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U.S. Aug Mass Layoffs Rise, Manufacturing Worst Hit

The number of mass layoffs by U.S. employers rose by 533 in August from July, with the manufacturing sector the hardest hit, Labor Department data showed on Wednesday.


The number of mass layoff actions -- defined as job cuts involving at least 50 people from a single employer -- rose to 2,690 last month, affecting 259,307 workers.That brought the total of mass layoffs so far this year to 21,184.


Source: Reuters


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Sen. Brown: Climate Bill Must Address Manufacturing Industry

Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) said the American Clean Air and Security Act will not make it through the Senate if harmful economic consequences facing the manufacturing industry are not addressed. The American Clean Air and Security Act would put a cap on greenhouse emissions and levy a tax on carbon.


Source: Talk Radio News


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BP Says It Complied With U.S. Safety Order on Texas Explosion

BP Plc says it’s met its commitments to the U.S. government to improve safety at the Texas City, Texas, refinery, following an explosion in 2005 that killed 15 workers and injured hundreds.


The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has given BP until tomorrow to meet terms of an agreement reached in 2005 to make the improvements. In a letter to BP dated Aug. 3, OSHA said BP’s failure to make the improvements would “constitute a failure to comply” with the settlement.


Source: Bloomberg


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Removal of Card-Check Provision Makes EFCA Passage More Likely

With news from Capitol Hill that the “card-check” provision has been dropped from the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA), employers need to be concerned that passage of the controversial pro-union legislation is now more likely than ever.


The “card-check” provision was always intended as a bargaining chip to be taken off the table as a concession.


Source: Business Management Daily


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Swiss Top U.S. in Global Competitiveness Ranking

Switzerland has scored first place in The Global Competitiveness Report 2009-2010 issued by the Geneva-based World Economic Forum according to Mario Brossi, North American senior representative for Switzerland Trade and Investment Promotion. The alpine nation has switched places with the United States, which held first place since the WEF introduced the survey in its current form in 2004, Brossi said.


Source: Business Facilities


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