Wed, 20 Aug 2014 07:01:47 MDT

    State topped Herbert’s goal with 112,000 new jobs By Mike Gorrell The Salt Lake Tribune Updated Aug 20, 2014 07:01AM MDT Gov. Gary Herbert used a couple of Paralympic-caliber archers Tuesday to emphasize that his job-creation goals were right on target. The governor recounted Tuesday how there were “a lot of naysayers” when he issued a challenge to the private sector in January 2012 to create 100,000 jobs in 1,000 days. The private sector’s response was revealed when Michael Lukow and Steve Bosson, Iraq War veterans who are part of USA Archery’s elite Para team, popped balloons with arrows at about 30 paces. A boa... Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. ... Read More
  • Utah’s job growth in July was strongest of 2014

    The Salt Lake Tribune » Fri, 15 Aug 2014 21:48:10 MDT

    Utah’s job growth in July was strongest of 2014 The Salt Lake Tribune Updated Aug 15, 2014 09:48PM MDT The state’s economy supported almost 46,000 more jobs in July than it did a year earlier, one of the more robust monthly gains since the recession. But with growing confidence in the economy enticing more people to look for work again, Utah’s unemployment ticked up a bit to 3.7 percent, still well below the national average of 6.2 percent. “July’s 3.6 percent growth is the highest thus far in 2014, both in terms of rate and numerical change compared to 2013,” Carrie Mayne, the state Department o... Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. ... Read More
  • Washington Post: How many jobs is the Export-Import Bank responsible for?

    The Salt Lake Tribune » Fri, 15 Aug 2014 17:06:02 MDT

    Washington Post: How many jobs is the Export-Import Bank responsible for? Updated Aug 15, 2014 05:06PM MDT The Export-Import Bank is fighting for its life on Capitol Hill. To both advocates and opponents, one key bone of contention is jobs — specifically, how many does Ex-Im add, subtract or multiply? The pro-Ex-Im forces tout the figure of 205,000 jobs “supported” in fiscal 2013 by the agency’s loan guarantees and other financing for U.S. sales abroad. Prior to a recent hearing before the House Financial Services Committee, a pro-bank group gave to each member of the panel a card on which was printe... Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. ... Read More
  • U.S. jobless aid applications rise to 311,000

    The Salt Lake Tribune » Thu, 14 Aug 2014 09:26:02 MDT

    U.S. jobless aid applications rise to 311,000 By JOSH BOAK The Associated Press Updated Aug 14, 2014 09:26AM MDT Washington • More people applied for U.S. unemployment benefits last week, although jobless claims continue to be close to pre-recession levels. Weekly applications for unemployment aid climbed 21,000 to a seasonally adjusted 311,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. The prior week’s was revised up slightly to 290,000. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, rose 2,000 to 295,750. That continues to be close to averages that predate the beginning of the Great Recession in late 2007. Ap... Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. ... Read More
  • Revenue report due as Atlantic City casinos close

    The Salt Lake Tribune » Wed, 13 Aug 2014 13:54:54 MDT

    Revenue report due as Atlantic City casinos close By WAYNE PARRY The Associated Press Updated Aug 13, 2014 01:54PM MDT Atlantic City, N.J. • When the pressure of an oversaturated market became unbearable this year, some of Atlantic City’s oldest casinos either closed their doors or announced plans to do so. Now, Revel Casino Hotel, the city’s newest casino — and one of its most opulent — is joining them in the casino graveyard. Amid this dire scenario, New Jersey regulators released a report Wednesday that said Atlantic City’s casinos took in 11 percent less from gamblers in July than they did a year ago. Figure... Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. ... Read More
  • Apple’s tech jobs held mostly by white, Asian men

    The Salt Lake Tribune » Tue, 12 Aug 2014 17:38:02 MDT

    Apple’s tech jobs held mostly by white, Asian men The Associated Press Updated Aug 12, 2014 05:38PM MDT San Francisco • Apple primarily relies on white and Asian men for its top-paying technology jobs, feeding the perception that Silicon Valley’s economic boom is largely excluding women, blacks and Hispanics. A breakdown released Tuesday by Apple Inc. showed 54 percent of the company’s technology jobs in the U.S. are filled by whites and another 23 percent by Asians. Men make up 80 percent of Apple’s technology workforce throughout the world. The iPhone and iPad maker didn’t provide racial statist... Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. ... Read More
  • U.S. job openings in June hit 13-year-plus high

    The Salt Lake Tribune » Tue, 12 Aug 2014 14:22:23 MDT

    U.S. job openings in June hit 13-year-plus high By JOSH BOAK The Associated Press Updated Aug 12, 2014 02:22PM MDT Washington • U.S. employers in June advertised the most monthly job openings in more than 13 years. Employers posted 4.67 million jobs in June, up 2.1 percent from May’s total of 4.58 million, the Labor Department reported Tuesday. The number of advertised openings was the highest since February 2001, a positive sign that points to a strengthening economy. The report “provides further confirmation that the U.S. labor market has indeed shifted to a period of stronger growth,” said Jeremy Schwartz... Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. ... Read More
  • Pew study: Split views on robots’ employment benefits

    The Salt Lake Tribune » Thu, 07 Aug 2014 15:56:01 MDT

    Pew study: Split views on robots’ employment benefits By CONNOR RADNOVICH The Associated Press Updated Aug 7, 2014 03:56PM MDT Washington • In 2025, self-driving cars could be the norm, people could have more leisure time and goods could become cheaper. Or, there could be chronic unemployment and an even wider income gap, human interaction could become a luxury and the wealthy could live in walled cities with robots serving as labor. Or, very little could change. A new survey released this week by the Pew Research Center’s Internet Project and Elon University’s Imagining the Internet Center found that, when asked about... Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. ... Read More
  • U.S. jobless aid applications fell to 289,000

    The Salt Lake Tribune » Thu, 07 Aug 2014 10:23:02 MDT

    U.S. jobless aid applications fell to 289,000 By JOSH BOAK The Associated Press Updated Aug 7, 2014 10:23AM MDT Washington • Fewer people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, as jobless claims remain at relatively low levels that point toward stronger economic growth. Weekly applications for unemployment aid fell 14,000 to a seasonally adjusted 289,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. The prior week’s was revised up slightly to 303,000. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, fell 4,000 to 293,500. That’s the lowest average since February 2006, almost two years before the Great Recessi... Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. ... Read More
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