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Ford To Lay Off 700 Workers Due To Slow Car Sales

April 24, 2015 9:48 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

It's the first time since 2009 that Ford has cut a shift at a U.S. plant. Automakers have been in growth mode since the recession, adding thousands of workers to meet strong U.S. demand for new cars.

Low Wages, Trade Deals Luring Auto Plants And Jobs To Mexico

April 21, 2015 3:19 pm | by Tom Krisher, Christopher Sherman, The Associated Press | News | Comments

In the past two years, eight automakers have opened or announced new plants or expansions in...

Halliburton Cuts 9K Jobs In Wake Of Oil's Drop

April 20, 2015 6:06 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. drilling activity has dropped by half since November, and energy companies are pressing...

Labor Group Seeks Rehiring Of Workers At 5 Wal-Mart Sites

April 20, 2015 3:43 pm | by Anne D'Innocenzio, AP Retail Writer | News | Comments

A union is asking labor regulators to go to court to force Wal-Mart to rehire all 2,200...

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Survey: U.S. Businesses Expect Sales Rebound, More Hiring

April 20, 2015 10:41 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The percentage of firms that said they raised pay in the January-March quarter soared to 45 percent, up from 31 percent in January and 35 percent a year earlier.

Hyundai Supplier Disputes Safety Allegations, Blames Union

April 17, 2015 10:06 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Lear Corp. says safety allegations are part of efforts by United Auto Workers to pressure the company into accepting a union at the plant.

Machinists Could Postpone Boeing Unionization Vote

April 16, 2015 2:21 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The International Association of Machinists union is reportedly considering delaying a union election amid heavy pressure from Boeing Company and South Carolina elected officials.

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Minimum Wage Campaigns Meet Resistance From Some Union Members

April 16, 2015 1:58 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Reports categorized Wednesday's rallies as the largest yet in a now years-long campaign to raise the nation's pay floor from the current $7.25 per hour to a "living wage" of $15 per hour.

Skilled Foreign Worker Program Quickly Hits Cap

April 14, 2015 9:22 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Applications exceeded the government’s annual limit within a week for the third consecutive year.

Federal Estimates Show Slight Decline In Manufacturing Jobs

April 6, 2015 12:04 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The official totals showed the country lost 1,000 jobs in the manufacturing sector compared to February numbers, which BLS officials characterized as "little change" in employment.

Obama Vetoes Union Election Rule

March 31, 2015 3:13 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

"Workers deserve a level playing field that lets them freely choose to make their voices heard, and this requires fair and streamlined procedures for determining whether to have unions as their bargaining representative," Obama said in a statement.

U.S. Steel To Idle Part Of Minnesota Plant, Lay Off 680

March 31, 2015 10:25 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

It's the latest symptom of the downturn in the American steel and iron mining industry. U.S. Steel cites high steel imports, dumping and low steel prices.

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Union Vote Set Next Month At Boeing's South Carolina Plants

March 27, 2015 2:41 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The union announced Tuesday that the Machinists and Boeing have agreed to the National Labor Relations Board conducting a one-day vote April 22 at five locations on the company's North Charleston campus.

U.S. Steel To Idle Illinois Plant, Lay Off More Than 2,000

March 26, 2015 9:35 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

"Global influences in the market like reduced steel prices, unfair trade, imports and fluctuating oil prices, continue to have an impact on the business."

UAW Chief Rejects Lower Wage Tier

March 25, 2015 1:11 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The current two-tier UAW wage system, installed in 2007, pays veteran workers $28 per hour, while pay for newer employees is capped at $19.28 per hour.

Report: GM, Ford Could Seek Lower Wage Tier From UAW

March 24, 2015 2:40 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

UAW is a top stockholder in GM and therefore has an interest in keeping labor costs in check, but the contract negotiations are set to begin during a tumultuous time for organized labor.

Applications For U.S. Jobless Aid Barely Rose Last Week

March 19, 2015 9:50 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly applications for unemployment aid rose slightly by 1,000 to a seasonally adjusted 291,000.                  

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General Mills Completes Plan To Cut About 800 Jobs

March 18, 2015 2:18 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Mills said that the previously announced job cuts, which were mostly in the U.S., were part of a restructuring plan called Project Catalyst that was approved during its fiscal second quarter.       

Why The Gender Pay Gap Matters For Manufacturing

March 17, 2015 2:06 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Report finds three of top twenty positions with the highest wage gaps are manufacturing-related.                         

Machinists Union Seeks Election At South Carolina Boeing Plant

March 17, 2015 10:27 am | by Bruce Smith, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The machinists union on Monday asked for an election so about 2,500 Boeing production workers in South Carolina can decide whether they want union representation.             

Rights Group: Big Brands Should Fight Labor Abuse

March 12, 2015 12:05 am | by Sopheng Cheang, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Leading clothing retailers such as Gap and H&M need to help alleviate labor abuses at factories in Cambodia that manufacture their products, a human rights organization said. New York-based Human Rights Watch said in a report released Thursday that a special...

Manufacturing Snapshot Of The Week: Rally Against Right-To-Work

March 11, 2015 1:00 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Monday morning marked Wisconsin’s official initiation into the group of 25 “right-to-work” states. The “right-to-work” status outlaws the mandatory payment of union dues in an effort to boost economic competition. The Wisconsin Legislature voted at the end of February, pushing...

Wisconsin Joins 'Right-To-Work' States

March 9, 2015 3:41 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Wisconsin officially became the 25th "right-to-work" state after Gov. Scott Walker signed legislation Monday at a Milwaukee water meter manufacturer. "This is one more big tool to help places like Badger Meter, when they can put jobs anywhere around the world, they can put them in Wisconsin," Walker said...

Report: Workers’ Comp Benefits Cut In Most States

March 9, 2015 10:47 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A majority of states took steps to reduce workers’ compensation benefits over the last 12 years, according to a sweeping investigative report from National Public Radio and ProPublica. As a result, employers paid workers’ comp insurance rates at their lowest levels since the 1970s, while workers...

Wisconsin Poised To Join Right-To-Work States

March 6, 2015 2:34 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Wisconsin is just days away from joining the ranks of the nation's right-to-work states following a marathon legislative session that concluded Friday morning.             

More Want Local Beef, But Fewer Want Tough Job Of Cutting It

March 6, 2015 9:17 am | by Scott Mcfetridge, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Kent Weise loves his work, but after 38 years slaughtering cattle, lugging carcasses that can weigh more than 1,000 pounds and slowly, methodically slicing cuts of meat, he understands why few people want to go into the business anymore. "It's killing cows. It's blood and...

Senate Votes To Scrap Union Election Rule

March 4, 2015 3:17 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The U.S. Senate voted Wednesday to reject a federal rule aimed at shortening the window between a union election petition and the start of voting by workers. The National Labor Relations Board adopted the revised policy late last year after a federal court ruling struck...

Minnesota Republican Knocks Wisconsin Right-To-Work Proposal

March 4, 2015 10:33 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker recently pledged that by the end of this week his state would become the 25th to have a "right-to-work" law on the books. But despite widespread support in Wisconsin's Republican-controlled Legislature and the endorsement...

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

March 2, 2015 1:41 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." The agency expects those jobs to grow by 17 percent through 2022 and that prospects for qualified...

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