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  • Europe's Striking Summer Wednesday, 17 Sep 2008 | 8:32 AM ET
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    Rising fuel and food costs, the threat of job losses and disputes over pensions and pay are just some of the factors that sparked thousands of disgruntled workers to take action this summer.

  • GM Board Throws Support Behind CEO: WSJ Tuesday, 5 Aug 2008 | 3:16 PM ET

    The board of directors at General Motors remains supportive of Chief Executive Rick Wagoner, despite the company's recent, unexpected $15.5 billion loss, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday.

  • Petrobras, Oil Worker Talks Fail, Strike Continues Thursday, 17 Jul 2008 | 4:13 AM ET

    Oil workers at Brazil's state-run energy company will remain on strike for two more days after failing to reach agreement in talks with Petrobras, a union spokesman said on Wednesday.

  • Oil Pump

    Oil workers in Brazil started a 5-day strike on Monday but state-run energy company Petrobras said it had already reversed most  of the production losses on its platforms.

  • SAG And AMPTP To Meet: Strike PR Battle Begins Wednesday, 2 Jul 2008 | 4:19 PM ET
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    Today at 2 pm pacific the Screen Actors Guild and the AMPTP (the producers association) are meeting to discuss the "Last Best Offer" the AMPTP made hours before SAG's contract expired at 12:01 Tuesday morning.

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    Hollywood is looking at another intense third act; the tough guys are pulling out the big guns. The Screen Actors Guild is the last of the entertainment industry's guilds to renegotiate its contract, and let's just say, it's not looking like a fairytale ending.

  • Hollywood Studios Present Actors 'Final' Offer Monday, 30 Jun 2008 | 11:25 PM ET
    Hollywood

    Hours before their contract with film and TV performers was due to expire, Hollywood studios on Monday capped weeks of stalemated labor talks by presenting the Screen Actors Guild a "final offer."

  • Hollywood

    On the heels of the writers' guild strike that cost the Los Angeles economy billions, the last thing Hollywood needs is another strike, especially an actors strike that could really cripple an industry already going through too much turmoil.

  • Qantas to Hold Talks With Striking Workers on Monday Friday, 27 Jun 2008 | 12:11 AM ET
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    Australia's Qantas Airways said on Friday it will hold talks with striking aircraft engineers on Monday to try to resolve a wage dispute which has disrupted flights around Australia.

  • GM Facing What Could Be Biggest Challenge Ever Thursday, 19 Jun 2008 | 9:08 AM ET
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    What was shaping up to be a tough summer for GM has rapidly worsened and become a major gut-check for GM, its investors, and fans of the American automaker. Which brings up the most frequently asked question I get from readers and viewers: can GM successfully shift gears from trucks to cars?

  • Qantas Engineers to Hold Rolling Strikes Wednesday, 18 Jun 2008 | 10:00 PM ET
    Qantas passenger jets parked at their terminal at Sydney Airport.

    Australian flag carrier Qantas Airways faces rolling strikes by its engineers from next Monday as a pay dispute worsens, posing more headaches for an airline struggling with high fuel prices.

  • South Korea Strike Spreads, Ports Clogged Monday, 16 Jun 2008 | 12:05 AM ET
    Korea, Korean Flag

    South Korean construction workers went on strike on Monday to press for cheaper fuel and higher pay, joining thousands of truckers who walked off the job last week, crippling the export-dependent country's ports.

  • Another strike?

    With the Dow plunging and concerns about employment numbers looming, it makes the potential of another strike--this one from the Screen Actors Guild--scarier.

  • Hollywood Bracing For Yet Another Strike Thursday, 5 Jun 2008 | 11:37 AM ET
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    But even if the two sides come to a resolution and there is no strike, Hollywood will still suffer a defacto work stoppage. The studios have been working hard to prepare for a strike, rushing to finish shooting films and TV shows ahead of time, making sure they don't have to shoot anything big in July.

  • It's a major achievement Chrysler should rightfully be proud of. But it also highlights the next challenge for them, as well as GM and Ford: closing the "perception gap." First, here's the good news for the Big 3 on assembly plant efficiency.

  • GM Says 19,000 U.S. Factory Workers Take Buyouts Thursday, 29 May 2008 | 2:42 PM ET
    General Motors

    General Motors said about 19,000 U.S. factory workers—just more than a quarter of its American blue-collar work force—had taken buyouts to leave the automaker.

  • UAW Urges Adoption of Axle Deal to Angry Workers Monday, 19 May 2008 | 4:06 AM ET

    United Auto Workers officials Sunday urged American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings workers to ratify a contract that would cut wages by almost 40 percent, shutter three plants and end a three-month-old strike with a subsidy of $218 million from General Motors.

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    I'll admit it: along with everyone else in Hollywood I have serious strike fatigue. And I'm really hoping--or the sake of my favorite TV shows as well as for the Los Angeles economy--that we do NOT have an actors strike.

  • Electric Cars: Will They Ever Be Ready To Drive? Wednesday, 26 Mar 2008 | 10:37 AM ET
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    The e-mail jumped off the screen at me. It came in earlier this week when I asked you why we have not seen a "game changing" car, truck, or SUV in a while. Ray wrote of his interest in Chevy's electric/gas hybrid Volt currently in development.

  • Delta, United Cut Costs as Fuel Prices Climb Tuesday, 18 Mar 2008 | 11:33 AM ET
    Delta Airlines

    Delta Air Lines is looking to cut 2,000 jobs, or more than 3 percent of its work force, as the No. 3 U.S. airline struggles with high fuel costs. And UAL, the parent of United Airlines, said it will tackle fuel costs by making cuts to its fleet of aircraft.