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U.S. Steel To Lay Off More Than 350 at Indiana Tin Mill

January 22, 2015 2:33 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. Steel says it will lay off more than 350 workers in East Chicago, Indiana, as it plans to temporarily close its tin mill.                                   

Where Does Your City Stack Up in Job Growth?

January 22, 2015 1:58 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

A report presented to a national mayors' group projected each of the nation's 363 metropolitan areas to add jobs in 2015.                                     

Unions Seek Jobs Threshold for Boeing Incentives

January 22, 2015 9:08 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

Unions representing aerospace workers in Washington state are backing legislation to place conditions on industry tax credits, drawing the ire of one of the state's flagship companies.                   

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Report: Wages Up Slightly in Fourth Quarter

January 21, 2015 2:50 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

Weekly earnings in the final three months of 2014 increased 1.7 percent compared to the same timeframe in the previous year, according to numbers from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.                  

Obama Calls for Additional Regulation, Investment in State of the Union Address

January 21, 2015 1:57 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

President Barack Obama called on Congress to enact a slew of new requirements for workers while investing in education and infrastructure during his State of the Union address, declaring, "Middle-class economics works."          

Energy Companies Announce Thousands of Layoffs

January 21, 2015 10:24 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

The continued decline in the prices of crude oil is wreaking havoc in the oilfield services sector, where three industry giants have announced thousands of job cuts in recent days.                    

Survey Shows Increased Optimism Among Manufacturing Executives

January 21, 2015 10:12 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

A newly released survey showed top U.S. manufacturing executives were increasingly optimistic about the national economy heading into 2015 — and that many planned to increase their workforces this year.             

Union To Discuss Pillsbury Plant Set to Close

January 20, 2015 1:54 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The union that represents workers at a Pillsbury plant set for closure expects to meet next month with General Mills officials to discuss the southern Indiana plant's future.                     

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Skills Gap Predictions for 2015: Rising Wages and More Training

January 20, 2015 10:40 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.Net | Blogs | Comments

The skills gap, or the documented gap between the number of manufacturing jobs available and the number of talented workers available to fill those positions, was undeniably one of the hottest topics in manufacturing in 2014.       

President Pushes Paid Sick Leave

January 16, 2015 11:55 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

Ahead of his State of the Union speech next week, President Obama has announced that he will call on Congress to require companies to give workers up to seven days of paid sick leave a year.                 

BP Cuts Staff, Contractors as Oil Prices Fall

January 15, 2015 2:34 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BP has announced it will cut an estimated 200 staff jobs and another 100 contracting jobs in light of falling oil prices.                                     

Bombardier Cutting 1,000 Jobs in Kansas, Mexico

January 15, 2015 10:06 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Bombardier says it's going to cut about 1,000 employees from its Learjet business in 2015, affecting sites in Mexico and the United States.                               

Manufacturing in New York Rebounded in Jan. as Hiring Rose

January 15, 2015 9:32 am | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Manufacturing activity in New York state rebounded in January, with factory owners saying they were more optimistic about future demand and hiring.                             

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GOP Leader Says TN Lawmakers Will Approve VW Incentives

January 14, 2015 3:21 pm | by Erik Schelzig, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A top Republican in the Tennessee General Assembly expects his colleagues to approve the state share of a $300 million incentive package for Volkswagen despite misgivings over a "secret deal" for the United Auto Workers union at the German automaker's plant in Chattanooga.

Port Officials Accuse Workers of 'Stifling Productivity' Amid Labor Dispute

January 14, 2015 2:09 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

Officials representing West Coast ports on Monday alleged dockworkers have deliberately ground shipments at several large ports to a near-halt amid an ongoing labor dispute.                      

Michigan Supreme Court Hears Major Right-to-Work Case

January 14, 2015 2:03 pm | by David Eggert, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Michigan's conservative Supreme Court is seeking to reconcile whether 31,000 unionized state employees are covered by a right-to-work law, hearing opposing arguments Tuesday on whether lawmakers stepped on the turf of a panel that regulates labor conditions for those staffers.

Help Wanted: U.S. Job Openings Climb to 14 Year High

January 14, 2015 9:57 am | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. employers advertised the most job openings in nearly 14 years in November, the Labor Department said Tuesday. That suggests businesses are determined to keep adding staff because they are confident strong economic growth will create more demand for their goods and services. 

Labor Unions Intensify Opposition to Emerging Free-Trade Pact

January 13, 2015 12:09 pm | by Tom Raum, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Just over two decades after lobbying unsuccessfully against the North American Free Trade Agreement, U.S. labor unions are again voicing strong reservations to a proposed major trade-liberalization deal.             

Fiat Chrysler Looks to Add 1,500 Jobs in Italian Factory

January 12, 2015 2:19 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles says "extremely positive" results for sales of the new Jeep Renegade and Fiat 500X will allow the automaker to add 1,500 new jobs in Italy.                         

Why U.S. Inflation Stays Low While Job Growth Surges

January 12, 2015 10:10 am | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Month after month, U.S. hiring keeps rising, and unemployment keeps falling. Eventually, pay and inflation are supposed to start surging in response. But that isn't happening, and economists are struggling to explain the phenomenon.     

Pillsbury Plant Closure to Put 400 Employees Out of Work

January 12, 2015 9:41 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | News | Comments

General Mills continues its layoffs with another plant closure, this time one of its Pillsbury facilities.                                         

Food Industry Leaders Wave Goodbye to 2014 With Job Cuts

January 9, 2015 11:41 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | News | Comments

As you sip that ice-cold Coca-Cola, the workers who helped manufacture it are worrying about losing their jobs. Just this morning, Coca-Cola announced it will be laying off between 1,600 and 1,800 jobs throughout the next few months in an effort to help trim costs.

Manufacturing Job Growth Up in 2014

January 9, 2015 11:34 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

Manufacturing job growth increased dramatically in 2014 compared to the previous year, according to numbers from the federal Labor Department released Friday.                           

Union Efforts Could Jeopardize VW Expansion Package

January 9, 2015 9:21 am | by Andrew Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

The ongoing fight over organizing workers at a Tennessee auto plant could jeopardize a massive incentive package aimed at expanding the facility.                              

Manufacturing's Winner & Loser of the Week

January 8, 2015 4:11 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

The first full week of 2015 has been eventful for the manufacturing sector with no shortage of news making this week’s decision for ‘Winner’ and ‘Loser’ difficult. However, after careful consideration, Eben Bayer and Gavin McIntyre, co-founders of Ecovative, are this week’s ‘Winner’ while Fayetteville and Dayton, Tennessee receive the ‘Loser’ title.  

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