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Do Unions Finally Smell the Coffee?

A friend of mine, a union leader here in Chicago, once mentioned to me that he loved to drive around and count the number of cranes along the city’s skyline because it gave him a sense of how many jobs had to be filled for his rank and file members. But even as he was [...]

From the Shop Floor — The Week in Manufacturing (11/8/2013)

Writing in Bloomberg, author and blogger Gary Shilling says “Let’s not overstate the U.S. manufacturing revival.” MoneyNews cites a study from ThomasNet.com that says U.S. manufacturing is running a race against a biological clock. Fortune, writing about the same graying of the manufacturing workforce, calls the imminent retirement and departure of so many Boomers from our sector [...]

On Jobs, Workers and the American Manufacturing Renaissance

Not too long ago I read an amazing (and frankly uplifting) story in the New York Times about the textile and apparel industries returning to the U.S. in the form of new (and renewed) small-to-midsize companies that just a few years ago had been off-shoring much if not all of their work.  Unfortunately, according to the story, [...]