Manufacturing Jobs, the CNBC ‘Meeting of the Minds’

By December 2, 2009Economy, Labor Unions, Trade

Another plug for tonight’s CNBC program, “Meeting of the Minds: Rebuilding America,” scheduled for 8 p.m. Eastern. Here’s CNBC’s summary of the issues addressed in the discussions, moderated by Maria Bartiromo. NAM President John Engler is a panelist.

Manufacturing led the United States to become the richest nation in the world and has been the foundation of the middle class. But times have changed and today’s economy values innovation and design over manual labor — emphasizing mind over matter. This sea of change has spurred many questions: Are the manufacturing jobs in the US gone forever? Does an economy that doesn’t produce anything have any real value and has ‘Made in the USA’ died, taking with it the soul of our country? CNBC’s gathers some of the most influential leaders in manufacturing for a Meeting of the Minds at Carnegie Mellon University to answer those questions and plan for the industry’s future.

Leo W. Gerard, president of the United Steelworkers International, gives his report on the discussions taped Monday evening in Pittsburgh at the Huffington Post, a post, “CEOs, Union Leader Agree: Manufacturing Strategy Crucial.” Sure. But once you get past process — the manufacturing strategy — agreement’s harder to find. In opposing free trade agreements, organized labor turns its back on jobs in dynamic, export-intensive industries.

Others panelists: Bill Ford, Executive Chairman, Ford Motor Company; Daniel R. DiMicco, Chairman, President & CEO, Nucor Corporation; Jeff Immelt, Chairman & CEO, General Electric; and Hilda Solis, U.S. Secretary of Labor.

UPDATE: Courtesy CNBC, John Engler (left) and Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis

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