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Voices on Trade

Voices on Trade

President Obama's point man on trade, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman (@MikeFroman), met recently with the NEMA Board of Governors. Why? I venture a guess that it's because they care about trade and access to international markets. If I'm right, it turns out they are in good company.    Recent polling commissioned by the Business Roundtable (BRT) found that 82 percent of Americans support U.S. trade negotiations to open foreign markets and ensure Read more [...]
Competitiveness is the Best "Protection" for Jobs

Competitiveness is the Best "Protection" for Jobs

U.S. electroindustry companies sell billions of dollars of equipment outside the U.S. each year. These companies employ many thousands of workers here in the U.S., workers whose employment depends on the ability of their company “teams” to innovate, make sales, and satisfy their customers. With most of the world’s people (95 percent) and supporting infrastructure outside the U.S., it makes sense that companies want to gain access to more markets, be competitive, and make more sales Read more [...]
ACTA-tion on Trade

ACTA-tion on Trade

Tomorrow (Oct. 1) in Japan representatives from several governments, including the U.S., are expected to put pen to paper and formally sign an international agreement to combat theft of intellectual property rights. As NEMA has pointed out repeatedly, product counterfeiting as well as trade- and certification-mark piracy are not just an issue for movies and handbags but also for some sectors of the global electroindustry. These can also present safety issues, as explained by the Electrical Safety Read more [...]
Oh, Snap!

Oh, Snap!

With so-called "card check" legislation effectively dead with little (if any) hope for resuscitation, attention now turns to the newest battle brewing between labor unions and industry/business interests: "quickie" (or "snap") union elections. On June 21, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) proposed reforms of the procedures it follows prior and subsequent to conducting secret ballot elections to determine if employees wish to be represented by unions for collective Read more [...]
Bipartisanship to Upgrade our Infrastructure?

Bipartisanship to Upgrade our Infrastructure?

This week, Senators Kerry, Warner, Hutchison, and Graham came together to announce their proposal to rebuild America’s infrastructure.  The Building and Upgrading Infrastructure for Long-Term Development (BUILD) Act, S. 652, would establish an American Infrastructure Financing Authority - a type of infrastructure bank that would provide loans and loan guarantees.  Transportation, Water, and Energy infrastructure projects greater than $100 million and of national or regional significance Read more [...]
Devil in the Details…the Other "Card Check" Demon

Devil in the Details…the Other "Card Check" Demon

Most of the attention on the misnamed "Employee Free Choice Act" (HR 1409/S 560) has centered on provisions which would effectively strip workers of their right to secret ballot elections in deciding whether to join unions, replacing such elections instead with a "card check" system.  But the other feature of EFCA is just as diabolical for business and workers alike. Under current labor law, unions and employers are obligated to bargain in good faith over labor contracts, Read more [...]
The "Cake" the Unions Baked

The "Cake" the Unions Baked

Catching up on a myriad of articles and blogs about the infamous--and misnamed--"Employee Free Choice Act" (HR 1409/S 560), I ran across some statements made by Vice-President Biden that really "take the cake." Earlier this week, Vice-President Biden was speaking about labor issues and card check legislation before a conference of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) and had this to say: "Everybody looks back on the election now and says Read more [...]
Card Check – Down, But Not Out

Card Check – Down, But Not Out

Opponents of the anti-democratic, anti-competitive "Employee Free Choice Act" (HR 1409/S 560) scored another victory this week when Senator Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) announced her intention to vote against cloture and passage of the legislation. Speaking at the Little Rock Political Animals Club, Lincoln was reported to have told participants "I cannot support that bill.  Cannot support that bill in its current form.  Cannot support and will not support moving it forward in Read more [...]
"Card Check" Bad for Small Business, Too

"Card Check" Bad for Small Business, Too

Proponents of the so-called "Employee Free Choice Act" (EFCA) have sworn that the bill's provisions - allowing unions to be formed when a majority of employees sign authorization cards (often in the presence of their coworkers and union organizers) and forcing employers and employees into mandatory binding arbitration - will not apply to America's small businesses. But here is what they don't tell you - EFCA does not contain any specific exemptions for small firms. In an editorial Read more [...]