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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.    

Wisconsin Gave Money to 2 Companies That Outsourced Jobs

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

Both Eaton Corporation and Plexus Corporation received millions of dollars in financial awards...

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...

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...

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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.

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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.                             

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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.                   

Steel Pipe Imports Put American Jobs at Risk

July 7, 2014 9:44 am | by John D. Oravecz, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | News | Comments

Nearly 600,000 American jobs, including 35,300 in Pennsylvania, could be at risk from surging imports, according to a recent study by the Economic Policy Institute, a Washington think tank that focuses on the needs of low- and middle-income workers.

Backlash Stirs Against Foreign Worker Visas

July 7, 2014 9:31 am | by Laura Wides-Munoz and Paul Wiseman, Associated Press | News | Comments

Amid calls for expanding the nation's so-called H-1B visa program, there is growing pushback from Americans who argue the program has been hijacked by staffing companies that import cheaper, lower-level workers to replace more expensive U.S. employees.

California Raises Minimum Wage

July 2, 2014 10:07 am | by Judy Lin, Associated Press | News | Comments

California's minimum wage will rise to $9 an hour when a new law takes effect this week and provides workers with the first such increase since 2008.                              

Obama Dares Republicans After Lawsuit Threat

July 2, 2014 9:17 am | by Jim Kuhnhenn, Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama defiantly dared congressional Republicans on Tuesday to try to block his efforts to act on his own and bypass a divided Congress that has thwarted his policy initiatives.                 

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Chemical Blast at GM Plant Kills 1, Injures 5

July 2, 2014 9:13 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A chemical explosion Tuesday at a General Motors metal-stamping plant in Indiana killed a contractor and injured several others, authorities said.                             

Samsung: Audit Finds Labor Violations at Chinese Suppliers

July 1, 2014 9:45 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung said Tuesday an external audit found labor violations at dozens of its suppliers in China including failure to provide safety gear and excessive working hours.                        

Obama: I Act Alone

June 30, 2014 1:49 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Obama says he has moved to attract jobs, raise workers' wages and help students pay off loans because Republican obstructionism is keeping the system rigged against the middle class.                    

Court: Wal-Mart Must Compensate Workers

June 30, 2014 9:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Canada's Supreme Court ruled Friday that Wal-Mart must compensate former workers at a Quebec store that was closed after they voted to become the first Wal-Mart store in North America to unionize.                

Five Manufacturing-Supporting Bills Approved By Senate

June 27, 2014 2:10 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

The Manufacturing Jobs for America campaign has announced that the U.S. Senate has approved bipartisan legislation that will strengthen the nation’s manufacturing workforce training programs and help fill the skills gap that many manufacturers are coming up against.

West Coast Port Shutdown Could Cost $2.5B Per Day

June 26, 2014 4:30 pm | by The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) | News | Comments

As negotiations continue for a new contract agreement covering 13,600 dockworkers at 30 ports stretching from San Diego, Calif., to Bellingham, Wash., a new study shows the U.S. economy could lose as much as $2.5 billion a day if a prolonged West Coast port shutdown occurs. 

Survey: Industrial Sector Plans To Add Jobs Amid Growing Optimism

June 26, 2014 2:05 pm | by McGladrey | News | Comments

Nine out of 10 executives at small and mid-size manufacturing and distribution companies expect solid growth over the next 12 months and two-thirds plan to add jobs during that period.                   

Ikea Raising Hourly Pay for U.S. Workers

June 26, 2014 9:33 am | by Anne D'Innocenzio, AP Retail Writer | News | Comments

Ikea's U.S. division is raising the minimum wage for thousands of its retail workers, pegging it to the cost of living in each location, instead of its competition.                         

Chrysler Investing $63M in Michigan

June 25, 2014 1:38 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chrysler Group has confirmed plans to invest $63 million in its Warren Stamping Plant to expand capacity at the suburban Detroit facility.                                

Obama's 'Maker Faire' and Women in Manufacturing

June 25, 2014 11:08 am | by Morning Joe, MSNBC | Videos | Comments

Earlier this week, President Barack Obama hosted the first-ever White House "Maker Faire," meeting with entrepreneurs and inventors who are hoping to pave a way for an American manufacturing comeback.               

GE To Locate Center Near Ohio River

June 24, 2014 2:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Electric Co.'s new U.S. global operations center will be in Cincinnati, along the Ohio River.                                           

Senate Backers of Long-Term Jobless Aid Trying Again

June 24, 2014 2:18 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Senate supporters of legislation to renew long-term jobless benefits are backing a new approach in hopes of pressuring the House to reinstate the program after a lapse of six months.                    

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