The Georgia House of Representatives has approved two labor law changes that Republican leaders say would protect workers and boost market competition. Democratic opponents, meanwhile, criticized the bills as attacks on the rights of organized labor.
A federal labor board is upholding an election at Delta Air Lines Inc. where baggage handlers voted against joining a union. The National Mediation Board had been looking into claims by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers that Delta interfered in the election last year.
The state’s labor department has put-out the latest numbers on metro jobless rates for the month of July. In Savannah, unemployment fell slightly, as it did in Gainesville and in Columbus. But the jobless mark rose in Rome.
A Georgia Department of Agriculture survey has revealed a shortage in farm labor. But the question is, why aren't those jobs filled? The farmers surveyed report a need for 11,000 workers this year. That’s despite a state unemployment rate of 9.9 percent.
State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler says application deadlines are approaching to file initial claims for disaster unemployment assistance benefits relating to tornadoes that struck the state late last month.
State labor officials say nearly all of Georgia’s 25 metro areas added jobs in February. Metro Atlanta led the way with more than 16,000 new hires. Augusta, Columbus and Savannah each gained 800 jobs. So did hard-hit Dalton in northwest Georgia.
A tire plant in Bartow County is expanding operations. The move will add another 200 jobs. The Toyo Tires plant in White, Georgia has been in operation for more than four years, and currently employs 650 people.