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Appeals Court Upholds Dismissal Of Asbestos Suit

February 14, 2014 3:35 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A divided Kentucky Court of Appeals has turned away a woman's bid for a new trial contending her husband died of exposure to asbestos while working and smoking at a factory that made cigarettes.                

Obama: Immigration, Minimum Wage Top Agenda

February 14, 2014 2:31 pm | by Charles Babington, Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama said Friday that top priorities for Congress should be increasing the minimum wage and overhauling the immigration system, while acknowledging that election year politics could complicate the effort.         

VW's Passat, Made In Tennessee

February 14, 2014 10:53 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Volkswagen's Chattanooga, Tennessee plant has been getting a lot of attention the past couple of weeks, as workers and VW team up on a vote to unionize the facility. Here's a behind-the-scenes look at the plant that's the talk of the nation.    

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Way Cleared For Medical Claims In 2010 BP Spill

February 14, 2014 9:34 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal appeals court has cleared the way for thousands of workers to be compensated for medical treatment for exposure to crude oil or chemical dispersants during the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.            

5 Things To Know About The UAW Vote At Volkswagen

February 14, 2014 9:14 am | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press | News | Comments

Employees at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., are voting on whether they want to be represented by the United Auto Workers union. With a three-day election wrapping up Friday, here's a look at what's at stake.         

Court: Ind. Owes IBM Nearly $50M In Welfare Fight

February 13, 2014 4:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

IBM Corp. failed to deliver its part of a deal to privatize Indiana's welfare system, but the company is still entitled to nearly $50 million in fees that the state agreed to pay, the Indiana Court of Appeals found Thursday.        

Reshoring: A Key Strategy Facing Present And Future Manufacturers

February 13, 2014 3:28 pm | by Guy Morgan, Managing Director and Global Operations Advisory Group Lead, BBK | Articles | Comments

The manufacturing environment is in a constant state of change. The failure to recognize the static nature of the business coupled with the failure of manufacturers to comply with disciplined global production systems has caused participants to revisit the value of outsourcing and the opportunities associated with reshoring.

Pilots' Union Rejects Contract At American Eagle

February 13, 2014 1:43 pm | by David Koenig, AP Airlines Writer | News | Comments

Eagle wanted the pilots to make labor-cost concessions in exchange for getting new, larger planes. Leaders of the local Air Line Pilots Association chapter rejected the offer Wednesday without sending it to members for a vote.        

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Applications For Jobless Benefits Rise To 339K

February 13, 2014 10:13 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits rose 8,000 last week to 339,000, evidence that layoffs ticked up. Still, the increase wasn't enough to suggest the job market is worsening.                

It's A Low-Wage Recovery

February 13, 2014 9:17 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

President Obama signs into law a minimum wage increase for a small group of federal workers and Amazon says it will hire 2,500 in its factories. These two moves do little to address the need of the millions more good paying jobs lost in the recession.

Industry Group Says Indiana Added 960 Solar Jobs

February 12, 2014 1:45 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Indiana's solar power industry added nearly 1,000 jobs last year, an employment surge that boosted the industry's Hoosier job force by 178 percent, according to a report released Tuesday by a solar advocacy group.            

GOP's Corker Urges Rejection Of UAW At Volkswagen

February 12, 2014 9:53 am | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press | News | Comments

About 1,500 Volkswagen workers are eligible to cast ballots in a three-day election beginning Wednesday. They'll decide whether the plant becomes the South's first foreign automaker to unionize. But it wouldn't be the UAW's first foray into the state.

Leading The Way On A New Manufacturing Generation

February 12, 2014 9:37 am | by Timm Johnson, Vice President of Sales/Marketing, Spee-Dee | Blogs | Comments

I want to invite you to go take a walk out onto your shop floor. Notice anything about your workforce? Some of them may be graying and soon preparing to retire. The age of your workforce represents a good opportunity for qualified younger employees to step in and launch their career. The problem you face is finding that young person.

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Auto Parts Maker Shiloh Adding 145 Indiana Jobs

February 11, 2014 2:19 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Indiana Economic Development Corp. says auto parts supplier Shiloh Die Cast Midwest will expand two of its northern Indiana plants, creating about 145 new jobs by 2018.                       

Tenn. Lawmakers: VW Incentives Threatened By UAW

February 11, 2014 9:45 am | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press | News | Comments

Republican lawmakers in Tennessee threatened that the state could turn off the spigot of incentives for Volkswagen if workers at the automaker's plant decide this week to approve union representation.               

Toyota To End Car Manufacturing In Australia

February 10, 2014 9:46 am | by Kristen Gelineau, Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota's announcement, which will result in the loss of around 2,500 jobs, was widely anticipated, coming just two months after General Motors Co. said it would end production in Australia by 2017. Ford Motor Co. announced in May that it would cease Australian production in 2016.

Manufacturing Decline Is A Misconception

February 10, 2014 9:32 am | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

Even in our turbulent global economy, the popular idea of declining farms and factories is largely unfounded. UN and World Bank data show that food and manufacturing output are growing everywhere, but remain hidden by the faster-growing services sector.

Sony To Cut 5,000 Jobs By March 2015

February 7, 2014 10:08 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The company said it's cutting its global workforce by about 3 percent or 5,000 people by the end of March 2015 as it restructures its PC, television, and other businesses. That comes on top of the 10,000 jobs cuts Sony announced over the previous year.

Oreo Maker Mondelez To Close Philly Bakery

February 7, 2014 9:49 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mondelez International Inc., the maker of Oreo cookies and Ritz crackers, said Thursday that it will close a Philadelphia bakery by 2015 as part of a plan to restructure its supply chain and save money.                

UAW Critics Take Differing Approaches To VW Vote

February 7, 2014 9:40 am | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press | News | Comments

Two of the more vocal Republican critics of efforts to unionize the Volkswagen assembly plant in Tennessee are taking opposing approaches to a pending vote over United Auto Workers representation next week.              

Manufacturing Economic Environment Is A ‘Concern’

February 7, 2014 9:29 am | by Melissa Barnes, Associate Editor, PD&D | Articles | Comments

The Manufacturing Institute recently honored Denise Stanislawczyk, Operations Manager of ABB’s Measurement Products, with the Women in Manufacturing STEP Award. In this interview, Denise discusses women's place in the field, current challenges in the industry, and how those challenges might be overcome.

NC Would 'Do Anything' For Boeing Plant, 7K Jobs

February 6, 2014 1:59 pm | by Emery P. Dalesio, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Assembling one of the largest package of tax breaks and other incentives in North Carolina history earned the state consideration for as many as 7,250 Boeing aircraft manufacturing jobs — but its $683 million offer was dwarfed by Washington state's winning promise of nearly $9 billion in corporate sweeteners.

Fears Of Slowdown Sharpen Focus On Jobs Report

February 6, 2014 1:53 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Stock markets have sunk after signs of weaker growth in the United States, Europe, and China. Turmoil in developing countries has further spooked investors. The upheaval has renewed doubts about the Federal Reserve's next steps.       

Applications For U.S. Jobless Aid Fall To 331K

February 6, 2014 1:48 pm | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits declined 20,000 last week to 331,000, suggesting that Americans are facing fewer layoffs and better job prospects.                      

Group: Bangladesh Workers Threatened Over Union

February 6, 2014 10:18 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A human rights group said Thursday that garment factory owners in Bangladesh have been intimidating and threatening workers who try to organize trade unions.                           

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