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Anti-Union Group Worried About VW Recognition Of UAW

April 8, 2014 1:39 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An anti-union group on Monday raised concerns that Volkswagen could move to recognize the United Auto Workers at its Tennessee plant without a vote.                             

Tenn. Volkswagen Expansion Talks At Standstill

April 8, 2014 9:55 am | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press | News | Comments

Expansion talks at Volkswagen's lone U.S. plant have ground to a halt amid disagreements about the role of organized labor at the factory in Tennessee.                             

Toyota To Replace Robots With… Humans?

April 8, 2014 9:41 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net - @Mnet_JoelHans | Blogs | Comments

The idea is that if employees are more skilled, and less a “human robot” that performs the same task repeatedly during their shift, they might be able to better identify inefficiencies in the process or think up ways to make it better.       

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Job Market Stronger, Not Strong Enough

April 7, 2014 1:49 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

With 192,000 jobs added in March, the labor market is strong enough that businesses are growing, but still too weak for the Federal Reserve to promptly end stimulus.                         

Michigan's Auto Industry Revival Plan

April 7, 2014 1:45 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Michigan plans to boost efforts to attract and retain automotive industry jobs in engineering and design, software and coding, systems integration, and skilled trades, officials said.                    

Will Textiles Manufacturing Survive In America?

April 7, 2014 1:25 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, @IndustrialAnna | Blogs | Comments

In the latest loss for the American textiles industry, Fruit of the Loom has announced its plans to close its plant in Jamestown, KY. Work at the facility will be moved to Honduras in an effort to cut costs.               

Nissan Supplier Creates Manufacturing Jobs

April 4, 2014 2:23 pm | by Jenny Waddington, Coventry Evening Telegraph | News | Comments

German car company Brose, which has UK headquarters, has vowed to increase its workforce from nearly 500 to 800 after securing a massive contract win.                           

The Latest On U.S. Manufacturing Jobs

April 4, 2014 2:08 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | News | Comments

The Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) looked over the data released by the Department of Labor and reported that America’s manufacturing sector lost 1,000 jobs in March.                     

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Sam Adams' Push To Help Small Businesses

April 4, 2014 2:03 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Sam Adams' "Brewing The American Dream" initiative gives loans and advice to small businesses. Co-Founder and Chairman Jim Koch discusses the program, the company's fundraising, and the surging popularity of craft beer.           

Philip Morris Ending Cigarette Production In Netherlands

April 4, 2014 1:49 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Philip Morris International will end cigarette production at its factory in the Netherlands as Europeans break the smoking habit for both financial and health reasons.                        

Employers Add 192K Jobs In March

April 4, 2014 10:13 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. employers added jobs at a solid pace in March in the latest sign that the economy is rebounding from a weak stretch brought on by a harsh winter.                             

CAT To Hire More Workers For Georgia Plant

April 4, 2014 9:52 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Human Resources Manager Mike White said Caterpillar is seeking welders and assemblers and some other workers as it prepares to start manufacturing small tractors and add a second shift to build mini-hydraulic excavators.          

PNC Says Small Businesses Ready To Hire. Is Yours?

April 3, 2014 11:44 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, @IndustrialAnna | Blogs | Comments

Does your small business have plans to hire or are PNC’s survey respondents being overly optimistic based on the circumstances?                                    

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Haslam Says No Threat Implied In VW Incentive Offer

April 3, 2014 10:02 am | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press | News | Comments

Republican Gov. Bill Haslam said that tying a $300 million incentive package for Volkswagen to labor talks that met the state's satisfaction was not a threat but a statement of reality.                         

Wave Of Suicides Caused By Work Culture?

April 3, 2014 9:51 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Orange France has seen a second slew of worker suicides in the last decade. Some that work there say the stress of privatizing the telecom company has been overwhelming.                       

Ford's Russian Venture Is Struggling

April 2, 2014 2:15 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford Motor Co. says its Russian joint venture is cutting 950 jobs due to falling sales and the declining value of the ruble.                                     

Survey Shows Companies Added 191K Jobs In March

April 2, 2014 2:09 pm | by Paul Wiseman, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

A private survey shows that U.S. companies increased hiring at a healthy pace last month, suggesting that the jobs market is recovering from a brutal winter.                           

Senate Jobless Bill Advances

April 2, 2014 2:00 pm | by David Espo, AP Special Correspondent | News | Comments

Legislation to resurrect benefits for the long-term unemployed took an essential step Wednesday toward likely Senate approval, despite complaints from Republicans that Democrats refuse to allow changes designed to stimulate job creation.    

Alcoa Keeping 750 Jobs At N.Y. Plant

April 1, 2014 1:39 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Alcoa Inc. will keep hundreds of jobs at one of its two plants in northern New York in a deal with the state announced two days after the company shut down the other facility.                     

Report Says Tenn. Offered Contingent Incentives To VW

April 1, 2014 10:07 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Tennessee's incentive offer to Volkswagen was made contingent on the labor situation at the German automaker's plant in Chattanooga developing to the "satisfaction" of Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's administration.            

Just How Bad Are America’s Infrastructure Problems?

March 31, 2014 10:15 am | by Mike Collins, Saving American Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

Since the Great Recession, there has been a debate about rebuilding our infrastructure to create new jobs. But how much of it needs to be repaired or replaced?                           

UAW Membership Grows For Fourth Straight Year

March 31, 2014 9:47 am | by Ken Sweet, Associated Press | News | Comments

In a filing with the Department of Labor, the United Auto Workers said its membership grew by nearly 9,000 people last year.                                     

BMW Plans $1B Expansion In S.C.

March 28, 2014 2:16 pm | by Jeffery Collins, Associated Press | News | Comments

BMW is celebrating its 20th anniversary of building cars in the United States by investing $1 billion in its plant in South Carolina to build two of its new X-series vehicles.                       

Unemployment Rates Fall In 29 U.S. States

March 28, 2014 1:50 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Unemployment rates fell in most states in February and two-thirds of the states reported job gains, evidence that most of the country is benefiting from slow but steady improvement in the job market.               

Ford Adding Jobs In Ohio

March 28, 2014 9:42 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford says it will invest $500 million and add 300 jobs at its engine plant in northwestern Ohio so that it can begin making a new V-6 engine.                               

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