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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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New Law Seeks Labor Growth

In addition to funding highways and bridges, the recently enacted $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act has set ambitious goals for workforce development in manufacturing and the transportation industries. Most notably, the new law targets the truck driver shortage…

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ATRI Measures MC Covid Costs

Covid 19 had a major impact on trucking costs, according to the 2021 Analysis of the Operational Costs of Trucking published annually by the American Transportation Research Institute. “The various line-item cost centers clearly document the numerous impacts that the…

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Logistics Space Said Sold Out

Logistics space in the United States is effectively sold out, according to the global industrial real estate giant Prologis Inc. Demand pushed the vacancy rate to a new low of 3.9% in the third quarter, the company reported in its…

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DOT Extends HOS Waiver

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration expanded the commercial truck driver hours-of-service regulations waiver through Feb. 28. The agency first instituted the HOS rules exemption last year in response to the Coronavirus pandemic to ease the way for transportation of…

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Courts Block Vaccine Mandates

Federal courts have blocked three of the Biden administration’s forced vaccination requirements for employees, and the President himself seriously weakened a fourth aimed at federal employees. When this was written a week ago, none of the administration’s vaccine mandates was…

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ACWI Newsletter December 15, 2021

Download a copy of ACWI Advance here: In this issue of ACWI Advance we take a closer look at these stories: Courts block several of President Biden’s Covid 19 vaccine mandates. The minimum wage for federal contractors will rise to…

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NLRB Counsel on the Warpath

If there was any doubt remaining that the Biden administration is the most pro-labor in history, it has been thoroughly obliterated by Jennifer Abruzzo, who he named General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board. At the end of September,…

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Fed Contractor Min Wage Rises

The minimum wage for federal contractors and subcontractors will rise from the current $10.95 an hour to $15.00 effective Jan. 30, 2022, and will increase each year after that. However, the final rule issued by the Labor Department does not…

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Electric Vehicle Tax Can Work

The American Transportation Research Institute released research that describes what it calls a workable framework for electric vehicle (EV) taxation to support transportation infrastructure. By applying a small tax on the electricity used in transportation, ATRI says this approach can…

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CVSA Event Draws FMCSA

Speeding was the top violation for truck and bus drivers during July’s driver safety roadside event held by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance. Called Operation Safer Driver Week, it also drew first-time participation by the Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor…

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