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Local Labor Influence Takes Hit In Boeing Contract

January 6, 2014 1:43 pm | by Phuong Le, Associated Press | News | Comments

The tight count exposed deep rifts in the once-powerful union, but with plenty of states lining up to give Boeing exactly what it wanted to get work on the 777X, the aerospace giant had a tremendous advantage. The company, the state's governor, and national union leaders all hailed the contract as a vital boost to the region's economy, but to some observers the vote dealt a blow to local union influence.

Staff Seize Bosses At French Goodyear Site

January 6, 2014 9:40 am | by Lori Hinnant, Associated Press | News | Comments

The factory's union says the director and human resources chief were blocked from leaving after an especially difficult meeting Monday with staff; a Goodyear representative, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the tense situation, says the two managers were being held against their will.

Boeing Machinists OK Contract Tied To 777X

January 6, 2014 9:28 am | by Manuel Valdes, Associated Press | News | Comments

The issue fractured the union and drew unusual pleas from politicians who said the deal was necessary to support the area's economic future. Boeing has been exploring the prospect of building the 777X elsewhere, a move that could trigger a steady exodus of aerospace jobs from the place where Boeing was founded.

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Finding And Keeping A Next-Gen Workforce

January 6, 2014 9:06 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manfuacturing.net | Articles | Comments

Everyone in the manufacturing space has heard about the dramatic talent gap in the industry, where companies cannot find employees with the skills necessary to help run a high-tech operation. Knowledge in automation equipment, or with CNC machines, can be a rare commodity, with most young people moving toward other industries, and manufacturing-centric education faltering or disappearing elsewhere.

How Manufacturing Companies Are Accelerating Operational Excellence

January 6, 2014 9:00 am | by LNS Research | Articles | Comments

Operational Excellence is a continuous improvement journey facilitated by a culture and mindset of optimizing an organization’s people, processes, and supporting technology resources. Depending on current strategy and position, however, every company will have different Operational Excellence goals and objectives.

Will A Surge Of Older Workers Take Jobs From Young?

January 3, 2014 1:03 pm | by Matt Sedensky, Associated Press | News | Comments

It's an assertion that has been accepted as fact by droves of the unemployed: Older people remaining on the job later in life are stealing jobs from young people. One problem, many economists say: It isn't supported by a wisp of fact.     

4 Dead After Cambodian Police Fire On Garment Workers

January 3, 2014 12:45 pm | by Sopheng Cheang, Associated Press | News | Comments

Workers at most of Cambodia's more than 500 garment factories are on strike, demanding an increase in the minimum wage to $160 a month, double the current rate. The government has offered $100 a month. The local human rights group LICADHO said in a statement that at least four civilians were shot dead and 21 injured.

Some Workers Set To Reach $100K Pay In Boeing Deal

January 3, 2014 9:42 am | by Mike Baker, Associated Press | News | Comments

A group of top-level union workers at Boeing already earn more than $90,000 in base pay annually, not counting shift differentials, overtime or incentive payments, according to union wage tables. While the contract offer going to a vote Friday would slow the growth of machinists' wages starting in 2016, workers would still get regular cost-of-living adjustments, plus an extra 1 percent pay increase every other year.

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HP Confirms Higher Layoffs Than Expected

January 2, 2014 1:06 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Personal computer giant Hewlett-Packard Co. has confirmed that it expects layoffs at the upper end of a range that it outlined earlier this year, with 5,000 more workers than originally planned expected to lose jobs by October 2014.      

Ala. International Paper Closure Leaves Regional Scars

January 2, 2014 12:56 pm | by Errol Castens, Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal | News | Comments

Memphis-based International Paper Co.'s plan to shut its Courtland, Ala., paper mill next year may impact landowners and businesses across Northeast Mississippi.  Logging jobs may be lost or moved, and timber owners in some counties may find it difficult to market pulpwood at all.

Retirement Unlikely For Some Blue-Collar Americans

January 2, 2014 9:59 am | by Emily Wagster Pettus, Associated Press | News | Comments

Many have jobs that provide paltry pensions or none at all, as many companies have been moving toward less generous retirement packages in the past decade. Many boomers expect to work the rest of their lives because they have little cash put away for their old age and they worry Social Security won't cover their bills.

The World Braces For Impending Retirement Crisis

December 30, 2013 10:04 am | by David McHugh, Elaine Kurtenbach and Paul Wiseman, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

Spawned years before the Great Recession and the 2008 financial meltdown, the crisis was significantly worsened by those twin traumas. It will play out for decades, and its consequences will be far-reaching. Many people will be forced to work well past the traditional retirement age of 65. Living standards will fall and poverty rates will rise for the elderly in wealthy countries.

NJ Man Sues Electric Motorcycle Co. He Co-Founded

December 30, 2013 9:55 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Fort Lee resident Vincent Ip co-founded Mission Motorcycles of San Francisco. The company makes high-end, electric-powered motorcycles that Time magazine calls one of the top inventions of 2013. Ip was terminated in November for what the company's lawsuit calls unprofessional behavior including physical threats.

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VW: 123,000 New Jobs Created Since 2007

December 30, 2013 9:53 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

Volkswagen Group announced today that it has grown by about 248,000 employees, representing a rise of 76 percent, since 2007. 123,000 of those are new jobs created around the world, and 125,000 are from employees of companies acquired during that period and integrated into the larger group. At the end of 2013, the company has about 573,000 employees, the highest number in its history.

Labor Dept. Approves Help For Displaced Vt. IBM Workers

December 27, 2013 9:38 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Labor authorized former employees of the Williston IBM plant and some other businesses involved in memory design services in that town to participate in a program designed to help workers who have lost their jobs due to foreign competition, state officials said Thursday.

Cambodian Garment Workers Block Traffic Over Pay

December 27, 2013 9:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Striking workers making shoes and clothes for Western brands have blocked roads and briefly scuffled with police in Cambodia.                                    

$40 Million Fund Created For Bangladesh Victims

December 26, 2013 9:22 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The fund, estimated at $40 million, would compensate injured workers and dependents of those of who died, according to a statement by the organizers of the fund.                          

Wash. Governor Met With Airbus Executive

December 26, 2013 9:18 am | by Mike Baker, Associated Press | News | Comments

The private gathering occurred in October during an aerospace conference in Seattle, Inslee spokesman David Postman said on Monday after The Associated Press identified the meeting in records obtained under public records law. Postman said the governor talked with Barry Eccleston, the president and CEO of Airbus Americas, for about 20 minutes.

Steyr Arms Moving To HQ Near Birmingham, Ala.

December 23, 2013 11:40 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A leading firearms company is moving into new headquarters west of Birmingham.  Steyr Arms says it will be up and running in its 33,000-square-foot complex in Bessemer on Jan. 2.  The company has been operating in the Birmingham suburb of Trussville.

Electrolux To Expand At North American HQ In N.C.

December 23, 2013 10:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Appliance maker Electrolux announced plans Friday to create more than 800 additional jobs over the next four years in Charlotte as it expands next to its North American headquarters.                    

Machinists Union Sets Boeing Vote For Jan. 3

December 23, 2013 10:26 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

National union leadership said Sunday that the vote will be Jan. 3. In a statement, IAM leaders said the latest proposal contains "significant improvements" over an offer rejected by Machinists in November.             

A ‘Monster’ Look At Manufacturing Jobs

December 23, 2013 9:14 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

Not too long ago, Monster.com, the well-known online job marketplace, conducted a comprehensive survey (see infographic below) on the state of U.S. manufacturing jobs, and came to some compelling, if not worrying, results.        

Unemployment Rates Fall In Nearly All U.S. States

December 23, 2013 8:58 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The Labor Department said Friday that employers added jobs in 43 states and cut jobs in just seven. California, Texas and Indiana reported the largest job gains.  The lower state unemployment rates are due in part to robust hiring nationwide over the past four months.

ADM Stays In Illinois Despite Lack Of Tax Breaks

December 23, 2013 8:07 am | by David Mercer and Sophia Tareen, Associated Press | News | Comments

ADM's announcement to stay in Illinois likely will give ammunition to both sides over whether states should play ball when companies make demands, though some incentives skeptics warned not to read too much into one company's decision. Chicago, with its two international airports in the heart of Midwestern farm country, was the best place for ADM's new headquarters, CEO Patricia Woertz said Wednesday.

U.S. Economy Expands At 4.1 Percent Rate

December 20, 2013 1:11 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The Commerce Department's final look at growth in the summer was up from a previous estimate of 3.6 percent. Four-fifths of the revision came from stronger consumer spending, primarily in the area of health care.            

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