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Survey: U.S. Businesses Post Steady Job Gain In January

February 4, 2015 3:16 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. companies hired at a solid pace last month, a private survey found, the latest sign of steady improvement in the job market. Payroll processor ADP said Wednesday that companies added 213,000 jobs last month, a decent increase though also the smallest in four months. The figure suggests Friday's government report will also...

Report: Trade Deficit With Japan Resulted In Job Losses In Every State

February 4, 2015 3:01 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

A new report says every state saw job losses due to a growing U.S. trade deficit with Japan, and warns Congress should not approve a proposed trade agreement without protections against Japanese currency manipulation. "Currency manipulation acts as a subsidy to all Japanese exports, and a tax on U.S. exports to Japan, and all countries...

Manufacturing Snapshot Of The Week: USW Leads Largest Strike Since 1980

February 4, 2015 12:07 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | News | Comments

On Sunday, February 1st, the United Steelworkers Union called for their largest strike in over three decades, asking nearly 3,800 refinery workers to walk out of nine refineries. The reason for this massive strike was the breakdown of negotiations with Shell Oil Co. Negotiations began January 21st but apparently fizzled out by the time the...

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North Dakota Oil Industry Avoids Layoffs

February 4, 2015 10:37 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

The months-long slide in crude oil prices has resulted in thousands of layoffs in Texas, the nation's top oil-producing state. In second-place North Dakota, however, the burgeoning shale oil and natural gas sector will apparently be spared mass job cuts in the short term. North Dakota has been the biggest beneficiary of the...

Ford To Transition Up To 500 Workers To Higher Pay

February 4, 2015 12:23 am | by Dee-ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Ford Motor Co. is moving several hundred U.S. hourly workers into a higher pay bracket after surpassing a cap on the number of lower-wage workers it can hire. Ford said Wednesday that up to 500 workers will transition from an entry-level wage of $19.28 per hour to a top-tier wage of $28.50 per...

State Department Won't Intervene In Nissan-UAW Dispute

February 3, 2015 2:57 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

The dispute between Nissan Motor Company and the United Auto Workers union over organizing workers at a Mississippi auto plant will continue without intervention from the federal government. The UAW, which has sought to unionize Nissan's Canton, Mississippi plant for more than a decade, last spring asked the...

ISM: Manufacturing Orders And Production Continue To Grow

February 3, 2015 2:22 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Articles | Comments

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in January for the 20th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 68th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business. Manufacturing expanded in January as the PMI registered 53.5 percent, a decrease...

More Oil Industry Layoffs Hit TX

February 3, 2015 2:02 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

The rapid increase in domestic oil production in recent years helped fuel a banner year for Texas' economy in 2014. Not only did the Lone Star State lead the nation in the total number of jobs created last year, but it finished second -- behind far, far smaller North Dakota -- with a 4 percent growth rate compared...

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Number Of Union Jobs Varies In Recent Right-to-Work States

February 3, 2015 10:08 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

Michigan and Indiana each passed so-called "right-to-work" laws in 2012, prohibiting mandatory union membership and collection of dues as conditions of employment. But although the legislative efforts to pass the laws drew fierce protests and dire forecasts for organized labor in eachstate, the two neighbors -- each of whom...

Strikes Begin At Oil Refineries; Prices Rally

February 2, 2015 12:06 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

About 3,800 workers have walked off the job at nine refineries across the country after the contract between the United Steelworkers Union and oil companies expired Sunday. The strike is the largest at refineries in more than three decades, though the workers in question represent just a fraction of the roughly 30,000 USW...

Steel Industry Missing Out On Boom Cycle As Cuts Mount

January 31, 2015 8:21 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Indiana's steel industry, which many hoped would be on the upswing after the end of the Great Recession, is struggling under the weight of cheap oil, a strong dollar and low prices, leading to hundreds of layoffs in just one week and uncertainty about the future. Nearly 700 steel industry jobs...

Infographic: Manufacturing 2015 Outlook

January 30, 2015 4:36 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, Manufacturing Business Technnology | Articles | Comments

The experts have weighed in, and here's what we can expect to influence the manufacturing sector in 2015 and beyond, including topics like energy, employment, globalization, revenues, profitability, and more...       

Numbers Show Mixed Economy, Rising Consumer Confidence

January 30, 2015 12:44 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

Year-end reports issued by federal officials show an improving economy, though growth remains slow and not without its hiccups. A new poll, however, says U.S. consumers are feeling better about the economy than at any point in the last decade. Both the Labor Department's Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Commerce Department's Bureau...

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Compensation Rises At Fastest Pace Since Recession

January 30, 2015 10:11 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

U.S. workers saw their pay and benefits rise at the fastest rate since 2008 last year, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. But the increase still lagged the type of growth that usually accompanies a fully healthy economy, according to reports. The department said its measure of worker compensation -- called the employment...

Union: General Motors Must Decide What Happens To Oshawa Plant

January 29, 2015 2:09 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The union representing auto workers at General Motors' Oshawa, Ont., plant says the company must decide now what will happen to its operations there instead of waiting until after the next contract negotiations. Unifor is responding to a statement by the automaker, which said the company would not make...

Industry Group: Medical Device Tax Led To Thousands Of Job Cuts

January 29, 2015 12:32 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

A recent survey conducted by a medical technology trade group blames a tax on medical devices for about 18,500 industry job cuts in the last two years. The Advanced Medical Technology Association said the tax -- which was enacted as part of the Affordable Care Act to generate revenue for the law -- resulted in 4,500 job...

U.S. Jobless Claims Fall To 15-Year Low

January 29, 2015 10:09 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Labor announced Thursday the number of applications for unemployment aid fell by 43,000 last week. On a seasonally-adjusted basis, that would mean 265,000 Americans filing initial claims last week -- the lowest amount since April of 2000. Observers noted the week ending Jan. 24 included the...

Leading Automotive Supplier To Expand In TN

January 29, 2015 4:22 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A leading global automotive supplier plans to build a new facility in McMinn County that's expected to create as many as 400 new jobs. Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd announced this week that DENSO Manufacturing will build the new...

Steel Manufacturing Company Warns Of Layoffs At AL Plant

January 28, 2015 7:21 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A steel processing company has announced that employees in suburban Birmingham could soon be laid off. US Steel announced an adjustment in operations Monday and company spokeswoman Courtney Boone told AL.com impacted employees will informed on or after March 29. Employees at a plant in Lone Star,...

Federal Agency Files Record Number Of Complaints Against Mining Companies

January 28, 2015 10:17 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

The federal government's mining oversight agency filed 49 complaints over worker discrimination allegations last year, more than in any year since its inception in 1978. The Mine Safety and Health Administration, which enforces safety requirements at U.S. mining and mineral processing operations, files such...

Jobless Rate Moves In 2014: CO Best, LA Worst

January 27, 2015 6:22 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Colorado's unemployment rate fell by a third. Louisiana's jumped nearly a quarter. Across the country, changes in unemployment rates varied from state to state in 2014, but collectively the numbers pointed to a year of substantial improvement: Jobless rates fell in 46 states, and everyone except...

Most States Report Job Gains In December

January 27, 2015 4:42 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

Strong fourth-quarter hiring numbers nationally translated to the state level as well, as 42 states reported falling unemployment rates in December. The latest state and regional estimates from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, by contrast, showed only four states with rising unemployment...

Steelworkers Union Prepared For Oil Refinery Strike As Contract Talks Stall

January 27, 2015 2:05 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

With its contract set to expire in less than a week, the United Steelworkers union said it has prepared for a possible work stoppage at refineries in light of stalled talks with oil industry negotiators. "The membership of this union is more mobilized and ready for a fight in my history in this position,” said USW...

Supreme Court Rejects Ruling Awarding Lifetime Health Benefits

January 27, 2015 12:26 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected a lower court ruling that awarded lifetime health care benefits to union retirees at a West Virginia chemical plant, ordering the court to reconsider the matter. The unanimous ruling from the high court represents a victory for M&G Polymers USA, which first sought to require retiree...

Education, Bias-Breaking Keys To Women's Rise In Supply Chain

January 27, 2015 9:29 am | by Mike Hockett, Associate Editor, Industrial Distribution | Articles | Comments

The labor shortage in the supply chain and manufacturing industries has been well-documented, and increasingly as that shortage continues to grow. Corrie Banks and Kleo Landucci, executives at logistics services providing companies, can’t stress enough how they’d like to see fellow females continue to enter the supply chain workforce...

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