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OR Employers Add 9.9K Jobs In October

November 18, 2014 2:09 pm | by Jonathan J. Cooper, The Associated Press | News | Comments

State figures show that Oregon employers went on a hiring spree this fall, adding nearly 10,000 jobs in October. The state Employment Department said Tuesday that's the largest one-month gain in jobs since August 1995, when more than 10,400 jobs were added. The agency said hiring was...

Are Robots Replacing Jobs?

November 18, 2014 10:19 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

From factory floors to warehouses and hospital floors, humans are increasingly finding themselves working alongside robots, and the impact of robots in the workforce are only expected to grow. Newer robots are specially designed to work with humans...

U.S. Pension Insurer Ran Record $62B Deficit In 2014

November 17, 2014 2:09 pm | by Marcy Gordon, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The federal agency that insures pensions for about 41 million Americans saw its deficit nearly double in the latest fiscal year. The agency said the worsening finances of some multi-employer pension plans mainly caused the increased deficit. At about $62 billion for the budget year ending Sept....

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German Labor Chief Says VW Plant Must Halt Work With Anti-Union Group

November 17, 2014 12:44 pm | by Erik Schelzig, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The head of the German union representing automotive workers is speaking out against Volkswagen working with anti-labor groups at its plant in Tennessee. IG Metall President Detlef Wetzel said in a statement Friday from Frankfurt, Germany, that called on Volkswagen to...

Company Fined $47K For Exposing Workers To Amputation, Electric Shock Hazards

November 12, 2014 11:30 am | by OSHA | News | Comments

Service and maintenance machine workers at Good Old Days Foods Inc. are being exposed to amputation and electric shock hazards due to a lack of machine guarding and lockout/tagout procedures. These violations, 14 in total, are being cited by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational...

Port Of Seattle Defends Airport Wage Increases

November 12, 2014 11:07 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

In response to a lawsuit, the Port of Seattle says it has the authority under Washington law to increase the minimum wage for some workers at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. The port said Tuesday in a statement that minimum wages were raised to reduce employee turnover...

'America's Oldest Gunmaker' Lays Off 126 More Workers

November 12, 2014 3:05 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A New York state lawmaker says another 126 workers at the Remington Arms manufacturing plant in the Mohawk Valley are being laid off. Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney tells the Utica Observer-Dispatch that the plant manager told her 126 workers were notified Tuesday...

OK City Plant To Close, 165 Jobs Eliminated

November 11, 2014 3:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An automobile parts manufacturer says it will close its Oklahoma City plant next year, eliminating 165 jobs. The Michigan-based Federal-Mogul Corp. said in a statement that it decided to shutter the plant to help realign its North American distribution network and increase business...

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Penske Once Again A Top 100 Military-Friendly Employer

November 11, 2014 1:51 pm | by PRNewswire | News | Comments

Penske Truck Leasing and Penske Logistics are listed on the 2015 Top 100 Military-Friendly Employer list for the fourth straight year by Victory Media, the publisher of G.I. Jobs and Military Spouse magazines. "Penske proudly hires and employs veterans and...

German Industrial Union Seeks 5.5% Raise

November 11, 2014 11:50 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Germany's largest industrial union is calling for a 5.5 percent pay increase next year for some 3.7 million workers in Europe's biggest economy. The IG Metall union's leadership made the recommendation Tuesday ahead of negotiations in... 

Six Challenges Facing Modern Manufacturing Companies

November 10, 2014 5:33 pm | by Danielle Iera, Marketing Coordinator, TPC Wire & Cable Corp | Articles | Comments

Nearly every type of manufacturer faces increasing regulations aimed at everything from ensuring product safety to managing disposal and reclamation procedures. While many regulations may be beneficial to consumers, each regulation adds an additional burden to the companies that ...

Obama: Stronger Ties With China Will Bring Jobs

November 10, 2014 1:57 pm | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

President Obama delivered a speech at an economic summit in Beijing on Monday, saying he wants the United States and China to strengthen ties that could lead to more jobs. He said the U.S. welcomes the rise of a prosperous and stable China...

Detroit Begins Road To Recovery

November 9, 2014 12:04 pm | by Corey Williams, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The largest U.S. city to endure bankruptcy has exited insolvency $7 billion lighter in debt, but the effects of civic neglect linger for many in Detroit who still fall asleep to echoes of gunfire and awake surrounded by blocks and blocks of abandoned houses. A federal judge on Friday approved...

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Solid Hiring Provides Little Boost To Wages, Yet

November 7, 2014 5:04 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Healthy job growth in the United States has reached a level of consistency unseen in nearly two decades. In the same week that voters signaled discontent with the U.S. economy, the government issued a report that showed employers have added at least 200,000 jobs for nine straight months — the...

AAM Responds To Manufacturing Job Growth

November 7, 2014 2:31 pm | by The Alliance for American Manufacturing | News | Comments

The Department of Labor reported this morning that America's manufacturing sector added 15,000 jobs in October.  The #AAMeter, which tracks President Obama's promise to create 1 million new manufacturing jobs in his second term, boosts to +218,000 jobs, after positive revisions to...

Labor Department Suing For Steelworker Pension Funds

November 7, 2014 12:30 pm | by Matt Stroud, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The federal labor department is suing to protect West Virginia steelworkers who may have lost millions in retirement savings because investment managers hired by Severstal Wheeling failed to properly oversee the plan. "This case underscores the department's commitment to hold...

SNC-Lavalin To Cut 4K Jobs

November 7, 2014 12:18 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Canadian engineering and construction giant SNC-Lavalin says it will reduce the company's global workforce by 4,000, or 9 percent of its total. The Montreal-based engineering and construction company said Thursday the job cuts are part of its ongoing efforts to...

Manufacturers Urge Obama To Intercede In Port Dispute

November 7, 2014 10:24 am | by National Retail Federation | News | Comments

A diverse coalition including retailers, manufacturers, farmers, and other supply chain stakeholders sent a letter to President Obama urging the government’s immediate involvement in contract negotiations between the Pacific Maritime Association and the International Longshore and Warehouse...

Solid U.S. Hiring Likely, But Americans Are Anxious

November 7, 2014 3:04 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Just after a midterm election that was driven by voters' anxiety about the U.S. economy, the government is likely Friday to report the latest strong monthly job gain. Employers are expected to have added 230,000 jobs in October, according to economists surveyed by FactSet. That would be in line...

Electronic Parts Company Closes Facility, Costing 300 Jobs

November 6, 2014 2:34 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A communications electronics parts company has announced that it will close its Lowell engineering and manufacturing facility, costing the city about 300 jobs. Cobham announced Wednesday that the jobs done in Lowell will be shifted to other company locations to maintain efficiency...

100K Workers Protest Belgian Labor Reform

November 6, 2014 11:43 am | by Raf Casert, The Associated Press | News | Comments

One of Belgium's biggest postwar labor demonstrations brought about 100,000 workers to the capital on Thursday to protest government free-market reforms and austerity measures that they claim undermine Belgium's vaunted welfare state. For two hours, the demonstrators peacefully...

Looking to Expand? Workforce, Transportation, Location Are Key

November 5, 2014 2:29 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

As I mentioned in my recent article “Manufacturing Growth: Missouri Got It Right,” Missouri is currently experiencing a huge surge in the manufacturing sector. I discussed the resurgence with Ms. Amy Susan, the Director of Communications and Marketing for the Missouri Department of...

Election Overview: Minimum Wage, Gun Sales, GMOs, Soda Tax

November 5, 2014 1:40 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Marijuana activists who have longed for decades to end America's drug war pocketed more major victories Tuesday, with Oregon and the nation's capital approving recreational pot use and a measure in Alaska holding a steady lead. Here are how some other ballot measured fared on...

U.S. Businesses Added 230K Jobs In October

November 5, 2014 10:02 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. companies added 230,000 jobs in October, the most in four months and a sign that businesses are still willing to hire despite signs of slowing growth overseas. Payroll processer ADP said Wednesday that the job gains were slightly ahead of the 225,000 added in September, which was revised up from an...

Novartis Announces Layoffs At NE Plant

October 31, 2014 10:58 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Novartis has announced more layoffs at its manufacturing plant in Lincoln. Company spokeswoman Julie Masow tells the Lincoln Journal Star that 75 jobs were eliminated Thursday. That includes 31 positions that were open. The cuts represent the third phase of restructuring at the plant that Novartis...

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