Over the past five years, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has issued decisions and proposed rules that are harmful to employer-employee relations and the ability of manufacturers to create jobs. One of the most harmful actions is their current proposal to change union election procedures.
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March 27, 2014, UIC Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt Rd., Chicago, 8:00 am-3:00 pm — FREE Admission
• Affordable Care Act and procurement contracting opportunities for Women-owned business
• “Buy Illinois” Initiative, getting your product or service in the market place
• Women’s Equal Pay Initiative
• State and Federal funded programming and procurement opportunities
Grant award paves the way for nation’s flagship Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation (DMDI) Institute Today (Feb. 25), President Obama announced that a multi-partner team led by UI LABS has been selected to receive a $70 million award from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) for the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation (DMDI) Institute. The federal investment for the DMDI Institute will be used to establish the Digital Lab for Manufacturing (Digital Lab), led by UI LABS, a Chicago-based research and commercialization collaborative. Along with the $70 million cooperative agreement, UI LABS has secured an additional $250 million dollars of support from industry, university, government, and community partners to form the $320 million Digital Lab.
Manufacturing employment in Illinois declined a half percent over the past year, reports the 2014 Illinois Manufacturers Directory®, an industrial directory and database published by Manufacturers’ News, Inc. (MNI). According to data collected by MNI, manufacturers in Illinois cut 4,085 jobs from Feb. 2012 to Feb. 2013, or a half percent. Manufacturers’ News reports Illinois is now home to 18,324 manufacturers employing 812,521 workers. “Illinois continues to face heavy competition from its neighbors,” says Tom Dubin, President of the 102-year old industrial publisher. “However, the state remains a top industrial location and the high-tech manufacturing lab planned for Chicago should boost its reputation as an innovation center.”
Freight Railroads Join U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx in Announcing Industry Crude By Rail Safety Initiative
The nation’s major freight railroads today joined U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx in announcing a rail operations safety initiative that will institute new voluntary operating practices for moving crude oil by rail. The announcement follows consultations between railroads represented by the Association of American Railroads (AAR) and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), including the leadership of the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA). The announcement today covers steps related to crude by rail operations. Additional issues relating to the safe transport of crude oil, such as tank car standards and proper shipper classification of crude oil, are being addressed separately.
From IMA member Plante Moran …
The year 2013 ended with a bull’s-eye on an estimated 100 million Target customers, leaving many shoppers recovering from the holiday season much differently than expected. In fact, 2013 saw several successful high-profile hacks, including Adobe, JP Morgan, Yahoo, and LinkedIn. You can bet that 2014 won’t be any different! What can you do to protect your organization in 2014? Here are our thoughts.
Applicable large employers that have fewer than 100 full-time employees will have an additional year, until 2016, to comply with the play or pay rules — From IMA member Plante Moran
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) imposes a penalty on large employers that do not offer minimum essential coverage to full-time employees and their dependents. Large employers that offer this coverage may still be liable for a penalty if the coverage is unaffordable or does not provide minimum value. The ACA’s employer mandate provision is often referred to as the “employer shared responsibility” or “play or pay” rules.
On Feb. 10, 2014, the U.S. Treasury Department released final regulations implementing the employer shared responsibility provisions of the ACA. The regulations are effective upon publication in the Federal Register.
Entrepreneur Training Initiative Sparks Small Business Growth, Job Creation
The U.S. Small Business Administration has launched its 2014 Emerging Leaders (formerly e200) executive-level intensive entrepreneurship training initiative for small business owners in 27 cities and communities across the country. Entering its seventh consecutive year, the initiative has trained more than 2,000 promising small business owners in underserved communities, and continues to expand its impact helping small businesses grow and create jobs. This year our nation’s capital, Washington, D.C., has been added along with Miami, Wichita, and Newark.
From Michael Montgomery, US Economist, IHS Global Insight
• The ISM purchasing managers’ index (PMI) cooled from 56.5 to 51.3 in January, still showing growth, just more tepid growth.
• New orders tallied 51.2 and production scored 54.8, 13.2 and 6.9 points cooler than in December, respectively.
• Little was favorable for future gains other than supplies getting hard to acquire.
• Exports were also solid at 54.5, just less solid than a few months ago.
Registration is open for 2014’s premier manufacturing event, the 30th edition of IMTS — The International Manufacturing Technology Show. This must-attend event for manufacturing professionals from around the world will be held at Chicago’s McCormick Place Sept. 8-13, 2014. Registration is good for show floor access all six days of IMTS.
IMTS will host more than 100,000 manufacturing industry professionals from more than 119 countries. IMTS visitors see more than 15,000 new machine tools, controls, computers, software, components, systems and processes that can improve their efficiency. They also come together to gain valuable ideas and insights from the world’s leading equipment producers. They visit IMTS to learn, to look, to buy and to network.