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How Two-Tier Union Contracts Became Labor's Undoing
Two-tier wage systems go way back. The Roman Emperor Marcus Opellius Macrinus, in need of a larger army but short on cash, cut the pay for new recruits, forcing them to endure the same battlefield risks as veterans, but at a lower wage. That annoyed the new warriors, and their resentment ignited an army revolt that in 218 ad cost the emperor his life. The Nation
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Making the Future with Manufacturing Advances
In its first issue, dated Thursday, August 28, 1845, under the elaborate woodcut illustrating its logo, Scientific American summed up its mission: “The Advocate of Industry and Enterprise, and Journal of Mechanical and Other Improvements.” Scientific American
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Meet the New Left: Small-Business Owners
A promising new force is finding its voice in progressive politics, though it is still widely ignored or misunderstood. These overlooked progressives are small-business owners and entrepreneurs who are not usually confused with left-wing activists. It does seem improbable: roughly half of small-business people are Republicans, only a third or so identify themselves as Democrats, and some certainly fit the old stereotype. The GOP idolizes business folks as free-market, small-government conservatives. On the left, they are frequently dismissed as small-minded right-wingers. The Nation
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National collection agency expanding in Alcoa, adding 150 TN jobs
A national collection agency is expanding its Alcoa workforce and hiring more than 100 new employees. Windham Professionals, which provides collection services in the education, commercial, government and healthcare industries, announced in 2011 that it would open its Alcoa facility and hire 125 workers. Wate.com
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Republicans Hope to Save Their Party By Modeling Themselves After George W Bush
The Republican Party’s soul searching has come to this: They’ve decided that they need to find a way to sound compassionate, to stand for more than austerity, and to model the party on the success of Republican governors like Jindal and Brownback, as well as former President George W Bush. politicususa.com
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Huerta: Dreamliner decision 'very soon'
U.S. aviation official Michael Huerta said in Washington Tuesday he expects a decision soon on letting Boeing's grounded 787 Dreamliner back into service. UPI
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Giant snail invasion forces Floridians to walk for their lives
As big as a rat and with a taste for building materials, the African giant land snail is proving to be a slow-moving disaster for the Sunshine State. Christian Science Monitor
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Emails say N.C. tax breaks for MetLife could shut out others
RALEIGH North Carolina business recruiters say a historically outsized package of about $100 million in state and local incentives to get MetLife Inc. to move 2,600 jobs from other states to North Carolina could stall benefits to other companies or force lawmakers to loosen up the rules. State Commerce Department emails released this week in response to a public records request by The Associated Press show recruiters knew their offer to MetLife would consume a big chunk of the annual limits on how much state officials could promise companies relocating to North Carolina. Charlotte Observer
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Election-Fix Bill Could Disenfranchise 100,000 Florida Voters
After Florida once again surfaced as an error-ridden quagmire at the polls during the last presidential election, lawmakers crafted legislation attempting to end its starring role as late-night talk-show fodder. Now, however, a controversial proposal within the bill has critics crying foul and could force Florida legislators to take a second look. Sunshine State News
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Housing rebound might produce 500,000 jobs in 2013
ATLANTA - Paul Laney landed a job two months ago as a home inspector in nearby Woodstock, as the city added staff to oversee a growing residential construction industry. "I am really ecstatic about it," said Laney, 52, who closed his own contracting business in 2007. Newsday
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Features & Opinion

 Top Ten Places in the South for Relocating California Companies

Just look around at what's happening in the aerospace industry in the American South. Aerospace is really making a move to become one of the region's top two industry sectors. It’s not there yet, but if large project counts are any indication, aerospace may soon challenge the petrochemicals sector as the second largest industry in the region. Never before has the aerospace industry been so important to the South's economy. Oh, what's the No. 1 industry sector in the South? Automotive is, of course. That industry hasn't been challenged much for 25 years in this region, or since we’ve been counting.

 

 Randle Report - Business News in the South

 FEATURE  
By Stacy Randle
Demographer Wendell Cox recently analyzed the largest gains in holders of bachelor's and post-graduate degrees between 2007 and 2012 in the 51 metro regions in the U.S. of 1 million residents or more. The results were published in Forbes magazine and the South dominated the ranking.
 

 Business News in the South - Randle Report

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This is our annual "Made in the South" issue and it's timely because there is a new player in the South's manufacturing universe. For almost two decades, economic developers and politicos in the South and the U.S. have been chasing Chinese projects with little or nothing to show. Want proof we've been chasing ghosts in China for years? Okay, go ahead and name a Chinese brand that's made in the South? Tick. . .tick. . .tick. Give up?
 
 Nashville Mayour Karl Dean
If you have ever seen one of my presentations, then you know about the word "reshoring" and how that phenomenon has lifted the spirits of even the most skeptical Southerners regarding the future of the region's economy. After all, in the last four decades, manufacturing has suffered a bloodletting never before seen in U.S. history. The biggest factor behind the slow and long meltdown that began in the 1990s was the herd mentality to offshore manufacturing capacity to cheaper locales, primarily by U.S.-owned companies.
 


 

 

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