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Today in Manufacturing: Ohio Drug Company Closing, 1,100 Jobs To Be Lost

Friday, October 4th, 2013


October 4, 2013

Ohio Drug Company Closing, 1,100 Jobs To Be Lost

A northeast Ohio company that manufactured cancer drugs is closing, and more than 1,000 jobs will be lost … continue


FROM: Today in Manufacturing


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Workers at Chattanooga VW Sign Up for New Type of Union Representation

Friday, September 13th, 2013



Kenneth Quinnell

The majority of workers at a Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., have signed cards authorizing their affiliation with the UAW and the creation of a German-style "works council" at the plant, according to Gary Casteel, a regional director for UAW. Casteel says that the cards count as a legally binding election and that they include a statement about wanting to join VW’s Global Works Council. The union has not put forth a formal timeline for official recognition yet.

In Germany, unions bargain for wages, while works councils handle things specific to individual plants like working conditions. “We’re interested in bringing a new labor model to the U.S.,” he says. “That’s the reason we continue to work on this.”

Most foreign automakers have resisted unions at their plants in the southern United States, reports the Associated Press. Casteel says the UAW is an ally of automakers and that their goal is to boost productivity by working with Volkswagen in a cooperative and collaborative way. “With input from the employees, they can increase their through-put, quality, efficiency, health and safety,” says Casteel.



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Today in Manufacturing – Corker: VW Talks With UAW ‘Incomprehensible’

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013


September 11, 2013

Corker: VW Talks With UAW ‘Incomprehensible’

Volkswagen would become a "laughingstock" if it goes through with a deal to have the UAW represent workers at its Tennessee plant, Sen. Corker said … continue


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Robert Reich | Trimmings for Labor Day

Sunday, September 1st, 2013


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It would not be a tragedy if some of these shareholder returns and compensation packages had to be trimmed in order that low-wage workers at McDonald’s, KFC and Walmart got a raise.

Robert Reich, Op-Ed: The good news this Labor Day: Jobs are returning. The bad news this Labor Day: Most of them pay lousy wages and low if non-existent benefits. The trend toward lousy wages began before the Great Recession. According to a new report from the Economic Policy Institute combined with wage losses for most workers since then, means that the bottom 60 percent of working Americans are earning less now than thirteen years ago.



Urban Institute: Who Are the Long-Term Unemployed?

Sunday, September 1st, 2013


Who Are the Long-Term Unemployed?

Relative to currently employed workers, those who have been out of work for more than 26 weeks (the long-term unemployed) tend to be less educated and are more likely to be nonwhite, unmarried, disabled, impoverished, and to have worked previously in the construction industry and construction occupations. The long-term unemployed have much more in common with workers who are newly unemployed and workers who have become discouraged and dropped out of the labor force. This suggests that solutions to long-term unemployment may be effective for other workers who have experienced other forms of labor market distress.

Source: Urban Institute



LateWire: Report Outlines ‘Lost Decade’ For N.Y. Workers

Friday, August 30th, 2013


August 30, 2013 

Report Outlines ‘Lost Decade’ For N.Y. Workers

A new report [The Fiscal Policy Institute] says in the last decade, New York’s median wages dropping almost 7 percent for men and about 1 percent for women…  continue


FROM: LateWire