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Official: UAW No Deal Breaker For Memphis Site

February 20, 2014 9:50 am | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press | News | Comments

Tennessee officials promoting a 6-square-mile "mega site" outside Memphis say it would be ideally suited for a new auto assembly plant — even if its workers are represented by the United Auto Workers union.             

Visit Jaguar Land Rover's New Facility

February 20, 2014 9:22 am | by AutoMotoTV | Videos | Comments

Visit Jaguar Land Rover's new manufacturing facility in the United Kingdom. This engine plant will employ 1,500 people, adding 3,500 jobs to the supply chain. They will be producing an engine every 36 seconds in their state-of-the-art facilities.  

VW Union Chief Won't Give Up Fight For U.S. Plant

February 19, 2014 2:02 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Bernd Osterloh, who is also a member of VW's supervisory board, told the German daily Suddeutsche Zeitung in an interview published Wednesday that U.S. labor law experts will check whether undue pressure was put on employees to reject the UAW.  

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Caterpillar Expands Operations In Miss.

February 19, 2014 1:57 pm | by The Association For Manufacturing Technology | News | Comments

Caterpillar Inc.’s Corinth, Miss., plant is expanding to produce C175 remanufactured engines. The project represents a corporate investment of $14.8 million and will create 30 jobs. The Corinth facility is Caterpillar’s lead facility for large engine remanufacturing worldwide.

Budget Office: Wage Hike Would Lift Pay, Cost Jobs

February 19, 2014 10:14 am | by Alan Fram, Associated Press | News | Comments

Boosting the federal minimum wage as President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats are proposing would increase earnings for more than 16.5 million people by 2016 but also cut employment by roughly 500,000 jobs, Congress' nonpartisan budget analyst said Tuesday.

Alcoa Closing Aluminum Smelter, Mills In Australia

February 18, 2014 2:18 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Faced with stubbornly low prices for aluminum due to global overcapacity, Alcoa has been idling and closing smelters to reduce capacity. When the last moves are completed, Alcoa will have cut its smelting capacity by 17 percent.       

Boeing Picks Everett To Build 777x Wings

February 18, 2014 12:10 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The company said Tuesday that the wing center will be located north of its Everett factory and sustain thousands of area jobs in the years to come. Construction on the new facility is scheduled to begin later this year.          

After UAW Defeat, Can GOP Fulfill Promise Of Jobs?

February 18, 2014 9:41 am | by Erik Schelzig and Tom Krisher, Associated Press | News | Comments

Republicans fighting a unionization effort at the Volkswagen plant in Tennessee painted a grim picture before last week's vote. They said if Chattanooga employees joined the United Auto Workers, jobs would go elsewhere and incentives for the company would disappear.

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VW Workers At Tennessee Plant Reject Union

February 14, 2014 11:27 pm | by Erik Schelzig and Tom Krisher, Associated Press | News | Comments

Workers at a Volkswagen factory in Tennessee have voted against union representation, a devastating loss that derails the United Auto Workers union's effort to organize Southern factories.                  

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.    

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.            

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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.        

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.

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.

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