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Silicon Valley Boom Drives Income Gap

March 6, 2014 8:53 am | by Martha Mendoza, AP National Writer | News | Comments

The river of money flowing through this 1,800-square-mile peninsula has also driven housing costs to double in the past five years while wages for low- and middle-skilled workers are stagnant.                  

U.S. Productivity Slows In 4Q

March 6, 2014 8:42 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. productivity grew at an even slower annual rate than previously thought in the final three months of last year, but economists are hoping productivity growth will revive in 2014, reflecting a stronger economy.       

Applications For Jobless Benefits Hit 3-Month Low

March 6, 2014 8:39 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits dropped 26,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 323,000, the lowest level in three months as layoffs remain at pre-recession levels.            

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China's Plan For Pollution Takes Toll On Jobs

March 6, 2014 8:23 am | by Louise Watt, Associated Press | News | Comments

Thirty-five factories were closed or torn down in Pingshan county as part of the government's drive to clear up China's notoriously smoggy skies, but shutting plants has taken a human and economic toll in lost jobs and income.       

Obama Spolights Minimum Wage In Connecticut

March 5, 2014 2:39 pm | by Josh Lederman, Associated Press | News | Comments

Seeking to dramatize his push for higher wages, Obama dined out in Connecticut in a restaurant where employees get considerably more than the $7.25-an-hour federal minimum.              

Union Waits For Info On Leak At Nuke Dump

March 5, 2014 10:53 am | by Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press | News | Comments

A union representing some 200 workers at the nation's only underground nuclear waste dump said its wants to be sure employees are safe when the repository reopens after a radiation leak.              

Survey: Companies Added 139K Jobs In Feb.

March 5, 2014 8:48 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

A private survey shows that U.S. companies added slightly more jobs in February than in the previous month, but harsh winter weather weighed on hiring for the third straight month.              

Protecting Workers From Eye Injuries

March 4, 2014 4:09 pm | by The American Academy Of Ophthalmology | Articles | Comments

During Workplace Eye Wellness Month in March, the American Academy of Ophthalmology is reminding employers and workers in these fields about the importance of wearing eye protection.              

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Supreme Court: Broad Protection For Whistleblowers

March 4, 2014 10:46 am | News | Comments

The Supreme Court ruled that whistleblower protections in a federal law passed in response to the Enron financial scandal apply broadly to employees of publicly traded companies and contractors hired by the companies.           

Poor Dart Sales Lead To Layoffs At Chrysler Plant

March 4, 2014 10:29 am | News | Comments

Chrysler has temporarily laid off 325 employees because of poor sales of the new Dodge Dart that's being assembled at the auto maker's Belvidere plant in northern Illinois.               

Buffett Would ‘Love’ $15 Minimum Wage

March 3, 2014 2:32 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

Buffett said: “If you could have a minimum wage of $15 and it didn't hurt anything else, I would love it. But clearly that isn't the case.”                                       

Obama Challenges Congress To Help Create Jobs

March 3, 2014 8:09 am | News | Comments

President Obama is challenging Congress to help him create jobs and rebuild the nation's infrastructure.                         

Subaru Moving Ahead With Ind. Factory Plans

February 28, 2014 2:47 pm | News | Comments

Subaru is projecting the investment will add 50 full-time jobs at the factory, but that's down from the 900 new jobs expected when the company announced the project.               

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Manufacturing.net Rewind: Boeing's Spy Phone; Detroit's UAW Worries

February 28, 2014 2:41 pm | News | Comments

Check out some of this week's top headlines from across Manufacturing.net, from a phone that can self-destruct from an airplane manufacturer to more stress for Detroit from the United Auto Workers union.          

After UAW Loss, Plant Shows No Sign Of Expansion

February 28, 2014 7:55 am | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press | News | Comments

Sen. Corker blamed the UAW appeal — and the resulting delay in certifying the results of the union election — for putting a hold on expansion talks at the plant.                   

Applications For Jobless Benefits Rise To 348K

February 27, 2014 8:42 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Applications are a rough proxy for layoffs. The average is not far above pre-recession levels, a sign companies are laying off few workers.                   

Tesla's New Battery Factory Will Employ 6,500

February 27, 2014 7:47 am | News | Comments

Electric car maker is considering sites in Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas for a massive battery factory that would employ around 6,500 people.                  

Ending Currency Manipulation Could Create 5.8M Jobs

February 26, 2014 3:23 pm | by Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) | News | Comments

The study found that every state would see significant job gains within three years, with a major impact on manufacturing job growth.                    

N.Y.: IBM Adding Jobs In Buffalo, Hudson Valley

February 25, 2014 10:42 am | by Josefa Velasquez, Associated Press | News | Comments

The agreement between the company and the State University of New York College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering increases IBM's commitment of high-tech jobs at semiconductor plants in Dutchess County, Albany and Yorktown Heights by 750 from the current 2,350, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced. It will stave off job cuts through 2016.

UAW Official Says Union Remains Financially Strong

February 24, 2014 2:29 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The man who appears poised to take over leadership of the United Auto Workers later this year says car companies' fears about the union's demise are unfounded. Membership has dropped from a peak of 1.5 million in 1979 to 382,000 at the end of 2012, although it's been rising slightly since 2009.

PepsiCo To Stop Production At Va. Facility

February 24, 2014 8:22 am | News | Comments

PepsiCo is shutting down production at its bottling facility in Hollins. PepsiCo says in a release that the move will allow it to improve efficiency, fund future investments and be more competitive. Media outlets report that 30 of the Pepsi Bottling Group facility's 150 workers have lost their jobs.

Detroit Automakers Worry About UAW Money Struggles

February 24, 2014 8:00 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

They worry that the 382,000-member UAW could be absorbed by a more hostile union. Such a merger could disrupt a decade of labor-management peace that has helped America's auto industry survive the financial crisis and emerge much stronger, according to a person with knowledge of executive discussions.

Black Hawk Helicopter Maker To Eliminate 600 Jobs

February 24, 2014 7:55 am | News | Comments

The company that manufactures Black Hawk helicopters said Friday it is eliminating 600 jobs, most of them in Connecticut, as it struggles with cuts to U.S. defense spending and a reduction in the demand for the workhorse aircraft used by the military to strike targets and ferry troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

UAW Appeals Volkswagen Workers' Rejection

February 21, 2014 4:28 pm | by Erik Schelzig and Tom Raum, Associated Press | News | Comments

In an appeal filed with the National Labor Relations Board, the union asserted that "interference by politicians and outside special interest groups" had swayed the election.                       

Manufacturing.net Rewind: The UAW Loses; Military Experiments With Pizza

February 21, 2014 3:26 pm | News | Comments

Check out some of this week's top headlines from across Manufacturing.net, from a military pizza prototype that can last for up to three years to the Republican's fighting unionization at a Volkswagen plant in Tennessee. Also, Obama wants new fuel standards for trucks and Apple may have its eye on Tesla.

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