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The Center Of The Universe

September 17, 2013 3:40 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

A reader recently sent me an email lamenting some of the big business-big labor tensions that had been peppering IMPOmag.com’s news section. Paul’s point was about compromise, and how give and take was the necessary component to everything — whether it be tense negotiations in the workplace, or even a discussion with your family about how to spend your Saturday.

Business Leaders: It Makes Sense To Put Jobs In U.S.

September 17, 2013 2:23 pm | by Matt Gouras, Associated Press | News | Comments

Business leaders from Oracle Corp., Ford Motor Co. and The Boeing Co. said Tuesday their companies have found that it makes sense to bring jobs back to the United States — even to smaller cities in places such as Montana. Oracle President Safra Catz said her company has been centering its cloud computing division in the nearby mountain town of Bozeman.

Layoffs Loom In MN Despite Boise Acquisition

September 17, 2013 2:15 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Dozens of layoffs are still expected at the Boise Inc. plant in International Falls, despite news the company is being acquired by Packaging Corp. of America. International Falls plant spokeswoman Lori Lyman tells WDIO-TV the acquisition doesn't change the loss of 265 local Boise jobs.

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Mattress Company To Relocate To MS, Hire 125

September 17, 2013 2:13 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A mattress maker will relocate its operations to a vacant facility near Tupelo, Miss., after lightning sparked a fire that destroyed its Double Springs, Ala., factory. Posturecraft Mattress Co. will open a plant in the former location of National Mattress Co. in Plantersville, with plans to hire 125 to 150 people, state Rep. Steve Holland says.

VW Plant Helping TN Build A Manufacturing Future

September 17, 2013 12:08 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Chattanooga, Tenn., beat out 400 other cities to be the home of a new VW plant five years ago, which created jobs for 2,500 people. Jessica Davis is one of the workers who belong to the manufacturing middle class America is trying to rebuild. CBS News' Mark Strassmann reports.

Benteler Steel/Tube Breaks Ground On New Plant

September 17, 2013 10:06 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Gov. Bobby Jindal and Benteler Steel/Tube marked the start of construction Monday with a groundbreaking on the company's new $975 million hot rolling seamless steel tube mill in Caddo Parish. The Paderborn, Germany-based company said the Louisiana site at the Caddo-Bossier Port was chosen from more than 100 possible locations due to its proximity to the North American oil and gas production market and the area's skilled workforce.

AFL-CIO Pushes For Waiver For IL Plants

September 17, 2013 10:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A labor coalition wants Illinois' pollution control board to waive pollution controls at coal-fired plants being sold by Ameren Corp. The AFL-CIO is making its position known hours before the Illinois Pollution Control Board is set to meet in Springfield on Tuesday.

The Gray Shift Part 1: An Aging Workforce Creates New Workplace Injury Issues

September 17, 2013 8:01 am | by Earl Hagman, PhD, MSEE, MBA, President, Ergotech Incorporated | Articles | Comments

The median age of the labor force is anticipated to increase rapidly, with one-third of the U.S. labor force turning 55 by 2015. This may have far-reaching implications on the number and type of work-related injuries experienced. Most companies are not prepared for these changing demographics.

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Employment Gap Between Rich, Poor Widest On Record

September 16, 2013 2:17 pm | by Hope Yen, Associated Press | News | Comments

The gap in employment rates between America's highest- and lowest-income families has stretched to its widest levels since officials began tracking the data a decade ago, according to an analysis of government data conducted for The Associated Press.

Workers At CAMI Plant Ratify Agreement With GM

September 16, 2013 10:02 am | by CAMI, plant, GM, CAW, union, agreement, union, workers, auto, Unifor | News | Comments

Production and skilled trades workers at the General Motors assembly plant in Ingersoll, Ont., have ratified a contract agreement with the automaker. The 2,700 workers are members of Unifor, the new union created by the merger of the Canadian Auto Workers with the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers union.

Daimler North America To Expand In Portland

September 16, 2013 9:59 am | by Jonathan J. Cooper, Associated Press | News | Comments

Daimler Trucks North America announced Friday it will expand its Portland headquarters after state and city officials offered nearly $20 million in incentives. The unit of Daimler AG said its new building will house 400 new white-collar workers and hundreds of existing employees who now work in rented offices across the Willamette River. 

5 Quick Questions: Mike Weller, President, Miller Electric

September 16, 2013 8:01 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

Miller Electric, a leading manufacturer of welders and welding supplies, recently announced that its president, Mike Weller, has been recognized by the Wisconsin Technical College District Boards Association for his service to the Wisconsin Technical College System. Given the constant pressure that manufacturers face in attracting and replacing skilled workers, we asked Weller for some perspective on the future of the skills trades. 

Obama To Meet With Union Leaders On Health Care

September 13, 2013 2:15 pm | by Sam Hananel, Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama is meeting with union leaders at the White House to discuss labor's growing concerns about the new health care law. Friday's meeting comes after the AFL-CIO approved a resolution this week saying the law could drive up the cost of union-sponsored health plans, encouraging some employers to drop coverage.

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Helicopter Maker Sikorsky Axes Jobs

September 13, 2013 2:14 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Helicopter maker Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. is cutting 200 hourly jobs, blaming reduced spending by the federal government and other countries and rising costs to compete. The subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. said Thursday it is offering eligible union-represented workers a voluntary separation.

Spirit AeroSystems Announces 150 Layoffs In KS

September 13, 2013 2:10 pm | by Roxana Hegeman, Associated Press | News | Comments

Saying it needs to balance its workforce, Spirit AeroSystems announced Thursday it will lay off about 150 salaried employees and managers at its Wichita plant while hiring about 400 more factory workers by the end of the year. The airplane parts maker said the layoffs are in addition to a significant number of salaried employees who have expressed interest in voluntary retirement and layoff programs.

U.S. Women Regain Lost Jobs, Men Still Short 2.1M

September 13, 2013 10:19 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, Paul Wiseman, AP Economics Writers | News | Comments

U.S. women have recovered all the jobs they lost to the Great Recession. The same can't be said for men, who remain 2.1 million jobs short. The biggest factor is that men dominate construction and manufacturing — industries that have not recovered millions of jobs lost during the downturn.

Intel Closing MA Plant, 700 Jobs Lost

September 13, 2013 10:17 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Computer chip maker Intel Corp. has announced that it's closing its only manufacturing facility in Massachusetts, a move expected to cost the state about 700 jobs. Intel, the world's biggest chip maker, announced Thursday that it is closing the Hudson plant because it is using outdated technology to make older generation computer chips that are being phased out.

ME Man Awarded $489K For Workplace Injury

September 13, 2013 10:09 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A jury has awarded a Maine man $489,000 for injuries he suffered while performing welding work at a trash-to-energy plant. Attorney Peter Clifford says a York County Superior Court jury on Wednesday awarded damages to 48-year-old Joseph Bordeau, from the western Maine town of Mexico.

Midsize Manufacturers Optimistic, Says Survey

September 12, 2013 3:43 pm | by Prime Advantage | Articles | Comments

Prime Advantage, a leading buying consortium for midsized  manufacturers, announced the findings of its twelfth semi-annual Group Outlook Survey, revealing financial projections and top concerns of its member companies for the rest of 2013. The results show continued optimism about revenues and employment despite concerns about federal regulations and fiscal policy uncertainties.

Computer Upgrades Cut U.S. Jobless Claims To 292K

September 12, 2013 2:11 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits plummeted last week 31,000 to a seasonally adjusted 292,000. But the drop was mostly because of technical issues in two states that delayed the processing of applications. The Labor Department said Thursday that the less volatile four-week average fell to 321,250, the lowest in six years.

Johnson Controls To Add 11 Factories In China

September 12, 2013 2:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Johnson Controls Inc.'s auto parts unit plans to open 11 new manufacturing sites in China during the next few years to handle expected growth. The company's Plymouth, Mich., Automotive Experience unit, which makes seats, electronics and interiors, now has 57 sites in China. The company said in a statement Thursday that the expansion comes after 16 years of continuous growth.

Daimler Vans Manufacturing Expanding In S.C., Hiring 60

September 12, 2013 1:54 pm | by South Carolina Department of Commerce | News | Comments

Daimler Vans Manufacturing said that it will expand its existing facility in Charleston County. The more than $4.6 million investment is expected to generate at least 60 new jobs. “South Carolina has provided our company with an excellent environment for doing business and a talented workforce. We appreciate all the support we’ve received from state and local officials,” said Marco Wirtz, president and CEO of Daimler Vans Manufacturing.

UAW: Majority At VW Plant Have Signed Union Cards

September 11, 2013 2:50 pm | by Erik Schelzig, Tom Krisher, Associated Press | News | Comments

A majority of workers at Volkswagen's assembly plant in Tennessee have signed cards favoring the union's representation in creating a German-style works council at the plant, a top United Auto Workers official said. A Tennessee-based regional director for the UAW, told The AP that the cards include a statement about wanting to join VW's Global Works Council and supporting cooperative and collaborative relations with the company.

New Factory Slated For Buffalo, Bringing 170 Jobs

September 11, 2013 2:38 pm | by Carolyn Thompson, Associated Press | News | Comments

Buffalo's steel-making history helped the city land a $102 million factory that will produce pipes for the oil and gas industry and create 172 jobs, according to the president of the Dubai-based manufacturer. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday that economic incentives for the project, which had been considered for Houston, include $2 million in funding from the sale of unallocated hydropower and up to $6.4 million in tax credits.

Oshkosh Corp. Union Votes To Reopen Contract Talks

September 11, 2013 2:34 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Union workers at the Oshkosh Corp. voted Tuesday to reopen contract extension talks with the company to help win a military contract. United Auto Workers Local 578 President Joe Preisler confirmed the vote in a text to Oshkosh Northwestern Media. The union did not release vote totals.

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