Business http://wkms.org en Labor Negotiations Hit Snag at Honeywell on First Day http://wkms.org/post/labor-negotiations-hit-snag-honeywell-first-day <p>L<span style="line-height: 1.5;">abor agreement negotiations at the Metropolis Honeywell Plant got off to a bumpy start as workers were ordered to remove their union stickers yesterday morning. &nbsp;&nbsp;Union representatives claim the move violates the National Labor Relations Act. </span><span style="line-height: 1.5; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;">&nbsp;United Steelworkers Local 7-669 President, Stephen Lech&nbsp;expressed his disappointment with the turn of events.</span></p><p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:04:52 +0000 Troy Taylor 42277 at http://wkms.org Labor Negotiations Hit Snag at Honeywell on First Day Latest Wrinkle In The Jobs Debate: Blame The Boomers http://wkms.org/post/latest-wrinkle-jobs-debate-blame-boomers Since late 2007, the U.S. labor force has shrunk significantly, raising questions about where former workers have gone and why.<p>Now the White House Council of Economic Advisers says it has found answers and has compiled them into a <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/docs/labor_force_participation_report.pdf">detailed research report </a>released Thursday.<p>As it turns out, most of the missing workers have been hiding in plain sight: They are retiring baby boomers.<p>"In 2008, the U.S. economy collided with two historic forces. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 21:55:54 +0000 Marilyn Geewax 42182 at http://wkms.org Latest Wrinkle In The Jobs Debate: Blame The Boomers Honeywell, United Steelworkers Begin Negotiations Next Week http://wkms.org/post/honeywell-united-steelworkers-begin-negotiations-next-week <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Contract negotiations begin next week between the Metropolis Honeywell plant and the local union.</span></p><p>The last contract negotiation began in 2010 and lasted <a href="http://wkms.org/post/one-year-mark-negotiations-continue-between-honeywell-and-united-steelworkers">more than a year</a> with several workers taking other jobs during the work stoppage.</p><p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 21:14:29 +0000 Whitney Jones 42175 at http://wkms.org Honeywell, United Steelworkers Begin Negotiations Next Week Jennie Stuart Medical Center to Eliminate Jobs http://wkms.org/post/jennie-stuart-medical-center-eliminate-jobs <p>Hopkinsville’s Jennie Stuart Medical Center will eliminate 70 job positions through an accelerated retirement program and layoffs.</p><p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 20:32:39 +0000 Allison Crawford 42169 at http://wkms.org Jennie Stuart Medical Center to Eliminate Jobs Kentucky's $91 Million Shortfall Explained http://wkms.org/post/kentuckys-91-million-shortfall-explained <p><strong>Update:</strong>&nbsp;<a href="http://wkms.org/post/beshear-cuts-budget-balance-909-million-kentucky-budget-shortfall">Beshear Cuts Budget to Balance $90.9-Million Kentucky Budget Shortfall</a></p><p>Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear signed a budget reduction order Wednesday, announcing that there would be a $21 million dollar transfer from reserves bringing the state's rainy day fund to $77 million. Murray State Distinguished Professor of Economics Dr. Jim McCoy serves on the Kentucky Consensus Forecast Group. He puts in perspective &nbsp;the origins, anomalies, and implications of the Commonwealth's $91 million shortfall during<em> Sounds Good</em>.</p><p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 19:50:02 +0000 Kate Lochte & Matt Markgraf 42166 at http://wkms.org Kentucky's $91 Million Shortfall Explained TeleTech Brings Hundreds of Jobs to West Kentucky http://wkms.org/post/teletech-brings-hundreds-jobs-west-kentucky <p>Customer service agency <a href="http://www.teletech.com/">TeleTech</a> is adding 300 employees at its new center in Paducah and an additional 300 to its Hopkinsville location, bringing total employment between the two locations to 1,000. &nbsp;<br /><br /> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 20:34:35 +0000 Allison Crawford 42134 at http://wkms.org TeleTech Brings Hundreds of Jobs to West Kentucky Owensboro Airport Expanding http://wkms.org/post/owensboro-airport-expanding <p>The Owensboro-Daviess County Regional Airport has seen marked growth over the last few years and shows no sign of stopping.&nbsp; The airport has expanded its runway to 8,000 feet,&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">making it the third airport in Kentucky with a runway 8,000 feet or longer (CORRECTED: WKMS originally reported the Owensboro runway was the third longest in Kentucky).</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 19:28:24 +0000 Allison Crawford 41904 at http://wkms.org Owensboro Airport Expanding USEC Seeking Restructuring Plan Endorsement From Creditors http://wkms.org/post/usec-seeking-restructuring-plan-endorsement-creditors <p><font face="Times New Roman, serif"><font size="3">The United States Enrichment Corporation is seeking endorsement from creditors for its ongoing restructuring plan. The U.S. Bankruptcy Court approved the act yesterday.</font></font></p><p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 19:23:32 +0000 Parker Franklin 41913 at http://wkms.org USEC Seeking Restructuring Plan Endorsement From Creditors Aluminum Plant Groundbreaking Signals Economic Recovery http://wkms.org/post/aluminum-plant-groundbreaking-signals-economic-recovery <p><span style="font-family: Calibri, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: normal;">An economics researcher says a groundbreaking for an aluminum plant in western Kentucky sends a bigger message about economic recovery.&nbsp; Governor Steve </span>Beshear<span style="font-family: Calibri, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: normal;">, who was joined by other public and private sector officials, broke ground last week on a $150 million dollar aluminum production plant in Bowling Green.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 0px; font-family: Calibri, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 19:29:53 +0000 Stu Johnson (KPR) 41882 at http://wkms.org Aluminum Plant Groundbreaking Signals Economic Recovery Ky. Distilleries Set to Receive Bourbon Barrel Tax Credits Next Year http://wkms.org/post/ky-distilleries-set-receive-bourbon-barrel-tax-credits-next-year <p>A new state law <a href="http://www.lrc.ky.gov/record/14RS/HB445.htm">aims to soften the impact of property taxes </a>on Kentucky’s bourbon distilleries.</p><p> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 23:38:11 +0000 John Null 41824 at http://wkms.org Ky. Distilleries Set to Receive Bourbon Barrel Tax Credits Next Year