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Hillary Clinton: The Caricatured Experienced Politician

Rizwan A. Rahmani | Posted 10.06.2016 | Politics
Rizwan A. Rahmani

She is not going to move the voters with her oratory skills, or by making promises that everyone already predicts. She needs to narrow her communication gap with the voters by dispensing with the guarded persona that muddles her message--even though the content in her message is far more defined, corporeal, and nuanced than her opponent's rather murky "plans" (declarations only, no details).

U.S. Manufacturing, Alexander Hamilton, and the Presidential Election

Gilbert B. Kaplan | Posted 09.29.2016 | Business
Gilbert B. Kaplan

In addition to giving rise to a great Broadway hip-hop play, Alexander Hamilton was the founding father of the U.S. pro-manufacturing movement. In 1791, he wrote a report to the Congress extolling the virtues of U.S. manufacturing.

In Response To The First Presidential Debate: The Silicon Valley Buzz On Manufacturing

Michael Mamas | Posted 09.27.2016 | Politics
Michael Mamas

Both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton spent time discussing the loss of American manufacturing jobs in last night's presidential debate. In a recent trip to the San Francisco Bay area, I met with some Silicon Valley professionals.

New Solutions to Real Unemployment - A New Sense of Commerce and Government

Leo Hindery, Jr. | Posted 08.29.2016 | Politics
Leo Hindery, Jr.

Authored by: Leo Hindery, Jr. Americans are relentlessly optimistic. We all want to believe that our country is, in the words of our Founders, a "ci...

Navigating Welfare Reform, Poverty is Tricky Business

Byron Williams | Posted 08.28.2016 | Impact
Byron Williams

Welfare reform, perhaps the signature legislation of Bill Clinton's presidency, recently celebrated its 20th anniversary. The use of the word "celebra...

Why My Coworkers And I Decided To Unionize

Veronica Laster | Posted 07.25.2016 | Business
Veronica Laster

Today, one out of every four manufacturing workers in Ohio is paid less than $12.43 an hour. And as a result, nearly one-in-four manufacturing workers in the state now relies on public assistance programs.

Is the Future of Manufacturing Local?

Carlos M. Gutierrez, Jr. | Posted 07.22.2016 | Business
Carlos M. Gutierrez, Jr.

American manufacturing is seeing a growing resurgence. While some retail companies like American Apparel have long produced products on U.S. soil, a new breed of companies are seeking to take advantage of American ingenuity and manufacturing prowess to produce high quality products locally.

The Story That Manufacturing Job Statistics Won't Tell You

Vicki Holt | Posted 07.13.2016 | Technology
Vicki Holt

When the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) releases its monthly manufacturing job numbers, most people following the markets pay attention. Why? Becaus...

Manufacturing's Next Act

Sarah A. Webster | Posted 06.28.2016 | Business
Sarah A. Webster

The global manufacturing industry is always changing, and today, that very simple truth has given the United States an unprecedented opportunity to reclaim global leadership in manufacturing for the remainder of the 21st century.

While Automation Continues to Drive Manufacturing, Human Elements will Reign Supreme

Vicki Holt | Posted 04.12.2016 | Technology
Vicki Holt

It's no secret that robotics help manufacturers drive efficiency, productivity and quality, particularly for large volume operations. In fact, in the ...

'Middle-class' Manufacturing Jobs Pay Fast-food Wages

Renee Fenderson | Posted 02.24.2016 | Business
Renee Fenderson

With thousands of jobs being added in the past few years, people everywhere are praising the industry for rebuilding our economy and the middle class. But as those of us who work at auto plants know, that's not the full story.

The Economic Weakness Right Under Our Nose

Scott Paul | Posted 12.14.2015 | Business
Scott Paul

More than two million net new jobs have been created this year in America, a not too shabby number. Not a single one of them, though, is in manufacturing. That's terrible news, not only for people who want to work in factories, but for the wider economy.

Fast-Food Workers' Fight for 15 Is My Fight Too

Letasha Irby | Posted 11.10.2015 | Business
Letasha Irby

On Tuesday, I'll be joining fast-food workers and other underpaid workers all across the country to demand higher wages and a voice on the job. We have a common fight, and when we stick together, we can win.

Helpful Public Policy Would Make It a Great Manufacturing Day

Scott Paul | Posted 10.02.2016 | Politics
Scott Paul

I'm happy to be celebrating manufacturing and Made in America. Heck, I do it every day. But I must admit: I get a bit aggravated by politicians who readily treat factory workers and their hardhats as political props but fail to deliver on public policies.

The Fourth Industrial Revolution -- It's Here

Sarah A. Webster | Posted 09.25.2016 | Business
Sarah A. Webster

October 2 is Manufacturing Day, and the upcoming event is not merely some quaint memorable nod to the past.

Will a Smaller Global Commodities Appetite Benefit Canada?

Jeffrey Rubin | Posted 08.17.2016 | Business
Jeffrey Rubin

Popular opinion suggests any slowdown in resource demand from China, which is becoming more desperate in its attempts to revive its flagging economy, will be especially bad for a commodity-dependent economy such as Canada's.

Daniel Marans

Trade Deal Will Hurt Urban Black Communities, Labor Ad Warns | Daniel Marans | Posted 06.12.2015 | Politics

In a new line of attack against the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, the AFL-CIO and the United Steelworkers union released an online video ad on...

Why I Stood Up to Lear Corporation's CEO to Demand a Safe Workplace and Fair Wages

Letasha Irby | Posted 05.20.2016 | Business
Letasha Irby

Lear should be setting an example for the rest of the industry, but instead they are paying us barely enough to make ends meet. Lear can afford to treat their workers with respect. By choosing not to, Lear is forcing my family, and others like mine, to live from paycheck to paycheck.

Smart Manufacturing: A Path to Profitable Growth

Brian Kennell | Posted 05.20.2016 | Business
Brian Kennell

A bullet train is leaving the station, and it promises to transform and propel U.S. manufacturers who climb on board--in a wave of information technology known as smart manufacturing.

Needed: Modern-Day Rosie the Riveters

Surina Khan | Posted 05.20.2016 | Politics
Surina Khan

Today, women comprise 47 percent of our workforce and our numbers are growing. In addition to being primary caretakers for our families, women are becoming primary income-earners, too.

The Quest for Asia's Next Manufacturing Miracle

Sabina Dewan | Posted 05.02.2016 | World
Sabina Dewan

Countries should encourage the development of large, legitimate trade unions that truly represent workers' interests and engage productively with employers, rather than stamping out strikes in the fear that they will drive away business.

How Bad News Is Good News

Jerry Jasinowski | Posted 06.08.2015 | Business
Jerry Jasinowski

So despite the likelihood of a weak GDP and first quarter earnings, I believe this bad news is just the thing the Fed needs to defer hiking interest rates which will help keep the dollar at a reasonable level and foster investment.

Skills Gap: Two Million Vacant Manufacturing Jobs by 2025

Jerry Jasinowski | Posted 06.02.2015 | Business
Jerry Jasinowski

Manufacturers that intend to be competitive and profitable in the years ahead will have to take aggressive action. They cannot afford to wait for the public schools to do it for them. They must foster internal training programs and become directly involved with local high schools, trade schools and community colleges to create a reliable stream of qualified candidates.

Growth Engine Smart Manufacturing Sparks Public Debate in Germany

Cherno Jobatey | Posted 05.25.2015 | Business
Cherno Jobatey

What risk does the rise of automation hold for the job market? Will the future see the maintenance of machines made in Germany being taken over by service providers in Asia? Or are there far more positive effects of Industry 4.0 for Germany?

The Long-Range Threat Is Poor Education, Not Nukes

Hal Donahue | Posted 05.24.2015 | Education
Hal Donahue

Without a strong education base, a global power cannot maintain its leadership position. The United States' massive investments in education following World War II and during the Cold War space race allowed the nation to successfully compete on existing resources. This trend is ending.