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Engineers Feel Underpaid And Overworked

April 28, 2014 4:04 pm | by Chris Fox, Managing Editor, PD&D | Blogs | Comments

As technology continues to move faster than Moore’s law predicted, and unlike the rest of the world who can sit and enjoy the fruits of technological splendor, engineers are required to keep pace with the changing landscape.      

Workers And UAW Turn To OECD In Nissan Dispute

April 28, 2014 2:36 pm | by IndustriALL Global Union | News | Comments

The UAW and IndustriALL, a global union federation which represents Nissan and Renault unions worldwide, assert that Nissan’s “aggressive campaign of interference” with employees’ efforts to form a union at the Canton, Mississippi, plant is in violation of global standards on workers’ freedom of association.

Coca-Cola Building New Facility In Chattanooga

April 28, 2014 11:37 am | News | Comments

Officials say the Coca-Cola Co. will build a new distribution center in Chattanooga, maintaining the company's 115-year business relationship with the city.                     

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Congress Heads To Work To Do The Bare Minimum

April 28, 2014 8:36 am | by Andrew Taylor, Associated Press | News | Comments

Raising the minimum wage or restoring lost unemployment benefits? Not going to happen. Forcing government approval of the Keystone XL pipeline? Veto bait.                    

Chinese Shoe Factory Strike Partially Ends

April 28, 2014 8:25 am | News | Comments

Most of the tens of thousands of workers who were striking at a massive Chinese shoe factory complex have returned to the job, labor activists said, enabling Adidas to resume production there.          

Drones A Possible Growth Market For North Dakota

April 28, 2014 8:16 am | by Henry C. Jackson, Associated Press | News | Comments

According to a report compiled by AUVSI last year, drones have the potential to create more than 100,000 jobs and more than $80 billion in economic growth between now and 2025.              

Manufacturing.net Rewind: Solar Power On A Superfund Site; Volkswagen Keeps Its Options Open

April 25, 2014 2:31 pm | News | Comments

Check out some of this week's top headlines from across Manufacturing.net, from the largest U.S. solar farm built on a Superfund site to the UAW's impact on Volkswagen's new SUV.             

UAW VP Nominated For Seat On GM Board

April 25, 2014 10:40 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The move, which would be considered common in Europe, is a first for General Motors, and a sign of how the relationship between the company and the union has changed in the past decade.                  

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Lawyer: Volkswagen Has Deals In Place Outside Tenn.

April 25, 2014 8:27 am | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press | News | Comments

Volkswagen warned Tennessee officials during difficult negotiations over incentives to expand the German automaker's lone U.S. plant that the company has already secured offers to build a new SUV elsewhere.        

Adobe, Apple Settle High-Tech Workers' Lawsuit

April 25, 2014 8:14 am | News | Comments

Google, Apple, Intel and Adobe Systems have settled a class-action lawsuit alleging they conspired to prevent their engineers and other highly sought technology workers from getting better job offers from one another.       

3M Plans $18.7M Expansion In Missouri

April 24, 2014 2:16 pm | News | Comments

Plant manager Todd Cantrell said Wednesday the expansion will make the site the largest 3M plant in Missouri and one of the largest in the country. The project will create 22 new jobs.             

Applications For Unemployment Aid Jump

April 24, 2014 9:47 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits surged 24,000 to a seasonally adjusted 329,000 last week, though the gain likely reflected temporary layoffs in the week before Easter.           

A Year After Factory Collapse, Bangladeshis Suffer

April 24, 2014 8:07 am | by Julhas Alam, Associated Press | News | Comments

One year after the Rana Plaza garment factory collapsed in a pile of concrete slabs and twisted metal, Bangladeshi seamstress Shefali says she would rather starve to death than return to factory work.            

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Textron Cutting 750 Cessna, Beechcraft Jobs

April 23, 2014 12:15 pm | News | Comments

Just over a month after buying Beechcraft for $1.4 billion, Textron announced 750 job cuts at that company and at its Cessna division.                      

Job Market For College Grads Improves

April 22, 2014 2:23 pm | by Paul Wiseman, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

But finding work — especially a dream job — remains tough for those just graduating. Many are settling for jobs outside their fields of study or for less pay than they'd expected or hoped for.           

GM Restructuring Engineering After Recall

April 22, 2014 12:52 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

General Motors is adding 35 product safety investigators as part of a larger restructuring in response to a series of safety recalls.                     

No End In Sight For China Shoe Factory Strike

April 22, 2014 7:40 am | by Didi Tang and Kelvin K. Chan, Associated Press | News | Comments

Workers on strike at a Chinese factory owned by the world's largest maker of athletic shoes have rejected management's latest offer in an ongoing labor dispute that is crimping production for brands such as Nike and Adidas.        

UAW Withdraws Volkswagen Vote Appeal

April 21, 2014 8:29 am | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press | News | Comments

In a Monday statement, the UAW says it will instead focus on a congressional investigation into an anti-unionization campaign by Republican politicians and outside groups.                

Ludlow Massacre Spurred Labor Reforms

April 18, 2014 10:49 am | by Colleen Slevin, Associated Press | News | Comments

What became known as the Ludlow Massacre quickly evolved into a national rallying cry for labor unions and eventually helped lead to New Deal labor reforms. But over the years, the tragedy has been largely forgotten, even among many in Colorado.  

Unemployment Rates Fall In 21 States

April 18, 2014 10:45 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

More than two-thirds of the states reported job gains in March, as hiring improves for much of the country during what has been a sluggish but sustained 4 1/2-year recovery.                        

Trade Group To Mediate Shoe Factory Strike

April 18, 2014 7:54 am | News | Comments

More than 40,000 workers went on strike this week against Yue Yuen Industrial (Holdings) Ltd., bringing production to a halt at the manufacturer, which makes shoes for companies including Nike and Adidas.          

La-Z-Boy Cutting 100 Jobs In N.C.

April 17, 2014 3:11 pm | News | Comments

La-Z-Boy Inc. is closing two facilities and eliminating 100 jobs in North Carolina as part of a larger restructuring of its business.                     

Miss. Gov. Signs Bills Limiting Union Activities

April 17, 2014 2:34 pm | by Emily Wagster Pettus, Associated Press | News | Comments

Republican Gov. Phil Bryant on Wednesday signed three bills to limit union activities in Mississippi, saying he hopes they strengthen the state's reputation as a place where organized labor has little influence.        

CBO: Boosting Minimum Wage Would Cost Firms $15B

April 17, 2014 2:08 pm | News | Comments

The Congressional Budget Office estimates that a Senate Democratic proposal gradually boosting the minimum wage to $10.10 hourly would force businesses to spend $15 billion more in salaries in 2017.             

Chinese Factories Face New Challenge As Growth Slows

April 17, 2014 10:56 am | News | Comments

Factories that had thrived by using cheap migrant labor to churn out inexpensive clothing, electronics and toys for export now face changing government priorities as a growth engine based on investment and trade loses its momentum after more than a decade of double-digit expansion.

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