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Workplace Issues Today: GM allegedly persuades 10% of UAW workforce to take buyout

Sources say that General Motors successfully persuaded more than 6,000 United Auto Workers employees (or about 10% of the company’s workforce) to accept voluntary buyouts. The number was unexpectedly high – almost twice that of some analyst estimates, and equal to GM’s suspected internal goal as well. Speculation about the number suggests that workers preferred […]

Represent the ILR School in the Digital Literacy Contest!

The Cornell University Library is hosting a Digital Literacy Contest, an Internet search competition, on Thursday Apr 9 at 4:30 in Mann Library. Cornell students will compete to answer 30 questions in 30 minutes using the Internet and library databases. Winners get $200+ cash prizes, and everyone gets free food.  The event is free, but […]

Workplace Issues Today: NLRB dismisses representation petition by former United Healthcare Workers leaders

The National Labor Relations board ruled against a new union attempting to organize Catholic Healthcare West workers in California, finding that the existing contract between the Service Employees International Union and the hospital supersedes the attempt. The new union is led by previous National Union of Healthcare Workers leaders who were removed from their positions […]

Lecture and Book Signing – April 2

An American in Hitler’s Berlin: Abraham Plotkin’s Diary, 1932-33 Lecture by Professor Catherine Collomp Date: April 2 Time: 4:30 p.m. Location: 105 Ives Hall, ILR School Professor Catherine Collomp will discuss her new book, An American in Hitler’s Berlin: Abraham Plotkin’s Diary, 1932-33, just released by the University of Illinois Press. This is the first […]

Work Organisation, Labour and Globalisation

The editors of the journal, Work Organisation, Labour and Globalisation, aim to bring together insights from many disciplines to create a single authoritative source of information on the new global division of labour, combining theoretical analysis with the results of empirical research in a way that is accessible both to the research community and to policy […]

Workplace Issues Today: Concern building over worldwide manufacturing woes

Manufacturing is in decline worldwide, a development that some worried economists liken to the trends that heralded the Great Depression. Europe has seen its industrial production drop 12% in the last year, mirroring declines in the United States, Brazil, Taiwan, and China. Economists fear that the declines will build on themselves, as decreased demand for […]

Blogs about Labor and HR

Want to follow breakings news and up-to-date information? Interested in others’ opinion and commentary on the news in HR and labor issues? Here are a few blogs covering topics of interest to these fields. Human Resources HRM Today: SHRM: (members) Employment Law Info Network: Labor Unions SEIU: AFL-CIO: Union Review: These […]

Workplace Issues Today: Nokia rings in its biggest round of layoffs yet

Cell phone giant Nokia announced yesterday that they would be cutting 3% of its workforce — some 1,700 jobs — as part of an effort to reduce their operating expenses. Operations in the company’s homeland of Finland will be the source of 700 of the lost jobs, with the balance coming from Nokia’s divisions elsewhere […]

Workplace Issues Today: Another record number of unemployment claims this week

The U.S. Labor department reported another record number of people receiving unemployment benefits today, with claims rising by about 9,000 from last week. This record high is one of six record breaking reports in the last seven weeks. The number of individuals with claims longer than one week rose as well – bringing the total […]

Employee Free Choice Act Resources

The Employee Free Choice Act has been introduced in Congress again, and there is likely to be volatile debate about the relative merits of both sides of the issue. Here are a few resources where you can learn more. This is by no means a compehensive list, merely an introduction to the issue and the […]

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