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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.                        

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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.                                   

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.                

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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.             

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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.                                     

Defense Company Laying Off 760

April 11, 2014 9:42 am | by Dinesh Ramde, Associated Press | News | Comments

Oshkosh Corp. said Thursday it plans to eliminate about 760 jobs from its defense division this summer, a decision driven by lower demand for its mine-resistant trucks and other military vehicles.                

GE Plans To Add 1,400 Jobs In Cincinnati Area

April 10, 2014 1:42 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The General Electric Co. plans to build a new U.S. global operations center in the Cincinnati area, bringing an expected 1,400 jobs to southwest Ohio.                             

Help Wanted: Millennials Manufacture The Future

April 10, 2014 9:43 am | by The National Association Of Manufacturers | Videos | Comments

The National Association of Manufacturers needs Millennials to join and recruit the next generation of the manufacturing army. In this video, NAM interviews college students about what manufacturing means to them.            

How Veterans Could Help Manufacturing Fix The Skills Gap

April 9, 2014 2:08 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net - @Mnet_JoelHans | Articles | Comments

When it comes to understanding the need for reliability and maintenance, it’s hard to look further than veterans — they know the stakes if a piece of equipment fails.                         

Gender Pay Gap Bill Has Little Chance In Senate

April 9, 2014 9:39 am | by Alan Fram, Associated Press | News | Comments

Democrats are rallying behind campaign-season legislation curbing paycheck discrimination against women. The bill, partly designed to energize the party's core voters, stands little chance of surviving in the Senate.            

NLRB Hears Union Complaints About Mercedes

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

A judge with the National Labor Relations Board is considering a complaint filed by union supporters at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Alabama, where labor has failed to gain a foothold despite past organizing attempts.           

GM Auto Workers In Kentucky Vote To Allow Strike

April 9, 2014 9:31 am | by Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press | News | Comments

Workers at the General Motors plant in Kentucky that assembles Corvettes have voted to authorize a strike over lingering safety concerns.                                 

America's Infrastructure Problems, Part 2 - Why We Should Invest

April 9, 2014 8:29 am | by Mike Collins, Saving American Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

Besides reducing reactive spending, another very good reason to consider a comprehensive plan to deal with the infrastructure problems is that it would create a lot of jobs in both construction and manufacturing.            

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