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Is the American Axle & Manufacturing strike near a resolution? It depends on who is talking. Early this week, UAW president Ron Gettelfinger told a Detroit radio interviewer that negotiations were thrown off track when American Axle introduced a proposal last Friday to close the Cheektowaga plant. He said he couldn't predict when the strike would end, and said many di…

Electronics retail giant the Apple Store refuses to accept cash for sales of its wildly popular iPhone, and also limits sales to five phones per person. Applerepresentatives say these policies are in place in order to guard against peoplewho might alter the phone so it can be used outside the AT&T network and resellthe phone at a higher price.     Indust…

Free trade agreements like NAFTA have their critics and supporters. Cummins Inc. executive Joe Loughrey, for one, thinks the trade deals have paved the way for U.S. manufacturers to grow. Loughrey was in town on Thursday to speak at World Trade Celebration, organized by World Trade Center Buffalo Niagara. More than 600 tickets were sold for the event. Loughrey acknowledge…

     The Niagara Frontier Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineershosted "The Psychology of Violence Prevention" on Thursday. More than 100safety professionals, law enforcement officers, school officials and humanresources representatives gathered to hear violence-thwarting strategiesdesigned for use in the workplace, community and schoo…

Business incubators are a familiar concept nowadays, giving start-ups a chance to lease low-cost space where they can share services and hold down costs. The National Business Incubator Association estimates there are 5,000 of them worldwide. But that wasn't the case when Joseph L. Mancuso led the founding of what the national group credits as the first such incubator, in…

Trying to assess progress in the talks to end the UAW's strike at American Axle& Manufacturing from the outside can be difficult. Just last week, things seemed to be moving toward a conclusion. The UAW evencalled off a long-planned rally scheduled for Detroit last Friday. But days later, noresolution has emerged, and in comments he made over the weekend, Gettelfingerd…

Retiring early used to be a dream-come-true for many Americans who chose to leave their jobs well before they turned 65. They had earned enough money during their careers to live comfortably, and their pensions or other retirement plans were securely in place. And they didn't have to worry about health insurance.      But with the soaring cost of healthcare…

American Axle and Manufacturing has advertised for new workers amid a strike by the United Auto Workers.The company says the ads are primarly designed to generate candidates to fill jobs once the strike is over. A spokeswoman says the companyexpects a significant number of workers to take buyouts or early retirementoffers, which would create some openings.But the ad's word…

The UAW says 81 Ford Motor Co. workers at the Hamburg plant, out of about 1,000, signed up for buyout packages by the Tuesday deadline.Other media reports indicate Ford fell far short of its companywide goal ofgetting workers to sign up for the packages. Ford hasn't said what the targetwas, but it was reportedly in the 8,000 to 9,000 range, out of 54,000 eligibletakers. F…

The strike at American Axle & Manufacturing is technically between the UnitedAuto Workers and the company, but observers wonder whether General Motorscould help settle the dispute. Industry analysts have speculated that GM could play a role once its unusuallylarge supply of vehicles runs out. For now, GM has fully or partially idled nearly30 plants due to the ripple e…

The strike at American Axle and Manufacturing is a reminder of just how closely connected the company remains with General Motors. American Axle was created from former General Motors facilities in 1994. Fourteen years later, GM still accounts for about 80 percent of its business. Meanwhile, GM is idling all or part of a growing number of its factories as they feel the ri…

Bargain hunters nationwide insist there are secret deals to be found at Target department stores.     Shoppers swear that a markdown schedule compiled by Linsey Knerl, a senior writer for Wisebread.com, helps them optimally time their purchases.     Knerl said Target's price-change team slashes prices on clearance items on specific days. To m…

Calspan Corp. sees some of itself in Flight Systems, the California-based unit of BAE Systems that Calspan has just agreed to buy. A few years ago, Calspan, based in Western New York, was a small part of defense contractor General Dynamics, which had acquired Calspan from Veridian. Since a locally led buyout in 2005, the current Calspan ownership team has been able to bri…

   Java addicts won't be able to get their caffeine fix at Starbucks this evening.    The retail coffee giant will close all of its more than 7,000 U.S. stores from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. tonight for a massive employee training blitz.  The company, which has been seeking ways to improve sales and boost profits, said the training session will focus on…