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UAW VP Nominated For Seat On GM Board

April 25, 2014 1:33 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

For the first time, General Motors Co. could have an official of the United Auto Workers union on its board of directors.                                    

Adobe, Apple Settle High-Tech Workers' Lawsuit

April 25, 2014 9:47 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Google, Apple, Intel, and Adobe Systems have settled a class-action lawsuit alleging they conspired to prevent their engineers and other highly sought technology workers from getting better job offers from one another.          

Study Says U.S. Manufacturers Gaining Competitiveness

April 25, 2014 9:40 am | by Paul Wiseman, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. manufacturers have grown more competitive over the past decade compared with factories in China, Brazil and most of the world's other major economies.                           

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Lawyer: Volkswagen Has Deals In Places Outside Tenn.

April 25, 2014 9:21 am | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press | News | Comments

Volkswagen warned Tennessee officials during difficult negotiations over incentives to expand the German automaker's lone U.S. plant that the company has already secured offers to build a new SUV elsewhere.              

3M Plans $18.7M Expansion In Missouri

April 24, 2014 2:21 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Plant manager Todd Cantrell said Wednesday the expansion will make the site the largest 3M plant in Missouri and one of the largest in the country.                              

A Year After Tragic Factory Collapse, Bangladeshis Suffer

April 24, 2014 9:28 am | by Julhas Alam, Associated Press | News | Comments

One year after the Rana Plaza garment factory collapsed in a pile of concrete slabs and twisted metal, Bangladeshi seamstress Shefali says she would rather starve to death than return to factory work.                

Textron Cutting 750 Cessna, Beechcraft Jobs

April 23, 2014 1:43 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Just over a month after buying Beechcraft for $1.4 billion, Textron announced 750 job cuts at that company and at its Cessna division.                                  

Motorola Mobility Opens Chicago Headquarters

April 23, 2014 10:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Smartphone maker Motorola Mobility has moved its headquarters and 2,000 employees to Chicago's Merchandise Mart.                                       

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Job Market For College Grads Improves

April 23, 2014 9:37 am | by Paul Wiseman, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The Labor Department on Tuesday said the unemployment rate for 2013 college graduates was 10.9 percent. That was down from 13.3 percent in 2012.                               

No End In Sight For China Shoe Factory Strike

April 22, 2014 9:58 am | by Didi Tang and Kelvin K. Chan, Associated Press | News | Comments

Workers on strike at a Chinese factory owned by the world's largest maker of athletic shoes have rejected management's latest offer in an ongoing labor dispute that is crimping production for brands such as Nike and Adidas.       

Albuquerque Leaders Propose Site For Tesla

April 21, 2014 2:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Some Albuquerque leaders are suggesting a site on the city's west side as a location for Tesla Motors' planned new plant to manufacture batteries for its electric cars.                        

UAW Withdraws Volkswagen Vote Appeal

April 21, 2014 9:47 am | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press | News | Comments

In a statement, the UAW says it will instead focus on a congressional investigation into an anti-unionization campaign by Republican politicians and outside groups.                          

Unemployment Rates Fall In 21 States

April 18, 2014 2:08 pm | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The Labor Department said Friday that unemployment rates dropped in 21 states, rose in 17 and were unchanged in the remaining 12.                                   

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Why BMW Is Making Cars In The USA

April 18, 2014 12:30 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

BMW's North American President Ludwig Willisch talks about why the company is manufacturing its X series cars in South Carolina.                                  

Trade Group To Mediate Shoe Factory Strike

April 18, 2014 9:18 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

More than 40,000 workers went on strike this week against Yue Yuen Industrial (Holdings) Ltd., bringing production to a halt at the manufacturer, which makes shoes for companies including Nike and Adidas.             

Fuji Heavy Increasing Production At Indiana Plant

April 18, 2014 9:13 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd., the maker of Subaru-brand cars, will boost production capacity at its plant in Fayetteville, Indiana by 30,000 units by the summer to address strong demand in the U.S.                

CBO: Boosting Minimum Wage Would Cost Firms $15B

April 17, 2014 2:24 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Congressional Budget Office estimates that a Senate Democratic proposal gradually boosting the minimum wage to $10.10 hourly would force businesses to spend $15 billion more in salaries in 2017.                 

House Dems Pressing Inquiry Into Tenn. VW Vote

April 17, 2014 2:00 pm | by Tom Raum, Associated Press | News | Comments

Two House Democrats are beginning their own inquiry into whether Tennessee state officials may have violated "or otherwise run afoul of" federal law by their alleged conduct ahead of a unionization vote by workers at a Volkswagen factory.    

1 Killed In Blast At Tenn. Ammunition Plant

April 17, 2014 9:48 am | by Sheila Burke, Associated Press | News | Comments

An explosion and fire at a Tennessee plant where ammunition is made has killed one person and left three others injured.                                      

Strike At Sneaker Factory Snowballs To 30,000

April 17, 2014 9:45 am | by Didi Tang, Associated Press | News | Comments

A strike at the Chinese factories of the world's biggest athletic shoe maker snowballed Thursday to about 30,000 workers, making it one of the largest-ever work stoppages at a private business in China.              

AME Leading Efforts To Attract Workers To Manufacturing

April 16, 2014 11:40 am | by Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME) | News | Comments

With continued demand for more workers in manufacturing industries, the Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME) is leading the charge to reinvigorate the national workforce and attract new personnel.             

Obama, Biden Announcing $600M For Job Grants

April 16, 2014 10:03 am | by Darlene Superville, Associated Press | News | Comments

Striving to show action on jobs, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are hitting the road to trumpet $600 million in new competitive grants to spur creation of targeted training and apprenticeship programs that could help people land well-paying jobs.

New Heinz Owners Offer Buyouts To Pittsburgh Staff

April 15, 2014 2:22 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The new owners of H.J. Heinz Co. have offered buyouts to all workers in Pittsburgh, where the ketchup-and-food giant has been based for decades.                               

10,000 Sneaker Factory Workers Strike In China

April 15, 2014 9:58 am | by Kelvin Chan, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Workers at a Chinese factory owned by Yue Yuen, the world's largest maker of athletic footwear for brands such as Nike and Adidas, are striking in a dispute over benefits.                        

French IT Staff Win Right To Unplug

April 11, 2014 10:03 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

French IT staff at Google, Facebook, and other companies have won new protections against burnout: the right to unplug.                                     

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