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Businesses Again Challenge Union Poster Rules

December 18, 2013 1:49 pm | by Sam Hananel, Associated Press | News | Comments

A prominent business group is challenging government rules that require federal contractors to display posters telling workers they have a legal right to form a union. The National Association of Manufacturers filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday that asserts the Labor Department regulations violate the free speech rights of employers.

Novelis Invests Add'l $205M To Meet Global Auto Demand

December 18, 2013 9:56 am | by Novelis Inc. | News | Comments

Novelis announced it will invest an additional $205 million to further expand its global manufacturing operations serving the rapidly growing automotive market. The company will build new finishing lines at its plants in Oswego, N.Y. and Nachterstedt, Germany, dedicated to the production of aluminum automotive sheet.

Mercedes-Benz Opening Logistics Center In Ala.

December 18, 2013 9:27 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mercedes-Benz is opening a new section at its plant in Tuscaloosa County.  About 600 contractors and service providers will work in the 900,000-square-foot building. They will be responsible for handling almost 3 million parts a day.

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Congress Report Shows Manufacturing Revitalization, Urges Legislative Support

December 17, 2013 1:27 pm | by U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee | News | Comments

U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar, Vice Chair of the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee, today released a new report detailing the revitalization in U.S. manufacturing, showing it has added over 500,000 jobs since February 2010 and exceeded its pre-recession peak for exports, up 38 percent since 2009.

Gov. Cuomo Announces Fuzehub Initiative For Manufacturers

December 17, 2013 1:23 pm | by Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

New York Governor Cuomo last weekend announced the FuzeHub, which aims to connect small- and medium-sized manufacturers (SMEs) with state resources, such as the New York Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) program, economic development agencies and more.

Machinists Plan March To Push Contract Vote

December 16, 2013 3:33 pm | by Mike Baker, Associated Press | News | Comments

Many workers want a chance to vote on Boeing's latest offer, even though union leaders have said the contract is too similar to one rejected last month, Fritzler said. Federal, state and local political leaders also have called for a vote.   

Boeing Deal Makes More Growth Possible

December 16, 2013 2:07 pm | by Warren L. Wise, The Association For Manufacturing Technology | News | Comments

Boeing will nearly triple its footprint near Charleston International Airport with the acquisition of even more land than expected in a $49 million deal announced Friday.                       

Union Workers At Sikorsky Approve New Contract

December 16, 2013 1:28 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Sikorsky Aircraft workers in Connecticut and Florida have approved a new contract that includes a 10 percent wage increase over four years and $4,000 signing bonuses.                        

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Boeing, Machinists Disagree On How Talks Collapsed

December 13, 2013 1:30 pm | by Mike Baker, Associated Press | News | Comments

Boeing and Puget Sound-area machinists can't even agree on how their latest contract talks came to an end. Local machinists spokesman Bryan Corliss said Friday that the company withdrew its latest contract offer after union leaders told Boeing Co. they could not recommend the proposal to members.

Abbott Urges Toyota To Keep Making Cars In Australia

December 13, 2013 10:13 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Thursday urged Toyota Motor Corp. to continue manufacturing cars in the country, a day after General Motors Co. announced it would follow Ford Motor Co. in ceasing production here due to high costs, market fragmentation and fierce competition.

Unemployment Aid Applications Surge To 368,000

December 12, 2013 1:01 pm | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits rose 68,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 368,000, the largest increase in more than a year.  The surge in first-time applications could be a troubling sign if it lasts. But it likely reflects the difficulty adjusting for delays after the Thanksgiving holiday.

Aviation Schools Prepare For Boom In Drone Jobs

December 12, 2013 12:59 pm | by Dave Kolpack, Associated Press | News | Comments

The university's unmanned aircraft degree program, the nation's first, exploded from five students in 2009 to 120 students last year. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Kansas State have since added similar programs.        

Labor Group Sees Progress At Major Apple Supplier

December 12, 2013 11:19 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A labor group monitoring three Chinese factories that make iPhones and other Apple products says once-oppressive working conditions have steadily improved in the last 18 months, but more must be done to reduce the amount of overtime that employees work.

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Machinists Give Boeing 777X Proposal For Wash.

December 12, 2013 11:05 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

On the second day of talks between Boeing Commercial Airplanes officials and Machinists union leaders, the union said Wednesday it presented a preliminary proposal for a contract that would mean much of the work on the company's new 777X jet would be done in the Puget Sound region.

Is Washington Holding Job Growth Back?

December 12, 2013 9:37 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez says extending unemployment insurance, passing a budget, immigration reform and infrastructure investments will 'build on this progress' in the job market.                 

GM To Stop Making Cars In Australia By 2017

December 11, 2013 10:01 am | by Rod McGuirk, Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors Co. said Wednesday it will stop making cars and engines in Australia by the end of 2017, with nearly 2,900 jobs to be lost, because of high production costs and competition.The decision could spell the end of car manufacturing in Australia as the industry will be too small for supporting businesses such as parts makers to remain economic.

Bell Helicopter Announces New Assembly Facility

December 11, 2013 9:49 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Texas-based Bell Helicopter says it is building a helicopter assembly plant in Lafayette to assemble the company's new line of SLS — Short Light Single — helicopters. The project, announced Tuesday by Gov. Bobby Jindal and Bell Helicopter CEO John Garrison, will bring the first modern-era aircraft assembly facility to Lafayette Regional Airport.

Mo. Governor To Sign $1.7B Boeing Incentive Plan

December 11, 2013 9:45 am | by Alan Scher Zagier, Associated Press | News | Comments

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon plans to sign legislation that would offer up to $1.7 billion in tax breaks to Boeing Co. over more than two decades to entice the aerospace company to bring the production of its 777X jetliner to the state. 

Pay Gains For Young Women; Inequality Still Seen

December 11, 2013 9:28 am | by Hope Yen, Associated Press | News | Comments

About 75 percent of young women believe the U.S. needs to do more to bring about equality in the workplace, a new study finds, despite a narrowing pay gap and steady employment gains for women at higher levels of business and government.

U.S. Job Openings Reach 5-Year High, A Hopeful Sign

December 10, 2013 1:03 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. employers advertised the most job openings in more than five years in October, and the number of people quitting also reached a five-year high. The figures are an encouraging sign for the unemployed.The Labor Department said Tuesday that job openings rose 1 percent to a seasonally adjusted 3.93 million.

Pratt & Whitney Machinists Approve New Contract

December 9, 2013 1:35 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Machinist union members who work at jet-engine maker Pratt & Whitney narrowly approved a new three-year contract Sunday, signing off on a deal that includes 2.5 percent pay raises each year and a $2,000 ratification bonus.       

Oregon Gives Intel A Nike-Like Tax Deal

December 9, 2013 1:29 pm | by Jonathan J. Cooper, Associated Press | News | Comments

The 30-year agreement promises that any changes to Oregon's corporate tax structure won't affect Intel Corp. The chipmaker secured the agreement in exchange for an expansion it announced in October 2012. The company is spending $500 million to expand a semiconductor plant in Hillsboro.

EADS To Cut 5,800 Jobs As Part Of Major Overhaul

December 9, 2013 1:24 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

European air and defense company EADS is cutting 5,800 jobs over the next two years as part of a major overhaul and cost-cutting plan.The company said Monday in a statement that the jobs would be eliminated from its corporate and space and defense divisions by the end of 2016.

Studebaker Legacy Lives 50 Years After Closing

December 9, 2013 10:12 am | by Kevin Allen, South Bend Tribune | News | Comments

Carlton wasn't even born when the last Studebaker rolled off the line in South Bend a half-century ago, and he wasn't all that interested in why the company went out of business. What he found striking was the story of how Studebaker survived here for 111 years — a remarkable lifespan in the business world.

Summit Pushes Chemical Manufacturing In Miss.

December 6, 2013 11:37 am | by Jeff Amy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Mississippi should seize an opportunity to compete for energy-thirsty economic development, economist David Dismukes suggested Thursday at the Governor's Energy Summit.A Louisiana State University professor, Dismukes was hired by the Mississippi Energy Institute to look at opportunities that might arise from the U.S. boom in natural gas production.

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