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Small Business Divided Over Minimum Wage Votes

October 29, 2014 11:59 am | by Joyce M. Rosenberg, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Workers in five states could get a raise after Election Day. Some small business owners say raising the minimum wage will pressure their companies, forcing them to cut employees' hours or jobs. Others say it's the right thing to do for workers and the economy. Minimum wage referendums are on...

Is Detroit Manufacturing On The Rise?

October 29, 2014 9:55 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Detroit has been the poster child for urban decay. How does a great American city bounce back? CNN Money shows film for 'We the Economy', which explores the city's history and its struggle to recover from the loss of manufacturing jobs...

National Institute For Metalworking Skills Launches Job-Search Website

October 29, 2014 9:48 am | by The National Institute for Metalworking Skills | News | Comments

The National Institute for Metalworking Skills, the global authority on education and training for precision manufacturing jobs, launched a new website catered to employers seeking to fill open jobs and build a pipeline of globally competitive talent. Nimsready.org provides concise information, tools and how-to guides to help employers...

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Fertilizer Maker Files Bankruptcy

October 27, 2014 6:35 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Fertilizer manufacturer Mississippi Phosphates Corp. is seeking protection under Chapter 11 of the U.S. bankruptcy code. The Mississippi Press reported the 200-employee company makes diammonium phosphate fertilizer at a plant in east Jackson County. The company says it...

OR Investigates Discrimination Claims At Plant

October 23, 2014 3:56 pm | by Gosia Wozniacka, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Oregon has expanded its investigation into discrimination at the Portland truck-making plant of German automotive giant Daimler AG after four more employees came forward with allegations of racial harassment. The four new civil rights complaints against Portland-headquartered...

Women In Manufacturing: Q&A With Allison Grealis

October 23, 2014 2:33 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Allison Grealis and I met briefly at the 4th annual Women in Manufacturing Summit, where women working in manufacturing came from around the country to network, share experiences, and offer advice to young women thinking about entering the field. Ms. Grealis is the founder and executive director...

Does America Deserve A Raise?

October 22, 2014 12:14 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations | Blogs | Comments

With an economy that is tentatively getting back on its feet, it only seems appropriate that minimum wage become a point of focus. Currently the federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour, however, this may soon be a figure of the past.“America deserves a raise,” stated President Obama to a...

A Cultural Shift Comes To Microsoft

October 21, 2014 1:46 pm | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

Satya Nadella says he was wrong to use his own personal experience to answer the question of whether woman should ask for raises. Nadella addresses questions about obstacles to Microsoft's goals and how he will bring about a cultural change...

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Tragic Fire Exposes Illegal Chinese Factories

October 21, 2014 9:35 am | by Erika Kinetz, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities have raided over 1,900 Chinese factories in the past 6 1/2 years, closing 909 for gross safety and labor violations, and seized 33,427 sewing machines that were not up to code. Sanctioned factories rarely bother to fix those problems, preferring to reopen under a new name...

The Generational Divide

October 16, 2014 2:21 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

According to an article last year in Business Week, the age of the average manufacturing worker is 56. Typically, we talk about this demographic as it relates to an impending worker shortage. What will we do to replace this crop of highly skilled tradespeople? What kind of impact will their mass...

India Prime Minister Announces Labor Law Reforms

October 16, 2014 10:39 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a series of labor reforms on Thursday aimed at transforming Asia's third-largest economy into an international manufacturing hub. Modi said he wants to overhaul India's archaic labor laws to make it easier to do business in the country, attract...

Unequal Pay Stats In The Wake Of Microsoft CEO's Comments

October 13, 2014 12:02 pm | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Don't ask for a raise. Keeping quiet will give you "superpowers" that will translate into employer trust and other "good karma" that will eventually come back around to your purse. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella was widely derided Thursday for his foot-in-mouth...

Microsoft CEO Apologizes For Comments On Women

October 10, 2014 11:44 am | by Tali Arbel, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella apologized Thursday night and said he was wrong for saying that women don't need to ask for a raise and should just trust the system to pay them well. Nadella was blasted on Twitter and in blog posts for his comments, which were made...

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300 On Strike At Schneider Electric

October 9, 2014 1:33 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

About 300 workers have been on strike at a northern Indiana factory after rejecting a proposed contract. The strike at the Schneider Electric plant in Peru began early Monday, with members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace...

KS Supreme Court Rules On FedEx Ground Drivers

October 7, 2014 11:46 am | by Leonard Carder | News | Comments

On Friday, October 3, 2014, the Kansas Supreme Court ruled unanimously that a class of approximately 500 drivers working for FedEx Ground was misclassified as independent contractors instead of employees. FedEx faces liability to these drivers for...

UAW Ramps Up Organizing Bid At Mercedes Plant

October 3, 2014 2:01 pm | by Erik Schelzig, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The United Auto Workers is ramping up its efforts to gain representation of workers at the Mercedes plant in Alabama, despite having so far been thwarted in its attempts to organize any foreign automaker in the South. The UAW has, though, been...

Talent Shortages? Blame Salary, Not Just Training

September 9, 2014 2:53 pm | by Chris Fox, Editor | Blogs | Comments

As the economy has turned around and employers have been seeking to invest in fresh blood, a consistent tone of unemployable youth has been ringing from the manufacturing and engineering ranks. The skills gap is a growing problem as baby boomers are retiring and ...

Ohio Workers Productive But Making Less

September 3, 2014 10:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ohio workers are more productive and better educated these days, yet they aren't necessarily making more money as a result, according to a new report. Ohio productivity grew by nearly ...           

Ford Hires Employees, Invests $129M In Assembly Plant

August 28, 2014 2:51 pm | by Close-Up Media | News | Comments

Ford Motor Company reported the hiring of 300 new employees and a $129 million investment in Louisville Assembly Plant to support production of the all-new 2015 Lincoln MKC. According to a release from the company ...      

Lockheed Martin's Superhuman Workers Of Tomorrow

August 28, 2014 2:40 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

In the latest news of life imitating art, it seems that an exoskeleton suit similar to ones used in Tom Cruise’s summer movie Edge of Tomorrow may be here today. A press release from Lockheed Martin indicates that the U.S. Navy will begin ...

Agco Laying Off Employees In Hesston

August 28, 2014 9:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Agco, an agriculture machinery manufacturer, is laying off 24 hourly workers at its plant in Hesston and more cuts are expected. The plant's human resources manager, Tom Nutting, says ...           

New York Sees Surge In Local Alcohol Production

August 27, 2014 1:55 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

In 2011, New York state was home to five hard cider-makers. Now, it boasts 29.The significant increase is part of an overall uptick in the number of alcohol producers in the state, as more and more consumers turn to ...      

Bombardier Workers Turn Down Latest Company Offer

August 27, 2014 1:52 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Workers at Bombardier in Thunder Bay, Ontario, have rejected the latest offer from the transportation company. Unifor Local 1075 says its members, who have been on strike since ...           

Beer Puts People To Work

August 27, 2014 12:10 pm | by The Beer Institute | News | Comments

This Labor Day, a new analysis and infographic and from the Beer Institute demonstrates how one job inside a brewery supports another 45 jobs outside.  From farmers to factory workers, and truck drivers to tavern owners, beer puts people to work ...

Semiconductor Company Cutting 1,350 Jobs

August 26, 2014 11:27 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chip supplier Fairchild Semiconductor is eliminating about 1,350 jobs in the U.S. and Asia — about 15 percent of its total workforce — to reduce costs. The company said Monday that it will close facilities in ...       

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