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Episode 2: Pine Bush High School, Integrating Education and Career Readiness at the Highest Level

The Council of Industry recently launched a podcast! In this episode Harold King from the Council of Industry interviews Aaron Hopmayer, Principal of Pine Bush High School. Link to the segment inside.

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October is Manufacturing Month

Students at Mfg Day

October is Manufacturing Month and we want you to be a part of the festivities. Our members are invited to host a table at the Pine Bush High School Advanced Manufacturing / STEAM Career Night on October 2. MFG Day is October 4, and there is still time to set up a tour of your facility and we would love to help. Westchester Community College, The Workforce Development Institute, and The Council  

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Has Your Company Complied with the October 9, 2019 Sexual Harassment Prevention Training Deadline?

By: Joel J. Greenwald, Esq., Greenwald Doherty, LLP, Council of Industry Associate Member

A reminder to all employers in New York State, that in addition to updating sexual harassment prevention policies, New York law now (effective this past October 2018) requires all employees working any portion of their time in New York State to be trained on sexual harassment prevention on an annual basis. The  

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Meet Sonja Brown – Regional Director at the Workforce Development Institute (WDI)

Meet Sonja, Regional Director at the Workforce Development Institute in Westchester and Putnam county. She works directly with employers in the area by “listening to their challenges and finding innovative solutions to help the business get through their struggles.” Find out how she's helped the Council of Industry and many of its members inside.

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Check Out the New CI Podcast and Meet Manufacturers, Educators and Influencers from around the Hudson Valley

The staff at CI already get to talk to fascinating, impactful people daily – now we can share those stories. Adding the podcast medium will help us broaden our reach and help us share insights, best practices and hopefully some laughs, with a wider audience.  Perhaps the podcast will help bring the already supportive manufacturing community even closer together.

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Manual Tools to High Tech CNC Machines: The Future of Manufacturing

For decades, the Hudson Valley has been the center of manufacturing innovation from small family owned companies to large corporations. With increasing demand and pressure from global competitors, companies big and small are looking for ways to create high quality products in the most efficient ways possible. Read more about how one manufacturing company is helping the Hudson Valley and beyond.

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Check Out the New CI Podcast and Meet Manufacturers, Educators and Influencers from around the Hudson Valley

The staff at CI already get to talk to fascinating, impactful people daily – now we can share those stories. Adding the podcast medium will help us broaden our reach and help us share insights, best practices and hopefully some laughs, with a wider audience.  Perhaps the podcast will help bring the already supportive manufacturing community even closer together.

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What’s the Purpose of a Public Company?

The Business Roundtable, a group representing the nation’s most powerful chief executives, last month abandoned the idea that companies must maximize profits for shareholders above all else, a long-held belief that advocates said boosted the returns of capitalism but detractors blamed for rising inequality and other social ills.

The new statement reads:  “Americans deserve an economy that allows each person to succeed through hard work and creativity and to lead a life of meaning and dignity.  We commit to deliver value to all of them, for the future success of our companies, our communities and our country.”

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Tompkins Mahopac Bank Creates Scholarship to Support Students Passionate About Manufacturing

Guest blogger, Amy Greiner writes about Tompkins Mahopac Bank's Make and Accelerate Scholarship to support Hudson Valley students who demonstrate exceptional talent, drive and a love for manufacturing. Tompkins realizes the importance of training, attracting and retaining top talent to fill the growing need for manufacturing jobs and to incentivize people to build lives in the Hudson Valley. Read more inside.

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Cambridge Security Seals Get Recognized for an Innovative Design

Ever pay much attention to that tamper evident seal that is seen on food products and clothing? While most people glance over it, a lot of research and development goes into making these products. Recently, Cambridge Security Seals, was rewarded for their hard efforts. Click to read more about this amazing accomplishment!

 

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Apprenticeship Obstacles – Build your own workforce

Struggling to find the skilled workforce you need to fill your open positions? The Council of Industry launched a New York State Department of Labor Sponsored Apprentice Program in 2017.In this mini-podcast Harold King and Johnnieanne Hansen discuss the obstacles of hiring experienced candidates versus building your workforce internally. Learn more inside.

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Meet Stephen Casa – Workplace Learning Coordinator at Ulster BOCES

Meet Stephen Casa, Workplace Learning Coordinator at Ulster BOCES. Casa plays an interesting role acting as the lead connector between BOCES programs and the business community. At the moment he’s playing an important part in building relationships for the Hudson Valley Pathways Academy and the Career and Technical Education Center specifically. Read more inside.

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What Employers Need to Know as Pay Equity Protections Widen

There have been changes on both the federal and state level to compensation law. While the federal Equal Pay Act prohibits employers from paying employees less for equal work because of gender, these second wave pay equity laws revise this standard – prohibiting unequal pay for “comparable” work as opposed to “equal” work. The newly enacted salary history inquiry bans restrict employers’ ability to inquire into the salary history of applicants. Finally, wage transparency measures prohibit employers from banning pay disclosure in the workplace or from retaliating against employees who discuss their wages. Employers must comply with federal law and this growing patchwork of state and local laws. On July 10, 2019, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation significantly expanding the protections of New York’s Pay Equity Law, which previously required equal pay for women and men performing “equal work.” The governor also signed a law imposing a ban on inquiries into an applicant’s salary history.

Read more about it in these two articles from IMA Update.

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Meet Thomas: CNC Apprentice at Usheco

Meet Thomas, CNC Apprentice and Production Operator at Usheco. “We are proud to have Tommy enrolled in the CNC Machinist Apprenticeship Program.” Said Alethea Shuman, VP of Sales and Engineering at Usheco. “Tommy embraces the challenge of learning new skill sets and we look forward to supporting and watching him expand his knowledge and expertise while applying his new skills here at Usheco.” Read more inside.

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Best Practices for Creating a Job Description that Stands Out

Creating job descriptions can be tedious but it’s important to make sure yours stands out to attract the best candidates. Click to read more about best practices to ensure your posting is keeping up with today’s workforce standards.

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Join Us for a Day of Golf at the Powelton Club

CI Golf Outing

The Council of Industry Golf Outing is right around the corner. We invite our members and associate members to join us at the historic Powelton Club in Newburgh, NY on Monday, August 26, for a fun-filled day of golf. The $195 fee ($695 per foursome) includes lunch, golf, cart, cocktails, hors-d'oeuvres, dinner, prizes and giveaways. Dinner only option for non-golfers is $65 per person.

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What Do Americans Think about Manufacturing—and Its Future?

Do Americans think manufacturing is important? How do they view the technological changes transforming the industry along with the rest of the economy? Two recent surveys shed light on these important questions. Read more inside.

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Building a More Inclusive Workspace

While unemployment rates are low, there are many individuals who have not been given the opportunity to pursue a rewarding career. Studies have shown that people on the Autism Spectrum Disorder face a 90% unemployment rate. However, organizations like the Autism Alliance of Michigan are looking to change that. Click to read more about the importance of promoting a workspace that welcomes all.

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New York Bans Racial Discrimination Based on Hair Texture or Style

By Edward Kowalski, Human Resources Director, Ethan Allen Workforce Solutions, a Council of Industry Associate Member

Both the New York State Human Rights Law and Dignity for All Students Act were expanded last Friday to ban race discrimination based on “natural hair or hairstyles,” including, but not limited to, “braids, locks and twists.”  The law, called the CROWN (Creating a Respectful  

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USMCA Trade Deal Update

Ratification of the USMCA Trade deal, the replacement for the North American Free Trade Agreement, is a priority for manufacturers across the country and especially those in New York State.  The Council of  Industry, along with hundreds of other business associations across the nation and the state, has signed letters of support for the USMCA encouraging Congress to approve the deal.

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What Do Americans Think about Manufacturing—and Its Future?

From NAM Input, The National Association of Manufacturers

Do Americans think manufacturing is important? How do they view the technological changes transforming the industry along with the rest of the economy?

Two recent surveys shed light on these important questions. First, a survey conducted by the Brookings Institution asked Americans what they think about manufacturing’s present state. More  

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Meet Korey: Apprentice at Kdc/One Kolmar

Meet Korey, CNC apprentice at Kolmar. Korey started as a temporary employee cleaning the facility. When Korey learned that Kolmar was opening up an apprentice opportunity to current employees he was quick to apply. By the end of March he was selected and registered under the CNC Machinist trade. You can read Korey's full story inside.

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King’s Hawaiian: Three Woman Challenging Gender Stereotypes in Manufacturing

Manufacturing has been a sector dominated by men, however with work demographics changing; women are at the forefront of innovation. Read more about how one company in New York is challenging the gender stereotype.

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Council of Industry Roundtable with President Williams of New York Federal Reserve Bank

On Wednesday, July 10, member executives of the Council of Industry met with John Williams, the President of the New York Federal Reserve Bank for a roundtable discussion of issues affecting Hudson Valley Manufacturers. It was an opportunity for manufacturing leaders to provide insight on issues such as the skills gap, tariffs, trade, and the overall economy. Read more inside.

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