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Study: Young Workers More Apt To Jump Jobs Quickly

March 26, 2014 2:55 pm | by Tom Raum, Associated Press | News | Comments

Young adults born in the early 1980s held an average of just over six jobs each from ages 18 through 26, a Labor Department survey showed Wednesday.                

Levis Strauss To Cut About 800 Jobs

March 26, 2014 2:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The privately held company said Wednesday that the cuts will include some management positions and what it considers duplicate roles.                    

Amy's Kitchen To Open New Orange County Plant

March 26, 2014 9:47 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Empire State Development says the company will invest nearly $100 million and build a 500,000-square-foot organic food-manufacturing plant with nearly 700 new jobs.               

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Texas Gov. Perry Sees Pros Of Tesla Direct Sales

March 25, 2014 1:28 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Videos | Comments

Perry cites the natural change in society and economic structures as the underpinning of why it’s the right choice now — things just aren’t sold the same way today as they were even 10 years ago, he argues.             

RV Maker Adding Workers In Indiana

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

A recreational vehicle maker is adding workers for a third production line at a northern Indiana factory.                                         

Judge Finds Labor Company Liable For Worker Abuse

March 25, 2014 9:57 am | by Jennifer Sinco Kelleher, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge has found a California-based labor contractor liable for discrimination and abuse of hundreds of Thai workers at Hawaii farms.                                

Washington's Exports Soar Thanks To Boeing

March 24, 2014 2:08 pm | by Richard Read, The Oregonian | News | Comments

The focus on Boeing, the nation's biggest exporter, brings up a more fundamental difference between the economies of Washington and Oregon that has national implications.                        

Bangladesh Factory Collapse Victims Want Compensation

March 24, 2014 9:59 am | by Julhas Alam, Associated Press | News | Comments

Bangladesh has begun compiling details about the victims of the 2013 Rana Plaza factory collapse as part of a global compensation deal, but dozens of people have taken to the streets demanding a more complete accounting of the disaster.      

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Anheuser-Busch, Teamsters Reach Tentative Deal

March 24, 2014 9:22 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Anheuser-Busch and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters say they have reached a tentative deal on a five-year contract for workers at the beverage-maker's 12 U.S. breweries.                     

Nevada Signs First Contract With Drone Company

March 21, 2014 2:28 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Gov. Brian Sandoval says Nevada has inked its first contract with a drone industry company, and is working with 15 to 20 more companies interested in setting up shop in the state.                     

Toyota To End Lockout At Indian Car Plants

March 20, 2014 1:51 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota Motors says it will end a lockout of workers at both of its auto assembly plants in India. The company employs 6,400 people at its two plants outside Bangalore.                       

North Dakota Tries To Woo Workers To Fill Empty Jobs

March 18, 2014 2:12 pm | by James MacPherson, Associated Press | News | Comments

The state's unprecedented oil bonanza has made it the economic darling of the nation — boasting a sturdy economy, a state government budget surplus, and its highest population ever.            

Unemployment Rates Drop In 43 States In January

March 17, 2014 2:21 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Labor Department says the unemployment rate rose in just one state — Iowa — where the rate increased to 4.3 percent from 4.2 percent.                                 

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Toyota Shuts Down 2 Plants In Lockout Over Wages

March 17, 2014 9:11 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota said Monday it has shut down production at its two auto-assembly plants in India, locking out 6,400 workers amid testy wage negotiations and allegations of threats against management.                 

Wins, Losses For The UAW Make For A Bumpy Road

March 14, 2014 3:13 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

As right-to-work becomes a more significant point in state political discussions, these union wins and losses have more impact.                                    

Walmart And 3D Systems Work To Rebuild Mfg. Jobs

March 14, 2014 2:06 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

Two big announcements yesterday, one from Walmart and one from 3D Systems, push for the creation and reshoring of American manufacturing jobs.                                

Obama Overtime Plan Stirs Controversy

March 14, 2014 1:54 pm | by Tom Raum, Associated Press | News | Comments

Obama signed a presidential memorandum on Thursday directing the Labor Department to devise new overtime rules "to ensure that workers are paid fairly for a hard day's work."                      

Whirlpool To Invest $40M, Add 400 Jobs In Ohio

March 14, 2014 1:05 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

The plant currently makes KitchenAid mixers and other small kitchen appliances, and Whirlpool said the investment is in response to more demand for those types of high-end cooking gadgets.                   

McDonald's Hit By Lawsuits Over Worker Pay

March 13, 2014 1:48 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Several lawsuits being filed against McDonald's this week say the fast-food chain engages in a variety of practices to avoid paying workers what they're owed.                           

Chemicals In iPhones Could Be Dangerous For Workers

March 13, 2014 9:37 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple's labor practices are under attack by two activist groups who contend the company makes its iPhones with a hazardous mix of chemicals that threaten the health of factory workers assembling the devices in China.          

Why Not A Tesla ‘Gigafactory’ In California?

March 12, 2014 2:24 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

The state made a few proposals for several possible sites, but the automaker wasn’t interested — there are a few compelling reasons not to invest too heavily in the state of California.                   

Ky. House Passes Bills Aimed At GE, AK Steel

March 12, 2014 9:55 am | by Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press | News | Comments

House lawmakers agreed on Monday to extend state tax incentives aimed at spurring new expansion projects by General Electric Co. and AK Steel, two key employers in the state.                     

Obama Expected To Increase Overtime Pay For Millions Of Workers

March 12, 2014 9:52 am | by Julie Pace, AP White House Correspondent | News | Comments

A White House official says President Barack Obama will direct the Labor Department to strengthen overtime pay protections for millions of workers.                              

Jeep Plant To Hire 1,000 Part-Time Workers To Meet Demand

March 11, 2014 1:06 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chrysler plans to hire up to 1,000 part-time employees to give exhausted full-time workers a break at its Toledo Jeep assembly plant.                                  

Arkansas Gets $165M Poultry Plant

March 10, 2014 1:49 pm | by Christina Huynh, Associated Press | News | Comments

Alabama-based Peco Foods announced plans Monday for a new poultry plant, hatchery, and feed mill in northeast Arkansas, a $165 million operation expected to create 1,000 jobs in two rural counties.               

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