United Rentals pumps up workforce

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United Rentals added 650 employees to its total workforce last year, giving it 12,500 in all as its CEO Michael Kneeland described as “upbeat” the customers that lease its equipment and vehicles for varying jobs. Stamford-based United Rentals (NYSE:URI) has more than 880 locations in North America, including in Bridgeport and Danbury. In all, the […] [Read More]

Small businesses in Connecticut shrink employment

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Businesses with fewer than 20 employees saw employment shrink by.12 percent last month, according to Intuit, a financial management company catering to small businesses. The firm came out today with its monthly Small Business Employment and Revenue Indexes. The employment index is based on roughly 200,000 small business employers that use Intuit Online Payroll and […] [Read More]
Categories: Labor

Unemployed will take a 19.2 percent paycut

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Unemployment checks for some Connecticut residents will be a little lighter come June, when sequestration takes a bite out of emergency benefits. The State Labor Department said emergency unemployment compensation payments will drop beginning June 16 by 19.2 percent to comply with sequestration. Washington, D.C. politicians concocted a plan where by the bulging federal deficit […] [Read More]

Conn. tweaks collective bargaining rules

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New tweaks in collective bargaining rights in the state could force employers to post notices in break rooms announcing when employees can vote in a union. The State Labor Department is holding a public hearing on June 10, at 10 a.m. at the Department of Labor, 200 Folly Brook Road, Wethersfield, where the public can […] [Read More]

Connecticut gained 2,600 jobs in March, unemployment rate holds at 8 percent

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The State Labor Department reported a gain of 2,600 jobs in March, with strong showings in construction and health care. Employers added 2,900 construction jobs and more than 2,000 jobs in health care and social services. The state’s unemployment rate held at 8 percent, still higher than the national rate of 7.6 percent. While it […] [Read More]

Warnaco to cut 208 jobs in Milford after PVH acquisition

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Warnaco filed a mass layoff notice with the state recently that says it will cut 208 jobs at its Milford operation. The company owns the Speedo, Van Heusen, Arrow and a variety of other clothing brands. Warnaco, which has had a presence in Connecticut for more than 100 years, was acquired in February by PVH […] [Read More]
Categories: Economy, Labor

Push for minimum wage hikes: Prelude to wage inflation or labor unrest?

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This weekend the Mines has dug into the minimum wage hike issue, leaving the tailings for readers to think about and hopefully discuss. Ten states raised the minimum wage this year. Almost a dozen, including Connecticut and Maine are looking at raising the floor on wages in coming years. And, in Washington, D.C., there’s a […] [Read More]

Construction hiring threatened by Fed cuts

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Construction companies added jobs in 35 states in February creating 48,000 jobs nationally, the largest one-month gain in nearly six years, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America of Labor Department data. Connecticut was not among the states that saw a gain in February and there are concerns about future growth […] [Read More]