Union officials are meeting with workers at Boeing's North Charleston plant. The informal sessions with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers have only attracted a few dozen employees. But the meetings are especially sensitive after the fight between the union and Boeing after the company announced it was building an assembly plant in South Carolina.
Engine maker Cummins Inc. will lay off at least 150 workers at its southern Indiana factories as part of its plan to cut up to 1,500 jobs worldwide by year's end, a company spokesman said. The layoffs will affect workers at the company's Fuel Systems Plant in Columbus, Columbus MidRange Engine Plant or the Seymour Engine plant, Cummins spokesman Jon Mills said.
Chipmaker Advanced Micro Devices Inc. says it will cut nearly 1,800 jobs, about 15 percent of its workforce, by the end of the year in order to reduce spending in the face of dwindling sales. AMD is the world's second-biggest maker of microprocessors for personal computers and PC sales are falling. That's partly due to more consumers shifting away from PCs and doing their computing on tablets and smartphones.
Japanese automaker Nissan Motor Co. announced Friday it will add a third shift at a vehicle assembly plant in Tennessee, adding more than 800 jobs. Gov. Bill Haslam made the jobs announcement at an economic development conference. Haslam said it's the first time the plant will operate on three shifts.
Thousands of Canadians have been left jobless as BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion struggles to overcome a number of hurdles, but the City of Waterloo hopes a jobs center it opened this week will help the unlucky ones. As word spreads about the Tech Jobs Connex center, a trickle of former RIM employees have called to meet with organizers in hopes they're be quickly catapulted back into a position at another tech company.
General Motors will hire 3,000 workers from Hewlett-Packard as the carmaker moves more computer functions in-house. The move is part of a larger GM strategy to have more control over the technology it uses in cars and to run its business. The H-P employees already work on GM projects. GM says that making them full-time employees will hold costs steady and speed up the transformation of the company's computer-related work.
Toyota Motor Corp. was forced Wednesday to suspend production at its Durban plant in eastern South Africa as a result of a strike by workers at a local supplier demanding higher wages, local reports said. According to the South African Press Association, workers launched a strike at a Toyota Boshoku Corp. plant that mainly makes auto seats.
Workers at an Alberta plant at the centre of a massive beef recall and E. coli scare have been laid off again as food safety officials review whether the facility can reopen. The 800 workers were called into work Tuesday to finish cutting beef carcasses as part of a Canadian Food Inspection Agency assessment of how the XL Foods Inc. plant operates.
Whirlpool Corp. says it is delaying planned layoffs at its development center in Evansville in part because some people have left their jobs ahead of the center's scheduled 2014 closure. The company informed state officials last month that it expected to start layoffs in November, but now says those job cuts won't begin until at least Dec. 31.
A Vermont company that manufactures military helmets is going to be doubling its workforce by the end of the year. The company Revision Military has begun work at its Newport factory on a $21.6 million contract to make more than 90,000 helmets for the U.S. military. The contract will require the company to double its workforce from 40 to 80 people.
Some of the nation's leading manufacturing companies announced a new program Monday to help veterans gain the skills necessary to fill some of the estimated 600,000 high-tech, manufacturing jobs that remain open because employers can't find qualified applicants.
Recently, a metal worker made headline news, but not because of the quality of her craft or the dedication she showed on the job — she made headlines because she’s, well, a she. The skeletal remains of a female metal worker have been found in a grave in Vienna dating dating back to the Bronze Age (which began more than 5,000 years ago). Previously, it was assumed that only men worked in such fields during the Bronze Age.
Vestas says it has laid off about 29 percent of workers at its blade factory in Windsor, days after confirming it was laying off 75 workers at its blade factory in Brighton. The Danish wind turbine manufacturer said Thursday that the cuts in Brighton and Windsor amounted to about 18 percent of its remaining Colorado manufacturing workforce, suggesting about 200 people in Windsor lost their jobs.
U.S. employers advertised slightly fewer jobs in August than July, while they filled the most positions in three months, offering a mixed signal on the job market. The Labor Department said Wednesday that job openings dropped by 32,000 to 3.56 million in August. July's openings were also revised lower.
Wind turbine manufacturer Vestas Wind Systems is laying off 75 workers at its blade factory in Brighton, Colo. The announcement on Tuesday comes after the company cut 30 jobs in Brighton and 90 at its tower factory in Pueblo. The jobs are being cut because a federal wind production tax credit expires in December.
Indiana-based engine maker Cummins Inc. plans to cut as many as 1,500 jobs by the end of the year. Cummins CEO Tom Linebarger said in a statement Tuesday that the company made the decision because of "uncertainty regarding the direction of the global economy." He didn't say where the job cuts would be made.
Sometimes, when we decide to engage in process improvement or business improvement endeavors, we feel like we need to hire or contract people with special skills. The truth is, we probably have the right skills already inside of our businesses.
Special Metals' parent, Precision Castparts Corp., announced the layoffs Monday. Precision Castparts spokesman Dwight Weber attributes the decision to adverse market conditions. He tells media outlets that the laid-off workers will be recalled as business improves. They primarily work in production and maintenance.
The outlook for technical jobs has turned positive. According to The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistic’s Occupational Outlook Handbook 2012-2013, growth in HVAC and electrical jobs will grow at two to three times the average growth forecasted and industrial plant technician jobs will grow at the average rate of 11 percent.
Workers at the Bombardier Learjet plant in Wichita are striking after voting Saturday to reject a contract that would have increased health care costs. On Monday morning, traffic at the only gate open to non-striking employees was backed up more than three miles as picketers briefly stopped vehicles attempting to enter.
The aerospace and defense contractor will split its electronic systems division into two separate units that will help to lower costs and streamline its operations. It is also folding its global training and logistics unit into the two divisions being created from the electronics systems business.
Foxconn Technology Group denied on Saturday that production was affected at a Chinese factory that makes Apple's iPhones, although both state media and an overseas labor watch group said some workers halted production lines on Friday, apparently over higher quality control standards.
Bombardier Learjet workers rejected a contract offer and voted to strike Saturday, moves that will have them walking the picket line starting early Monday, a machinists union spokesman said. Bob Wood told The Associated Press that union members voted 79 percent in favor of rejecting the proposed five-year contract and also 79 percent in favor of a strike.
General Motors says it will hire as many as 1,500 workers to staff a new computer technology center in the Detroit suburb of Warren, Mich. GM is shifting computer work into the company from outside firms and plans to open four new technology centers in the U.S. Last month the company announced it would hire 500 people for a center in Austin, Texas.
General Motors Co. plans to close its hydrogen fuel-cell research operation near Rochester, N.Y., and move it to Michigan. The company said Friday that most of the 220 salaried workers in Honeoye (Hun-ee-OY) Falls, N.Y., will be offered the chance to move to GM's engine and transmission research unit in Pontiac, Mich.