Automotive industry

Apprenticeship for a 21st Century Workforce

Apprenticeship for a 21st Century Workforce

Editor’s Note: This week, Secretary Perez travels to Germany and the United Kingdom, to learn from workers, employers and government officials about their effective models for skills training and workforce development. Throughout the week, he’ll share his personal reflections and observations. Oct. 28, Day 2: Wolfsburg, Germany Wolfsburg, Germany is a rarity in Europe – […]

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Stronger Together: Labor and Management at Ford

Stronger Together: Labor and Management at Ford

In 2007, the Ford Motor Co.’s plant in Louisville, Ky., was staring at an existential crisis. It was on the verge of being shuttered. The jobs there – jobs that sustained middle-class families and communities throughout Louisville – were this close to being sent to Mexico. So what did Ford management and the United Auto Workers do? Instead […]

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Innovations Along the Mississippi

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Innovations Along the Mississippi

For centuries, the Mississippi River has served as the artery that nourishes the very heart of the American experience. It is an indispensable feature of our shared history, our shared culture and our shared prosperity. It has ferried northern minerals and timber down to help build the great cities of the South and points beyond, […]

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5 Years Later, a Nation in Recovery with Challenges Still Ahead

5 Years Later, a Nation in Recovery with Challenges Still Ahead

Five years ago this week, the U.S. economy took a punch in the gut. In September of 2008, a financial crisis unlike anything most of us had ever seen sent the economy into a tailspin. It wasn’t a financial crisis affecting a few traders in lower Manhattan. It was a crisis of middle-class economic security […]

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Re-manufacturing the American Middle Class

Last Thursday, I traveled to Cleveland, Ohio for a series of meetings and events that turned out to be an exceptionally rewarding display of the Administration’s investments in education, job training, and manufacturing. My Cleveland engagement began at the Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) with local elected officials and leaders from the business and philanthropic community. […]

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A Success Story: the Revival of the Auto Industry

A Success Story: the Revival of the Auto Industry

In 2011, the auto sector posted its biggest annual employment increase of any year since 1994. Further good news came with February’s jobs report on the state of our nation’s motor vehicle and parts manufacturing and sales.  In February, 10,000 additional jobs were created in the auto sector, following 5 months of double digit job […]

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Community College to Career Tour – Day 2

Community College to Career Tour – Day 2

Day 2 Itinerary – Lexington, KY; Harriman, TN; and Wytheville, VA Stop 5 – Bluegrass Community and Technical College Kentucky may be known as the bluegrass state, and the home of the Derby, but what stood out to me was the warm hospitality we experienced. Arriving at Blue Grass Community and Technical College we saw […]

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Moving Forward: The Future of America’s Auto Communities

Some of you may know that I spent most of this week in Michigan. Last night as we flew back to D.C., I had the opportunity to speak with a member of my staff about all the innovation we saw, all of the conversations we were a part of, and all of the energy we […]

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A fresh start for America’s auto communities

A fresh start for America’s auto communities

I know communities that have faced hard times. I grew up in one. I’ve lived in one, and until last week I was the mayor of one. Helping my community get back on its feet has been my passion for as long as I can remember. But I also know that Youngstown is just one city that needed help. Now as […]

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Making a difference for America’s auto workers and their communities

Making a difference for America’s auto workers and their communities

When I became Labor Secretary two and a half years ago, our economy was in a free fall. The financial system was on the verge of meltdown. Entire industries were being threatened and two of the “Big 3” automotive makers were on the verge of bankruptcy. Middle class workers didn’t know whether they were going […]

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