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Samsung Faces New Child Labor Claim In China

July 10, 2014 7:35 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung is facing a fresh accusation that one of its China suppliers hired children to meet production targets during a period of high demand from the South Korean electronics giant.                  

Roller Bearing Firm To Create Jobs In S.C.

July 9, 2014 2:25 pm | News | Comments

An Italian company that makes roller bearings plans to open a plant in Colleton County, creating 50 jobs over the next five years.                     

Fighting For American Jobs

July 9, 2014 1:20 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

Steelmakers have called for new import penalties and have filed the highest number of trade complaints in more than a decade. According to the U.S. Trade Representative, there are 40 anti-dumping and injury cases pending on steel products.    

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U.S. Companies Post Most Jobs In 7 Years

July 8, 2014 11:01 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. employers advertised more jobs in May than in any month in the past seven years, a sign that this year's strong hiring trend is likely to continue.                     

Report: Global Demographics Play Emerging Role For Manufacturers

July 8, 2014 9:58 am | News | Comments

The era of constrained labor supply is just beginning, and the decreasing share of populations that are in the working age cohort will keep human capital a front-burner issue for goods producers for decades, according to a new MAPI report.   

People, Processes And Problems: Better Understanding The Three P’s Of Manufacturing

July 7, 2014 5:44 pm | by Tom Comstock, Vice President, DELMIA Strategy & User Experience, Dassault Systèmes | Blogs | Comments

Far too often, an engineer is sitting in the backroom creating plant floor programs that are perfect from a process perspective, but are not practical when it comes to real-world situations. This needs to change.            

Most Union Members Have Ties To Gov't

July 7, 2014 2:21 pm | by Tom Raum, Associated Press | News | Comments

"The basic structure of the labor union movement has changed, reflecting changes in the economy," said Ross Baker, a political science professor at Rutgers University. "Manufacturing is a diminishing segment of the economy. Also, a lot of the manufacturing that's being done today is being done nonunion."

Submarine Maker Plans R.I. Expansion

July 7, 2014 11:30 am | by Jennifer McDermott, Associated Press | News | Comments

Submarine maker Electric Boat plans to double its workforce in Rhode Island to build a new class of submarines under a $95 billion Navy program, welcome news in the state with the nation's highest unemployment rate.      

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Backlash Stirs Against Foreign Worker Visas

July 7, 2014 8:11 am | by Laura Wides-Munoz and Paul Wiseman, Associated Press | News | Comments

Amid calls for expanding the nation's H-1B visa program, there is growing pushback from Americans who argue the program has been hijacked by staffing companies that import cheaper, lower-level workers to replace more expensive U.S. employees.  

32 States Trail U.S. In Job Recovery

July 2, 2014 2:43 pm | by Paul Wiseman, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Five years after the Great Recession officially ended, most states still haven't regained all the jobs they lost, even though the nation as a whole has.                  

Eurozone Unemployment Remains High

July 2, 2014 8:24 am | by Toby Sterling, Associated Press | News | Comments

A full year since emerging from recession, the stuttering economy of the 18-country eurozone is still unable to create enough jobs to make a significant dent in the unemployment rate.               

California Raises Minimum Wage

July 2, 2014 7:45 am | by Judy Lin, Associated Press | News | Comments

California's minimum wage will rise to $9 an hour when a new law takes effect and provides workers with the first such increase since 2008.                          

Chemical Blast At GM Plant Kills 1, Injures 5

July 2, 2014 7:38 am | News | Comments

A chemical explosion Tuesday at a General Motors metal-stamping plant in Indiana killed a contractor and injured several others, authorities said.                     

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Samsung: Audit Finds Labor Violations At Chinese Suppliers

July 1, 2014 7:53 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung said an external audit found labor violations at dozens of its suppliers in China including failure to provide safety gear and excessive working hours.                 

Obama: I Act Alone

June 30, 2014 12:25 pm | News | Comments

Obama says he has moved to attract jobs, raise workers' wages and help students pay off loans because Republican obstructionism is keeping the system rigged against the middle class.            

Lauer: Question To GM Boss Wasn't Sexist

June 30, 2014 7:55 am | by David Bauder, AP Television Writer | News | Comments

Matt Lauer has no regrets asking General Motors CEO Mary Barra about balancing work and motherhood, saying he sees it as an issue that affects all working parents regardless of their gender.           

Reindustrialization: Reshoring Jobs To The U.S.

June 30, 2014 7:47 am | by Dan North, Chief Economist, Euler Hermes | Blogs | Comments

The U.S. has among the lowest labor costs in the industrialized world and is awash in cheap energy, making it attractive for businesses to reshore by bringing their operations back to the U.S.           

Steady Job Growth Lifts Consumer Confidence

June 27, 2014 2:11 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The University of Michigan said Friday that its index of consumer sentiment rose slightly to 82.5 in June from 81.9 in May. That is still below April's reading of 84.1, which had been the highest in almost a year.               

Manufacturing.net Rewind: Obama's Lawsuit; Jobs From China

June 27, 2014 12:52 pm | News | Comments

Check out some of this week's top headlines from across Manufacturing.net, from the House planning to sue Obama for failing to carry out the laws passed by Congress to China creating thousands of U.S. jobs.             

California Lawmaker Heads To Texas To Poach Jobs

June 27, 2014 8:36 am | News | Comments

California and Texas are among a handful of states competing for Tesla Motors' planned battery plant, which will represent a $5 billion investment from the California-based car company and its partners.           

NAM Backs Boeing After 'Misguided Decision' By NLRB Judge

June 27, 2014 8:27 am | by Patrick Forrest, Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, NAM | Blogs | Comments

Recently, an NLRB administrative law judge (ALJ) issued a decision that, if allowed to stand, would have significant implications for manufacturers and their intellectual property.              

Why The Manufacturing Skills Gap Is Serious

June 27, 2014 8:13 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO - @IndustrialAnna | Blogs | Comments

In an industry that has yet to recover the jobs lost in the recession, we’re dealing with vacancies in the skilled trades that threaten to derail production growth and sector expansion.                

Applications For Unemployment Benefits Dip

June 26, 2014 8:48 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits declined last week, the latest evidence that a sharp economic slowdown earlier this year hasn't caused employers to cut jobs.               

Ikea Raising Hourly Pay For U.S. Workers

June 26, 2014 8:01 am | by Anne D'Innocenzio, AP Retail Writer | News | Comments

Ikea's U.S. division is raising the minimum wage for thousands of its retail workers, pegging it to the cost of living in each location, instead of its competition.                  

Minimum Wage Pits Franchisees Against Cities

June 25, 2014 2:29 pm | by Joyce M. Rosenberg, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The IFA has filed a federal lawsuit seeking to overturn the Seattle law, arguing it violates the U.S. Constitution by treating franchises and other small businesses unequally.             

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