Boeing Co.'s engineers have accepted a new four-year contract while technical workers rejected their offer and voted to authorize a future strike. The union representing both groups had recommended rejection of the contract because it would not provide pensions to new employees. They would have a 401k retirement plan instead.
The European Union's executive arm says the boss of steel maker ArcelorMittal has promised to suspend planned job cuts and plant closures in Europe through June. The EU Commission said Wednesday that CEO Lakshmi Mittal agreed after talks with Industrial Commissioner Antonio Tajani late Tuesday to suspend all restructuring programs until the body publishes its plan to help Europe's steel industry this summer.
Pop culture references manufacturing as the factories of the 1800s or modern day overseas sweatshops — full of mind-numbing, remedial tasks in dark and dingy factories. Today’s manufacturing environments tell a much different story: clean and safe with employees managing advanced machinery that drives innovation and productivity. But are these stereotypes creating barriers to attract new employees to the industry?
The union for Boeing Co.'s engineers and technical workers is counting ballots Tuesday on a contract offer and whether to authorize a strike. The vote comes as the company is trying to solve battery problems that have grounded its new 787s.
As part of National Engineers Week, AMT partnered with the SME Education Foundation, Gardner Business Media, and Modern Machine Shop magazine to produce a video titled "Women in Engineering," featuring Becky Miller, a Quality Control Engineer at GE Aviation. The purpose of this video is to educate young women about the possibilities offered by a career in manufacturing.
Shell Brasil SA and BASF SA have offered more than $20 million to settle a class-action lawsuit with former workers allegedly contaminated at a pesticide plant in the state of Sao Paulo, Brazil's top labor court said Friday. The court said on its website that the two companies have offered to provide 884 workers with lifelong health plans with a "global value" of 52 million reals ($26 million).
A formal announcement could be made by month's end about plans for a $500 million plastics plant near Wheeling, the CEO of Texas-based Appalachian Resins said. James Cutler told the State Journal the plan includes a small ethane cracker, a plant that extracts some liquids from wet natural gas to make the chemical feedstock ethylene.
The New Jersey-based Campbell Soup Co. says it will close its plant in the town of Villagran in central Mexico. The move will eliminate about 260 positions. The company will continue to employ about 70 current Mexico staff members in research and development sales, supply, marketing and general management.
Walker Manufacturing has laid off 30 workers at its plant in Harrisonburg. A spokesman for Walker's parent, Tenneco Inc., tells media outlets that the layoffs are due to a drop in demand for products made at the plant. Mike Alzamora says these products include mufflers, catalytic converters and other vehicle parts.
During his State of the Union address, President Obama said "our first priority is making America a magnet for new jobs and manufacturing." And, as CBS News' Major Garrett reports, the president toured a factory in North Carolina to drive that message home.
President Obama asked Congress to do more for American manufacturing. Just after stating that the manufacturing industry has created more than 500,000 jobs in the last three years, and that companies like Caterpillar and Apple are bringing jobs back to America, the President outlined his plan to see Congress approve fifteen manufacturing innovation institutes.
The Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce announced today that Alpla, Inc., an Austrian-based plastic packaging company, plans to establish manufacturing operations in Bowling Green, Kentucky, creating 72 new, full-time jobs and investing more than $22.4 million in the Commonwealth.
Labor unions are asking a federal judge in Detroit to block part of Michigan's right-to-work law from taking effect in late March. The lawsuit filed Monday is the second to challenge the law in recent weeks. It prohibits requiring workers to pay union dues or fees as a condition of employment.
Workers fired flares and paint bombs and riot police answered with tear gas in a standoff Tuesday over layoffs at a French plant for U.S. tiremaker Goodyear, amid tensions over a slump in Europe's car industry that has hurt automakers and their suppliers.
Hewlett-Packard Co., the world's largest personal computer maker, is vowing to crack down on its Chinese suppliers in an effort to reduce the use of low-paid student interns and other temporary workers. The guidelines unveiled Friday are the latest attempt by a major U.S. technology company to weed out labor abuses at Chinese factories that manufacture the gadgets for an Internet-connected world.
Sisters-based GFP Emergency Services has opened a new facility in Prineville and created jobs for 90 people to revamp shipping containers for use as temporary housing, medical and other facilities. And more jobs appear headed to the city, with a Madras-based company's plans to start another container-conversion business in Prineville.
New technologies and industries inevitably outpace older ones. When analog became obsolete, digital took over. LCD TVs gradually buried CRTs. And those who cling to obsolescence (beyond what the market dictates, that is — see the untimely incandescent ban) are left behind.
NBC News host, JJ Ramberg, discusses the hiring climate, and why many small businesses have been reluctant to add staff. The drawn out process for resolving the fiscal cliff hurt some confidence while the threat of massive automatic cuts have already started to affect business decisions.
German steelmaker ThyssenKrupp says it will slash at least 2,000 jobs by 2015 as part of a cost-saving drive as the company copes with high commodity costs and the struggling European economy. Essen-based ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe says a further 1,800 jocbs may be lost as it sells parts of the company.
Struggling Japanese electronics maker Fujitsu is slashing 5,000 jobs, or nearly 3 percent of its global workforce, as it seeks to boost profitability by reshaping its computer-chip business and its overseas operations. Fujitsu said Thursday the job cuts will be completed by the end of this fiscal year next month, and will rely on early retirement, layoffs and other methods. Details were undecided.
Hino Motors Manufacturing USA plans to cut production at its Williamstown plant and lay off temporary workers. Hino spokesman Sandy Ring tells media outlets that the cuts are due to unexpected soft sales in the fourth quarter. Ring says the number of layoffs hasn't yet been determined. The cuts are expected to occur at the end of the month.
If we were to change our education system, as well as put a higher value to those who serve the economy outside of cubicles and office space, we would see corporations bring their manufacturing back to the United States. They would create the jobs that so many are searching for. The price for manufacturing will drop domestically, which will in turn bring manufacturing jobs back home.
Just when Boeing really needs its engineers, they're voting on whether to strike. It's bad timing for Boeing. The aircraft maker is working around the clock to solve battery problems that have grounded its 787s around the world, and unionized engineers are a big part of that effort.
Taiwan-owned Foxconn Technology Group, a leading maker of Apple's iPhones and gadgets for other global brands, is widening the scope of union elections at its sprawling facilities in China. The move, confirmed by the company Monday, follows a series of recommendations from an international panel hired by Apple to audit conditions for the 1.2 million workers in Foxconn's mainland factories.
President Barack Obama is letting his jobs council expire, cutting off one source of input from business leaders while unemployment remains stubbornly high. Obama formed the Council on Jobs and Competitiveness in January 2011, when unemployment was about 9 percent. It's now 7.8 percent, though more than 12 million people are out of work.