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ACWI Newsletter January 1, 2022

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In this issue of ACWI Advance we take a closer look at these stories:

  • The stay of the OSHA vaccine rule is lifted and employers need to act quickly.
  • The U.S. chemical industry finds itself in a strong position entering 2022.
  • The North American Chassis Pool Cooperative acquires manufacturer.
  • The NLRB promotes U.S. labor law protections for illegal immigrants.
  • New research demonstrates the importance of equal pay.
  • Grocers face home delivery, supply chain digitalization, and inflation challenges.

Send your company news to Editor David Sparkman at dspark@comcast.net, and please understand that there is no cost to you when we use your news in this newsletter.


Supreme Court Mulls Mandates

The United States Supreme Court will hold a hearing on Jan. 7 to consider multiple legal challenges mounted by states and private business groups who are seeking to overturn the Biden Administration’s Covid 19 vaccine mandates for private workplaces and certain healthcare workers.

Chief Justice John Roberts announced the hearing just before Christmas. This subsumed a Dec. 30 hearing that Justice Brett Kavanaugh scheduled earlier to consider opponents’ requests for the high court to schedule a hearing to review the Biden vaccine mandates.

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Chem Outlook Seen as Positive

Chemical production expanded in 2021 as post-lockdown spending boosted demand for chemicals and the other goods and materials that contain them, the American Chemistry Council says.

“While risks for the global economy remain, the U.S. chemical industry is in a strong position going into 2022,” said Martha Moore, ACC chief economist and author of the year-end outlook.

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NACPC Buys Chassis Maker

The North American Chassis Pool Cooperative has acquired Pratt Industries Intermodal Chassis. Now named Pratt Intermodal Chassis, LLC., it operates as a subsidiary of NACPC.

NACPC now also owns the Pratt chassis manufacturing facility located in Niles, Mich., providing customers with a vertically integrated intermodal solution and NACPC with real-time insights and data about production, quantities and quality of equipment.

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NLRB Targets Migrant Workers

A top official at the National Labor Relations Board announced it will actively promote U.S. labor law protections for illegal immigrants.

NLRB General Counsel Jennifer Abruzzo issued a memo describing actions the board will undertake to help these workers, who she says are protected by the National Labor Relations Act regardless of their immigration status

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Study Finds Pay Equity Works

New research shows that 58% of organizations are voluntarily conducting pay equity reviews to identify possible pay differences between employees performing similar work.

Conducted by the Society for Human Resource Management, the study found that of those organizations who did so, 83% adjusted employees’ pay following a pay equity review.

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Trends Impacting Grocery Retail

Home delivery, supply chain digitalization, and the need to develop strategies for dealing with inflation will create growing challenges for the grocery retail business in 2022, according to Bill Bishop, the chief architect of the grocery consulting and high tech services firm Brick Meets Click.

“Over the last several years, a growing number of companies have been applying digital tools in creative ways that allow them to unlock exponential growth – and as they grow faster than historically, they are also creating challenges that many are not prepared to address or overcome,”…

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