Employment, Workforce & Education

Hudson Valley Manufacturing Workforce Center Receives Grant from Rowley Family Foundation

Johnnieanne Hansen with the Rowley Family accepting a grant from the Rowley Family Foundation to help HVMWC encourage women and girls to pursue careers in manufacturing.

The Rowley Family Foundation’s new Fund for Women and Children awarded grants to 15 organizations in Orange, Sullivan, and Ulster counties including The Hudson Valley Manufacturing Workforce Center, Inc. The awards, totaling  

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Schatz Bearing Corporation: Small Parts, High Stakes

When people think of industrial manufacturing, often times gigantic heavy-duty equipment comes to mind. The truth is, many companies are tasked with building small parts designed to be used in everything from commercial equipment to classified defense projects. Schatz Bearing Corporation proves that small ball bearings serve crucial roles in the manufacturing sector.

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Future Manufacturers in the Making

It seems our efforts to share manufacturing career opportunities are beginning to bear fruit. From articles in HV Mfg magazine to the GoMakeIt.org website and its videos highlighting people working in manufacturing to our support of the Hudson Valley Pathways Academy, and more educators from across the region are increasingly turning to us to help them connect with the manufacturing sector and the great careers we have.

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Meet Forrest: Apprentice at MPI

Meet Forrest, the Sub Assembly Technician 2 at MPI for the past 2 years. Forrest joined the Council of Industry's Registered Apprentice Program in January under the Electro-Mechanical trade. He told us that the opportunity to earn a nationally recognized accreditation as a journey level worker is what encouraged him to join and continues to motivate him. Learn more inside.

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Recruiting Best Practices from the Perspective of an HR Intern

Recruitment has evolved a lot within a few short years as the digital age takes over. Here a few best practices from an HR Intern's point of view on what employers can do to generate quality candidates.

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Future Manufacturers in the Making

It seems our efforts to share manufacturing career opportunities are beginning to bear fruit. From articles in HV Mfg magazine to the GoMakeIt.org website and its videos highlighting people working in manufacturing to our support of the Hudson Valley Pathways Academy and more educators from across the region are increasingly turning to us to help them connect with the manufacturing sector and the great careers we have.

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EEOC Provides Pay Data Reporting Update

The past few weeks have seen a flow of new developments involving the recently reinstated EEO-1 pay data reporting obligations.  And Friday, May 3rd, was no exception.  At the same time EEOC was announcing its decision to collect pay data for 2017 as well as 2018, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) was filing a Notice of Appeal of Judge Tanya S. Chutkan’s Order reinstating the pay data reporting obligation.

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Meet Mary Jane – Regional Director at the Workforce Development Institute (WDI)

Mary Jane is the Regional Director at the Workforce Development Institute (WDI) for the Hudson Valley. Her job is to work with partners in the region on expanding, promoting and retaining the workforce. Find out how she's helped the Council of Industry and many of its members inside.

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Meet Todd – Apprentice at Pietryka Plastics

Meet Todd, a Machine Operator at Pietryka Plastics for the past 7 months. Todd recently registered under the IMT trade in the Council of Industry's NYS Registered Apprentice Program. Learn more about his journey to becoming an apprentice inside.

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Meet Bruce – Apprentice at Elna Magnetics

Meet Bruce- a Machine Operator at Elna Magnetics for the past 6 months. Bruce recently joined the Council of Industry's registered apprentice program under the CNC Machinist trade. He began his manufacturing career in assembly and quickly worked his way up to becoming a machinist. Learn more about his journey to a career in manufacturing inside.

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One High School, One Principal, One BIG Impact

Manufacturing companies all over the Hudson Valley are eager to recruit and train the next generation of men and women to continue the legacy of building quality products used across the nation and overseas. A local high school principal and technology teacher are doing their part to make that a reality.  Read more about how one Hudson Valley high school is making a huge impact inside.

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Meet Josh – Apprentice at LoDolce Machine

Meet Josh, an apprentice at LoDolce Machine. Josh has been working at LoDolce for a little less than a year as a Machine Operator. He was recently registered under the CNC Machinist trade in the Council of Industry's Registered Apprentice Program. Learn more about his journey to becoming an apprentice inside.

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Workforce Diversity: New Ideas Within the Manufacturing Industry

When we think of diversity, many of us tend to think about physical characteristics. However, workplace diversity entails much more than that and for good reason. Click to read more about the importance of workforce diversity! 

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Meet Greg – Apprentice at Viking Industries

Meet Greg, an apprentice at Viking Industries. Greg has spent that last 9 years at Viking as an Industrial Mechanic.  He spends his days fixing, repairing and troubleshooting everything from forklifts to press machines. Learn more about his journey to becoming an apprentice inside.

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The Council of Industry’s Collaborative Recruiting Program Is Helping Hudson Valley Manufacturers Find the Talent they Need

When Johnnieanne Hansen began her role as Director of Workforce Development and Apprentice Coordinator for the Council of Industry her first priority was to recruit companies to participate in the newly formed Intermediary Apprentice Program. As she began to pitch the idea she found that many Hudson Valley manufacturers also needed help with recruiting. Thus, in Spring 2018 the Collaborative Recruiting Initiative was hatched.

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Possession Of A Medical Marijuana Card Alone Does Not Prove Marijuana Use, Appeals Court Holds

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals refused to dismiss a medical marijuana-using applicant’s disability discrimination claim because he did not state that he actually used marijuana at the time of his interview — even though he provided a copy of his medical marijuana card – and was not subjected to a drug test.

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Westchester County Paid Sick Time Law Going into Effect April 10, 2019

The new law will go into effect on April 10, 2019. Similar to the New York City paid sick time law, all full-time and part-time employees who work more than 80 hours per year in Westchester County are eligible to earn sick leave. For employers with five or more employees working in Westchester County -- regardless of where the employer is based -- this sick time must be paid.

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Find Out About IMAGE – ICE Mutual Agreement between Government and Employers

IMAGE is a voluntary program in which ICE partners with businesses to reduce unauthorized employment and the use of fraudulent identity documents. By volunteering to participate in the program, companies can reduce unauthorized employment and the use of fraudulent identity documents. As part of IMAGE, ICE and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) provide education and training on proper hiring procedures, fraudulent document detection and use of the E-Verify employment eligibility verification program.

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The Council of Industry’s Collaborative Recruiting Program Is Helping Hudson Valley Manufacturers Find the Talent they Need

“In my previous positions as a recruiter and corporate trainer I had done some research into Applicant Tracking Systems. It occurred to me that the Council could purchase a subscription and make the service available to participating members.”  Hansen said.  “Hiring managers get a system where they can post jobs, sort and track candidates and get other resources and support throughout the hiring process. Posted jobs are distributed to over 100 job boards like: Indeed, Hotjobs, Monster, Zip Recruiter, LinkedIn and Glassdoor.”

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NLRB Eases Burden of Demonstrating Independent Contractor Status by Overruling Prior Decision

On January 25, 2019, the National Labor Relations Board issued a decision clarifying the test for determining whether workers are independent contractors or employees. In SuperShuttle DFW, Inc., the Board reversed its 2014 decision in FedEx Home Delivery where it revised the traditional common-law test for determining whether workers are employees or independent contractors. Prior to 2014, the test analyzed whether common-law factors set forth by the Supreme Court showed that the workers had significant entrepreneurial opportunity for gain or loss.

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The Need for Women in Manufacturing

Since March is Women’s History Month we wanted to take this opportunity to talk about women in manufacturing. Today women represent nearly half of the total US workforce (47%), yet they comprise less than a third (27%) of manufacturing jobs. Find out what we can do to change these statistics in this post.

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New York Labor Department No Longer Pursuing Call-In Pay Regulations

After a round of revisions that included several exemptions to the regulations, the NYSDOL has decided to allow the proposed regulations to expire. This development is a relief for employers who would have lost flexibility in scheduling employees and responding to customers’ needs. The proposal also could have had the effect of restricting employers’ willingness to grant employees’ requests for modifications to their schedules or shifts, as doing so might also trigger penalties to employees asked to cover such shifts. The NYSDOL will leave employee scheduling to be determined by employees and employers, at least for now.

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The Magic Question for a Motivating Manufacturing Work Environment

The question you may be asking is “how do you create that engaged workforce that contributes ideas to the company and is motivated beyond the job they’re being paid for?”

Surprisingly, the answer is simple.

You ask.

By asking you give your people the one thing that they, and most human beings crave more than anything, even more than more money in their paycheck.

Autonomy!

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