Marketplace for Monday, Dec. 10, 2007

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Conference looks at unions' tough times

The AFL-CIO hosted a conference in Washington that considered the critically low number of workers in unions and the need for improved benefits. Jeremy Hobson reports on what unions need to regain traction.
Posted In: Jobs

China's manufacturers in a squeeze

Chinese manufacturers are struggling with the rising value of the Chinese yuan, which is making their low-end products more expensive for buyers around the world. And that could mean more iffy Chinese products for Americans. Scott Tong reports.
Posted In: Economy

Mixing in social concerns with the soup

A small-but-growing source of funding for social entrepreneurs, called "community development venture capital," has helped revive a cannery in a remote Maine community. Steve Tripoli reports in his series on social entrepreneurship.
Posted In: Entrepreneurship

Forget the gift cards, give cash

Analysts say retailers will earn more than $26 billion from gift cards this holiday season, with about a third coming from cash left behind by customers who don't redeem their credits. All the more reason, says commentator Ron Lieber, to spare your loved ones the hassle.
Posted In: Retail

U.S. in awkward spot at climate talks

At a U.N. conference on global warming in Bali, the United States is the elephant in the room. Sam Eaton's been following the meeting and discusses the issues with Kai Ryssdal.

McDonald's makes a comeback

It wasn't so long ago McDonald's was suffering on the unfashionably unhealthy end of the food chain. But its fortunes have changed along with its menus. Ashley Milne-Tyte reports.
Posted In: Retail

Troubled banks turn to sovereign funds

An investment company set up by the government of Singapore has bought a nearly $10 billion stake in the Swiss bank UBS, which is reeling from the subprime mess. Other sovereign funds are on a bit of a shopping spree for Western banks as well. Amy Scott reports.

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