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Canadian Auto Workers vote in favor of striking

TORONTO (AP) – Members of the Canadian Auto Workers have voted overwhelmingly to go on strike if the union isn’t able to reach agreements with the Detroit three automakers.
The Canadian Auto Workers union said Monday that Chrysler workers voted 99 percent in favor of strike action if necessary. Workers at General Motors voted 98 percent in favor, and workers at Ford voted 97 percent in favor.
Negotiations on a new contract began earlier this month amid charges that Canada is the most expensive place in the world to produce a vehicle.

IBM acquires Kenexa Corp.

ARMONK (AP) – IBM is buying employee management software maker Kenexa Corp. for about $1.26 billion.
IBM says the buyout will complement its social business and human resources business services team.
Kenexa, based in Wayne, Pa., uses a combination of cloud-based technology and consulting services to assist more than 8,900 customers.
IBM said Monday that it will pay $46 per Kenexa share, a 42 percent premium to the company’s Friday closing price of $32.39. FactSet says Kenexa has about 27.4 million outstanding shares.

Times sells About.com

NEW YORK (AP) – The New York Times Co. is selling its troubled online information service, About.com, to the parent company of Ask.com for $300 million in cash.
That offer trumped a $270 million bid from Answers.com that was reported three weeks ago.
The Times and IAC/InterActiveCorp announced the deal late Sunday.
About.com provides information on a wide variety of topics, and it operates ConsumerSearch.com and CalorieCount.com. Content is written by paid experts known as guides. Ask.com is a search engine that has tried to set itself apart from competitors by focusing on finding answers to search requests posed in the form of a question. Ask still ranks far below Google and Microsoft’s Bing in terms of use.
IAC said Ask and About will continue to operate as separate, complementary sites.
The Ask search engine can draw on content from About in answering those search queries, and Ask can boost traffic to About by directing more users there.
The Times purchased About in 2005 for approximately $410 million.

Wellness program sessions

The “Eat Well Live Well” Challenge, a free online employee wellness program that lasts eight weeks, is encouraging Western New York employers to participate.
A free information session for employer representatives will be held from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday in the corporate office conference room at Wegmans’ Depew store, 651 Dick Road. Another session will be held Sept. 11 at the same time and location.
The program was designed by Wegmans and encourages participants to adopt a healthier lifestyle through physical activity and good nutrition.
Registration for the information sessions is required. Fore more information, call Phil Habestro at the Wellness Institute, 851-4052; visit www.eatwelllivewell.org; or email beactive@city-buffalo.org.

Morrissey’s items for sale

Restaurant equipment, furnishings and decorations from WJ Morrissey’s Irish Pub will be auctioned Sept. 5 at 30 Mississippi St. by Cash Realty & Auctions.
Morrissey’s and the neighboring Benchwarmers Sports Bar and Grille are being replaced by the Helium comedy club and a restaurant called Elements.
The Morrissey’s equipment auction list includes refrigerators, freezers and coolers, chairs, tables, bar stools and neon signs. The auction will start at 10 a.m. following a preview at 8:30 a.m.