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Bolivia Legalizes Child Labor From Age 10

July 18, 2014 9:40 am | by Paola Flores, Associated Press | News | Comments

While most of the world is trying to diminish child labor, Bolivia has become the first nation to legalize it from age 10.                                     

Could Brooklyn Hipsters Help Save the Middle Class?

July 17, 2014 2:05 pm | by PBS NewsHour | Videos | Comments

As popular as these start-ups may be, are they generating more jobs? Economics correspondent Paul Solman takes a look at some of these businesses and the challenges of carving out one’s own career.                

Fight Continues Over Obama Lawsuit

July 17, 2014 9:36 am | by Alan Fram, Associated Press | News | Comments

House Speaker Boehner has said he wants to take legal action because Obama has abused his authority to carry out laws Congress approves, specifically by delaying a health care law requirement that many employers provide medical coverage for their workers. 

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Microsoft To Cut up to 18,000 Jobs

July 17, 2014 9:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft says it will eliminate up to 18,000 jobs over the next year as it works on integrating the Nokia devices business it bought in April.                               

Tenn. Officials Downplay Union Debate at Volkswagen

July 16, 2014 9:38 am | by Kathleen Foody, Associated Press | News | Comments

Tennessee leaders downplayed the often public wrangling over organized labor's role at Volkswagen's Chattanooga factory on Tuesday, focusing on the company's recent announcement that it would add a new line there to produce a seven-passenger SUV.

Bombardier Union Goes On Strike in Ontario

July 15, 2014 2:11 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

About 900 unionized employees at Bombardier's light rail plant in Thunder Bay, Ontario are on strike after failing to reach an agreement with management about pension changes and benefit reductions.               

Brewery Boom Is a Bright Spot for New Mexico Economy

July 15, 2014 1:58 pm | by Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press | News | Comments

That frosty tide of smooth, golden brown craft beer has finally come in, and it's helping to quench this drought-stricken state's thirst for jobs and economic development.                       

Volkswagen To Add 2,000 Jobs in Tennessee

July 14, 2014 12:34 pm | by Erik Schelzig and Tom Krisher, Associated Press | News | Comments

Volkswagen plans to build a new seven-passenger SUV at its factory in Chattanooga, Tennessee, adding about 2,000 factory jobs as it tries to reverse U.S. sales that have fallen for the past two years.               

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Gov't Sets Duties on Steel Pipe Imports

July 14, 2014 9:40 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. government has imposed duties on imports of steel pipe from South Korea, India and seven other countries, ruling in favor of U.S. steel producers and unions that had complained those countries were unfairly flooding the American market. 

Samsung Suspends Chinese Supplier

July 14, 2014 9:37 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The South Korean company, which is the world's biggest smartphone maker, said in its blog Monday that it had found possible evidence of child labor and illegal hiring at Dongguan Shinyang Electronics Co.              

Tracy Morgan Sues Wal-Mart Over Fatal Crash

July 14, 2014 9:30 am | by Bruce Shipkowski, Associated Press | News | Comments

Lawyers for Morgan filed a lawsuit against Wal-Mart Stores Inc., claiming the retailer was negligent when a driver of one of its tractor-trailers rammed into Morgan's limousine van.                    

Obama Taps Controversial Nominee for NLRB

July 14, 2014 9:24 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama is once again nominating lawyer Sharon Block to serve on the National Labor Relations Board, a move that could anger congressional Republicans.                          

UAW Says 'Consensus' Reached With Volkswagen

July 11, 2014 9:48 am | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press | News | Comments

United Auto Workers leaders said Thursday they have reached a "consensus" with Volkswagen and expect the German automaker to recognize the union if they sign up enough workers at a new local for the company's assembly plant in Tennessee.    

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Wisconsin Gave Money to 2 Companies That Outsourced Jobs

July 11, 2014 9:34 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Both companies received millions of dollars in financial awards from WEDC, only to later lay off workers whose jobs were taken by employees at the companies' foreign facilities.                     

Samsung Faces New Child Labor Claim in China

July 10, 2014 9:38 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung is facing a fresh accusation that one of its China suppliers hired children to meet production targets during a period of high demand from the South Korean electronics giant.                    

House Approves 5 'Manufacturing Jobs for America' Provisions

July 10, 2014 9:35 am | News | Comments

The House of Representatives approved legislation Wednesday that includes five innovative skills-training provisions from the Senate’s Manufacturing Jobs for America campaign.                      

Birthplace of GM Mulls Bankruptcy

July 9, 2014 10:02 am | by Jeff Karoub, Associated Press | News | Comments

Flint, which was the birthplace of General Motors and once had 200,000 residents, also has suffered a spectacular drop in population and factory jobs and a corresponding rise in property abandonment.               

Fighting for American Jobs

July 8, 2014 2:11 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

With the U.S. steel market being flooded with imports of pipe from South Korea and other nations, state-side manufacturers are being forced to idle or shutdown factories, putting at risk nearly 600,000 American jobs.         

Report: Global Demographics Play Emerging Role for Manufacturers

July 8, 2014 1:58 pm | by Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI) | News | Comments

The era of constrained labor supply is just beginning, and the decreasing share of populations that are in the working age cohort will keep human capital a front-burner issue for goods producers for decades, according to a new Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI) report.

5 Factors That Helped the U.S. Economy

July 8, 2014 9:52 am | by Paul Wiseman, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

How does the U.S. economy do it? Europe is floundering. China faces slower growth. Japan is struggling to sustain tentative gains. Here are five reasons the United States is outpacing other major economies.             

AP: Most Union Members Have Ties to Gov't

July 8, 2014 9:32 am | by Tom Raum, Associated Press | News | Comments

Roughly 1-in-3 public sector workers is a union member, compared with about 1-in-15 for the private sector workforce, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.                          

WTO Appellate Body Issues Mixed Ruling in U.S.-China Dispute

July 7, 2014 1:31 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An appeals body of the World Trade Organization has decided it lacked enough information to uphold China's objections to a U.S. law meant to help American companies that face unfair foreign competition.             

Former Anheuser-Busch Exec Wants New Trial

July 7, 2014 1:26 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A former Anheuser-Busch executive who unsuccessfully sued the brewer for gender discrimination is seeking a new trial.                                      

Submarine Maker Plans R.I. Expansion

July 7, 2014 1:16 pm | by Jennifer McDermott, Associated Press | News | Comments

The workforce at the North Kingstown manufacturing plant could double by 2028 to about 6,000 people, said Sean Davies, the site's general manager.                             

PepsiCo CEO: Women Can't Have It All

July 7, 2014 1:08 pm | by CBS This Morning | Videos | Comments

Indra Nooyi, the female CEO of beverage giant PepsiCo, said that women cannot "have it all" and are "screwed" when it comes to work-life balance. Vinita Nair reports on Nooyi's remarks.                   

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