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Union To Discuss IN Pillsbury Plant Set To Close

January 20, 2015 9:23 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The union that represents workers at a Pillsbury plant set for closure expects to meet next month with General Mills officials to discuss the southern Indiana plant's future General Mills announced last week that it plans to close its refrigerated goods plant in New Albany by mid-2016, but said its...

Skills Gap Predictions For 2015: Rising Wages And More Training

January 16, 2015 4:53 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

The skills gap, or the documented gap between the number of manufacturing jobs available and the number of talented workers available to fill those positions, was undeniably one of the hottest topics in manufacturing in 2014. In her article “Why The Manufacturing Skills Gap Is Serious,” Anna Wells, Executive Editor of...

President Obama Pushes Paid Sick Leave

January 16, 2015 1:40 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

Ahead of his State of the Union speech next week, President Obama has announced that he will call on Congress to require companies to give workers up to seven days of paid sick leave a year. Senior White House adviser Valerie Jarrett announced the new initiatives in a post on the job networking...

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High-Tech Talent: Why Know-How Is No Longer Enough

January 16, 2015 1:30 pm | by Tom Sons | Articles | Comments

Recently, I came across a number of stats that, for those of us in the manufacturing sector, paint a very bright picture of the foreseeable future. If, like me, you keep an eye on trends and an ear to the ground for good news, of particular interest to you might be a study conducted by the...

Obama Renews Push For Paid Leave For Working Parents

January 15, 2015 3:02 pm | by Nedra Pickler, Darlene Superville, The Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama on Thursday renewed his push for paid leave for parents and other workers, saying he's astonished that so many people don't get paid sick leave. "How can we support working families so they have the tools to succeed in this new economy?" Obama said at a Baltimore cafe that offers earned sick...

Bombardier Cutting 1,000 Jobs In Mexico And KS

January 15, 2015 10:19 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Bombardier says it's going to cut about 1,000 employees from its Learjet business in 2015, affecting sites in Mexico and the United States. The Montreal-based company said Thursday the cuts are due to weak demand for the Learjet 85 business jet. Bombardier will also...

Manufacturing In NY Rebounding In January As Hiring Rises

January 15, 2015 10:13 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Manufacturing activity in New York state rebounded in January, with factory owners saying they were more optimistic about future demand and hiring. The Federal Reserve Bank of New York said Thursday that its Empire State Manufacturing index rose to 10 this month after having...

MI Supreme Court Hears Major Right-To-Work Case

January 14, 2015 2:35 pm | by David Eggert, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Michigan's conservative Supreme Court is seeking to reconcile whether 31,000 unionized state employees are covered by a right-to-work law, hearing opposing arguments Tuesday on whether lawmakers stepped on the turf of a panel that regulates labor conditions...

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Apple, Google Reach New Settlement In High-Tech Wage Case

January 14, 2015 1:45 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A revised settlement has been reached in a class-action lawsuit alleging Apple and Google conspired with other Silicon Valley companies to block more than 60,000 high-tech employees from getting better job offers. The terms of the new agreement weren't disclosed in a letter filed Tuesday with an...

GOP Leader Says TN Lawmakers Will Approve VW Incentives

January 14, 2015 12:52 pm | by Erik Schelzig, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A top Republican in the Tennessee General Assembly expects his colleagues to approve the state share of a $300 million incentive package for Volkswagen despite misgivings over a "secret deal" for the United Auto Workers union at the German automaker's plant in Chattanooga. House Republican leader...

Judge To Rule On Union's Lawsuit Against Maine Mill Sale

January 13, 2015 5:43 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge will rule next week on a union's antitrust lawsuit that seeks to block the sale of a Maine paper mill to a Canadian metal recycler. Parties appeared in court Tuesday to respond to the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers' suit. The suit seeks to block the...

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

January 13, 2015 3:04 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The rapid hiring that made 2014 a stellar year for job gains is showing no sign of slowing down. U.S. employers advertised the most job openings in nearly 14 years in November, the Labor Department said Tuesday. That suggests businesses are determined to keep adding staff because...

Port Officials Accuse Workers Of Stifiling Productivity Amid Labor Dispute

January 13, 2015 1:57 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

Officials representing West Coast ports on Monday alleged dockworkers have deliberately ground shipments at several large ports to a near-halt amid an ongoing labor dispute. The Pacific Maritime Association, which represents shipping line and terminal operators at ports along the Pacific Coast, said shipping...

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Labor Unions Intensify Opposition To Emerging Free-Trade Pact

January 13, 2015 4:42 am | by Tom Raum, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Just over two decades after lobbying unsuccessfully against the North American Free Trade Agreement, U.S. labor unions are again voicing strong reservations to a proposed major trade-liberalization deal. At issue now is the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a measure expected to call for lowering or...

Why U.S. Inflation Stays Low While Job Growth Surges

January 12, 2015 10:38 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

This isn't explained in Econ 101. Month after month, U.S. hiring keeps rising, and unemployment keeps falling. Eventually, pay and inflation are supposed to start surging in response. They're not happening. Last month, employers added a healthy 252,000 jobs — ending the best year of hiring since...

Cargill To Close MO Meat Plant, Lay Off Over 100 Workers

January 12, 2015 10:22 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Cargill Inc. says it plans to close its Springfield meat slicing and packaging plant and move the work to two other states. The move will cost 118 people their jobs when the plant closes on March 11. Cargill said in a news release that workers were informed of the move Friday. The work in...

Union Antitrust Suit To Block Mill Sale Heads To Federal Court

January 12, 2015 4:41 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A union's attempt to block the sale of a Bucksport paper mill to a metal recycler is heading to federal court. The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers represented workers at the mill, which shut down production this month. Its antitrust suit that seeks to block the sale...

U.S. Employment Changes Since 2004, At A Glance

January 9, 2015 2:41 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. employers added more than 5.2 million jobs over the past two years — a solid average of roughly 220,000 a month. After 5½ years of recovery, the economy has recovered all the 8.7 million jobs that vanished during the Great Recession — and created an additional 2 million. The unemployment...

Manufacturing Job Growth Up In 2014

January 9, 2015 2:32 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

Manufacturing job growth increased dramatically in 2014 compared to the previous year, according to numbers from the federal Labor Department released Friday. The report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed the manufacturing sector added an average of 16,000 jobs per month last year, compared...

2014 Best Hiring Year Since 1999; Jobless Rate 5.6%

January 9, 2015 2:22 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The United States capped its best year for hiring in 15 years with a healthy gain in December, and the unemployment rate hit a six-year low. The numbers support expectations that the United States will strengthen further this year even as overseas economies stumble. Employers added 252,000 jobs...

Food Industry Leaders Wave Goodbye To 2014 With Job Cuts

January 9, 2015 10:12 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | News | Comments

As you sip that ice-cold Coca-Cola, the workers who helped manufacture it are worrying about losing their jobs. Just this morning, Coca-Cola announced it will be laying off between 1,600 and 1,800 jobs throughout the next few months in an effort to help trim costs. The Atlanta-based company, which...

Union Efforts Could Jeopardize VW Expansion Package

January 9, 2015 9:45 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

The ongoing fight over organizing workers at a Tennessee auto plant could jeopardize a massive incentive package aimed at expanding the facility. Gov. Bill Haslam last year announced a package totaling $300 million in tax breaks and other incentives for Volkswagen to expand its Chattanooga...

Goodman Manufacturing Cuts 2,000 Jobs In TN

January 9, 2015 9:41 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

A Houston-based heating and air conditioning manufacturer today announcedit will consolidate its operations and shutter two plants, resulting in the loss of about 2,000 jobs in Tennessee. A spokesman for Goodman Manufacturing said Daikan Industries—Goodman's parent company...

How Lower Oil Prices Could Fuel More Hiring In The U.S.

January 8, 2015 2:51 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

In June, when oil cost $107 a barrel, U.S. employers added a healthy number of jobs — 267,000. Now, with oil below $50, hopes are rising that hiring in the United States is poised to intensify. Goldman Sachs forecasts that if oil stays near its current price, the economy will add 300,000 more jobs this...

Applications For Unemployment Benefits Fall, Suggesting Strong Hiring

January 8, 2015 1:20 pm | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Fewer Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, a sign that employers expect ongoing economic growth and the need to hold onto workers. The Labor Department said Thursday that applications for unemployment benefits fell 4,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted...

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