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Obama, Biden Announcing $600M For Job Grants

April 16, 2014 10:03 am | by Darlene Superville, Associated Press | News | Comments

Striving to show action on jobs, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are hitting the road to trumpet $600 million in new competitive grants to spur creation of targeted training and apprenticeship programs that could help people land well-paying jobs.

New Heinz Owners Offer Buyouts To Pittsburgh Staff

April 15, 2014 2:22 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The new owners of H.J. Heinz Co. have offered buyouts to all workers in Pittsburgh, where the ketchup-and-food giant has been based for decades.                               

10,000 Sneaker Factory Workers Strike In China

April 15, 2014 9:58 am | by Kelvin Chan, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Workers at a Chinese factory owned by Yue Yuen, the world's largest maker of athletic footwear for brands such as Nike and Adidas, are striking in a dispute over benefits.                        

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French IT Staff Win Right To Unplug

April 11, 2014 10:03 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

French IT staff at Google, Facebook, and other companies have won new protections against burnout: the right to unplug.                                     

Defense Company Laying Off 760

April 11, 2014 9:42 am | by Dinesh Ramde, Associated Press | News | Comments

Oshkosh Corp. said Thursday it plans to eliminate about 760 jobs from its defense division this summer, a decision driven by lower demand for its mine-resistant trucks and other military vehicles.                

GE Plans To Add 1,400 Jobs In Cincinnati Area

April 10, 2014 1:42 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The General Electric Co. plans to build a new U.S. global operations center in the Cincinnati area, bringing an expected 1,400 jobs to southwest Ohio.                             

Help Wanted: Millennials Manufacture The Future

April 10, 2014 9:43 am | by The National Association Of Manufacturers | Videos | Comments

The National Association of Manufacturers needs Millennials to join and recruit the next generation of the manufacturing army. In this video, NAM interviews college students about what manufacturing means to them.            

How Veterans Could Help Manufacturing Fix The Skills Gap

April 9, 2014 2:08 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net - @Mnet_JoelHans | Articles | Comments

When it comes to understanding the need for reliability and maintenance, it’s hard to look further than veterans — they know the stakes if a piece of equipment fails.                         

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Gender Pay Gap Bill Has Little Chance In Senate

April 9, 2014 9:39 am | by Alan Fram, Associated Press | News | Comments

Democrats are rallying behind campaign-season legislation curbing paycheck discrimination against women. The bill, partly designed to energize the party's core voters, stands little chance of surviving in the Senate.            

NLRB Hears Union Complaints About Mercedes

April 9, 2014 9:37 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A judge with the National Labor Relations Board is considering a complaint filed by union supporters at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Alabama, where labor has failed to gain a foothold despite past organizing attempts.           

GM Auto Workers In Kentucky Vote To Allow Strike

April 9, 2014 9:31 am | by Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press | News | Comments

Workers at the General Motors plant in Kentucky that assembles Corvettes have voted to authorize a strike over lingering safety concerns.                                 

America's Infrastructure Problems, Part 2 - Why We Should Invest

April 9, 2014 8:29 am | by Mike Collins, Saving American Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

Besides reducing reactive spending, another very good reason to consider a comprehensive plan to deal with the infrastructure problems is that it would create a lot of jobs in both construction and manufacturing.            

Employers Advertise More Jobs In February

April 8, 2014 2:18 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Labor Department said Tuesday that employers advertised 4.2 million job openings, up 7.7 percent from January.                                        

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GM Investing $449M In Detroit-Area Factories

April 8, 2014 2:13 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors says it's investing $449 million in two Detroit-area factories to build the next generation Chevrolet Volt hybrid electric car.                               

Anti-Union Group Worried About VW Recognition Of UAW

April 8, 2014 1:39 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An anti-union group on Monday raised concerns that Volkswagen could move to recognize the United Auto Workers at its Tennessee plant without a vote.                             

Tenn. Volkswagen Expansion Talks At Standstill

April 8, 2014 9:55 am | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press | News | Comments

Expansion talks at Volkswagen's lone U.S. plant have ground to a halt amid disagreements about the role of organized labor at the factory in Tennessee.                             

Toyota To Replace Robots With… Humans?

April 8, 2014 9:41 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net - @Mnet_JoelHans | Blogs | Comments

The idea is that if employees are more skilled, and less a “human robot” that performs the same task repeatedly during their shift, they might be able to better identify inefficiencies in the process or think up ways to make it better.       

Job Market Stronger, Not Strong Enough

April 7, 2014 1:49 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

With 192,000 jobs added in March, the labor market is strong enough that businesses are growing, but still too weak for the Federal Reserve to promptly end stimulus.                         

Michigan's Auto Industry Revival Plan

April 7, 2014 1:45 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Michigan plans to boost efforts to attract and retain automotive industry jobs in engineering and design, software and coding, systems integration, and skilled trades, officials said.                    

Will Textiles Manufacturing Survive In America?

April 7, 2014 1:25 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, @IndustrialAnna | Blogs | Comments

In the latest loss for the American textiles industry, Fruit of the Loom has announced its plans to close its plant in Jamestown, KY. Work at the facility will be moved to Honduras in an effort to cut costs.               

Nissan Supplier Creates Manufacturing Jobs

April 4, 2014 2:23 pm | by Jenny Waddington, Coventry Evening Telegraph | News | Comments

German car company Brose, which has UK headquarters, has vowed to increase its workforce from nearly 500 to 800 after securing a massive contract win.                           

The Latest On U.S. Manufacturing Jobs

April 4, 2014 2:08 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | News | Comments

The Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) looked over the data released by the Department of Labor and reported that America’s manufacturing sector lost 1,000 jobs in March.                     

Sam Adams' Push To Help Small Businesses

April 4, 2014 2:03 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Sam Adams' "Brewing The American Dream" initiative gives loans and advice to small businesses. Co-Founder and Chairman Jim Koch discusses the program, the company's fundraising, and the surging popularity of craft beer.           

Philip Morris Ending Cigarette Production In Netherlands

April 4, 2014 1:49 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Philip Morris International will end cigarette production at its factory in the Netherlands as Europeans break the smoking habit for both financial and health reasons.                        

Employers Add 192K Jobs In March

April 4, 2014 10:13 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. employers added jobs at a solid pace in March in the latest sign that the economy is rebounding from a weak stretch brought on by a harsh winter.                             

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