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ASQ Survey: Manufacturers' Outlook Positive For 2015, Anticipate Continued Revenue Growth

December 16, 2014 1:51 pm | by ASQ | Articles | Comments

Manufacturers are increasingly positive as 2014 comes to a close, with 83 percent expecting revenue growth next year, up from 64 percent of manufacturers who anticipated growth in 2014, according to results of the ASQ 2015 Manufacturing Outlook Survey. And their positivity is well earned...

U.S. Reshoring: Real Shift In Production Or Just A Fantasy Future?

December 16, 2014 1:36 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

With all the news and stories about U.S. manufacturing in the midst of a reshoring drive, a new report looks at the real numbers behind the push to bring production back to our shores. Yesterday, A.T. Kearney released its 2014 Reshoring Index, which looks at the rate and pace of the return of manufacturing operations...

UAW President: Companies Can Raise Pay While Staying Competitive

December 15, 2014 1:17 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

United Auto Workers President Dennis Williams says he's not buying the Detroit Three automakers' argument against wage increases for longtime workers. Williams told reporters Monday that keeping Detroit competitive with foreign automakers can't always be done on the backs of workers. He says...

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NAM CEO Responds To NLRB In Video

December 15, 2014 9:44 am | by Jamie Hennigan and Mallory Micetich, National Association of Manufacturers | Videos | Comments

National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President and CEO Jay Timmons delivered the following video statement on the National Labor Relations Board’s upcoming decision to drastically change longstanding labor policy and dramatically shorten the time-frame for union elections.  "Economic growth, job...

NAM CEO Speaks Out On NLRB Ruling

December 12, 2014 1:24 pm | by Jamie Hennigan, National Association of Manufacturers | News | Comments

National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President and CEO Jay Timmons issued this statement in response to the National Labor Relations Board's (NLRB) final rule on "ambush elections": "It's clear the Administration has an agressive agenda to uproot longstanding and effective...

Auto Manufacturing, UAW Converge In The South

December 12, 2014 9:48 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

The ongoing push to keep the UAW and labor unions out of foreign automobile manufacturing plants in the South continues. Mercedes got a slap on the wrist for impeding union literature in its Alabama plant while Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam continues to fight against UAW representation at Volkswagen’s...

Manufacturers Seek Women For Hard-to-Fill Jobs

December 11, 2014 10:40 am | by M. L. Johnson, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Some companies looking for welders, machinists, and other skilled workers are turning their sights to women. Federal statistics show that women make up nearly half of the U.S. workforce yet hold less than a third of the nation's 12.2 million manufacturing jobs. Milwaukee-based Harley-Davidson is...

Altoona Ignition Wire Plant Cutting 160 Jobs

December 11, 2014 10:28 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A central Pennsylvania plant plans to cut 160 of 210 jobs next year as it moves its automotive ignition wire manufacturing operation to another plant in Mexico. The Altoona Mirror reports General Cable will keep its Altoona plant open, but only to make ignition wire assemblies that aren't used in...

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UN Predicts Increased Global Economic Growth

December 10, 2014 2:22 pm | by Cara Anna, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The global economy will grow by more than 3 percent in 2015 and 2016, the United Nations predicted Wednesday, but that growth will be uneven in some regions. The U.N.'s annual economic report says growth edged up in 2014 at an estimated 2.6 percent. The U.N. is forecasting 3.1 percent...

Jobless Veterans Get Elite Training For New Careers

December 10, 2014 10:49 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Many veterans returning from wars overseas face a new challenge at home: finding a job. Some are getting extra help to make the transition from combat to the cubicle. Wyatt Andrews met the vets who are learning a valuable new job skill...

Tech Summit Addresses Industry's Lack Of Diversity

December 10, 2014 10:22 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Civil rights leader Jesse Jackson spent most of this year pressuring the technology industry into facing up to the glaring scarcity of women, blacks and Latinos at companies renowned as great places to work. Now comes Diversity 2.0 — finding ways to reverse a deep-rooted problem that isn't going to be as...

Supreme Court: No Pay For Time Spent At Amazon Warehouse Security Checks

December 9, 2014 11:58 am | by Sam Hananel, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that warehouse workers who fill orders for retail giant Amazon don't have to be paid for time spent waiting to pass through security checks at the end of their shifts. The unanimous decision is a victory for the growing number of retailers and other companies that...

U.S. Job Openings Rise, Hiring Remains Healthy

December 9, 2014 10:40 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The number of available U.S. jobs rose in October to the second-highest level in 14 years, and companies kept hiring at a healthy pace, adding to evidence of an improving economy. Job openings increased 3.2 percent to 4.83 million, just below August's total, which was the highest on records...

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Looking At Trends In Manufacturing, Logistics: Q&A With Traci Fiatte

December 9, 2014 9:39 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

We are living in a moment of great change for the manufacturing and logistics industries—vocational training in schools is decreasing, and workforce is tightening. Traci Fiatte, President of General Staffing at Randstad says, “The baby boomers are moving out of the workforce and not...

Pay Going Up For U.S. Workers

December 8, 2014 1:59 pm | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

The latest jobs report showed wages are finally going up, as employers added the largest number of workers in nearly three years in November. USA Today reports on the number of jobs created and a bigger than expected rise in wages and number of hours worked...

Economists Forecast Fast Growth In 2015

December 8, 2014 1:24 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The U.S. economy, helped by a stronger job market and falling oil prices, should enjoy the fastest economic growth in a decade next year, according to a panel of top business economists. The National Association for Business Economics said Monday it expects the overall economy, as measured by the...

Unemployment Rates Fall For Women, Vets

December 8, 2014 9:59 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

November was a good month for women and recent veterans who sought jobs. The unemployment rate for women reached 5.3 percent last month. The figure, matching the level for June this year, is the lowest since 2008. Recent veterans who served in Iraq or Afghanistan made even...

U.S. Job Market Hits A Turning Point

December 8, 2014 9:49 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Look past the booming November job gain of 321,000 reported Friday — the best figure in three years in the strongest year for U.S. hiring since 1999. The job market has reached a new milestone on its road to full health: For the first time since the Great Recession ended....

Why Employees Leave Jobs: It's All About The Benjamins

December 8, 2014 9:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Addison Group, a leading provider of professional staffing services, released today the results of a survey that examines why people from different generations are leaving their employers and the preferences they have for rewards, like raises and bonuses. The survey was conducted...

U.S. Adds The Most Jobs In Nearly 3 Years

December 5, 2014 1:38 pm | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. employers added a whopping 321,000 jobs in November, the biggest burst of hiring in nearly three years and the latest sign that the United States is outperforming other economies throughout the developed world. The Labor Department also said Friday that 44,000 more jobs were...

GlaxoSmithKline Cutting Hundreds Of U.S. Jobs

December 4, 2014 4:44 pm | by Linda A. Johnson, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Hundreds of British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline's 17,000 U.S.-based employees will lose their jobs by the end of next year under the pharmaceutical industry's latest restructuring. GlaxoSmithKline PLC, best known for its widely used asthma inhaler Advair, is making changes worldwide that are meant...

U.S. Unemployment Aid Applications Fall To 297K

December 4, 2014 12:38 pm | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits slipped below 300,000 last week, after having spiked above that level in the prior week for the first time in nearly three months. Weekly applications fell 17,000 to a seasonally adjusted 297,000, the Labor Department...

Expansion Insight: Q&A With Andrew Berlin

December 4, 2014 9:43 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Chicago-based Berlin Packaging, a leading supplier of plastic, glass, and metal containers and closures, recently announced a major expansion of its operations, which includes the addition of 100 new employees in 25 cities in 2015. I recently had the chance to discuss the expansion with...

Obama Tells CEOs He Wants To Work On Wage Growth

December 3, 2014 5:05 pm | by Jim Kuhnhenn, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Citing 60-year high corporate profits, President Barack Obama told CEOs Wednesday he wants to engage them on "some tricky questions" about how to overcome stagnant wages in the face of business successes and a rising stock market. In a question and answer session...

U.S. Issues Anti-Discrimination Rule For Employers

December 3, 2014 4:56 pm | by Tom Raum, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Labor Department on Wednesday issued a rule to protect employees of federal contractors from discrimination based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. The rule would carry out terms of a workplace anti-discrimination law signed by President Barack Obama...

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