SIMSBURY, CT—The woman who was the model for the Norman Rockwell painting that came to symbolize the strength and contributions of women in the war effort during World War II has died. Mary Doyle Keefe was 92.
NORTH CHARLESTON, SC—The Machinists union may withdraw its request to hold a union vote next week for production workers at Boeing’s manufacturing operations here. The union has faced political opposition and may not win a majority vote from workers.
FAIRFIELD, CT—Henry Ford was fond of saying that “nothing was particularly hard if you divided it into small jobs.” He followed his own advice, built the world’s first large-scale assembly lines that cranked out millions of Model Ts every year, and left his competitors in the dust. GE engineers are now taking Ford’s advice to the extreme and breaking down the factory into even smaller pieces: bits and bytes.
MACOMB, MI—Aerospace supplier Triumph Gear Systems has opened a new building here that nearly doubles its manufacturing floor space and will allow the company to hire an additional 40 workers over the next five years.
SEATTLE—In 2013, outside of Boeing, a third of production workers at local aerospace parts manufacturers—companies that get tax breaks intended to preserve good jobs in the state—earned between $10 and $15 an hour, an analysis of state data shows.
NORTH CHARLESTON, SC—Production workers at Boeing assembly plants in South Carolina will decide next month whether they want union representation by the Machinists. The National Labor Relations Board has set April 22 as the date for the vote on whether to unionize.