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New Mexico Tries To Lure Tesla Battery Factory

March 19, 2014 2:22 pm | News | Comments

New Mexico is one of four states identified as finalists for a lithium-ion battery factory that would supply the company's Fremont, Calif., assembly plant. Others are Arizona, Nevada and Texas.           

ConAgra Closing 2 N.Y. Plants

March 19, 2014 11:19 am | News | Comments

ConAgra Foods says it plans to close two plants in western New York by early next year, a move that would put more than 400 people out of work.                   

Jesse Jackson Takes Aim At Tech's Lack Of Diversity

March 19, 2014 8:01 am | by Jesse Washington and Martha Mendoza, Associated Press | News | Comments

Jackson's strategy borrows from the traditional civil rights era playbook of shaming companies to prod them into transformation. Now he is bringing it to the age of social media and a booming tech industry known for its disruptive innovation.    

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North Dakota Tries To Woo Workers To Fill Empty Jobs

March 18, 2014 12:44 pm | by James MacPherson, Associated Press | News | Comments

The state's unprecedented oil bonanza has made it the economic darling of the nation — boasting a sturdy economy, a state government budget surplus, and its highest population ever.              

Unemployment Rates Drop In 43 U.S. States In January

March 17, 2014 11:42 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The Labor Department says the unemployment rate rose in just one state — Iowa — where the rate increased to 4.3 percent from 4.2 percent. That's far below the national rate of 6.6 percent that month.            

Toyota Shutters Indian Plants Over Wage Lockout

March 17, 2014 9:46 am | News | Comments

A statement from the Indian unit of the world's largest automaker said that "under the instigation of the union, certain sections of the employees have resorted to deliberate stoppages of the production line, abuse and threatening of supervisors."

Wins, Losses For The UAW Make For A Bumpy Road

March 14, 2014 12:55 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

Regardless of a win last week with Ford’s reshoring announcement, the UAW still faces significant challenges as it struggles to regain a foothold.                                

Obama Overtime Plan Already Stirring Controversy

March 14, 2014 12:27 pm | by Tom Raum, Associated Press | News | Comments

Obama signed a presidential memorandum on Thursday directing the Labor Department to devise new overtime rules "to ensure that workers are paid fairly for a hard day's work."                    

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Senators Strike Bipartisan Jobless Benefits Deal

March 14, 2014 9:30 am | by Alan Fram, Associated Press | News | Comments

Bipartisan Senate negotiators said Thursday that they'd struck a $9.7 billion compromise over the issue, agreeing to a five-month extension paid for by boosting some federal revenues.                   

Manufacturing.net Rewind: A Missing Jet; Dems' Marathon Climate Talk

March 14, 2014 12:03 am | News | Comments

Check out some of this week's top headlines from across Manufacturing.net, from a tech firm losing 20 workers when a jet vanishes, to Tesla's battle with New Jersey.                 

Applications For Jobless Aid Fall To 3-Month Low

March 13, 2014 8:39 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Weekly applications for U.S. unemployment benefits dropped 9,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 315,000, a sign the job market is picking up after a winter slump.               

Panasonic Compensates Employees For Bad Air In China

March 13, 2014 8:01 am | News | Comments

Chinese cities such as Beijing and Shanghai have become notorious for noxious air but pollution pay is still relatively rare among global companies.                   

Groups Protest Chemicals Used In iPhone

March 13, 2014 7:47 am | News | Comments

Apple's labor practices are under attack by two activist groups who contend the company makes its iPhones with a hazardous mix of chemicals that threaten the health of factory workers assembling the devices in China.         

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Low-Wage Workers Can't Find Middle-Pay Jobs

March 12, 2014 12:59 pm | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The lower-wage jobs once seen as stepping stones are increasingly being held for longer periods by older, better-educated, more experienced workers.                    

Factory-Worker-Turned Poet Wins $100K Prize

March 12, 2014 12:44 pm | News | Comments

A former Baltimore factory worker has won the $100,000 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award for his book of verse "The Government of Nature."                     

Fresenius To Create Over 600 Jobs At New Tenn. Plant

March 12, 2014 9:48 am | News | Comments

Renal services provider Fresenius Medical Care has announced it will locate its East Coast manufacturing facility in Knoxville, creating 665 jobs in the coming years.                

Obama Expected To Push For More Overtime Pay

March 12, 2014 8:28 am | by Julie Pace, AP White House Correspondent | News | Comments

A White House official says President Barack Obama will direct the Labor Department to strengthen overtime pay protections for millions of workers.                  

Van Production Resumes At Indiana Plant

March 12, 2014 8:03 am | News | Comments

AM General has restarted the production of specially designed vans for the disabled at a northern Indiana factory where it has recalled 200 laid-off workers.                 

Employers Posted More Job Openings In January

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

U.S. employers advertised slightly more jobs in January than in December, a sign that hiring should remain steady in coming months.                     

Ohio Jeep Plant To Hire Part-Time Workers

March 11, 2014 10:16 am | News | Comments

Chrysler plans to hire up to 1,000 part-time employees to give exhausted full-time workers a break at its Toledo Jeep assembly plant.                     

Democrats Talk All Night About Climate

March 11, 2014 7:55 am | by Donna Cassata and Matthew Daly, Associated Press | News | Comments

Naysayers — Republicans — largely stayed away, arguing hours earlier that regulation would cost Americans jobs in a sluggish economy.                     

Arkansas Gets $165M Poultry Plant

March 10, 2014 11:41 am | by Christina Huynh, Associated Press | News | Comments

Peco Foods announced plans Monday for a new poultry plant, hatchery and feed mill in northeast Arkansas, a $165 million operation expected to create 1,000 jobs in two rural counties.            

Tucson Courting Tesla For 6,500 Jobs

March 10, 2014 8:25 am | News | Comments

City officials confirmed Sunday that they have made a bid for electric-car maker Tesla Motors to consider Tucson for the site of a massive battery factory that would employ 6,500 people.            

Officials Having Trouble Collecting Disabled Workers' Judgment

March 10, 2014 8:17 am | News | Comments

Federal and state officials are having trouble collecting the multimillion-dollar judgment a Texas company was ordered to pay for mistreating 32 mentally disabled workers at an Iowa labor camp.             

Mohawk To Build $180M Tile Plant In Tenn.

March 7, 2014 3:31 pm | News | Comments

Mohawk Industries says it will build a $180 million tile plant in Dickson County, creating 320 new jobs over the next four years.                     

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