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Labor Dept. OKs Funds for Training Laid-Off Ohio Autoworkers
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Labor Dept. OKs Funds for Training Laid-Off Ohio Autoworkers

LORDSTOWN, Ohio—The U.S. Department of Labor announced Sept. 12 that it will give an $875,000 grant to help workers laid off from the General Motors plant in Lordstown and three nearby auto-parts suppliers find new jobs. The funding will provide training, job-hunting assistance, and other support services, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services…

Steelworkers Call U.S. Steel Offer ‘Bad-Faith Attempt’
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Steelworkers Call U.S. Steel Offer ‘Bad-Faith Attempt’

PITTSBURGH, Pa.—The week after more than 16,000 United Steelworkers members voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike at U.S. Steel, union leaders dismissed the company’s revised contract offer as “another clumsy and bad-faith attempt.” The proposed six-year deal would raise wages by a total of 14%, slightly more than the offer the union rejected. But, the…

How much reserve should be held in net assets?
Features, Finance, Law and Politics, New York

How much reserve should be held in net assets?

Factors to consider when determining the appropriate level of surplus In a recent Milliman report entitled “Status of collectively bargained benefits: Multiemployer health and welfare fund statistics,” Milliman analyzed the 2016 financial disclosures of 705 multiemployer health and welfare funds. One of the more interesting statistics analyzed was net assets (shown as months of total…

Tacoma Teachers Strike Might Last Rest of Month
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Tacoma Teachers Strike Might Last Rest of Month

TACOMA, Wash.—The 2,200 teachers on strike in Tacoma, Washington believe their walkout might last the rest of the month. “Teachers have the patience of saints,” first-year high-school teacher Megan Holyoke told USA Today on the picket line Sept. 10. “I think the district doesn’t understand that. We will wait this out.” The Tacoma strike was…

Talks to Resume in Montana Talc-Mill Lockout
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Talks to Resume in Montana Talc-Mill Lockout

THREE FORKS, Mont.—The company that locked out workers at its talc-milling plant in Three Forks Aug. 2 has agreed to return to the bargaining table in September, under federal mediation. Imerys America and the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers agreed Aug. 27 to schedule the talks for Sept. 11 and 12. The lockout began after members…

Heist! A Bubbly, Engaging New Musical
Entertainment, Features, New York

Heist! A Bubbly, Engaging New Musical

Heist! is a new musical comedy that just completed a limited run at the Players Theatre in Greenwich Village. Like the classic musical Kiss Me Kate, it’s a story of a play within a play—about a group of thieves who attempt a heist of a valuable necklace by taking roles in a new Broadway production,…

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