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UAW Reaches Top Tier of VW Labor Policy in TN

December 9, 2014 9:59 am | by Erik Shelzig, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The United Auto Workers on Monday qualified for the top tier of a new labor policy at the Volkswagen plant in Tennessee, giving the union its first formal role within a foreign-owned auto plant in the South.             

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GM Ignition Switch Death Toll Rises to 38

December 9, 2014 9:54 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

At least 38 people have died and 51 have been injured in crashes involving General Motors cars with defective ignition switches.                                   

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EU Calls for Japan to Eliminate Trade Barriers

December 9, 2014 9:50 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Union is calling on Japan to make further efforts to eliminate trade barriers in the auto and food safety sectors as they began a fresh round of bilateral free trade negotiations Monday in Tokyo.         

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New Rules Expand EPA's Scope

December 9, 2014 9:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The state environmental agency says a proposed federal rule to reduce carbon dioxide releases from power plants exceeds the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's authority, will put electrical grids at risk and is unfair in how it would be applied to states.

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The Real Cost of Workplace Injuries

December 9, 2014 9:34 am | by Dr. David Michaels, Asst. Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health | Articles | Comments

Workplace safety is not only the right thing to do for your workers; it’s the right thing to do for your business.                                       

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Picturing & Realizing Growth

December 9, 2014 9:29 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

Manufacturing solutions provider and systems integrator Optimation Technology is bringing new and innovative elements to its historic Rochester location, similar to the former tenant of its current facility – Kodak.          

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Honda Expands Air Bag Recall While Takata Remains Quiet

December 8, 2014 2:39 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Late Friday, Honda confirmed it would replace driver's air bag inflators on 2.6 million more vehicles as it expands repairs to the entire U.S., despite airbag supplier Takata's refusal to take its recall nationwide.     

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Tesla Asks Texas for Looser Regulations, Hints at Future Factories

December 8, 2014 2:22 pm | by Will Weissert, Associated Press | News | Comments

The electric carmaker can't legally sell cars in Texas, and hints that future factory investments could be hampered by the state's ban on its direct-sales model.               

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Supreme Court Rejects BP's Appeal of Oil Spill Settlement

December 8, 2014 1:57 pm | by Janet McConnaughey, Associated Press | News | Comments

BP PLC wanted the court to consider whether people and businesses seeking payments under the settlement included some who haven't actually suffered any injury related to the spill.            

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Study Shows Millennials Prone to Job-Hopping

December 8, 2014 1:33 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Employers should note, 40 percent of the youngest generation expects a promotion every one to two years, and a third admit they’re targeting raises and promotions this year.             

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Record Breaking Printer Creates Super-Size Glass Designs

December 8, 2014 10:25 am | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

An Israeli-based company sets a world record for the largest digital glass printer.                                               

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Pay Going Up for U.S. Workers

December 8, 2014 10:21 am | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

The latest jobs report showed wages are finally going up, as employers added the largest number of workers in nearly three years in November.                                

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Is It Time to Go Green in Your Warehouse?

December 8, 2014 10:09 am | by Tom Reddon, Forklift Specialist, National Forklift Exchange @TomReddon | Articles | Comments

The benefits of a green warehouse include reducing utility bills and carbon footprint, increasing sustainability, and providing your employees with an environmentally responsible company they are proud to work for.     

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Explosion Proof Drum Crusher

December 8, 2014 9:45 am | by Benko Products | Product Releases | Comments

Benko Products, Inc., a manufacturer in material handling and safety products, announces that its Sahara explosion proof drum crusher/in-drum compactor is suitable for use in Class I, Div I areas.     

Workers Demand Accountability After Refinery Explosion

December 8, 2014 9:36 am | by Clare Clancy, The Canadian Press | News | Comments

Several workers injured in an explosion at Consumers Co-operative Refineries Ltd., are collectively suing the company as well as associated companies that were involved in the plant's refurbishment.               

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Fuel Exports Soar Under Obama Administration

December 8, 2014 9:24 am | by Dina Cappiello, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Under President Barack Obama, the U.S. has reduced more carbon pollution from energy than any other nation, according to U.S. Energy Department data. However, analysis of the data shows that U.S. exports of gasoline and diesel more than made up for the savings at home in pollution abroad. 

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U.S. Unemployment Rates Fall for Women and Vets

December 8, 2014 9:18 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

November was a good month for women and recent veterans who sought jobs.                                                   

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Automaker Seeks $118M Tax Break for 4-Mile Move

December 8, 2014 9:11 am | by Geoff Mulvihill, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Subaru announced plans to move its U.S. headquarters to Camden, just four miles from its current home in Cherry Hill, and said it is seeking $118 million in tax breaks intended to lure jobs to the impoverished city.          

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U.S. Job Market Hits a Turning Point

December 8, 2014 9:06 am | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The job market has reached a new milestone on its road to full health: For the first time since the Great Recession ended 5½ years ago, America's unemployed are now as likely to be hired as to stop looking for a job.         

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2015: A Busy Year for OSHA

December 5, 2014 4:27 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

With 2014 dwindling to its last months, it's time to think about what the future will hold. And for those working in manufacturing, the 2015 rules and regulations from the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) are something to follow.

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