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What's Going On With The Labor Unions Of Today?

February 27, 2015 | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Comments

Labor unions historically developed out of a desperate need to protect the rights of the worker. They are responsible for better wages, reasonable hours, safe working conditions, the end of child labor and even health benefits. So why do they often seem to be under so much scrutiny? 

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Happening Today: FCC Votes On Net Neutrality

February 26, 2015 1:09 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) finally votes on its controversial proposal to reclassify the Internet as a utility.

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With Looming Regulations, Drones Struggle For Liftoff

February 24, 2015 12:59 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

There’s been lots of talk about drones lately in anticipation of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) releasing regulations on the use of the unmanned aircraft. Until guidelines are clear, everyone is hovering in a holding pattern.

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Industry Lashes Out At Apple Car Report

February 19, 2015 12:55 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

This week’s big Apple news comes from a Wall Street Journal report that indicates that the tech giant is working on a vehicle, but not everyone is pleased to hear that — including a battery manufacturer and a former CEO.

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3 Vehicle Trends To Keep An Eye On

February 18, 2015 1:11 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

Recent reports have indicated that Apple may be making a bigger push into the car market, Nissan is again playing with paint and Toyota is trying to make getting around town a little easier.

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New Agency Designed To Fight Cyber Threats

February 10, 2015 12:12 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

Today, the White House will announce the creation of a new agency named the Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center (CTIIC) — which will be tasked with thwarting cyberattacks by sharing intelligence across other agencies in the event of a crisis.

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BP Head Predicts ‘Years’ Of Low Prices

February 9, 2015 3:23 pm | by Sam Neylon, Digital Reporter, Manufacturing Business Technology

Last week BP Chief Executive Bob Dudley weighed in on the direction of oil prices. Dudley’s predictions of long-term low oil prices are based on his confidence that the Saudi-bloc of OPEC will see its price war on high-cost producers through to the end.

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FCC’s Net Neutrality Proposal Keeps Internet Open For Businesses

February 5, 2015 1:00 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

Later this month, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will vote on a proposal to reclassify the Internet as a utility and critical to the functioning of the nation, in turn, maintaining “net neutrality.” So what does that all mean?   

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Report Says BPA Is Safe: Will This Change The Game?

January 28, 2015 11:55 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info

To BPA or not to BPA? That is the question no one can exactly agree on, but maybe that’s about to change. In a recent report, the European Food Safety Authority has concluded that bisphenol A poses “no consumer health risk” to anyone at any age.

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The Next Global Markets For U.S. Businesses

January 26, 2015 1:12 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

The U.S. economy is surging ahead while areas like China, Europe and Russia struggle economically. In order to keep the momentum going for U.S. businesses, they’ll have to look at new global markets to expand. So where are companies aiming their focus? 

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Microsoft Unveils The Future And It’s Called HoloLens

January 22, 2015 12:54 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

This week Microsoft showed off its new operating system, Windows 10, and a new idea in computing that uses holographic technology displayed in the world around you.                         

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UAE Energy Minister: Oil Producers Need To 'Learn A Lesson'

January 15, 2015 1:13 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

Plummeting oil prices over the last several months have left analysts scrambling to figure out where the market is heading. Now some members of oil-rich, Middle Eastern nations are chiming in on where they see the oil industry moving.     

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Noncompetition Agreements: Right Or Wrong?

January 8, 2015 11:19 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, IMPO

The Associated Press recently reported on the dangers of noncompetition agreements for workers. The article mainly focused on minimum wage employees working outside of the manufacturing sector, however, this is an issue that translates across industries. 

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New York State To Officially Ban Fracking

December 18, 2014 1:16 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

Although hydraulic fracturing in New York State has been on moratorium since 2008, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s administration has announced that it will now formally ban the practice.                     

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Apple Wins Lawsuit, American Apparel Fires Tarnished CEO

December 17, 2014 1:31 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

In the last 24 hours Apple was victorious in fighting the class-action lawsuit over its iPod prices and American Apparel has officially fired its founder and CEO. Here's a closer look at these stories.              

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U.S. Reshoring: Real Shift In Production Or Just A Fantasy Future?

December 16, 2014 1:15 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

With all the news and stories about U.S. manufacturing in the midst of a reshoring drive, a new report looks at the real numbers behind the push to bring production back to our shores.                   

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Auto Manufacturing, UAW Converge In The South

December 11, 2014 1:04 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

The ongoing push to keep the UAW and labor unions out of foreign automobile manufacturing plants in the South continues. With the auto industry being so heavily entrenched with labor unions, is the fight to keep them out futile?       

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New EPA Ozone Regulations Could Be Troublesome For Manufacturers

December 4, 2014 11:39 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, IMPO

Last week the Obama administration unveiled a new environmental regulation designed to decrease ozone emissions in the United States. And while this new regulation clearly has its benefits, it is not without costs, and unfortunately most of the expenses will be shouldered by the manufacturing industry, as they are the ones being targeted to reduce emissions.

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A Lawsuit, Fighting A Recall & Quality Control

December 3, 2014 1:13 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

So far it’s an interesting week for three large manufacturers. Apple is facing an antitrust class action lawsuit over its iPod, Takata is fighting back against a nationwide U.S. air bag recall and the NTSB released a report on Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner battery issues of 2013.

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Privacy Advantages Of Using A Datacenter In Iceland

November 10, 2014 11:48 am | by Natalie Lehrer

According to most data security analysts, Iceland is often referred to as the most privacy-friendly nation for hosting sensitive data. Because data files are becoming larger, it becomes more practical to host data in one central location where it can be readily accessible from any where in the world.

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How The Small Manufacturing CEO Can Build Value

October 27, 2014 12:45 pm | by Lori Payne

No small manufacturing leader wants the distraction and expense of investing months of team time into solutions that take a long time to vet, even longer to implement, and don’t allow the flexibility you need to answer your unique business challenges.

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