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Union Antitrust Suit To Block Mill Sale Heads To Federal Court

January 12, 2015 4:41 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A union's attempt to block the sale of a Bucksport paper mill to a metal recycler is heading to federal court. The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers represented workers at the mill, which shut down production this month. Its antitrust suit that seeks to block the sale...

U.S. Employment Changes Since 2004, At A Glance

January 9, 2015 2:41 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. employers added more than 5.2 million jobs over the past two years — a solid average of roughly 220,000 a month. After 5½ years of recovery, the economy has recovered all the 8.7 million jobs that vanished during the Great Recession — and created an additional 2 million. The unemployment...

Manufacturing Job Growth Up In 2014

January 9, 2015 2:32 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

Manufacturing job growth increased dramatically in 2014 compared to the previous year, according to numbers from the federal Labor Department released Friday. The report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed the manufacturing sector added an average of 16,000 jobs per month last year, compared...

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2014 Best Hiring Year Since 1999; Jobless Rate 5.6%

January 9, 2015 2:22 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The United States capped its best year for hiring in 15 years with a healthy gain in December, and the unemployment rate hit a six-year low. The numbers support expectations that the United States will strengthen further this year even as overseas economies stumble. Employers added 252,000 jobs...

Food Industry Leaders Wave Goodbye To 2014 With Job Cuts

January 9, 2015 10:12 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | News | Comments

As you sip that ice-cold Coca-Cola, the workers who helped manufacture it are worrying about losing their jobs. Just this morning, Coca-Cola announced it will be laying off between 1,600 and 1,800 jobs throughout the next few months in an effort to help trim costs. The Atlanta-based company, which...

Union Efforts Could Jeopardize VW Expansion Package

January 9, 2015 9:45 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

The ongoing fight over organizing workers at a Tennessee auto plant could jeopardize a massive incentive package aimed at expanding the facility. Gov. Bill Haslam last year announced a package totaling $300 million in tax breaks and other incentives for Volkswagen to expand its Chattanooga...

Goodman Manufacturing Cuts 2,000 Jobs In TN

January 9, 2015 9:41 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

A Houston-based heating and air conditioning manufacturer today announcedit will consolidate its operations and shutter two plants, resulting in the loss of about 2,000 jobs in Tennessee. A spokesman for Goodman Manufacturing said Daikan Industries—Goodman's parent company...

How Lower Oil Prices Could Fuel More Hiring In The U.S.

January 8, 2015 2:51 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

In June, when oil cost $107 a barrel, U.S. employers added a healthy number of jobs — 267,000. Now, with oil below $50, hopes are rising that hiring in the United States is poised to intensify. Goldman Sachs forecasts that if oil stays near its current price, the economy will add 300,000 more jobs this...

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Applications For Unemployment Benefits Fall, Suggesting Strong Hiring

January 8, 2015 1:20 pm | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Fewer Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, a sign that employers expect ongoing economic growth and the need to hold onto workers. The Labor Department said Thursday that applications for unemployment benefits fell 4,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted...

Coca-Cola Cutting Up To 1.8K Jobs

January 8, 2015 11:50 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Coca-Cola says it will cut between 1,600 and 1,800 jobs in coming months to trim costs. The Atlanta-based company says it began notifying workers in the U.S. and some international locations Thursday. The company said job types are across all parts of its business and include about 500 at its...

Survey: U.S. Companies Stepped Up Hiring In December

January 7, 2015 12:32 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. businesses ramped up hiring last month in the latest sign that the nation's economy is expanding despite worries about global growth that have sent financial markets tumbling. Payroll processor ADP said Wednesday that companies added 241,000 jobs in December, up from 227,000 in...

NAM: Coalition Files Lawsuit To Stop NLRB Agenda

January 7, 2015 11:41 am | by Jamie Hennigan, National Association of Manufacturers | News | Comments

On January 5, a coalition representing an array of industry sectors and businesses filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to stop the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) from moving forward with its “ambush elections” rule, which it issued on December 12. The rule changes longstanding labor policy by shortening the time frame...

Tracing Trends In Manufacturing, Construction: Q&A With Dan Parkinson

January 6, 2015 3:48 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

As the national economy gains momentum, industries like manufacturing and construction are migrating South to take advantage of states' right-to-work statuses. At the same time as these industries are growing in the South, the average age of workers getting higher and the interest level from students is...

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OH Rolls Out Veteran-Friendly Employer Registry

January 6, 2015 2:05 pm | by Lisa Cornwell, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ohio has rolled out an online registry letting military veterans know which employers are looking to hire veterans. Registry proponents suggest it should result in more jobs for veterans, while others aren't so sure. The registry, stemming from a 2014 law, went online Dec. 19 with about 300 employer names. More than...

U.S. Steel Lays Off 750 Employees From OH Plant

January 6, 2015 12:45 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. Steel said Tuesday it will lay off about 750 employees from two plants that make tubular steel, which is used in oil and gas drilling. The company said it will shut down a plant in Lorain, Ohio, in March and lay off 614 workers. It said the move is temporary. U.S. Steel will also lay off 142...

Noncompetition Agreements: Right Or Wrong?

January 5, 2015 12:51 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations | Blogs | Comments

The Associated Press recently reported on the dangers of noncompetition agreements for workers. The article mainly focused on minimum wage employees working outside of the manufacturing sector, however, this is an issue that translates across industries. Though noncompetition agreements are already fairly...

Scrutiny On Worker Non-Compete Deals

January 5, 2015 10:29 am | by Ray Henry, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Fast food worker Caitlin Turowski had this much in common with high-paid CEOs: When she quit her job, she couldn't work for a competitor. Hired as a delivery driver for sandwich maker Jimmy John's and later made an assistant manager, Turowski said she signed a two-year non-competition agreement banning her from...

Will 2015 See A Boost In The Federal Minimum Wage?

January 2, 2015 4:50 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Although 2015 has just begun, it has already been a big year for advocates for a higher minimum wage. On Thursday, January 1, President Obama’s executive order to raise the minimum wage in new federal contracts to $10.10 an hour went into effect, benefiting about 200,000...

Farmers Brace For Labor Shortage Under New Policy

December 29, 2014 9:44 am | by Scott Smith, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Farmers already scrambling to find workers in California — the nation's leading grower of fruits, vegetables and nuts — fear an even greater labor shortage under President Barack Obama's executive action to block some 5 million people from...   

WA Minimum Wage To Hit $9.47 Per Hour, Highest In U.S.

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

Washington state's minimum wage will rise to the highest in the nation on Jan. 1. The Seattle Times reports that the minimum wage in the state will hit $9.47 an hour then. The minimum wage in neighboring Oregon will rise to $9.25, the second-highest in the...

Applications For U.S. Jobless Aid Fall To 7 Week Low

December 24, 2014 9:55 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits has reached its lowest level in seven weeks, a sign that the U.S. economy and job market are steadily improving. The Labor Department said Wednesday that applications for unemployment benefits...

More Job Losses For The Oil Industry

December 19, 2014 2:20 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Lower oil prices are buoying Louisiana's fishermen, but putting the squeeze on others. Manuel Bojorquez reports on the threat to jobs in the state's oil industry and the impact of the steadily falling oil prices. Some reports say that job losses are offset by hiring in other industries...

Residents Cheer Workers At Shuttering Maine Mill

December 19, 2014 2:10 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Residents of a Maine town greeted workers at a shuttering paper mill with cheers and applause as the employees were leaving their final shifts at the facility. Maine Public Broadcast Network reports that hundreds of people gathered outside the Verso Paper mill in Bucksport on Wednesday afternoon as...

Gauge Of U.S. Economy Rises 0.6% In Nov

December 18, 2014 2:19 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

An index designed to predict the future health of the economy posted a third straight solid gain in November. The Conference Board said Thursday that its index of leading indicators increased 0.6 percent last month, matching the revised October gain. The October reading had originally...

U.S. Jobless Aid Applications Decline To 289K

December 18, 2014 11:15 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Fewer Americans sought unemployment benefits last week, a sign of solid job security and growing confidence among employers. Weekly unemployment benefit applications dropped 6,000 to a seasonally adjusted 289,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. That is the lowest level since...

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