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Investigation Shines a Light on Workers Compensation Cuts

March 5, 2015 3:09 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

ProPublica and NPR recently released a joint investigation that had some startling results. It found that workers compensation benefits and access to such benefits has been drastically reduced as of late, benefiting employers and insurance companies. 

Mayor to NYC Business Leaders: Start Pay at $13 an Hour

March 5, 2015 10:55 am | by Jonathan Lemire, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mayor Bill de Blasio, promoting his message of income equality, pressed influential New York...

Applications for U.S. Jobless Aid Inch Up to a 10-Month High

March 5, 2015 10:30 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The number of people seeking unemployment benefits rose last week to the highest level since May...

U.S. Productivity Falls at Faster Pace, Labor Costs Rise

March 5, 2015 10:23 am | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. worker productivity was even weaker than first thought from October through December while...

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Minnesota Republican Knocks Wisconsin Right-to-Work Proposal

March 4, 2015 10:25 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Despite widespread support in Wisconsin's Republican-controlled Legislature and the endorsement of right-to-work by the national GOP, one Minnesota Republican harshly criticized the proposed law and invited affected companies to consider moving across the Mississippi River.

Survey: U.S. Businesses Add 212K Jobs in February

March 4, 2015 9:37 am | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. businesses added more than 200,000 jobs in February for the 13th straight month, a private survey found. It was the latest sign that strong hiring should boost the economy this year.

Feds List Manufacturing Jobs Among Best That 'Don’t Need a Degree'

March 2, 2015 1:58 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The U.S. Labor Department highlighted millwrights, industrial machinery mechanics and machinery maintenance workers on a recent list of "10 Good Jobs that Don't Need a Degree."

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Reclaimed Land Offers New Development Opportunities

March 2, 2015 10:00 am | by Scott Broden, The Daily News Journal | News | Comments

An old abandoned factory can go beyond being a rusty eyesore.

Ahead of the Bell: U.S. Manufacturing Likely Grew More Slowly

March 2, 2015 9:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Institute for Supply Management reports on a survey about U.S. manufacturing production, orders and other activity in February.

Dearth of Jobs a Barrier to Post-Bankruptcy Detroit's Growth

March 2, 2015 9:42 am | by Corey Williams, The Associated Press | News | Comments

For many city residents with limited skills and education, Detroit is an employment desert, having lost tens of thousands of blue-collar jobs in manufacturing cutbacks and service jobs as the population dwindled.

TN GOP Leader Questions Incentives for Unionized GM Plant

February 27, 2015 10:58 am | by Erik Schelzig, The Associated Press | News | Comments

State Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey said that it may have been "a mistake" for Tennessee to subsidize the development of the General Motors plant outside Nashville because it has a United Auto Workers union contract.

Baton Rouge-Area Industries Expect to Maintain Employment

February 27, 2015 9:55 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A survey by the Greater Baton Rouge Industrial Alliance finds most of the Baton Rouge area's major industrial employers expect spending and employment at the plants to remain the same or expand during the next six months.

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Wisconsin Moves Closer to 'Right-to-Work' Status

February 26, 2015 2:41 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The Wisconsin state Senate passed "right-to-work" legislation late Wednesday, moving the state one step closer to prohibiting membership in a union as a condition of employment.

What's Going on with the Labor Unions of Today?

February 25, 2015 3:11 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Labor unions historically developed out of a desperate need to protect the rights of the worker. They are responsible for better wages, reasonable hours, safe working conditions, the end of child labor and even health benefits. So why do they often seem to be under so much scrutiny? 

MS Auto Parts Workers in Union Drive Plant Protest

February 24, 2015 2:28 pm | by Jeff Amy, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Workers at an automotive seat factory in Mississippi are protesting what they say are low wages and poor working conditions as they attempt to unionize in what could become a new front for the United Auto Workers in the state.

Will Wal-Mart Pay Raises Move the Needle on Wages?

February 24, 2015 9:28 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

Last week's announcement that the Bentonville, Arkansas company would spend more than $1 billion to raise pay for 500,000 of its employees – or 40 percent of its U.S. workforce – made serious waves in business and political circles.

Refinery Strike Expands Again

February 23, 2015 2:08 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

A strike by union members at oil refineries continues to expand with some 6,550 workers now off the job at 15 plants or refineries across the country. 

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UAW Chief Doesn’t Rule Out Work Stoppage

February 23, 2015 10:12 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

The head of the United Autoworkers union recognizes the need to ensure the long-term health of the U.S. auto industry. But as the UAW prepares to enter negotiations with the "Big Three" auto companies — General Motors, Ford and Fiat Chrysler — Dennis Williams says the union is prepared to call for its members to walk out.

Wisconsin Lawmakers to Vote on Right-to-Work Bill

February 20, 2015 2:03 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

The Wisconsin Legislature is planning to vote on a bill that would make it the country's 25th "right-to-work" state. 

Labor Disputes Roil Canadian Rail Industry

February 19, 2015 10:01 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digial Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

The union representing thousands of Canadian National Railway Company employees says it is considering a strike vote as labor issues persist among the country's largest rail operators.

Report: Solar Energy Jobs Up More Than 20 Percent in 2014

February 18, 2015 9:37 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

The U.S. solar energy sector employed nearly 174,000 workers in manufacturing, construction, engineering, sales and other industries as of November 2014, an increase of nearly 22 percent compared to the previous year.

Why Refinery Strike Has Little Impact at Gas Pump

February 17, 2015 1:53 pm | News | Comments

A refinery strike would seem like an understandable reason for increased gas prices. Yet three weeks into a walkout at 11 refineries around the country, the impact on the prices of gasoline, diesel and other fuels is barely discernable. Here's why. 

VW Certifies UAW Alternative Group at Tennessee Plant

February 17, 2015 1:47 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

Volkswagen has certified a group called the American Council of Employees to represent workers at its Chattanooga, Tennessee plant, setting the stage for the group's continued showdowns with the United Autoworkers union.

Obama Administration May Double Salary Threshold for OT Exemption

February 17, 2015 1:35 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

Policy experts expect forthcoming rules from the Obama administration to potentially double the salary threshold for exemptions to overtime pay requirements.

Manufacturing's Winner & Loser of the Week

February 13, 2015 11:06 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Over the past week the manufacturing sector has experienced no shortage of news. From continued strikes to massive recalls — the news has run the gamut — and after sifting through it all here is this week's Manufacturing's Winner & Loser.

Congress Seeks to Undo Union Election Standard

February 13, 2015 10:38 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digial Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

Republican lawmakers who now control both houses of Congress are taking steps to counter federal agency decisions they believe favor unions.

Mississippi Toyota Plant Reaches Milestone

February 13, 2015 10:33 am | by Dennis Seid, Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal | News | Comments

Toyota Motor Manufacturing Mississippi, which began building the Corolla in October 2011, reached the half-million production mark faster than any of the other eight Toyota plants in the U.S.

Retailers Fret as Products Languish on Ships, Docks at Ports

February 13, 2015 10:17 am | by Justin Pritchard, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Stores gearing up for warmer weather are fretting that they won't have some products to sell due to a labor crisis at West Coast seaports.

Re-skilled Workers Bring the Industrial Internet of Things to Life

February 12, 2015 10:14 am | by Sudarshan Krishnamurthi, Senior Product Manager, Cisco, on behalf of Industrial IP Advantage | Articles | Comments

​The explosion of the Internet of Things (IoT) holds huge potential for manufacturers in 2015. But in order to fulfill these promises, manufacturers will need skilled workers who can deploy the evolving technology on the plant side.

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