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Solid U.S. Hiring Likely, But Americans Are Anxious

November 7, 2014 3:04 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Just after a midterm election that was driven by voters' anxiety about the U.S. economy, the government is likely Friday to report the latest strong monthly job gain. Employers are expected to have added 230,000 jobs in October, according to economists surveyed by FactSet. That would be in line...

Electronic Parts Company Closes Facility, Costing 300 Jobs

November 6, 2014 2:34 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A communications electronics parts company has announced that it will close its Lowell engineering and manufacturing facility, costing the city about 300 jobs. Cobham announced Wednesday that the jobs done in Lowell will be shifted to other company locations to maintain efficiency...

100K Workers Protest Belgian Labor Reform

November 6, 2014 11:43 am | by Raf Casert, The Associated Press | News | Comments

One of Belgium's biggest postwar labor demonstrations brought about 100,000 workers to the capital on Thursday to protest government free-market reforms and austerity measures that they claim undermine Belgium's vaunted welfare state. For two hours, the demonstrators peacefully...

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Looking to Expand? Workforce, Transportation, Location Are Key

November 5, 2014 2:29 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

As I mentioned in my recent article “Manufacturing Growth: Missouri Got It Right,” Missouri is currently experiencing a huge surge in the manufacturing sector. I discussed the resurgence with Ms. Amy Susan, the Director of Communications and Marketing for the Missouri Department of...

Election Overview: Minimum Wage, Gun Sales, GMOs, Soda Tax

November 5, 2014 1:40 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Marijuana activists who have longed for decades to end America's drug war pocketed more major victories Tuesday, with Oregon and the nation's capital approving recreational pot use and a measure in Alaska holding a steady lead. Here are how some other ballot measured fared on...

U.S. Businesses Added 230K Jobs In October

November 5, 2014 10:02 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. companies added 230,000 jobs in October, the most in four months and a sign that businesses are still willing to hire despite signs of slowing growth overseas. Payroll processer ADP said Wednesday that the job gains were slightly ahead of the 225,000 added in September, which was revised up from an...

Novartis Announces Layoffs At NE Plant

October 31, 2014 10:58 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Novartis has announced more layoffs at its manufacturing plant in Lincoln. Company spokeswoman Julie Masow tells the Lincoln Journal Star that 75 jobs were eliminated Thursday. That includes 31 positions that were open. The cuts represent the third phase of restructuring at the plant that Novartis...

Small Business Divided Over Minimum Wage Votes

October 29, 2014 11:59 am | by Joyce M. Rosenberg, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Workers in five states could get a raise after Election Day. Some small business owners say raising the minimum wage will pressure their companies, forcing them to cut employees' hours or jobs. Others say it's the right thing to do for workers and the economy. Minimum wage referendums are on...

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Is Detroit Manufacturing On The Rise?

October 29, 2014 9:55 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Detroit has been the poster child for urban decay. How does a great American city bounce back? CNN Money shows film for 'We the Economy', which explores the city's history and its struggle to recover from the loss of manufacturing jobs...

National Institute For Metalworking Skills Launches Job-Search Website

October 29, 2014 9:48 am | by The National Institute for Metalworking Skills | News | Comments

The National Institute for Metalworking Skills, the global authority on education and training for precision manufacturing jobs, launched a new website catered to employers seeking to fill open jobs and build a pipeline of globally competitive talent. Nimsready.org provides concise information, tools and how-to guides to help employers...

Fertilizer Maker Files Bankruptcy

October 27, 2014 6:35 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Fertilizer manufacturer Mississippi Phosphates Corp. is seeking protection under Chapter 11 of the U.S. bankruptcy code. The Mississippi Press reported the 200-employee company makes diammonium phosphate fertilizer at a plant in east Jackson County. The company says it...

OR Investigates Discrimination Claims At Plant

October 23, 2014 3:56 pm | by Gosia Wozniacka, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Oregon has expanded its investigation into discrimination at the Portland truck-making plant of German automotive giant Daimler AG after four more employees came forward with allegations of racial harassment. The four new civil rights complaints against Portland-headquartered...

Women In Manufacturing: Q&A With Allison Grealis

October 23, 2014 2:33 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Allison Grealis and I met briefly at the 4th annual Women in Manufacturing Summit, where women working in manufacturing came from around the country to network, share experiences, and offer advice to young women thinking about entering the field. Ms. Grealis is the founder and executive director...

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Does America Deserve A Raise?

October 22, 2014 12:14 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations | Blogs | Comments

With an economy that is tentatively getting back on its feet, it only seems appropriate that minimum wage become a point of focus. Currently the federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour, however, this may soon be a figure of the past.“America deserves a raise,” stated President Obama to a...

A Cultural Shift Comes To Microsoft

October 21, 2014 1:46 pm | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

Satya Nadella says he was wrong to use his own personal experience to answer the question of whether woman should ask for raises. Nadella addresses questions about obstacles to Microsoft's goals and how he will bring about a cultural change...

Tragic Fire Exposes Illegal Chinese Factories

October 21, 2014 9:35 am | by Erika Kinetz, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities have raided over 1,900 Chinese factories in the past 6 1/2 years, closing 909 for gross safety and labor violations, and seized 33,427 sewing machines that were not up to code. Sanctioned factories rarely bother to fix those problems, preferring to reopen under a new name...

The Generational Divide

October 16, 2014 2:21 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

According to an article last year in Business Week, the age of the average manufacturing worker is 56. Typically, we talk about this demographic as it relates to an impending worker shortage. What will we do to replace this crop of highly skilled tradespeople? What kind of impact will their mass...

India Prime Minister Announces Labor Law Reforms

October 16, 2014 10:39 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a series of labor reforms on Thursday aimed at transforming Asia's third-largest economy into an international manufacturing hub. Modi said he wants to overhaul India's archaic labor laws to make it easier to do business in the country, attract...

Unequal Pay Stats In The Wake Of Microsoft CEO's Comments

October 13, 2014 12:02 pm | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Don't ask for a raise. Keeping quiet will give you "superpowers" that will translate into employer trust and other "good karma" that will eventually come back around to your purse. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella was widely derided Thursday for his foot-in-mouth...

Microsoft CEO Apologizes For Comments On Women

October 10, 2014 11:44 am | by Tali Arbel, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella apologized Thursday night and said he was wrong for saying that women don't need to ask for a raise and should just trust the system to pay them well. Nadella was blasted on Twitter and in blog posts for his comments, which were made...

300 On Strike At Schneider Electric

October 9, 2014 1:33 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

About 300 workers have been on strike at a northern Indiana factory after rejecting a proposed contract. The strike at the Schneider Electric plant in Peru began early Monday, with members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace...

KS Supreme Court Rules On FedEx Ground Drivers

October 7, 2014 11:46 am | by Leonard Carder | News | Comments

On Friday, October 3, 2014, the Kansas Supreme Court ruled unanimously that a class of approximately 500 drivers working for FedEx Ground was misclassified as independent contractors instead of employees. FedEx faces liability to these drivers for...

UAW Ramps Up Organizing Bid At Mercedes Plant

October 3, 2014 2:01 pm | by Erik Schelzig, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The United Auto Workers is ramping up its efforts to gain representation of workers at the Mercedes plant in Alabama, despite having so far been thwarted in its attempts to organize any foreign automaker in the South. The UAW has, though, been...

Talent Shortages? Blame Salary, Not Just Training

September 9, 2014 2:53 pm | by Chris Fox, Editor | Blogs | Comments

As the economy has turned around and employers have been seeking to invest in fresh blood, a consistent tone of unemployable youth has been ringing from the manufacturing and engineering ranks. The skills gap is a growing problem as baby boomers are retiring and ...

Ohio Workers Productive But Making Less

September 3, 2014 10:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ohio workers are more productive and better educated these days, yet they aren't necessarily making more money as a result, according to a new report. Ohio productivity grew by nearly ...           

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