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Union Membership Held Steady During 2013

January 24, 2014 10:22 am | by Sam Hananel, Associated Press | News | Comments

The nation's union membership rate held steady last year. There were gains among private sector workers' unions but they were largely offset by losses in state and local government.              

Colgate-Palmolive Building Plant In Tenn.

January 24, 2014 8:02 am | News | Comments

Officials say Colgate-Palmolive is building an oral care products manufacturing plant in Hamblen County, adding 75 jobs in the process. In a news release, Tennessee Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty says the company will invest $25 million in manufacturing equipment and building and infrastructure improvements in Morristown.

Weekly Applications For U.S. Jobless Aid Mostly Flat

January 23, 2014 10:08 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits ticked up 1,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 326,000, a level consistent with steady job gains. The Labor Department says the four-week average, a less volatile measure, fell for the third straight week to 331,500.

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Lenovo Buys Part Of IBM Server Business For $2.3B

January 23, 2014 8:11 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Lenovo, the world's biggest personal computer maker, said Thursday it expects to offer jobs to 7,500 IBM employees as part of its acquisition of the x86 server business. The acquisition will accelerate Lenovo's moves to expand beyond its traditional PC business, said Peter Hortensius, a senior vice president.

Cargill To Pay $2.2M In Discrimination Settlement

January 23, 2014 8:06 am | News | Comments

The money will be used to pay back wages and interest to nearly 3,000 applicants who were rejected for jobs at facilities in Springdale, Ark.; Fort Morgan, Colo.; and Beardstown, Ill., between 2005 and 2009. U.S. Department of Labor officials say the company's hiring process discriminated based on sex, race and ethnicity.

OECD Boss Warns Of 'Cut-Throat' Post-Crisis Period

January 22, 2014 2:06 pm | News | Comments

Angel Gurria, the secretary-general of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, said Wednesday that "everybody's going to try to recover the jobs they lost, the welfare well-being they lost, the exports they lost and they are going to recover it in the shortest period of time."

France, Goodyear Workers End Standoff

January 22, 2014 12:24 pm | News | Comments

The accord, reached Wednesday, came after 10 days of negotiations between the government, the company and unions. The office of Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said the "end of conflict protocol" puts an end to the occupation of the factory by workers demanding new negotiations over severance packages.

Feds: Va. State Workers Discussed As Test Subjects

January 22, 2014 11:56 am | News | Comments

A federal indictment says officials at dietary supplement maker Star Scientific Inc., which is central to a gift scandal involving former Gov. Bob McDonnell, discussed using Virginia state employees as test subjects for one of their products.   

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San Francisco Approves Tech Shuttle Rules

January 22, 2014 9:11 am | by Jason Dearen, Associated Press | News | Comments

The shuttles, which transport thousands of workers each day around the city and to Silicon Valley, have for some become a symbol of economic inequality and rising housing costs and evictions in San Francisco. The Municipal Transportation Agency voted unanimously for the pilot program in a room packed with people eager to opine about the contentious topic.

Texas Instruments Cutting 1,100 Jobs; 4Q Profit Up

January 22, 2014 7:59 am | News | Comments

Chipmaker Texas Instruments Inc. said Tuesday that it will cut 1,100 jobs worldwide, about 3 percent of its workforce, to trim costs and will reduce its investments in certain markets. The company said the cuts in its embedded processing unit and in Japan will result in $130 million in annual savings by the end of 2014. The job cuts are in the U.S., India and Japan.

9 Treated Following Fire At Central Pa. Food Plant

January 21, 2014 3:16 pm | News | Comments

A Gettysburg Hospital spokesman said seven people were taken there for potential exposure to the chemical toluene, while a county emergency official said two others were treated at nearby Waynesboro Hospital.         

Survey: CEOs More Confident On Global Economy

January 21, 2014 1:59 pm | by John Heilprin and Pan Pylas, Associated Press | News | Comments

Accounting and consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers, which conducted the survey, said the world's corporate leaders are "gradually switching from survival mode to growth mode." That could lead to more investment, growth and jobs.    

Bombardier Laying Off 1,700

January 21, 2014 11:38 am | News | Comments

Bombardier says it plans 1,700 layoffs from its aerospace division. The Montreal-based company told employees Tuesday that the cuts are required due to delays in the launch of new planes and tough market conditions. Bombardier Inc. says it needs to preserve cash.

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Iowa Workers Have Shots At Regaining Tyson Jobs

January 20, 2014 11:58 am | News | Comments

The 60 workers who lost their jobs at the Tyson plant in northwest Iowa's Cherokee could return if business were to pick up and more production were needed. After Friday's layoff, the plant still employs about 500 people. The plant produces deli meats.

UN: More Than 200M Jobless Last Year

January 20, 2014 11:20 am | News | Comments

The United Nations' labor agency says the number of unemployed people around the world rose above 200 million last year as job opportunities failed to grow at the same pace as the global workforce. The International Labor Organization said Monday that an estimated 201.8 million people were unemployed in 2013. That's 4.9 million more than the previous year.

Obama: 2014 Can Be Breakthrough Year For U.S.

January 20, 2014 8:31 am | News | Comments

In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama says the U.S. is primed to bring back jobs lost in the recession or to overseas competitors. But he says to make that happen, the U.S. must act to create good-paying jobs and increase economic opportunity.

Slumping Intel To Cut More Than 5,000 Jobs In 2014

January 20, 2014 7:54 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The purge represents about 5 percent of the roughly 108,000 jobs that Intel had on its payroll at the end of December. The company intends to jettison the jobs without laying off workers, said Intel spokesman Bill Calder. The reductions instead will be achieved through attrition, buyouts and early retirement offers.

Manufacturing Rewind: Walmart's Labor Woes, Bernanke On The '08 Financial Crisis

January 17, 2014 1:43 pm | News | Comments

Check out some of this week's top headlines from across Manufacturing.net, from ghost guns to Boeing's botched batteries. In other news, Wal-Mart was accused of labor violations, and Congress settled on a $1.1 trillion budget bill.    

U.S. Employers Advertise Most Jobs Since March 2008

January 17, 2014 11:06 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. employers advertised more jobs in November and more Americans quit, positive signs for millions who are unemployed and looking for work. The Labor Department says job openings rose 1.8 percent to 4 million, the most in 5 ½ years. And the number of people quitting increased 1.9 percent to 2.4 million, a five-year high.

Weekly Unemployment Benefit Claims Drop To 326k

January 16, 2014 8:39 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell 2,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 326,000, a sign that layoffs are weighing less on employment and economic growth. The Labor Department says the less volatile four-week average dropped 13,500 to 335,000.

Gov't Charges Wal-Mart With Labor Violations

January 16, 2014 8:26 am | by Sam Hananel, Associated Press | News | Comments

The National Labor Relations Board says Wal-Mart illegally fired, disciplined or threatened more than 60 employees in 14 states for participating in legally protected activities to complain about wages and working conditions. The labor board's general counsel first laid out the charges last November, but held off on filing a complaint while trying to work out a settlement with Wal-Mart.

Obama In N.C. To Advance Goals On Economy and Jobs

January 15, 2014 1:57 pm | by Emery P. Dalesio, Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama on Wednesday sought to push Congress to promote 21st-century manufacturing jobs by establishing hubs where universities and companies work together to invent, design and make new products.        

Head Of Puget Sound's Boeing Machinists Retiring

January 15, 2014 8:32 am | News | Comments

Wroblewski, 59, said the stress of the past three months, including pressure from the aerospace company, politicians and his own union's national leadership, had put him in the hospital twice since Dec. 27. The experience "changed my perspective on work-life balance," he said in a statement. "Your job should not destroy your health."

Beet Plant Shut For Inspection After Worker Death

January 15, 2014 8:25 am | News | Comments

The Western Sugar Cooperative has shut down its sugar beet processing plant in Lovell while federal and state regulators inspect the facility following a fatal accident. Twenty-eight-year-old worker Anfesa Galaktionoff died Jan. 4 after she apparently fell into a piece of equipment that carries sugar beets into the factory.

Test Votes Postponed on Unemployment Bill

January 14, 2014 8:26 am | by David Espo, AP Special Correspondent | News | Comments

The Senate postponed a pair of test votes on stalled unemployment legislation on Monday as Republicans and Democrats sought a compromise to restore benefits to 1.3 million long-term jobless workers who lost them abruptly late last year.    

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