Review: ‘American Factory’ manufactures insight into U.S.-Chinese collaboration

Review: ‘American Factory’ manufactures insight into U.S.-Chinese collaboration

A scene from the documentary “American Factory.” “American Factory” doesn’t sound glamorous, and it’s theoretically possible to portray its narrative as a simplistic tale of put-upon workers going toe to toe with grasping capitalists. But it’s not.

As directed by the veteran team of Steven Bognar and Julia Reiche rt, what we have instead is a complicated, multifaceted story that deals with very different cultures in combination and collision, a story that both understands global economic issues and has the sensitivity to involve us intimately in the daily lives of the people involved.

Bognar and Reichart, with three Oscar-nominated films between […]

Focus on quality of jobs being created – here’s how

Focus on quality of jobs being created – here’s how

The push to agriculture allied sectors will be beneficial to absorb the labour moving out of the agricultural sector in the rural areas. One of the major challenges for the government in the new term would be to create suitable jobs. According to the latest PLFS (Periodic Labour Force Survey), the unemployment rate in the country is at a 45-year high, at 6.1%. Although a lot of debate has gone into the level of unemployment in the overall economy, there is no denying the fact that there is an urgent need to create more jobs to truly benefit from […]

The challenge: creating a better future of work

The challenge: creating a better future of work

The future of work — how can we shape it? Many fear that artificial intelligence and robots will take over factory floors, warehouses and even white-collar offices, laying waste to millions of low-skill jobs, herding workers into never-ending “upskilling” courses or gig jobs with no benefits.

But these negative effects of automation are not inevitable. Even low-paid, dull and demanding jobs can become good jobs when we put the right set of policies and rules in place. The failure to ensure that everyone in California benefits from its unprecedented wealth calls for a new agenda to improve jobs and promote […]

The robots are coming…to create jobs and opportunities

The robots are coming...to create jobs and opportunities

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GILLIAN DOCHERTY

It may be an unsettling thought for many business owners to imagine that in a few years’ time, their workforce could look completely different, with a host of, as yet, unidentified new skills required to run operations – many of which their current workforce will not possess.The proposition that a significant proportion of the jobs available right now will no longer be required in ten or twenty years is not unique to any one industry.Indeed, such is the time we’re living in that there are even handy online tools which, with the click of a button, can […]

Jostled by robots and new job-seekers, auto workers have to accept their insecure fate

Jostled by robots and new job-seekers, auto workers have to accept their insecure fate

BRAKES ON JOBS: With production slowing across the auto industry, temporary workers are the first to go It’s mid-afternoon in Gurgaon. Lines of uniformed men are streaming into the Maruti plant, from nearby Mullahera village where they live, several to a cramped room. The colour of their uniform marks their status — permanent, casual, temporary (hired for six months at a time), and apprentice. While they all do similar work in various parts of the factory, this status makes all the difference to their income, security and prospects.
With production slowing across the auto industry , temporary workers […]

Manufacturing shrinks, raising questions for Trump

The risks of an economic recession are on the rise, but the country’s manufacturing sector is already there.

And for President Trump , who promised to end the “American carnage” of “rusted-out factories scattered like tombstones across the landscape of our nation,” that could be political trouble.

The manufacturing sector shrunk by 1.9 percent in the first quarter of the year, and another 1.2 percent in the second quarter. In July, it is estimated that it contracted 0.4 percent. A recession occurs when an economy contracts in two consecutive quarters.Trump won the Electoral College and White House by becoming the first […]

‘Wealth work’ captures only part of the stark jobs divide

‘Wealth work’ captures only part of the stark jobs divide

The Digital Gilded Age would seem to be producing its own version of “the help” that tended to the wealthy during the American Gilded Age of the late 19th century, or the estates of Britain at the Empire’s zenith.

Think of it as Downton Abbey without the snazzy period costumes, or getting to live in the baronial manor, or having paternalistic aristocrats occasionally reward the loyalty of those “in service.”

That, at least, is the impression one might get from a recent story by Christopher Rugaber of The Associated Press.“One of the fastest-growing job categories of the past decade has been […]

The robots are coming — but take a breath

The robots are coming — but take a breath

While automation and robots will displace millions of jobs, it’ll most likely create millions more.

Our current round of technological unemployment might just be a transitionary phase.

The fear of automation has been around for decades. Automation, and the rise of robots with superior AI promises to bring about a new era of industry and civilization. Our wildest sci-fi dreams could be realized within the century. Yet, the clamor and hoopla surrounding the topic has been overwhelmingly pessimistic – bordering on neo-luddism at times. That is, the fear is that advancements in automation, artificial intelligence and robotics will […]

Automation creates jobs, increases productivity at Nova Scotia companies

Automation creates jobs, increases productivity at Nova Scotia companies

News release

Six Nova Scotian steel and aluminum companies benefit from advanced manufacturing machinery, robotics and modernization

Canadian steel and aluminum companies that embrace automated machining are reducing waste, better utilizing skilled labour, increasing production quality and providing good jobs for Canadians. The Steel and Aluminum Initiative, announced in March 2019, will help steel and aluminum manufacturing businesses grow and modernize thanks to new automated technologies.Today, the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, announced contributions totaling $2,479,501 to six steel and aluminum manufacturers in Nova Scotia. The announcement was made on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister […]

Automation & AI won’t make low-skilled jobs disappear

Automation & AI won’t make low-skilled jobs disappear

Representational image | Photo: Krisztian Bocsi | Bloomberg Whether AI and automation will create, eliminate or modify jobs, and how much, is the central question of a never-ending debate. In 2013, the Oxford academic duo Carl Benedikt Frey and Michael Osborne published a study titled “ The Future of Employment: How Susceptible Are Jobs to Computerization? ”, which estimated that 47% of American jobs are at high risk by mid-2030.

Last year, the World Economic Forum (WEF) released The Future of Jobs 2018 report, stating that algorithms and intelligent machines are expected to create 133 million new roles globally while […]