- SPECIAL REPORTS
Recent headlines have provided stark reminders that cheap manufactured goods from overseas often come at the expense of human lives.
In April, electronics assembler Mack Technologies completed work on a substantial installation of money-saving technology at its factory in Westford, MA. The company didn’t get a new paste printer, reflow oven or pick-and-place machine. In fact, the plant’s slick new technology had nothing to do with assembly.
In early March, UAW officials met with workers from Nissan Motor Co.’s assembly plant in Smyrna, TN, to lay the groundwork for a third union representation vote. Plant employees turned down the UAW by a 2-to-1 margin in 2001. A 1989 attempt to organize the plant also failed.
For example, according to the Precision Metalforming Association, 69 percent of U.S. metalworking companies have job openings. However, 91 percent of those companies are experiencing challenges finding qualified employees, and 42 percent describe that difficulty as “severe.”
The role of manufacturing in the global economy is evolving. What will the future hold?
Looking back on the campaign, it was refreshing to hear candidates from both parties tout the importance of U.S. manufacturing.
In June 2011, we defended The Boeing Co. against a complaint filed against it by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).
The burden of federal regulations was a hot topic on the campaign trail this year.
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