See what’s in the GM contract with union workers: Pay raises in exchange for some factory closings

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Description: DETROIT (AP) — A tentative four-year contract with striking General Motors gives workers a mix of pay raises, lump sum payments and an $11,000 signing bonus. In return, the contract allows GM to proceed with factory closures in Lordstown, Ohio; Warren, Michigan; and near Baltimore. Source: MarketWatch.com Date: Oct 17, 2019 Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/auto-workers-celebrate-tentative-deal-with-gm-to-end-strike-2019-10-16?siteid=yhoof2&yptr=yahoo Questions for… Read more »

Job hopping: This is how long employees typically stay at Tesla, Apple, Facebook, Cisco, Nvidia, Oracle and more

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Description: Big tech companies in Silicon Valley worry about retaining in-demand workers who are barraged with tempting job offers — but some companies seem to retain employees for longer than others. Source: BizJournals.com Date: Oct 17, 2019 Link: https://www.bizjournals.com/sanjose/news/2019/10/17/tech-employers-longest-tenure-tsla-aapl-csco-intc.html?ana=yahoo&yptr=yahoo Questions for discussion: Summarize the reasons these employees behave as they do, according to the article and… Read more »

GM Sent a Letter to Its Striking Employees. Here’s What It Says.

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Description: The General Motors -United Auto Workers strike drags on into day 26Friday—and the dispute is costing the company and its employees hundreds of millions of dollars. Against that backdrop, GM released a letter, sent to its employees Friday morning, encouraging its workers while urging the UAW to settle. Source: Barrons.com Date: Oct 11, 2019 Link: https://www.barrons.com/articles/gm-stock-gains-as-company-sends-striking-employees-a-letter-51570800112?siteid=yhoof2&yptr=yahoo Questions for… Read more »

Ontario human rights tribunal orders employer to pay $120,000 in damages to worker it didn’t even hire

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Description: A recent award from Ontario’s human rights tribunal should have employers carefully reviewing their HR policies and emailing their employment lawyers. Source: FinancialPost.com Date: Oct 09, 2019 Link: https://business.financialpost.com/opinion/ontario-human-rights-tribunal-orders-employer-to-pay-120000-in-damages-to-worker-it-didnt-even-hire#comments-area Questions for discussion: What message does this article have for Ontario HR managers? How should the hiring process be modified in order to mitigate the… Read more »

United Airlines ramps up recruitment to hire 10,000 pilots over the next decade

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Description: Close to half of United’s roughly 12,500 pilots will retire over the next 10 years, the airline estimates, and it expects to need to hire 10,000 over that period to keep pace with growth. Boeinghas estimates that airlines will need 645,000 pilots from 2019 through 2038, with 212,000 in North America alone. Source: CNBC.com – video… Read more »

HP to slash 7,000 to 9,000 jobs over three years as part of major restructuring

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Description: Incoming CEO Enrique Lores and CFO Steve Fieler lay out a financial road map for the company’s fiscal year 2020 Source: MarketWatch.com Date: Oct 04, 2019 Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/hp-to-slash-7000-to-9000-jobs-over-three-years-as-part-of-major-restructuring-2019-10-03?siteid=yhoof2&yptr=yahoo Questions for discussion: Summarize the restructuring plans detailed in the article. What is driving these decisions? Have investors responded positively?

Behind the GM strike: Declining productivity at U.S. operations – Reuters analysis

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Description: (Reuters) – General Motors Co’s <GM.N> U.S. workforce productivity has declined since the automaker recovered from a 2009 bankruptcy, even as its profit per employee has risen, a Reuters analysis shows. Source: Yahoo.Finance.com Date: Oct 04, 2019 Link: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/behind-gm-strike-declining-productivity-213655945.html Questions for discussion: How does the productivity issue affect employment, investment, and marketing of GM… Read more »

McDonald’s CEO Wants Big Macs to Keep Up With Big Tech

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Description: Steve Easterbrook is giving the Golden Arches a data makeover, but franchisees are balking at the cost. Source: Bloomberg.com – video report Date: Sep 27, 2019 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2019-09-25/steve-easterbrook-wants-mcdonald-s-to-think-like-silicon-valley Questions for discussion: What is the new strategic thinking at McDonald’s? Why is it a hard sell to frnchisees?

The White-Collar Job Apocalypse That Didn’t Happen

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Description: Economists once warned that office jobs in the United States would soon follow factory jobs in moving overseas. New research suggests that jobs may be moving to other parts of the country instead. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Sep 27, 2019 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/27/business/economy/jobs-offshoring.html Questions for discussion: What are the results of the study? Why are they… Read more »

Federal officials say Boeing underestimated pilots ability to react to simultaneous warning alerts

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Description: The National Transportation Safety Board gave several safety recommendations after investigations into two crashes of Boeing 737 Max jets Source: MarketWatch.com Date: Sep 27, 2019 Link: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/federal-officials-say-boeing-underestimated-pilots-ability-to-react-to-simultaneous-warning-alerts-2019-09-26?mod=mw_theo_homepage Questions for discussion: Summarize the key findings and recommendations. Do you think Boeing management made reasonable assumptions about pilot behavior during an emergency? What lessons should all… Read more »