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Congress Seeks to Undo Union Election Standard

February 13, 2015 10:38 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digial Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

Republican lawmakers who now control both houses of Congress are taking steps to counter federal agency decisions they believe favor unions.

Mississippi Toyota Plant Reaches Milestone

February 13, 2015 10:33 am | by Dennis Seid, Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal | News | Comments

Toyota Motor Manufacturing Mississippi, which began building the Corolla in October 2011, reached the half-million production mark faster than any of the other eight Toyota plants in the U.S.

Retailers Fret as Products Languish on Ships, Docks at Ports

February 13, 2015 10:17 am | by Justin Pritchard, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Stores gearing up for warmer weather are fretting that they won't have some products to sell due to a labor crisis at West Coast seaports.

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Re-skilled Workers Bring the Industrial Internet of Things to Life

February 12, 2015 10:14 am | by Sudarshan Krishnamurthi, Senior Product Manager, Cisco, on behalf of Industrial IP Advantage | Articles | Comments

​The explosion of the Internet of Things (IoT) holds huge potential for manufacturers in 2015. But in order to fulfill these promises, manufacturers will need skilled workers who can deploy the evolving technology on the plant side.

Boeing Announces Additional Work for SC Propulsion Plant

February 12, 2015 9:38 am | by Bruce Smith, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Even as Boeing opened a large new propulsion plant in South Carolina on Wednesday, the aeronautics giant announced the facility has already been assigned additional work.

Applications for U.S. Jobless Aid Rose to 304,000 Last Week

February 12, 2015 9:28 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits jumped last week, though it is still at relatively low levels pointing to healthy hiring.

Survey: Job Openings Rose Slightly in December

February 11, 2015 1:45 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

The latest monthly numbers from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics showed the number of job openings increasing slightly in December compared to the previous month.

Canadian American Homes Buys Shuttered Plants

February 11, 2015 10:50 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A company that makes manufactured homes plans to re-open two plants in central Wisconsin.

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Halliburton Announces That it Will Eliminate at Least 5,000 Jobs

February 10, 2015 3:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Oil and gas drilling services company Halliburton says it will eliminate at least 5,000 jobs in response to falling oil prices.                                   

Procter & Gamble To Invest $500M in West Virginia Facility

February 10, 2015 2:39 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Procter & Gamble said Tuesday that it plans to invest $500 million in a West Virginia manufacturing facility and expects to create 700 jobs. The more than 1 million-square-foot facility is scheduled to open in 2017.                      

U.S. Job Openings Rise to 14-Year High; Job Quits, Hiring Up

February 10, 2015 2:22 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The number of available jobs posted by U.S. employers rose in December to the highest level in 14 years, a sign recent strong job gains will likely continue. Employers also filled more jobs and more employees quit, two additional signs of an improving labor market.

Robots Replacing Human Factory Workers at Faster Pace

February 10, 2015 9:23 am | by Paul Wiseman, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Cheaper, better robots will replace human workers in the world's factories at a faster pace over the next decade, pushing labor costs down 16 percent, a report said.                         

Strong U.S. Job Growth is Powered by an Array of Industries

February 9, 2015 10:03 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A broad range of industries propelled U.S. job growth in January, an encouraging sign that the improving economy is permeating nearly all sectors of the economy.                          

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More Americans are Finally Seeing Something New: A Pay Raise

February 9, 2015 9:41 am | by Josh Boak, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Friday's jobs report signaled that raises have finally begun to flow through an economy in which, once you factor in inflation, most people earn less than when the Great Recession struck in 2007.                

Steelworkers To Expand Strike to 2 BP Refineries in Midwest

February 9, 2015 9:35 am | by David Koenig, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The first nationwide strike at U.S. oil refineries since 1980 is spreading to two BP plants in the Midwest. Workers at refineries in Ohio and Indiana will strike late Saturday night, joining a walkout that began this week at nine other refineries.

Refinery Negotiations Suspended Until Monday, White House Speaks Out

February 6, 2015 4:22 pm | by Sam Neylon, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

The national strike by refinery workers will extend to at least next Monday, after negotiations between the United Steelworkers (USW) and a group of employers stalled Friday.                      

U.S. Gains Strong 257K Jobs, Pay Jumps

February 6, 2015 3:34 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. employers added a vigorous 257,000 jobs in January, and wages jumped by the most in six years — evidence that the job market is accelerating closer to full health.                       

Manufacturing's Winner & Loser of the Week

February 5, 2015 6:00 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

This week, the ‘Winner and Loser’ are both in the automotive sector, however, that’s where their similarities end. Check out who earned the titles of 'Winner' and 'Loser' this week.                    

German Factory Orders Post Strong Rise in December

February 5, 2015 5:32 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Germany's Federal Statistical Office says factory orders in Europe's largest economy rose a much stronger-than-expected 4.2 percent in December, with demand rising both at home and abroad.                  

Ford Motor Co. to Add 900 Jobs at Missouri Pickup Plant

February 5, 2015 5:13 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials say Ford Motor Co. will create an additional 900 jobs in Missouri to build the next-generation F-150 pickup.                                      

U.S. Jobless Applications Rise, but Levels Point to Job Growth

February 5, 2015 2:47 pm | by Josh Boak, The Associated Press | News | Comments

More people sought unemployment benefits last week, but the number of applicants remained near historic lows in a positive sign for job growth.                               

U.S. Trade Deficit Jumps 17.1 Percent to $46.6 Billion

February 5, 2015 2:38 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. trade deficit in December jumped to the highest level in more than two years as exports fell and Americans bought a record amount of imports.                             

Hot Jobs and Hiring Trends: Q&A With Traci Fiatte

February 5, 2015 2:14 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.Net | Articles | Comments

Manufacturing.Net's Bridget Bergin had the chance to speak with Traci Fiatte, President of Randstad Staffing about the hot jobs in manufacturing, how aspiring workers can best fill these positions, how employers can best attract potential workers, and other trends in manufacturing training and hiring.

How Oil Changed North Dakota

February 5, 2015 1:22 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

One state in America’s heartland has been experiencing fairly drastic changes as of late. In North Dakota, oil was not the only thing booming — the infrastructure of the state followed suit.                 

White House Budget Would Boost Labor Regulators

February 5, 2015 10:07 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

President Obama's fiscal year 2016 budget proposal includes a $1.3 billion funding increase for the Labor Department — including millions to bolster the department's regulatory oversight agencies.               

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