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  • Jan 16- Pilots at Allegiant Air have voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike after two years of contract talks, empowering their union to request U.S. government approval for a walkout, the union said in a release Friday. More than 98 percent of the 473 pilots who voted approved the strike, according to the Airline Professionals Association Teamsters Local...

  • Amazon creates 6,000 new permanent jobs in Europe Tuesday, 13 Jan 2015 | 2:00 AM ET

    BERLIN, Jan 13- Amazon.com Inc created 6,000 new full-time positions in Europe in 2014 to respond to booming demand, the U.S. online retailer said on Tuesday. Amazon said in a statement it now employed 32,000 permanent staff in the European Union, with the new jobs created in logistics centres, customer service, software development, supply chain management and...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Jan 12- Cargo traffic at several of the biggest U.S. West Coast ports has slowed to near gridlock, negotiators for shipping lines and terminal operators for 29 ports said on Monday as contract talks with the dockworkers' union remain strained. The Pacific Maritime Association said that five of the region's largest ports, including the massive Los...

  • Reinsurers saw further price drop in Jan - broker Friday, 2 Jan 2015 | 9:15 AM ET

    FRANKFURT, Jan 2- Reinsurance prices slid at the start of the year for contracts starting on Jan. 1, as supply outstripped demand following a reduction in natural catastrophe damage claims, broker Willis Re said on Friday. Big reinsurers such as Munich Re, Swiss Re and Hannover Re are due to release the results of their January contract negotiations in the coming...

  • US port employers seek mediation in dockworker talks Monday, 22 Dec 2014 | 9:20 PM ET
    A longshoreman walks on bags of rice in a cargo ship at the Port of West Sacramento in California

    Shipping lines and terminal operators at 29 U.S. West Coast ports requested federal mediation on Monday in their contract talks with the union for 20,000 dockworkers.

  • LOS ANGELES, Dec 22- Shipping lines and terminal operators at 29 U.S. West Coast ports requested federal mediation on Monday in their contract talks with the union for 20,000 dockworkers, saying the two sides remain far from a deal after seven months of negotiations. The International Longshore and Warehouse Union has so far resisted previous calls by the...

  • WEST COAST PORTS SEEK FEDERAL MEDIATION IN 7- MONTH-OLD CONTRACT TALKS WITH UNION REPRESENTING 20,000 DOCKWORKERS- PACIFIC MARITIME ASSOCIATION.

  • Amazon staff in Germany extend strike to Christmas Eve Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 11:50 AM ET

    Industrial action this week had already been extended until Saturday in four of Amazon's nine distribution centers in Germany and until Dec. 24 at one warehouse. The union has organized frequent strikes at Amazon in Germany since May 2013 as it seeks to force the retailer to raise pay for warehouse workers in accordance with collective bargaining agreements...

  • LOS ANGELES, Dec 17- Negotiators for shipping lines and terminal operators at 29 U.S. West Coast ports remain far from a deal with union dockworkers after seven months of contract talks, the companies said on Wednesday, again blaming the union for waterfront cargo slowdowns. The Pacific Maritime Association statement came a day before the companies were slated...

  • Amazon workers in Germany extend strike Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 9:01 AM ET

    *Workers in Graben to keep striking until Dec. 24. Labor union Verdi launched a three-day strike on Monday at five of Amazon's nine distribution centers in Germany, adding a sixth warehouse from Tuesday, with more than 2,600 workers involved in the industrial action on Wednesday. An Amazon spokeswoman said the company had not seen any delays so far and had...

  • LOS ANGELES, Dec 15- The union for 20,000 dockworkers and a group of their employers at 29 U.S. West Coast ports say they are making slow but steady progress in months-long contract talks seen by the shipping industry as a contributing factor in chronic cargo backups. The International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association,...

  • BERLIN, Dec 15- Some staff at Amazon warehouses in Germany started a new three-day strike on Monday to press their demands for better pay and conditions as the online retailer races to ensure Christmas orders are delivered on time. Labor union Verdi said that it expected at least 2,000 workers to join the strike at five of Amazon's nine distribution centers in...

  • BERLIN, Dec 15- Workers at Amazon warehouses in Germany started a fresh three-day strike on Monday to press their demands for better pay and conditions as the online retailer races to ensure Christmas orders are delivered on time. Labour union Verdi said the strike had started at five of Amazon's nine distribution centres in Germany but added it would only know...

  • German union calls new strike at Amazon warehouses Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 7:25 AM ET

    FRANKFURT, Dec 12- German union Verdi has called a fresh three-day strike at five Amazon warehouses, increasing pressure on the online retailer during the busy pre-Christmas period in a long-running dispute over pay and conditions. Verdi said in a statement on Friday it had called on workers to strike at distribution centres in Bad Hersfeld, Leipzig, Graben,...

  • Pilots sue Buffett's NetJets over labor, privacy Wednesday, 3 Dec 2014 | 4:36 PM ET

    Dec 3- A group representing more than 2,700 pilots in contentious contract talks with NetJets Inc has sued the luxury aviation unit of Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc over alleged violations of federal labor and privacy laws. The NetJets Association of Shared Aircraft Pilots accused NetJets of impersonating a pilot on Twitter, baiting pilots to...

  • DETROIT, Oct 22- The United Auto Workers hopes to be recognized as the exclusive bargaining agent for workers at a Volkswagen AG assembly plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee within a year, the union's President Dennis Williams said on Wednesday. He said "I hope so," however, when asked if the UAW would gain recognition to bargain for VW workers by the time contract talks...

  • Parent company Trump Entertainment Resorts Inc has said trimming $14.6 million from its annual union pension and healthcare costs is key to save the casino from becoming the fifth to close this year in the seaside resort. Atlantic City has lost thousands of jobs this year and Trump Entertainment has warned it could be forced to begin winding down the Taj Mahal...

  • Oct 3- The Trump Taj Mahal casino failed on Friday to get immediate court approval to end its union pension obligations, a key condition for a $100 million rescue plan backed by billionaire investor Carl Icahn. The setback may be only temporary for Trump Entertainment Resorts Inc, bankrupt owner of the Taj Mahal. Bankruptcy Judge Kevin Gross in Wilmington,...

  • Oct 3- Trump Taj Mahal failed on Friday to get approval from a U.S. Bankruptcy judge to end payments to the casino's union pension fund, which had been a key condition for a Carl Icahn- backed deal to rescue the gambling complex in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Bankruptcy Judge Kevin Gross in Wilmington, Delaware, said he lacked authority to allow Trump Entertainment...

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 9- The U.S. Defense Department on Tuesday said it expects to wrap up contract talks in coming days or weeks with Lockheed Martin Corp about an eighth batch of F-35 fighter jets, and is also close to an agreement with engine maker Pratt& Whitney.