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Wisconsin doesn’t have to bargain with biggest unions; weakened labor groups decide against recertifying | Appleton Post Crescent | postcrescent.com
UAW labor talks shift to Ford | Reuters
Union: Documents show Boeing aimed to trump unions - CBS News
Boeing Papers Say 787 Plant Site Gave Upper Hand With Labor - Businessweek
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Union takes sheriff to court over Longview tactics.
International Transport Workers' Federation: News online
Boeing Machinists taking a stand for all workers.
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US refinery workers prepare for strike.
US refinery workers prepare for strike ahead of talks | Reuters
21,000 Strike Giant California Hospital Chains | Labor Notes
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UAW/Ford Prepare for Strike.
Longshore Union Protests ?Police Brutality? as President Surrenders | Labor Notes
Steelworkers Leader Says Strike Possible Over Refinery Safety - Bloomberg
Missouri among states working with Labor Department to uncover wage violations - KansasCity.com
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Gov. Brown says no to labor on child care - latimes.com
Union members picket at isle port
Claremont police union charge city with with unfair labor practice
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Daniels says he supports the concept of Right to Work legislation, which would restrict unions from charging dues to non-members in union shops. Daniels says he has not decided whether to lobby the legislature for passage of a Right to Work bill, but the Ohio vote won’t impact that decision.
Better wake up Mr. daniels....It seems that the script for these guys all seems to say that it will not have an affect.....but itt also seems to me that they are whistling in the dark....scared........Seems they took the $20 from the devil and it's time to pay it back..
"Millions of manufacturing jobs have disappeared across America since 2000, evaporating in a furnace-like blast of economic upheaval.
U.S. factory employment fell from 17.3 million workers in the summer of 2000 to 11.8 million last July, a drop of nearly 32 percent.
While there has been a small uptick in manufacturing jobs during the past year, it doesn't come close to replacing what has been lost.
"It's been a disaster. We've never had a downturn of this scale," said Bob Baugh, executive director of the AFL-CIO's Industrial Union Council. "We have so decimated our internal capacities and infrastructures. Those lost skills translate to the innovations of the future."
Industrial experts agree American manufacturing has suffered a toxic mix of recession, ferocious global competition and rising production costs.
The resulting job losses have profoundly hit the economies of hundreds of communities, large and small.
"It's been gut-wrenching to watch my friends and neighbors lose their jobs through absolutely no fault of their own," said Tim Eckerle, executive director of the Grant County, Ind., Economic Growth Council.
Changes in technology and consumer preferences cut more than half of the 9,400 production jobs in Grant County, located about 50 miles northeast of Indianapolis.
Grant County has suffered one of the worst manufacturing declines, according to a Scripps Howard News Service study of county-by-county manufacturing statistics provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
"It's never going to be what it once was. But we have no choice. We must go on learning how to make things," Eckerle said.
According to Census Bureau estimates based on personal interviews, Michigan has suffered the worst decline in the number of manufacturing workers. It had more than 1 million in 2000 and dropped to fewer than 700,000 a decade later.
Among the other major losers are California, which saw 306,000 production jobs disappear; Ohio, which tallied nearly 282,000 lost jobs; New York, with 231,000; and North Carolina, 225,000.
"We have lost nearly 2.3 million jobs just since the recession began in 2007," said Chad Moutray, chief economist for the National Association of Manufacturers. "Manufacturing combined with construction accounted for the bulk of the jobs that we lost in the recession, actually."
At the county level, hardest hit were Los Angeles County, with nearly 113,000 lost jobs; Chicago's Cook County with 89,000 fewer jobs; and Detroit's Wayne County, with 84,000 lost jobs. Dozens of smaller communities like Grant County, Ind., suffered relatively worse, however, by losing a higher-proportion of their manufacturing jobs.
Moutray said Grant County's loss of its electronics production line is symbolic of major mistakes made throughout America in recent decades.
The nation often was slow to respond to technology developments or changes in consumer preferences.
"We've lost some high-skilled areas of manufacturing in the U.S. due to a lot of shortsightedness, quite frankly, on our part," he said. "Had we not lost, say, the LCD picture screen industry, we might have been able to keep those jobs here."
According to occupation estimates from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the fastest declining production job in America is team-assembly line worker, which dropped nearly 378,000 jobs from 2000 to 2011.
Economists warn that it's important to look at manufacturing in a global perspective. While America's manufacturing job base hasn't been this low in more than 60 years, it still remains king of the hill.
"The conventional wisdom out there is that manufacturing is dead. But that's just not true at all," Moutray said. "The U.S. produces more goods than any other country in the world. We are No. 1. China is No. 2."
There have been some bright spots, even in one of the worst economic declines in U.S. history. Manufacturing jobs rose in Houston's Harris County, rising from 182,000 in 2000 to more than 200,000 last year. That was the only five-digit increase for any county in the nation.
"I'd have to attribute most of that to the fact that Harris County and the Houston region (are so) pro-business," said Craig Richard, chief economic development officer at the Greater Houston Partnership advocacy group. "We have one of the lowest costs of doing business among any of the major metropolitan areas. That transmits to a better bottom line for manufacturers, who are particularly sensitive to costs."
Only 694 of the nation's 3,144 counties had increases in the number of manufacturing workers since 2000. And most of those were modest incremental gains of fewer than 100 workers."
Unmade in America: Industrial jobs disappearing Redding Record Searchlight
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