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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....

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...

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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

U.S. Manufacturing Slows As Output, Hiring Weaken

March 2, 2015 11:09 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. factories expanded last month at their weakest pace in a year, with orders, hiring and production all growing more slowly. The Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers, said Monday that its manufacturing index slipped...

Dearth Of Jobs A Barrier To Post-Bankruptcy Detroit's Growth

March 2, 2015 3:13 am | by Corey Williams, The Associated Press | News | Comments

When Alison Norris couldn't find work in Detroit, she searched past the city limits, ending up with a part-time restaurant job that's 20 miles away but takes at least two hours to get to via separate city and suburban bus systems. For many city residents...

Baton Rouge-Area Industries Expect To Maintain Employment

February 27, 2015 10:29 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...  

TN GOP Leader Questions Incentives For Unionized GM Plant

February 26, 2015 7:14 pm | by Erik Schelzig, The Associated Press | News | Comments

State Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey said Thursday 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. The Blountville Republican's comments came as GOP...

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

February 26, 2015 3:15 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The Wisconsin state Senate passed "right-to-work" legislation late Wednesday, which moves the state one step closer to prohibiting membership in a union as a condition of employment. The bill passed by a 17-15 margin with just one Republican breaking ranks to vote against...

What's Going On With The Labor Unions Of Today?

February 26, 2015 9:48 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations | Blogs | Comments

The pros and cons of labor unions throughout history.                                

TJ Maxx, Marshalls To Follow Wal-Mart In Raising Pay

February 25, 2015 1:18 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The owner of T.J. Maxx, Marshalls and Home Goods stores said Wednesday that it will boost pay for its U.S. workers to at least $9 per hour. The announcement by TJX Cos. comes a week after Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said it would increase wages for its employees and is a sign that more...

Will Wal-Mart Pay Raises Move The Needle On Wages?

February 24, 2015 1:29 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

As the world's largest retailer and the nation's largest private employer, Wal-Mart serves as a convenient punching bag for those decrying the growing prevalence of low-wage service industry jobs in the U.S. So, last week's announcement that the Bentonville, Arkansas company would...

MS Auto Parts Workers In Union Drive Plan Protest

February 23, 2015 5:14 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. A group of workers and supporters at the...

UAW Chief Doesn’t Rule Out Work Stoppage

February 23, 2015 3:11 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | Articles | 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...

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