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Obama Wants Tax Reform to Fund Highway Plan

Volume 2, Issue 5 March 15th, 2014 View/Print Entire Newsletter In late February President Obama called for the creation of a $302 billion, four-year highway program to be paid for largely through tax reforms – and by doing so he may have ensured…

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Court Challenge to New York Decal Fees Moves Forward

Volume 2, Issue 5 March 15th, 2014 View/Print Entire Newsletter Faced with stubborn public opposition to raising taxes at the fuel pump to pay for highway needs, policymakers are casting about for alternatives for generating the needed revenue. But as…

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Retail Drives Demand for Big Box Warehouses

Volume 2, Issue 4 February 28th, 2014 View/Print Entire Newsletter Demand for industrial distribution centers that are larger than 300,000 square feet (known as “big box” space) is high and rising, according to Jones Lang LaSalle’s first Big Box Velocity…

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EEOC Uses Company’s Own Email to Query Its Employees

Volume 2, Issue 4 February 28th, 2014 View/Print Entire Newsletter In recent years federal agencies intensified their investigation and enforcement tactics. Last year the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission did so dramatically by emailing thousands of employees of Case New Holland…

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2013 Saw Record Intermodal Growth, Bulk Carloads Down

Volume 2, Issue 4 February 28th, 2014 View/Print Entire Newsletter U.S. rail traffic for 2013 saw record intermodal growth along with a slight full-year decrease in carloadings, the Association of American Railroads reported. U.S. rail intermodal volume totaled a record…

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Unions Made Organizing Gains In the Private Sector in 2013

Volume 2, Issue 4 February 28th, 2014 View/Print Entire Newsletter Union membership grew in 2013 for the first time since 2008 – and most of those gains came from private sector employers instead of the public sector, reversing the trend…

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November Furniture Orders Jumped 10%, Continuing Trend

Volume 2, Issue 4 February 28th, 2014 View/Print Entire Newsletter New orders in November 2013 were 10% higher than new orders in November 2012 according to the latest survey of residential furniture manufacturers and distributors by the Smith Leonard accounting…

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Obama Orders New Truck Mileage Standard, Subsidies

Volume 2, Issue 4 February 28th, 2014 View/Print Entire Newsletter President Obama has directed the creation of new heavy- and medium-duty truck fuel efficiency standards to be imposed starting in 2018. At the same time he announced $200 million in…

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FMCSA Proposes Driver Drug Testing Clearinghouse

Volume 2, Issue 4 February 28th, 2014 View/Print Entire Newsletter Under pressure from Congress, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has proposed the creation of a commercial driver alcohol and drug testing clearinghouse that would make testing records available to employers.…

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Ferro to Drivers: Step Away From the Chicken Fried Steak

Volume 2, Issue 4 February 28th, 2014 View/Print Entire Newsletter The health of commercial truck drivers is the next frontier for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, according to its chief Anne Ferro. “Driver health remains a top priority, because…

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Independent Owner-Operators Under Assault

Volume 2, Issue 3 February 15, 2014 View/Print Entire Newsletter Unions have made major progress in getting their allies in federal and state governments to tighten the legal definition of truck owner-operators with the ultimate aim of eliminating their status…

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STB to Hold Hearing About Rail Competitive Switching

Volume 2, Issue 3 February 15, 2014 View/Print Entire Newsletter A hearing by the Surface Transportation Board to explore the issues raised by a proposal to allow more railroad competitive switching will be held March 25-26 at STB headquarters in…

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Is Robust Intermodal Growth The Sign of More to Come?

Volume 2, Issue 3 February 15, 2014 View/Print Entire Newsletter The Intermodal Association of North America pointed to solid domestic intermodal growth in 2013 as evidence that the industry has cemented its role in the North American supply chain. Building…

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That Was Fast: NLRB Re-Issues Ambush Elections Proposal

Volume 2, Issue 3 February 15, 2014 View/Print Entire Newsletter On Feb. 5 the National Labor Relations Board announced it was re-issuing its “Quickie” or “Ambush” organizing election rules designed to give unions an extra advantage by shortening the time allowed for employers to…

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Chemical Activity Barometer Points to Improving Economy

Volume 2, Issue 3 February 15, 2014 View/Print Entire Newsletter The American Chemistry Council’s said its first 2014 Chemical Activity Barometer reading strengthened slightly, indicating continued growth and an improving economy throughout the year. In January the CAB ticked up to…

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