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Manufacturing.net Rewind: Massive Layoffs At Microsoft; Wal-Mart And Obama Face Lawsuits

July 18, 2014 2:19 pm | News | Comments

Check out some of this week's top headlines from across Manufacturing.net, from Microsoft's plan to layoff up to 18,000 employees to Tracy Morgan suing Wal-Mart over a fatal accident in New Jersey.              

Unemployment Down In 22 States In June

July 18, 2014 12:53 pm | News | Comments

Unemployment rates dropped in 22 U.S. states last month and stayed the same in 14, as the nation at large posted a fifth straight month of solid hiring.                 

Labor Force Drop Had Pre-Recession Roots

July 18, 2014 11:34 am | by Jim Kuhnhenn, Associated Press | News | Comments

Declaring the Great Recession only partly to blame, White House economists say the increasing number of Americans dropping out of the labor force dampens economic growth and demands policy changes that create more job opportunities and add workers.

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Bolivia Legalizes Child Labor From Age 10

July 18, 2014 8:28 am | by Paola Flores, Associated Press | News | Comments

While most of the world is trying to diminish child labor, Bolivia has become the first nation to legalize it from age 10. Congress approved the legislation early this month, and Vice President Alvaro Garcia signed it into law Thursday.       

Federal Grant To Help Oshkosh Workers

July 18, 2014 7:55 am | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Labor is providing nearly half a million dollars in assistance for the workers who were laid off by the defense arm of Oshkosh Corp. in recent months.                        

700 Protest Factory Closure In Myanmar

July 18, 2014 7:51 am | News | Comments

More than 700 workers protested Thursday in front of the South Korean Embassy in Myanmar to demand officials help them after a Korean-owned factory closed without paying their wages.                  

UK Employment Rate Reaches Record High

July 17, 2014 11:31 am | by Pan Pylas, Associated Press | News | Comments

The proportion of workers in Britain has hit its joint-highest level since records began more than 40 years ago, official figures showed in a further sign of the strength of the U.K. economic recovery.          

Unemployment Aid Applications Drop To 302K

July 17, 2014 10:29 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits fell last week, a steady decline that suggests a strengthening job market.                    

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Microsoft To Cut Up To 18,000 Jobs

July 17, 2014 8:35 am | by Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Microsoft says it will eliminate up to 18,000 jobs over the next year as it works on integrating the Nokia devices business it bought in April.                      

Ghosn: Japan's Goal For Female Bosses Goal Too Ambitious

July 17, 2014 8:23 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Nissan's chief executive, who has long made a point of promoting women to management positions, said the Japanese prime minister's plan to boost female bosses to 30 percent by 2020 is too ambitious.                

Footwear Factory Closing In Tennessee

July 16, 2014 2:45 pm | News | Comments

A footwear factory in eastern Tennessee has begun shut down operations in a closure that will put 53 workers out of jobs.                       

Tenn. Officials Downplay Union Debate At Volkswagen

July 16, 2014 8:04 am | by Kathleen Foody, Associated Press | News | Comments

Tennessee leaders downplayed the often public wrangling over organized labor's role at Volkswagen's Chattanooga factory, focusing on the company's recent announcement that it would add a new line there to produce a seven-passenger SUV.    

Bombardier Union Goes On Strike In Ontario

July 15, 2014 9:00 am | News | Comments

About 900 unionized employees at Bombardier's light rail plant in Thunder Bay, Ontario, are on strike after failing to reach an agreement with management about pension changes and benefit reductions.               

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Holtec International May Hire 3,000 In Camden

July 15, 2014 7:44 am | by Geoff Mulvihill, Associated Press | News | Comments

A company that makes components for power plants said Monday that it eventually expects to bring 3,000 jobs to the facility it plans to build in Camden, one of the nation's poorest cities.            

Volkswagen To Add 2,000 Jobs In Tennessee

July 14, 2014 9:44 am | by Erik Schelzig and Tom Krisher, Associated Press | News | Comments

Volkswagen plans to build a new seven-passenger SUV at its factory in Chattanooga, Tennessee, adding about 2,000 factory jobs as it tries to reverse U.S. sales that have fallen for the past two years.           

Samsung Suspends Chinese Supplier

July 14, 2014 8:12 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The South Korean company, which is the world's biggest smartphone maker, said in its blog Monday that it had found possible evidence of child labor and illegal hiring at Dongguan Shinyang Electronics Co.              

Obama Taps Controversial Nominee For NLRB

July 14, 2014 7:38 am | News | Comments

President Barack Obama is once again nominating lawyer Sharon Block to serve on the National Labor Relations Board, a move that could anger congressional Republicans.                    

1 Injured In Jersey Chemical Plant Blast

July 11, 2014 3:45 pm | News | Comments

A small explosion at a chemical plant in southern New Jersey forced the evacuation of employees and left one person injured.                           

Wisconsin Gave Money To 2 Companies That Outsourced Jobs

July 11, 2014 7:49 am | News | Comments

Both Eaton Corporation and Plexus Corporation received millions of dollars in financial awards from WEDC, only to later lay off workers whose jobs were taken by employees at the companies' foreign facilities.            

UAW Says 'Consensus' Reached With Volkswagen

July 11, 2014 7:39 am | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press | News | Comments

United Auto Workers leaders said they have reached a "consensus" with Volkswagen and expect the German automaker to recognize the union if they sign up enough workers at a new local for the company's assembly plant in Tennessee.         

Container Maker Adding Jobs In Kentucky

July 10, 2014 10:01 am | News | Comments

The Horse Cave facility makes cups, lids, bowls, plates and deli containers and opened its facility in 1980. About 1,400 people work there now.                  

Unemployment Aid Applications Fall To 304K

July 10, 2014 8:53 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Fewer people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, driving down the level of applications to nearly the lowest in seven years.                     

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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