The latest on manufacturing hiring trends, the skills gap, workforce best practices and labor issues.



Talent Advisory Board — Managing Your 24 Hours Well

March 5, 2024
For February, the shortest month of the year, IW's panel of manufacturing talent experts give advice on time management.
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Labor / Employment Policy

Volkswagen Chattanooga Workers Will Vote on UAW Representation April 17-19

March 25, 2024
The UAW says it already has a supermajority of cards signed.
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Labor / Employment Policy

UAW Files for Union Election at VW’s Chattanooga, Tennessee, Plant

March 18, 2024
A previous election to unionize the plant failed in 2019 by a slim margin.
Profiles in Leadership

‘I’m Proud to Say I’m a Nerd:’ A Valedictorian Finds Her Leadership Home at Bosch

March 15, 2024
Vice president and plant manager Annekathrin Mueller is co-leading a $260 million transformation at the automotive supplier’s largest U.S. plant.
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Five Years, Five Sectors: US Cities with Notable Manufacturing Job Gains Since 2019

March 15, 2024
From the COVID-19 pandemic to the CHIPS Act, there have been several drivers of manufacturing job growth in recent years.


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Labor / Employment Policy

Explainer: How Do Workplaces Join Unions?

April 16, 2024
What to know to understand the UAW's campaign, an uptick in union activity and a recent change in the union-election process.
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Recruiting / Retention

The White-Hot Demand for Engineering Talent Is Cooling, but ...

Feb. 22, 2024
... the ratio of job listings to engineers is still more than 3-1. Here are some recruiting tips for manufacturers.

Production Pulse: DEI Hiring to Overcome Labor Shortages

Feb. 22, 2024
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiatives are under attack in many economic segments, but labor experts say manufacturers must embrace diversity in hiring practices if they ...
Labor / Employment Policy

Michigan Repeals Right-to-Work Law After 2023 Vote

Feb. 20, 2024
Governor says repeal will increase the middle class; opponents say it will discourage global investment.
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Corporate Culture

A Manufacturer's Guide to Open-Book Management

Feb. 19, 2024
It's been a winning strategy for our company for both employee engagement and business results.