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Obama to Announce Effort to Boost High-Tech Training, Hiring

March 9, 2015 11:36 am | by Jim Kuknhenn, The Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama is focusing on high-tech jobs in his bid to make progress on stagnant wages in this country. 

Wisconsin Poised to Join Right-to-Work States

March 9, 2015 10:36 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Wisconsin is just days away from joining the ranks of the nation's right-to-work states following a marathon legislative session that concluded Friday morning. 

Tesla Denies Reports About Gigafactory Construction Delay

March 9, 2015 10:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Electric-car maker Tesla Motors is denying reports that construction has been delayed on its gigafactory about 15 miles east of Reno.

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Daimler To Build South Carolina plant, Creating 1,300 jobs

March 6, 2015 3:31 pm | by Bruce Smith, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mercedes-Benz Vans will build a new assembly plant for its Sprinter vans in South Carolina, investing a half-billion dollars and creating 1,300 jobs, the company announced Friday.

U.S. Adds a Robust 295K jobs; Jobless Rate Falls to 5.5 pct.

March 6, 2015 10:29 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. employers extended a healthy streak of hiring in February by adding 295,000 jobs, the 12th straight monthly gain above 200,000.

Southern States Battle for Volvo Plant

March 6, 2015 10:20 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

South Carolina lawmakers believe their state has the upper hand in the competition to land Volvo's new U.S. manufacturing plant.

Report: Reshoring to Boost Industrial Construction in 2015

March 6, 2015 10:15 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Construction research firm CMD expects starts of industrial construction projects to increase 7.8 percent this year due in large part to reshoring efforts by U.S. manufacturers.

Investigation Shines a Light on Workers Compensation Cuts

March 5, 2015 3:09 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

ProPublica and NPR recently released a joint investigation that had some startling results. It found that workers compensation benefits and access to such benefits has been drastically reduced as of late, benefiting employers and insurance companies. 

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Mayor to NYC Business Leaders: Start Pay at $13 an Hour

March 5, 2015 10:55 am | by Jonathan Lemire, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mayor Bill de Blasio, promoting his message of income equality, pressed influential New York City business leaders on Thursday to raise their workers' starting pay to $13 an hour.

Applications for U.S. Jobless Aid Inch Up to a 10-Month High

March 5, 2015 10:30 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The number of people seeking unemployment benefits rose last week to the highest level since May, though the pace of applications remains at a level consistent with steady hiring.

U.S. Productivity Falls at Faster Pace, Labor Costs Rise

March 5, 2015 10:23 am | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. worker productivity was even weaker than first thought from October through December while labor costs rose at a faster rate.

Minnesota Republican Knocks Wisconsin Right-to-Work Proposal

March 4, 2015 10:25 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Despite widespread support in Wisconsin's Republican-controlled Legislature and the endorsement of right-to-work by the national GOP, one Minnesota Republican harshly criticized the proposed law and invited affected companies to consider moving across the Mississippi River.

Survey: U.S. Businesses Add 212K Jobs in February

March 4, 2015 9:37 am | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. businesses added more than 200,000 jobs in February for the 13th straight month, a private survey found. It was the latest sign that strong hiring should boost the economy this year.

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Feds List Manufacturing Jobs Among Best That 'Don’t Need a Degree'

March 2, 2015 1:58 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The U.S. Labor Department highlighted millwrights, industrial machinery mechanics and machinery maintenance workers on a recent list of "10 Good Jobs that Don't Need a Degree."

Reclaimed Land Offers New Development Opportunities

March 2, 2015 10:00 am | by Scott Broden, The Daily News Journal | News | Comments

An old abandoned factory can go beyond being a rusty eyesore.

Ahead of the Bell: U.S. Manufacturing Likely Grew More Slowly

March 2, 2015 9:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Institute for Supply Management reports on a survey about U.S. manufacturing production, orders and other activity in February.

Dearth of Jobs a Barrier to Post-Bankruptcy Detroit's Growth

March 2, 2015 9:42 am | by Corey Williams, The Associated Press | News | Comments

For many city residents with limited skills and education, Detroit is an employment desert, having lost tens of thousands of blue-collar jobs in manufacturing cutbacks and service jobs as the population dwindled.

TN GOP Leader Questions Incentives for Unionized GM Plant

February 27, 2015 10:58 am | by Erik Schelzig, The Associated Press | News | Comments

State Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey said that it may have been "a mistake" for Tennessee to subsidize the development of the General Motors plant outside Nashville because it has a United Auto Workers union contract.

Baton Rouge-Area Industries Expect to Maintain Employment

February 27, 2015 9:55 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A survey by the Greater Baton Rouge Industrial Alliance finds most of the Baton Rouge area's major industrial employers expect spending and employment at the plants to remain the same or expand during the next six months.

Wisconsin Moves Closer to 'Right-to-Work' Status

February 26, 2015 2:41 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The Wisconsin state Senate passed "right-to-work" legislation late Wednesday, moving the state one step closer to prohibiting membership in a union as a condition of employment.

What's Going on with the Labor Unions of Today?

February 25, 2015 3:11 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Labor unions historically developed out of a desperate need to protect the rights of the worker. They are responsible for better wages, reasonable hours, safe working conditions, the end of child labor and even health benefits. So why do they often seem to be under so much scrutiny? 

MS Auto Parts Workers in Union Drive Plant Protest

February 24, 2015 2:28 pm | by Jeff Amy, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Workers at an automotive seat factory in Mississippi are protesting what they say are low wages and poor working conditions as they attempt to unionize in what could become a new front for the United Auto Workers in the state.

Will Wal-Mart Pay Raises Move the Needle on Wages?

February 24, 2015 9:28 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

Last week's announcement that the Bentonville, Arkansas company would spend more than $1 billion to raise pay for 500,000 of its employees – or 40 percent of its U.S. workforce – made serious waves in business and political circles.

Refinery Strike Expands Again

February 23, 2015 2:08 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

A strike by union members at oil refineries continues to expand with some 6,550 workers now off the job at 15 plants or refineries across the country. 

UAW Chief Doesn’t Rule Out Work Stoppage

February 23, 2015 10:12 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

The head of the United Autoworkers union recognizes the need to ensure the long-term health of the U.S. auto industry. But as the UAW prepares to enter negotiations with the "Big Three" auto companies — General Motors, Ford and Fiat Chrysler — Dennis Williams says the union is prepared to call for its members to walk out.

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