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USDA Gives Tenn. $4M In Rural Development Aid

January 24, 2014 2:06 pm | by Travis Loller, Associated Press | News | Comments

The largest loan is for $2 million to build a manufacturing plant in New Tazewell. According to the USDA, the pass-through loan will go through the Powell Valley Electric Cooperative to Homesteader, Inc., a trailer manufacturer.       

Colgate-Palmolive Building New Tenn. Plant

January 24, 2014 1:52 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Tennessee Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty says the company will invest $25 million in manufacturing equipment and building and infrastructure improvements in Morristown.                

Fla. Gov. Wants To Boost Job Training Efforts

January 24, 2014 1:30 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Florida Gov. Rick Scott is calling for spending $30 million a year on new job training programs. Scott on Thursday announced the initiative during a stop at a convenience food manufacturer. The programs will be focused on fields in science, technology, engineering and math and high-demand areas.

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Union Membership Holds Steady At 11.3 Pct.

January 24, 2014 1:26 pm | by Sam Hananel, Associated Press | News | Comments

In a turnabout, there are now slightly more union members working for private firms than in government, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday. That reverses a five-year trend. Although the rate of membership among all workers didn't budge, the overall number of union members grew slightly, rising about 162,000 to nearly 14.5 million.

Sprint Gearing Up To Layoff Workers

January 24, 2014 9:48 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A regulatory filing says the Overland Park, Kan.-based company began drawing up layoff plans last week. A Sprint spokesman says the company's managers are still reviewing how many jobs they will need to cut. The purge is expected to be completed by the end of June.

Tracking The ‘Manufacturing Jobs For America’ Campaign

January 24, 2014 9:09 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

The initiative, with 22 backers in the Senate, all Democrats, wants to bring new legislation to Congress and the President that will help American manufacturers grow and hire new employees, while also assisting in training a workforce capable of working those jobs.

Michigan Seeks Visas To Lure Immigrants To Detroit

January 23, 2014 2:18 pm | by Jeff Karoub, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Republican governor said he is seeking 50,000 work visas solely for the city over five years. The type of visas involved are not currently allocated by region or state, but rather go to legal immigrants who have advanced degrees or show exceptional ability in certain fields.

Cargill To Pay $2.2M In Discrimination Settlement

January 23, 2014 9:50 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The money will be used to pay back wages and interest to nearly 3,000 applicants who were rejected for jobs at facilities in Springdale, Ark.; Fort Morgan, Colo.; and Beardstown, Ill., between 2005 and 2009. U.S. Department of Labor officials say the company's hiring process discriminated based on sex, race, and ethnicity.

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Mike Rowe Discusses The Skills Gap

January 23, 2014 8:34 am | by HBO, Real Time With Bill Maher | Videos | Comments

Mike Rowe appeared on HBO's "Real Time with Bill Maher" to discuss Rowe's efforts to bridge the "profound disconnect" between the 3 million good U.S. jobs that can't be filled due to lack of skilled applicants.           

France, Goodyear Workers End Standoff

January 22, 2014 1:27 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The accord, reached Wednesday, came after 10 days of negotiations between the government, the company, and unions. The office of Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said the "end of conflict protocol" puts an end to the occupation of the factory by workers demanding new negotiations over severance packages.

Texas Instruments Cutting 1,100 Jobs; 4Q Profit Up

January 22, 2014 9:55 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chipmaker Texas Instruments Inc. said Tuesday that it will cut 1,100 jobs worldwide, about 3 percent of its workforce, to trim costs and will reduce its investments in certain markets. The company said the cuts in its embedded processing unit and in Japan will result in $130 million in annual savings by the end of 2014. The job cuts are in the U.S., India, and Japan.

GM Fairfax Supplier To Open Plant In Mo.

January 22, 2014 9:49 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Michigan-based Janesville Acoustics announced that the plant will supply the Chevrolet Malibu model built at GM's Fairfax plant in Kansas City, Kan. The plant is expected to create 164 jobs in the next two years.           

Chrysler Enters Into Agreement With UAW

January 21, 2014 1:11 pm | by Chrysler Group LLC | News | Comments

As previously announced, Chrysler Group and the International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (the UAW) have entered into a memorandum of understanding to supplement Chrysler Group’s existing collective bargaining  agreement.

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Bombardier Laying Off 1,700

January 21, 2014 12:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Bombardier says it plans 1,700 layoffs from its aerospace division. The Montreal-based company told employees Tuesday that the cuts are required due to delays in the launch of new planes and tough market conditions. Bombardier Inc. says it needs to preserve cash.

UN: More Than 200M Jobless Last Year

January 20, 2014 1:52 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The United Nations' labor agency says the number of unemployed people around the world rose above 200 million last year as job opportunities failed to grow at the same pace as the global workforce. That's 4.9 million more than the previous year.

Iowa Workers Have Shots At Regaining Tyson Jobs

January 20, 2014 1:50 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The 60 workers who lost their jobs at the Tyson plant in northwest Iowa's Cherokee could return if business were to pick up and more production were needed. After Friday's layoff, the plant still employs about 500 people. The plant produces deli meats.

Obama: 2014 Can Be Breakthrough Year For U.S.

January 20, 2014 9:20 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama says the U.S. is primed to bring back jobs lost in the recession or to overseas competitors. But he says to make that happen, the U.S. must act to create good-paying jobs and increase economic opportunity.

Slumping Intel To Cut More Than 5,000 Jobs In 2014

January 20, 2014 9:16 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The purge represents about 5 percent of the roughly 108,000 jobs that Intel had on its payroll at the end of December. The company intends to jettison the jobs without laying off workers, said Intel spokesman Bill Calder. The reductions instead will be achieved through attrition, buyouts, and early retirement offers.

U.S. Employers Advertise Most Jobs Since March 2008

January 17, 2014 1:30 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. employers advertised more jobs in November and more Americans quit, positive signs for millions who are unemployed and looking for work. The Labor Department says job openings rose 1.8 percent to 4 million, the most in 5 ½ years. And the number of people quitting increased 1.9 percent to 2.4 million, a five-year high.

Biden: Auto Resurgence Good For Detroit, U.S.

January 16, 2014 2:02 pm | by Jeff Karoub, Associated Press | News | Comments

"We bet on American ingenuity, we bet on you, and we won," Biden told the audience, flanked by a half-dozen General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler vehicles. All three Detroit automakers have made billions in the recovery following the Great Recession.

Judge Dismisses Suit By French Goodyear Workers

January 16, 2014 1:40 pm | by Thomas J. Sheeran, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge in Akron ruled late Wednesday against workers who had sued to block the shutdown of their plant in Amiens. The judge said the class-action lawsuit failed to prove contract violations or interference by the parent company in its French operations.

Ford: 1,000 New Hires Start Work At Kansas City Plant

January 16, 2014 1:20 pm | by The Association For Manufacturing Technology | News | Comments

Ford said it is welcoming nearly 1,000 new employees at its Kansas City Assembly Plant to prepare for the launch of the all-new Ford Transit that goes on sale in the U.S. this summer. The plant is home of the 2014 F-150 and will begin producing the all-new 2015 F-150 in the first quarter of 2015.

Gov't Charges Wal-Mart With Labor Violations

January 16, 2014 9:52 am | by Sam Hananel, Associated Press | News | Comments

The National Labor Relations Board says Wal-Mart illegally fired, disciplined, or threatened more than 60 employees in 14 states for participating in legally protected activities to complain about wages and working conditions. The labor board's general counsel first laid out the charges last November, but held off on filing a complaint while trying to work out a settlement with Wal-Mart.

Reinventing America's Workforce

January 16, 2014 9:39 am | by CNBC | Videos | Comments

Steve Forbes, Forbes media chairman and editor-in-chief, and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, discuss how implementing innovations with cheap energy will provide a renaissance in manufacturing and create more jobs.           

Obama Announces First Manufacturing Hub

January 16, 2014 9:33 am | by CNN | Videos | Comments

President Obama discusses a new North Carolina "manufacturing hub" that he hopes will spread innovation nationwide.                                       

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