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Signing Bonuses: Something Rare in Blue-Collar America

This year, BNSF Railway, one of the country’s largest freight railroads, aims to hire 3,500 workers across the United States — a challenge at a time when employers nationwide say they are struggling to fill vacancies.  So, BNSF is offering something rare in blue-collar America: signing bonuses up to $25,000 for hourly workers, including electricians, boilermakers, and pipefitters. Read more

Scott Paul, Labor Day, Unions, This Day, Some Well-Earned Respect For Factory Workers

This Day, Some Well-Earned Respect For Factory Workers

Workers who make things in America always get a lot of love from the lips of politicians. Always. Before Clinton and Trump, there was Reagan, Bill, Bush, and Obama. Because shaking hands with a hard-hat is always a good photo opportunity for an elected official. Read more

The Power of small factories, , Small Factories Emerge as a Weapon in the Fight Against Poverty

The Power of a Small Factory: Emerging Weapons in Fight Against Poverty

BALTIMORE — James Branch’s life seemed destined to follow a familiar arc in the streets that surround the Marlin Steel factory, where he bends metal from sunrise until near dark. Read more

The New Walmart Effect: Store Closures Are Leaving Food Deserts in Their Wake

The Walmart Effect: Store Closures Are Leaving Food Deserts in Their Wake

When and where Sam Walton’s Walmart opened, a slow hollowing out of the town square surely followed. When the Fairfield store opened in 1986, our town square was home to a clothing store, a small department store, a furniture store, a pharmacy, a jeweler, two hardware stores, and many others. As the county seat, Fairfield’s retailers not only supported its population of 10,000 but also residents of tiny neighboring towns, such as Salina and Libertyville, where only a few hundred people lived. Today, only one of those stores remains—a symptom of what’s come to be known as the Walmart effect. Read more

Does America Really Need Manufacturing?

Does America Really Need Manufacturing?

Too many American companies base decisions about how to source manufacturing largely on narrow financial criteria, never taking into account the potential strategic value of domestic locations. Proposals for plants are treated like any other investment proposal and subjected to strict return hurdles. Tax, regulatory, intellectual property, and political considerations may also figure heavily in the conversation. But executives, viewing manufacturing mainly as a cost center, give short shrift to the impact that outsourcing or offshoring it may have on a company’s capacity to innovate. Indeed, most don’t consider manufacturing to be part of a company’s innovation system at all. Read more

On Trade, Angry Voters Have a Point

On Trade, Angry Voters Have a Point

Were the experts wrong about the benefits of trade for the American economy? Read more

Carrier: Anger, Resignation as Massive Pay Gap Prompts Mexico Move

Carrier: Anger, Resignation as Massive Pay Gap Prompts Mexico Move

Carrier – Union leaders at an air conditioner factory in Indianapolis threatened with losing 1,400 jobs to Mexico said on Tuesday the plant’s owner expects to pay Mexican workers $3 an hour compared to an average of more than $20 an hour for the U.S. workers. Read more

Factories in American: 56K Lost During First Decade

Factories in The USA: 56K Lost During First Decade

In the week before Valentine’s Day, United Technologies expressed its love for its devoted Indiana employees, workers whose labor had kept the corporation profitable, by informing 2,100 of them at two facilities that it was shipping their factories, their jobs, their communities’ resources to Mexico. Read more

Economy Picking Up Steam. Most Americans Not Feeling It

Economy Picking Up Steam. Most Americans Not Feeling It

The U.S. economy is picking up steam but most Americans aren’t feeling it. By contrast, most European economies are still in bad shape, but most Europeans are doing relatively well.

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