The two Koreas have taken an initial step to open their jointly run industrial park to overseas investors. But foreigners who toured the complex on Thursday say the compound in North Korea remains a tough sell despite its cheap labor.
Chanting "give us a vote" and holding signs, about three dozen people marched from Boeing Co.'s campus to the local union hall in Everett. The rally came six days after local union leaders said the company's offer was too similar to one that workers rejected last month.
A prominent business group is challenging government rules that require federal contractors to display posters telling workers they have a legal right to form a union. The National Association of Manufacturers filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday that asserts the Labor Department regulations violate the free speech rights of employers.
Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman is getting a huge raise as she enters the third year of her attempt to turn around the slumping personal computer and printer maker. Whitman's annual salary is soaring to $1.5 million from the $1 that she settled for during her first two years on the job, according a regulatory documents filed Tuesday.
Everyone in the manufacturing space has heard about the dramatic talent gap in the industry, where companies cannot find employees with the skills necessary to help run a high-tech operation. Knowledge in automation equipment, or with CNC machines, can be a rare commodity, with most young people moving toward other industries, and manufacturing-centric education faltering or disappearing elsewhere.
Unionized steelworkers in three states are delivering groceries and toys collected for the families of workers laid off from Ormet Corp.'s aluminum smelter along the Ohio River. The United Steelworkers said items collected by members in Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania were being delivered Monday and Tuesday from a union hall north of the shuttered plant in Hannibal, Ohio.
U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar, Vice Chair of the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee, today released a new report detailing the revitalization in U.S. manufacturing, showing it has added over 500,000 jobs since February 2010 and exceeded its pre-recession peak for exports, up 38 percent since 2009.
The company began its lean manufacturing program in 2003 and has since achieved a 90 percent improvement in on-time deliveries, 20 percent reduction in waste and a 35 percent increase in total productivity. Dollar savings are more than 10 times what was invested to roll the practice out and educate and train 1,000 employees.
Many workers want a chance to vote on Boeing's latest offer, even though union leaders have said the contract is too similar to one rejected last month, Fritzler said. Federal, state and local political leaders also have called for a vote.
From his first-floor office window, which had metal bars like a prison cell, Starnes said to nearby media, “I feel like a trapped animal. I think it's inhumane what is going on right now. I have been in this area for 10 years and created a lot of jobs and I would never have thought in my wildest imagination something like this would happen.”
Sikorsky Aircraft workers in Connecticut and Florida have approved a new contract that includes a 10 percent wage increase over four years and $4,000 signing bonuses. Officials with Teamsters Local 1150 say union members approved the agreement by a vote of 2,098 to 66 on Sunday.
U.S. workers boosted their productivity from July through September at the fastest pace since the end of 2009, adding to signs of stronger economic growth.The Labor Department said Monday that productivity increased at a 3 percent annual rate in the third quarter.
Boeing and Puget Sound-area machinists can't even agree on how their latest contract talks came to an end. Local machinists spokesman Bryan Corliss said Friday that the company withdrew its latest contract offer after union leaders told Boeing Co. they could not recommend the proposal to members.
The Chicago-based aerospace company said the reorganization will result in fewer research jobs in Washington state and California and is being undertaken to better meet the needs of its commercial airplane, military and space and security units.
The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits rose 68,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 368,000, the largest increase in more than a year. The surge in first-time applications could be a troubling sign if it lasts. But it likely reflects the difficulty adjusting for delays after the Thanksgiving holiday.
On the second day of talks between Boeing Commercial Airplanes officials and Machinists union leaders, the union said Wednesday it presented a preliminary proposal for a contract that would mean much of the work on the company's new 777X jet would be done in the Puget Sound region.
A labor group monitoring three Chinese factories that make iPhones and other Apple products says once-oppressive working conditions have steadily improved in the last 18 months, but more must be done to reduce the amount of overtime that employees work.
New Zealand's government on Thursday dropped all charges against the former boss of a coal mine where 29 miners died in an explosion and instead accepted a financial settlement — a decision that left some of the victim's relatives angry.The government last year charged former Pike River Coal chief executive Peter Whittall with 12 counts of violating labor laws following the 2010 methane-fueled blast.
The university's unmanned aircraft degree program, the nation's first, exploded from five students in 2009 to 120 students last year. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Kansas State have since added similar programs.
On April 24, the Rana Plaza, an eight-story commercial building in Savar collapsed, leaving hundreds dead and many more trapped within the rubble. Survivors said the building had cracked severely the day before, and that police had ordered an evacuation, but there was no action on the factory’s management.
Unlike other frameworks or standards, CMMI isn’t a compliance exercise, and doesn’t require adherence to a particular methodology, such as Six Sigma or Lean. It’s methodologically agnostic, which means that rather on focusing on how to do something, it focuses on what needs to be done.
About 75 percent of young women believe the U.S. needs to do more to bring about equality in the workplace, a new study finds, despite a narrowing pay gap and steady employment gains for women at higher levels of business and government.
While most every company does everything in its power to ensure that safe, comfortable place to work, accidents do happen. Even though they’re tragic, and perhaps could have been prevented, they teach critical lessons in the never-ending chase to make manufacturing — an inherently dangerous business — safer than ever.
U.S. employers advertised the most job openings in more than five years in October, and the number of people quitting also reached a five-year high. The figures are an encouraging sign for the unemployed.The Labor Department said Tuesday that job openings rose 1 percent to a seasonally adjusted 3.93 million.
Global defense contractor BAE Systems PLC says it us cutting 135 jobs at its York facility over the next three months. The company said Monday that the York plant is nearing the lowest production levels in its 30-plus year history.