United Airlines shifting jobs to EP to cut costs

From The El Paso TimesUnited Airlines is outsourcing more than 600 jobs at 12 airports around the country, including at El Paso International Airport, to cut costs while adding jobs at other airports.
      The airline said Monday that it notified employees of the decision, which had been expected since May. They include ticket and gate agents and baggage handlers at airports served mostly by smaller United Express flights.
     The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers said that it negotiated seniority protection for many of the workers if they relocate, and that job losses will be limited. United will hire other companies to handle the work at airports in Albuquerque, New Mexico and other airports. More


Barela says New Mexico still in running for Tesla

From KOAT-TV.com - ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. —Economic Development Secretary Jon Barela says New Mexico is still in the running for a Tesla Motors battery plant.
     Barela told lawmakers during a hearing Wednesday that Gov. Susana Martinez's administration is working very aggressively to try to lure the plant to New Mexico.
     He says those efforts are being kept quiet at Tesla's request, but he assured the legislature's Economic and Rural Development Committee that "we are still very much in the game."
     New Mexico, Arizona, Texas, Nevada and California are competing for Tesla Motors' planned battery plant, which will represent a $5 billion investment from the California-based car company and its partners. More