Toyota Motor Corp. has suspended operations at its plant in Durban, South Africa, since Monday afternoon, as workers there have been on strike, demanding higher wages, Toyota officials said Thursday. The company is now under negotiations with the representatives of the labor union, the officials said.
A private survey shows that U.S. businesses added fewer workers in September than August, a sign that slow growth may be holding back hiring. Payroll processor ADP said Wednesday that companies added 162,000 jobs last month. That's below August's total of 189,000, which was revised lower.
An automotive company that specializes in plastic parts says it will build a plant in South Carolina's Greenville County that employs nearly 120 workers. The state Commerce Department said Wednesday that South Carolina Plastics LLC will spend $12 million to build a plant in Fountain Inn. The company makes parts such as door modules, door handles, cable drum housings and covers for seat belts.
Electronics maker Lenovo will start making computers at its warehouse near Greensboro, N.C. The company announced Tuesday that it will hire 115 employees to help make the tablet, notebook and desktop computers at its Whitsett facility about 10 miles east of Greensboro. Lenovo is a Chinese company with a headquarters in Mooresville. The company is trying to expand its sales in the United States.
More than 2 million factory workers went on a one-day strike across Indonesia on Wednesday to demand better benefits and protest the hiring of contract workers, union officials said. Hundreds of thousands of laborers from more than 700 companies in 80 industrial estates also took to the streets to demonstrate, national police spokesman Col. Agus Rianto said.
The AFL-CIO has endorsed a nationwide consumer boycott of American Crystal Sugar products to protest its 14-month lockout of union workers. In a statement, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka says they hope the boycott encourages Crystal Sugar to respect the workers who made it an industry leader.
Boeing Co.'s union of engineers and technical workers overwhelmingly rejected the aerospace giant's first contract offer in ballots tallied Monday night. Union leaders for the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace, or SPEEA, had recommended that the union's 23,000 members say no to Boeing's four-year contract offer.
A lawmaker says he's expecting the North Dakota Legislature to take up the issue of whether workers who are locked out of their jobs should get unemployment benefits. The North Dakota Supreme Court is considering whether state law provides jobless benefits for about 400 locked-out workers at American Crystal Sugar Co.
Canadian auto workers at Chrysler ratified a new contract with the automaker, the auto union said Sunday. The Canadian Auto Workers union said 90 percent of those voting approved the tentative deal that was reached last week. It was not immediately clear how many of the 8,000 workers at Chrysler's plants in Ontario cast ballots in the ratification vote held this weekend.
Workers at a Ford factory in France swarmed the Paris Auto Show with giant stickers, plastering about 20 cars around the hall to protest lost jobs in the automotive industry. About 400 workers, most from a factory in the southwestern city of Blanquefort, joined the protest on Saturday. Eric Gontier, a union official at the protest says "France needs industry."
Members of the United Steelworkers have approved a new three-year contract with U.S. Steel. The union said in a statement Friday that members ratified the contract by a margin of about four to one. Both sides of the negotiating team had announced the agreement earlier this month.
Manufactured exports—a bright spot of the U.S. economy in recent years—are set to surge. Combined with jobs created as a result of reshoring, higher U.S. exports could add 2.5 million to 5 million jobs by the end of the decade, as manufacturers shift production from leading European countries and Japan to take advantage of substantially lower costs in the U.S., according to new research by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG).
Canadian auto workers at GM have voted to accept the new contract that their union leadership negotiated last week, the union said Thursday. The Canadian Auto Workers union said 73 percent of its GM members accepted the four-year deal. The union said about half of the 5,500 workers at GM Canada cast ballots.
Campbell Soup Co. is closing two U.S. plants and cutting more than 700 jobs as it looks to trim costs amid declining consumption of its canned soups. The world's largest soup maker said Thursday that it will close a plant in Sacramento, Calif., that has about 700 full-time workers.
The “TechBelt” region has been hit hard by the recession, with numerous plant closures and the loss of manufacturing jobs. The I-80/I-79 corridor has nearly 32,000 manufacturers, and countless employees who have those “high-tech” skills that modern manufacturers need to thrive, but oftentimes, there simply isn’t enough work to go around.
The Canadian Auto Workers union agreed to a new labor contract with Chrysler on Wednesday night, ending weeks of talks with the Detroit automakers and avoiding strikes and the possibility production will move to the United States. CAW President Ken Lewenza said Chrysler matched the four-year agreements the union reached with Ford and GM this month.
About 160 people who work at a southern Ohio plant will lose their jobs when the manufacturer transfers its military production to Texas. WLWT-TV reports that it'll be the latest round of cuts at the BAE Systems plant in West Chester, north of Cincinnati. The plant has already laid off several hundred workers since losing a $3 billion military contract to a Wisconsin company.
The Canadian Auto Workers union says it is close to reaching a new labor deal with Chrysler. CAW spokeswoman Shannon Devine said Wednesday it is quite possible the union will reach an agreement Wednesday night. The union wants Chrysler to match the deals it has reached with Ford and GM.
ThyssenKrupp Materials North America says it plans to build a new facility in Woodstock, Ala. A news release from U.S. Rep. Spencer Bachus says the company announced Tuesday that it will spend $13 million to build a new materials processing and distribution center.
Defense contractor General Dynamics Corp. is laying off about 50 employees in Vermont and 30 in Maine, after nearly completing work on special armor for military vehicles and a decline in demand for its guns, company officials said Tuesday. The cuts will be to both hourly and salaried employees in administrative, engineering, management and manufacturing support, company communications director Karl Johnson said.
Mexico's main political parties agree that the country's dysfunctional labor laws need to be retooled. What they don't agree on is how, with a new proposal to loosen hiring and increase union democracy threatening to unleash a wave of labor unrest.
Some buy American because they, as Americans themselves, think it’s simply the right thing to do. Some buy American because, to them, seeing the “Made in America” label means that they’re getting a superior product. Others, because they’ve heard the statistics outlining the importance of a strong manufacturing base in the U.S. Whatever the reason, I don’t think it can ever hurt to support an economy that makes such a difference.
Curtiss-Wright Corp. said Monday that a strike at its flow control business' electro-mechanical division plant in Cheswick, Pa., has end and the 300 union members involved have begun to return to work. Contracts between the aerospace and defense supplier and the location's two local unions expired in August.
The company that makes Apple's iPhones suspended production at a factory in China on Monday after a brawl by as many as 2,000 employees at a dormitory injured 40 people. The fight, the cause of which was under investigation, erupted Sunday night at a privately managed dormitory near a Foxconn Technology Group factory in the northern city of Taiyuan, the company and Chinese police said.
Canadian auto workers at Ford have voted to accept the new contract that their union leadership negotiated last week, the union said Sunday. The Canadian Auto Workers union said 82 percent of its Ford members accepted the four-year deal. The union did not indicate how many of its 4,500 workers at Ford cast ballots.