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Samsung Supplier Sues U.S. Labor Watchdog

October 2, 2014 1:40 pm | by Youkyung Lee, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Chinese supplier of Samsung Electronics Co. filed a lawsuit accusing a New York City-based labor watchdog of spreading false rumors of child labor, but the labor group says it has evidence to back up its report.             

Alcoa Opens World's Largest Aluminum-Lithium Aerospace Plant in IN

October 2, 2014 9:54 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Alcoa, a global leader in lightweight metals technology, engineering, and manufacturing, today is officially opening the world’s largest aluminum-lithium plant in Lafayette, Indiana where it produces advanced, third-generation aluminum-lithium alloys for the aerospace industry. 

Applications for Unemployment Benefits Drops to 287K

October 2, 2014 9:44 am | by Josh Boak, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits dropped 8,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 287,000, as the total number of beneficiaries dropped to its lowest level in more than eight years.              

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U.S. Companies Added 213K Jobs in September, 35K in Manufacturing

October 1, 2014 1:44 pm | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. businesses added 213,000 jobs in September, stepping up hiring for the sixth straight month, according to a private survey.                                   

Ford Adding 1,000 New Jobs in Canada

October 1, 2014 9:37 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford Motor Co. of Canada says it is adding 1,000 jobs at its plant in Oakville, Ontario, by the end of this year to build the 2015 Ford Edge crossover SUV for the global market.                     

General Mills Plans To Cut 700 to 800 Jobs

October 1, 2014 9:09 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Mills plans to cut approximately 700 to 800 jobs, the second time it's trimmed its work force in a month, as the food company adjusts for a shift by U.S. consumers away from boxed or frozen meals.             

U.S. Facing Shortage of Technical Skilled Labor

September 30, 2014 12:21 pm | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

The U.S. is facing a shortage of technical skilled labor. Many of the positions require training but pay well.                                        

GE To Build Oil and Gas Plant in Jacksonville

September 30, 2014 9:41 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Electric Co. is building a plant for its oil and gas division in Jacksonville, which promises to employ at least 500 people by the end of 2016.                             

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Where Are the Jobs?

September 29, 2014 2:42 pm | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

Joe Poole describes his job as a petrochemical process operator at Chevron Phillips Chemical in Houston.                                          

6 Things You Need To Know About STEM

September 26, 2014 11:59 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

STEM — the acronym for science, technology, engineering and math — has sparked a nationwide debate about education, gender, immigration and the future of the U.S. economy. Here are six things you need to know about STEM.       

India Launches New 'Make in India' Campaign to Boost Manufacturing

September 25, 2014 2:06 pm | by Katy Daigle, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched a campaign — "Make in India" — to entice investment and promote the country as the world's next cheap labor economy.                           

Boeing To Bring Hundreds of New Jobs to South Carolina

September 25, 2014 11:05 am | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

Boeing is bringing hundreds of new jobs to South Carolina. The Post and Courier of Charleston reports that the aerospace company has leased a 100,000-square-foot building in North Charleston for a new research center that will employ as many as 400 workers.  

Ford To Add 1,200 Workers at MO Plant

September 25, 2014 10:24 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford Motor Co. said Thursday that it's adding 1,200 workers and another shift to a Missouri plant that makes its new Transit van.                                   

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Applications for U.S. Unemployment Rise to 293K

September 25, 2014 9:26 am | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits increased last week after falling sharply two weeks ago.                                        

GreenTech Automotive Completes New Production Plant

September 24, 2014 2:14 pm | by Entertainment Close-Up | News | Comments

GreenTech Automotive (GTA), a U.S.-based automotive manufacturer dedicated to developing and producing energy-efficient vehicles, reported that construction is complete on its new production facility in Tunica, Mississippi.        

SpaceX Breaks Ground on Texas Rocket Launch Site

September 22, 2014 2:13 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SpaceX founder Elon Musk says his company expects to spend $100 million in South Texas over the next three to four years on the first commercial orbital spaceport.                         

UAW Workers Approve Lear Corp. Contract

September 22, 2014 1:51 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Workers at a Lear Corp. plant in northwestern Indiana that makes automotive seats approved an agreement Sunday that will end a two-tiered pay system that left some workers earning much less than others.              

Groundbreaking Planned for $1.3B Arkansas Steel Mill

September 22, 2014 10:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials will break ground Monday on a $1.3 billion steel mill that's promised to be an economic boon for northeast Arkansas.                                   

Unemployment Rates Rise in 24 States

September 19, 2014 12:36 pm | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Unemployment rates rose in nearly half of U.S. states in August, even as employers in two-thirds of the states added jobs.                                      

Collective Bargaining And Immigration: Important Considerations for Employers of an Organized Immigrant Workforce

September 19, 2014 10:11 am | by Frida Glucoft and John E. Exner | Articles | Comments

Knowing the immigration-related elements of a CBA and engaging qualified immigration and labor counsel in the collective bargaining process is critical to ensuring a company’s ability to retain foreign national employees in compliance with the terms of their immigration status and the terms of the CBA.

Thor Industries Plans Expansions for 2 Indiana Factories

September 18, 2014 1:19 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Thor Industries is planning expansion projects at two recreational vehicle factories in northern Indiana.                                         

Aircraft Interior Manufacturer Announces New Facility

September 18, 2014 10:42 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A French aircraft cabin interior manufacturer said Wednesday that it is spending $2.5 million to open a new facility in Arkansas that will initially employ 75 people.                        

U.S. To Train Veterans To Install Solar Panels

September 18, 2014 10:05 am | by Josh Lederman, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. is planning to train veterans to become solar panel installers in the next six years, said the White House.                                       

Applications for U.S. Jobless Benefits Fall Sharply

September 18, 2014 9:22 am | by Josh Boak, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits dropped by a sharp 36,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 280,000, a sign that the job market is strengthening.                     

Lear Factory Investments Will Create 100+ Jobs

September 17, 2014 11:56 am | by Andy Richardson | News | Comments

U.S. automotive manufacturer Lear Corporation plans to create 100 jobs as part of a multi-million pound investment to more than double the size of one of its Sunderland factories.                     

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