February 22, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Labor and business leaders announced Thursday that they have agreed in principle to terms that would establish a new guest-worker program for foreigners, but they cautioned that details of the program are still being negotiated. In a joint statement, AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka and U.S. Chamber of Commerce president Thomas Donohue expressed optimism over talks on how to make it easier for companies to hire foreign nationals when Americans are not available. "We have found common ground in several important areas and have committed to continue to work together," the two leaders said.
February 19, 2013 |
BAUCHI, Nigeria - Gunmen attacked a camp for a construction company in rural northern Nigeria, killing a guard and kidnapping seven foreign workers from Britain, Greece, Italy, Lebanon, and the Philippines, authorities said Sunday, in the biggest kidnapping yet in a region under attack by Islamic extremists. The attack Saturday night happened in Jama'are, a town in a rural portion of Bauchi state. There, the gunmen first attacked a local prison, burning two police trucks, Bauchi state police spokesman Hassan Muhammed told the Associated Press.
January 23, 2013 |
ALGIERS, Algeria - Algerian forces scoured the Sahara Desert on Tuesday, searching for five foreign energy workers who vanished during a chaotic four-day battle with hostage-taking Islamist militants. One official says the men may have fled the sprawling complex during the fighting and gotten lost. The four-day confrontation that began when al-Qaeda-affiliated militants stormed the remote desert natural-gas complex and took hostages early last Wednesday, was punctuated by exploding cars, attacks from helicopters, and a final assault by Algerian special forces.
January 22, 2013 |
An attack on a remote natural-gas complex in the Sahara desert was conducted by an international band of Islamist militants, apparently including two Canadians, who wore Algerian army uniforms and had help from the inside, Algeria's prime minister said Monday, in his government's first official accounting of the bloody four-day siege. Three Americans died in the violence and seven U.S. citizens survived, the State Department said Monday. The Algerian government captured three of the militants alive, Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal told reporters in Algiers, in remarks carried by the state-run news agency.
January 19, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - One American worker at a natural gas complex in Algeria has been found dead, U.S. officials said Friday as the Obama administration sought to secure the release of Americans still being held by militants on the third day of the hostage standoff in the Sahara. The officials identified the dead American as Frederick Buttaccio, a Texas resident, but said it was unclear how he died. They said U.S. officials recovered Buttaccio's remains Friday and notified his family. Officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to speak publicly on the matter.
January 18, 2013 |
ALGIERS, Algeria - Algerian special forces launched a rescue operation Thursday at a natural gas plant in the Sahara Desert and freed foreign hostages held by al-Qaeda-linked militants, but estimates for the number of dead varied wildly from four to dozens. Militants claiming revenge for France's intervention against rebels in Mali seized the Ain Amenas natural gas complex on Wednesday, taking dozens of foreign workers hostage. Algerian state television said Thursday that four captives - two Britons and two Filipinos - had died.
December 5, 2012 |
A Camden County company will pay $34,200 in back wages to 55 workers and $48,000 in civil penalties after violating the federal Immigration and Nationality Act, the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division said Monday. Popsy Pop L.L.C. in Somerdale recruited workers from Eastern Europe, Central and South America, and the Caribbean to drive trucks and sell ice cream throughout New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware. The law allows employers to temporarily hire nonimmigrant workers to perform nonagricultural labor or services.
December 4, 2012 |
A Camden County company will pay $34,200 in back wages to 55 workers and $48,000 in civil penalties after violating of the federal Immigration and Nationality Act, the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division said Monday. Popsy Pop LLC in Somerdale recruited workers from Eastern Europe, Central and South America and the Caribbean to drive trucks and sell ice cream throughout New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware. The law allows employers to temporarily hire nonimmigrant workers to perform nonagricultural labor or services.
November 1, 2012 |
David Grant and his team of 15 utility workers were on the scene Wednesday in Glenside, performing an aerial ballet with five bucket trucks as the linemen repaired a power line along Mount Carmel Avenue that had been knocked down by Hurricane Sandy. "We're from Florida," Grant told Linda Lee, who had lost her power Monday night and who delivered a container of peanut butter cookies to the workers. "We're going to have your power on in a couple of hours. " Grant and his crew are among a contingent of 70 Gulf Power Co. workers who arrived Tuesday night in Philadelphia after a 1,100-mile drive from Pensacola.
May 3, 2012 |
Pennsylvania employers brought in 3,418 mostly unskilled foreign workers under the federal government's H-2B visa program during fiscal year 2012 to fill jobs they said U.S. citizens in Pennsylvania did not want. Nemacolin Woodlands Resort and Spa, which operates a state-licensed gambling casino at Farmington, Fayette County, was certified by the U.S. Department of Labor to bring in 98 foreign maids and housekeepers, and 34 dishwashers, for the biggest H-2B workforce in the state.