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.
Sharp Corp. is considering selling its TV assembly plant in Malaysia to its Taiwanese business partner Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., sources close to the issue said Saturday. As the Malaysian plant has around 2,000 workers, the job cuts by the cash-strapped Osaka-based company will total around 10,000, including already announced workforce reductions.
Canadian autoworkers have reached contract deals with two of the Big Three and now are focusing in on the third — Chrysler. The Canadian Auto Workers union said late Thursday it reached a tentative deal with General Motors Co., leaving Chrysler as the only Detroit automaker that hasn't agreed to a new labor deal.
A Texas company that profited for decades by supplying mentally disabled workers to an Iowa turkey plant at wages of 41 cents per hour must pay the men $1.37 million in back wages, a federal judge ruled late Tuesday. The judgment against Henry's Turkey Service of Goldthwaite, Texas is the third of more than $1 million against the company.
Visteon Corp. said Wednesday that it will offer the option of one-time lump sum payments in lieu of traditional pension benefits to some former workers who are vested in its pension plan, but who are not currently receiving monthly payments.
The head of the Canadian Auto Workers said late Tuesday there has been significant progress toward a new labor deal with General Motors and said the Detroit automaker is waiting for a counter-proposal from the union. CAW President Ken Lewenza said they will make the offer Wednesday. He also said they've made progress with Chrysler, but not as much as they've made with GM.
Keeping labor costs down has long been a preferred method for manufacturers around the globe to achieve sustained success and profitability. However, lately it seems manufacturers have found investing in efforts to raise workforce productivity to be a reasonable and desirable alternative.
The Canadian Auto Workers union decided late Monday to keep working past a midnight strike deadline after reaching a deal with Ford and extending its contracts with General Motors and Chrysler. Workers will stay on the job as talks continue, but can go on strike after giving GM and Chrysler 24 hours' notice, President Ken Lewenza said late Monday.
It may seem simple; call a staffing firm to provide temporary workers to meet changing production cycles and schedules for your business. Utilizing an outside firm reduces many of the risks employing these temporary workers. But today’s temporary staffing environment is getting increasingly tricky and there may be repercussions in that decision that could have a more permanent — and costly — impact than you would like.
Striking union workers at Constellium Rolled Products in West Virginia's Jackson County will decide this week whether to accept or reject the company's latest contract offer. United Steelworkers officials tell media outlets that members of Local 5668 will vote by secret ballot on Wednesday. Four informational meetings on the contract proposal are scheduled Tuesday.
Honda Motor Co. and Mazda Motor Corp. on Monday both announced the halt to operations at their auto assembly plants in China, amid anti-Japan protests in the country triggered by Japan's nationalization of a group of islets in the East China Sea claimed by China.
The Canadian Auto Workers union said it is "very close" to reaching a deal with Ford as a midnight strike deadline looms with all three of Detroit's automakers. CAW spokeswoman Shannon Devine said Monday afternoon they are "nearly done" after talks went on until 6 a.m. and then picked up again around 8:30 a.m.