October 31, 2004 |
Like other factories in this region, Precision Custom Components is beginning to see a comeback in its business. Three weeks ago, it was offered a $2-million contract to build equipment for a nuclear power plant. The metal fabricator desperately wanted the job. But it couldn't find the 25 machinists and welders it needed, so it turned down the contract. "After three years of really ugly times, finding the humans is not an easy task," Chief Executive Gary Butler said.
January 5, 2003 |
Driving along the gritty streets here, Kunio Marukawa used to cringe when a souped-up car blaring loud music pulled up next to him. Nowadays, the Japanese executive looks approvingly at those drivers and offers a silent prayer of thanks. "Those crazy guys are our best customers," said the San Diego-based vice president of Pioneer Corp.'s Pioneer Speaker Systems.
January 19, 1990 |
The banners were hung throughout Nissan's sprawling assembly plant here, urging workers to attain a goal that many did not even understand at first: "First in Rogers!" the banners said in Japanese. The hidden meaning behind that slogan: All Nissan workers must join as a team to build the best cars in the world.
September 30, 1986 |
A new wage system to give factory workers greater incentives to produce more goods has been adopted and will take effect Jan. 1, a Soviet official has announced. If it works as outlined in the government newspaper Izvestia, there will be no ceiling on the pay of industrial workers who turn in the best performances on the job. Under the plan, if a worker produces twice as much, he would receive double his usual salary. There is an important condition, however.
March 8, 1985 |
The nation's unemployment rate dropped a notch to 7.3% in February from 7.4% in January as women and teen-agers found more jobs in the service industries, the government said today. But factory workers--particularly those in auto plants--suffered major setbacks, as did black workers. (Unemployment in the Los Angeles-Orange County area fell sharply, to 6.7% from January's 8%, for the lowest rate since August, 1981. In California, the rate also fell to 6.7% from 7.3% the month before.) Of the 115.
February 20, 2000 |
The McDonnell Douglas aircraft factory in Long Beach was being assailed for lax quality control and inferior workmanship when it built the Alaska Airlines MD-83 jetliner that recently crashed in the Pacific Ocean, according to documents and interviews.
September 16, 1998 |
Allergan Inc. said Tuesday that it will cut 550 jobs, or 8.9% of its work force, and shut five of its 12 factories in an effort to slash costs and boost profit. The Irvine-based manufacturer of eye-care and skin-care products and drugs said it will lay off 110 employees at its corporate headquarters and close a factory on the 28-acre site near the John Wayne Airport. About 75 local corporate employees and 35 factory workers will lose their jobs over the next three years.
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April 17, 1997 |
With much fanfare at a Rose Garden ceremony, President Clinton announced that a coalition of industry, human rights and labor groups had reached a breakthrough agreement to end sweatshops. Saying that the lives of factory workers are as important as the fabric they make, President Clinton called the agreement a historic step that will "give American consumers greater confidence in the products they buy."
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October 13, 1985 |
The Immigration and Naturalization Service cannot enter workplaces to look for illegal aliens without a search warrant or the employer's permission, a U.S. district judge in San Jose has ruled. Judge Robert Aguilar's decision Friday came in response to a class-action suit filed in August, 1982, against the immigration service after California factories were raided as part of a nationwide operation called "Project Jobs."
January 30, 1985 |
Pope John Paul II on Tuesday challenged what he called the disproportionate rewards going to capitalist managers, as opposed to those going to workers. The Pope issued the challenge during a Mass in Venezuela's most progressive industrial town before he crossed the South American continent from the Atlantic to the Pacific to begin the second leg of his current pilgrimage in Ecuador.