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Tracing Trends In Manufacturing, Construction: Q&A With Dan Parkinson

January 6, 2015 3:48 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

As the national economy gains momentum, industries like manufacturing and construction are migrating South to take advantage of states' right-to-work statuses. At the same time as these industries are growing in the South, the average age of workers getting higher and the interest level from students is...

OH Rolls Out Veteran-Friendly Employer Registry

January 6, 2015 2:05 pm | by Lisa Cornwell, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ohio has rolled out an online registry letting military veterans know which employers are looking to hire veterans. Registry proponents suggest it should result in more jobs for veterans, while others aren't so sure. The registry, stemming from a 2014 law, went online Dec. 19 with about 300 employer names. More than...

U.S. Steel Lays Off 750 Employees From OH Plant

January 6, 2015 12:45 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. Steel said Tuesday it will lay off about 750 employees from two plants that make tubular steel, which is used in oil and gas drilling. The company said it will shut down a plant in Lorain, Ohio, in March and lay off 614 workers. It said the move is temporary. U.S. Steel will also lay off 142...

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Noncompetition Agreements: Right Or Wrong?

January 5, 2015 12:51 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations | Blogs | Comments

The Associated Press recently reported on the dangers of noncompetition agreements for workers. The article mainly focused on minimum wage employees working outside of the manufacturing sector, however, this is an issue that translates across industries. Though noncompetition agreements are already fairly...

Scrutiny On Worker Non-Compete Deals

January 5, 2015 10:29 am | by Ray Henry, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Fast food worker Caitlin Turowski had this much in common with high-paid CEOs: When she quit her job, she couldn't work for a competitor. Hired as a delivery driver for sandwich maker Jimmy John's and later made an assistant manager, Turowski said she signed a two-year non-competition agreement banning her from...

Will 2015 See A Boost In The Federal Minimum Wage?

January 2, 2015 4:50 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Although 2015 has just begun, it has already been a big year for advocates for a higher minimum wage. On Thursday, January 1, President Obama’s executive order to raise the minimum wage in new federal contracts to $10.10 an hour went into effect, benefiting about 200,000...

Farmers Brace For Labor Shortage Under New Policy

December 29, 2014 9:44 am | by Scott Smith, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Farmers already scrambling to find workers in California — the nation's leading grower of fruits, vegetables and nuts — fear an even greater labor shortage under President Barack Obama's executive action to block some 5 million people from...   

WA Minimum Wage To Hit $9.47 Per Hour, Highest In U.S.

December 26, 2014 11:26 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Washington state's minimum wage will rise to the highest in the nation on Jan. 1. The Seattle Times reports that the minimum wage in the state will hit $9.47 an hour then. The minimum wage in neighboring Oregon will rise to $9.25, the second-highest in the...

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Applications For U.S. Jobless Aid Fall To 7 Week Low

December 24, 2014 9:55 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits has reached its lowest level in seven weeks, a sign that the U.S. economy and job market are steadily improving. The Labor Department said Wednesday that applications for unemployment benefits...

More Job Losses For The Oil Industry

December 19, 2014 2:20 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Lower oil prices are buoying Louisiana's fishermen, but putting the squeeze on others. Manuel Bojorquez reports on the threat to jobs in the state's oil industry and the impact of the steadily falling oil prices. Some reports say that job losses are offset by hiring in other industries...

Residents Cheer Workers At Shuttering Maine Mill

December 19, 2014 2:10 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Residents of a Maine town greeted workers at a shuttering paper mill with cheers and applause as the employees were leaving their final shifts at the facility. Maine Public Broadcast Network reports that hundreds of people gathered outside the Verso Paper mill in Bucksport on Wednesday afternoon as...

Gauge Of U.S. Economy Rises 0.6% In Nov

December 18, 2014 2:19 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

An index designed to predict the future health of the economy posted a third straight solid gain in November. The Conference Board said Thursday that its index of leading indicators increased 0.6 percent last month, matching the revised October gain. The October reading had originally...

U.S. Jobless Aid Applications Decline To 289K

December 18, 2014 11:15 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Fewer Americans sought unemployment benefits last week, a sign of solid job security and growing confidence among employers. Weekly unemployment benefit applications dropped 6,000 to a seasonally adjusted 289,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. That is the lowest level since...

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MAPI U.S. Industrial Outlook: Widespread Growth Ahead

December 18, 2014 9:42 am | by Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI) | News | Comments

Job gains and business investment are the two lead drivers keeping manufacturing on a solid growth path, according to the MAPI Foundation's U.S. Industrial Outlook, a quarterly report that analyzes 27 major industries. The MAPI Foundation is the research affiliate of the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity...

Union Sues To Block Sale Of Bucksport Paper Mill

December 17, 2014 12:19 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A union representing some workers at the 84-year-old Verso Paper mill has filed a federal lawsuit to halt the sale of the facility. The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, representing 59 employees, is asking the court to block the sale to a scrap metal company and open the...

Fed Pondering Change In Rate Hike Signals

December 17, 2014 11:48 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The U.S. economy is finally doing better, and the Federal Reserve may be ready to acknowledge that fact. In a statement it will issue Wednesday after two days of discussion, the Fed may no longer say it plans to keep a key interest rate near zero for a "considerable time." Dropping that language would be...

Lockheed Martin To Settle Suit

December 16, 2014 4:55 pm | by Jim Suhr, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Lockheed Martin Corp. has agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit accusing the aerospace and defense company of mismanaging the investment accounts of its employees and retirees. Terms of the tentative settlement announced Tuesday in federal court in East St. Louis, Illinois, weren't released. The deal averts a...

ASQ Survey: Manufacturers' Outlook Positive For 2015, Anticipate Continued Revenue Growth

December 16, 2014 1:51 pm | by ASQ | Articles | Comments

Manufacturers are increasingly positive as 2014 comes to a close, with 83 percent expecting revenue growth next year, up from 64 percent of manufacturers who anticipated growth in 2014, according to results of the ASQ 2015 Manufacturing Outlook Survey. And their positivity is well earned...

U.S. Reshoring: Real Shift In Production Or Just A Fantasy Future?

December 16, 2014 1:36 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

With all the news and stories about U.S. manufacturing in the midst of a reshoring drive, a new report looks at the real numbers behind the push to bring production back to our shores. Yesterday, A.T. Kearney released its 2014 Reshoring Index, which looks at the rate and pace of the return of manufacturing operations...

UAW President: Companies Can Raise Pay While Staying Competitive

December 15, 2014 1:17 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

United Auto Workers President Dennis Williams says he's not buying the Detroit Three automakers' argument against wage increases for longtime workers. Williams told reporters Monday that keeping Detroit competitive with foreign automakers can't always be done on the backs of workers. He says...

NAM CEO Responds To NLRB In Video

December 15, 2014 9:44 am | by Jamie Hennigan and Mallory Micetich, National Association of Manufacturers | Videos | Comments

National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President and CEO Jay Timmons delivered the following video statement on the National Labor Relations Board’s upcoming decision to drastically change longstanding labor policy and dramatically shorten the time-frame for union elections.  "Economic growth, job...

NAM CEO Speaks Out On NLRB Ruling

December 12, 2014 1:24 pm | by Jamie Hennigan, National Association of Manufacturers | News | Comments

National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President and CEO Jay Timmons issued this statement in response to the National Labor Relations Board's (NLRB) final rule on "ambush elections": "It's clear the Administration has an agressive agenda to uproot longstanding and effective...

Auto Manufacturing, UAW Converge In The South

December 12, 2014 9:48 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

The ongoing push to keep the UAW and labor unions out of foreign automobile manufacturing plants in the South continues. Mercedes got a slap on the wrist for impeding union literature in its Alabama plant while Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam continues to fight against UAW representation at Volkswagen’s...

Manufacturers Seek Women For Hard-to-Fill Jobs

December 11, 2014 10:40 am | by M. L. Johnson, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Some companies looking for welders, machinists, and other skilled workers are turning their sights to women. Federal statistics show that women make up nearly half of the U.S. workforce yet hold less than a third of the nation's 12.2 million manufacturing jobs. Milwaukee-based Harley-Davidson is...

Altoona Ignition Wire Plant Cutting 160 Jobs

December 11, 2014 10:28 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A central Pennsylvania plant plans to cut 160 of 210 jobs next year as it moves its automotive ignition wire manufacturing operation to another plant in Mexico. The Altoona Mirror reports General Cable will keep its Altoona plant open, but only to make ignition wire assemblies that aren't used in...

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