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Bustling West Coast Ports Fall Quiet Amid Labor Dispute

February 12, 2015 2:27 pm | by Justin Pritchard, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Seaports in major West Coast cities that normally are abuzz with the sound of commerce are falling unusually quiet. Companies that operate marine terminals said they weren't calling workers to unload ships Thursday that carry car parts, furniture, clothing, electronics — just about anything made in Asia and...

1,100 Natural Gas Utility Workers On Long Island Eye Walkout

February 12, 2015 2:10 pm | by Frank Eltman, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A utility is making contingency plans in the event 1,100 workers who repair gas mains and help operate power plants across Long Island walk off the job when their contract expires at midnight Friday. "We have experienced management personnel from throughout the company, as well as skilled retirees and...

Applications For U.S. Jobless Aid Rose To 304K Last Week

February 12, 2015 12:20 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits jumped last week, though it is still at relatively low levels pointing to healthy hiring. Applications rose 25,000 to a seasonally adjusted 304,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. The increase comes two weeks after applications plunged by...

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Survey: Job Openings Rose Slightly In December

February 11, 2015 1:02 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

The latest monthly numbers from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics showed the number of job openings increasing slightly in December compared to the previous month. Manufacturing job openings, however, were down compared to November...

Halliburton Says It Will Eliminate At Least 5,000 Jobs

February 11, 2015 12:54 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Oil and gas drilling services company Halliburton said Tuesday that it will eliminate at least 5,000 jobs in response to falling oil prices. The Houston company said it will lay off 6.5 to 8 percent of its staff, which represents 5,005 to 6,160 employees based on its total from the end of...

U.S. Job Openings Rise To 14-Year High

February 10, 2015 2:00 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The number of available jobs posted by U.S. employers rose in December to the highest level in 14 years, a sign recent strong job gains will likely continue. Employers also filled more jobs and more employees quit, two additional signs of an improving labor market. Job openings rose 3.7 percent to a seasonally adjusted 5 million, the...

Sluggish Ports Cause Problems For Some OR Businesses

February 10, 2015 9:48 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Willamette Valley businesses that rely on overseas shipments say they are frustrated by the delays that have come with bargaining over a labor contract at West Coast ports, and some say the effects have hit them coming and going. Complaints are coming from managers responsible for containers filled with products such as...

Congress To Vote To Repeal NLRB Rule

February 9, 2015 5:13 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Republican-controlled Congress is planning a vote to repeal a National Labor Relations Board rule that revised procedures covering union representation elections. The effort sets up a likely veto clash with the White House. Republicans announced Monday they will employ a little-used law that permits the Senate to repeal...

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West Coast Seaports Fully Reopen As Contract Talks Resume

February 9, 2015 3:28 pm | by Justin Pritchard, The Associated Press | News | Comments

West Coast seaports fully reopened Monday morning after two days during which no ships were unloaded amid a labor dispute between dockworkers and their employers. The two sides are negotiating a new contract, and bargaining table tensions have spilled over to the waterfront, where cargo is moving far slower than normal through ports...

Angry Over Trade, Labor Gets Union-Friendly Pitch From Obama

February 9, 2015 2:23 pm | by Jim Kuhnhenn, The Associated Press | News | Comments

On a cold overcast morning in January, President Barack Obama briefly delayed his departure for an Iowa day-trip to huddle in the Oval Office with AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka and United Auto Workers President Dennis Williams. The topic was Obama's upcoming State of the Union...

Strong U.S. Job Growth Is Powered By An Array Of Industries

February 9, 2015 12:28 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A broad range of industries propelled U.S. job growth in January, an encouraging sign that the improving economy is permeating nearly all sectors of the economy. Education and health-related employers added 46,000 jobs, professional services 39,000. Over the past 12 months, those two sectors have combined for more than 1.2 million...

More Americans Are Finally Seeing Something New: A Pay Raise

February 9, 2015 12:01 pm | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

As the U.S. economy has steadily recovered from the Great Recession, the critical missing piece has been a painful lack of pay raises for many Americans. Their pain may be easing. Friday's jobs report signaled that raises have finally begun to flow through an economy in which, once you factor in inflation, most people earn less than...

Steelworkers To Expand Strike To Two BP Refineries In Midwest

February 9, 2015 10:17 am | by David Koenig, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The first nationwide strike at U.S. oil refineries since 1980 is spreading to two BP plants in the Midwest. The United Steelworkers union has notified BP Plc. that workers at refineries in Ohio and Indiana will strike late Saturday night, joining a walkout that began this week at nine other refineries. A BP spokesman said that the...

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Even As U.S. Job Market Picks Up, Unemployed Face Frustration

February 7, 2015 9:24 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The job market remains a frustrating place for America's 9 million unemployed — perhaps more so as hiring has accelerated along with job postings. The pace of job growth over the past three months was the fastest in 17 years. The gains spanned nearly every industry, and some employers have...

Siemens To Cut 7,800 Jobs Globally

February 6, 2015 6:27 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Industrial machinery maker Siemens AG says it will cut 7,800 administrative jobs worldwide as part of an effort to streamline the sprawling company and its many businesses. Munich-based Siemens said in a statement Friday that 3,300 of the job losses will be in Germany. Siemens CEO Joe Kaeser...

Another Month Of Solid Job Growth Is Expected For January

February 6, 2015 3:24 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Steady economic growth and consumer spending likely led U.S. employers to hire at a healthy pace in January and extend last year's solid job gains. Economists have forecast that the economy gained 230,000 jobs in January, according to a survey by FactSet. The unemployment rate is expected to stay...

How Oil Changed North Dakota

February 5, 2015 2:48 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations | Blogs | Comments

One state in America’s heartland has been experiencing fairly drastic changes as of late. In North Dakota, oil was not the only thing booming, the infrastructure of the state followed suit.  For example, towns like Williston and Watford City have recorded startling increase in infrastructure in the last three years...

Ford To Add 900 Jobs At MO Pickup Plant

February 5, 2015 1:27 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials say Ford Motor Co. will create an additional 900 jobs in Missouri to build the next-generation F-150 pickup. Gov. Jay Nixon says Ford's decision to add jobs at the Kansas City Assembly Plant shows the growth of the state's automotive manufacturing industry. He was scheduled to visit...

Hot Jobs And Hiring Trends: Q&A With Traci Fiatte

February 5, 2015 12:54 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

After a strong economic year in 2014, many are predicting steady economic growth and hiring in 2015. Randstad U.S., one of the world’s largest staffing organizations, released its study on the hottest jobs in demand for 2015. I had the chance to discuss the hot jobs in manufacturing, how aspiring workers can best fill these positions, how employers can...

West Coast Port Employers: Shutdown Could Be Days Away

February 5, 2015 10:15 am | by Justin Pritchard, The Associated Press | News | Comments

West Coast seaports could shut down in as soon as five days — hobbling U.S. trade with Asia — if dockworkers and their employers cannot reach a new contract, the head of a maritime association warned Wednesday in remarks intended to pressure an agreement after nine months of negotiations. Operators of port terminals and shipping...

U.S. Jobless Applications Rise, But Levels Point To Job Growth

February 5, 2015 9:36 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

More people sought unemployment benefits last week, but the number of applicants remained near historic lows in a positive sign for job growth. The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly applications rose 11,000 to a seasonally adjusted 278,000. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, fell 6,500 to 292,750. That average has...

Report: Navistar Contact Agreement Would Salvage Pension Plan

February 4, 2015 5:27 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

The tentative agreement between truck and engine manufacturer Navistar and members of the United Auto Workers union reportedly will continue the company's pension plan. A four-year contract with UAW workers -- who comprise 1,500 of Navistar’s 13,000-employee workforce -- expired in October, but its terms were...

Survey: U.S. Businesses Post Steady Job Gain In January

February 4, 2015 3:16 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. companies hired at a solid pace last month, a private survey found, the latest sign of steady improvement in the job market. Payroll processor ADP said Wednesday that companies added 213,000 jobs last month, a decent increase though also the smallest in four months. The figure suggests Friday's government report will also...

Report: Trade Deficit With Japan Resulted In Job Losses In Every State

February 4, 2015 3:01 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

A new report says every state saw job losses due to a growing U.S. trade deficit with Japan, and warns Congress should not approve a proposed trade agreement without protections against Japanese currency manipulation. "Currency manipulation acts as a subsidy to all Japanese exports, and a tax on U.S. exports to Japan, and all countries...

Manufacturing Snapshot Of The Week: USW Leads Largest Strike Since 1980

February 4, 2015 12:07 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | News | Comments

On Sunday, February 1st, the United Steelworkers Union called for their largest strike in over three decades, asking nearly 3,800 refinery workers to walk out of nine refineries. The reason for this massive strike was the breakdown of negotiations with Shell Oil Co. Negotiations began January 21st but apparently fizzled out by the time the...

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