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Manufacturing Champions Honored at Council of Industry Award Breakfast

On Friday, May 17th, the Council honored the 2019 Manufacturing Champions at a breakfast held at the Powelton Club in Newburgh, NY. The Council of Industry was proud to honor Meghan Taylor, Director of the Mid-Hudson Region at the Empire State Development Corporation for the public sector;  Robb Engle, Vice President of Engineering at Sono-Tek Corporation for the private sector; Bryan Van Vliet, technology teacher at Saugerties High School as the educator champion; and the organizational award went to the Workforce Development Institute (WDI).

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Ex-Im Votes Empower Manufacturers to More Aggressively Compete Against China, Others

The NAM has been a leading proponent of restoring the Ex-Im Bank, which has supported 1.7 million American jobs over the past 10 years, to full functionality. This article contains National Association of Manufacturers President and CEO Jay Timmons statement which was released after the Senate voted to confirm Export-Import Bank nominees Kimberly Reed, Judith DelZoppo Pryor and Spencer Bachus, a move that will significantly enhance manufacturers’ competitiveness against foreign nations, including China.

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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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NAM Releases a Plan for Significant Infrastructure Investment

The NAM’s infrastructure blueprint, “Building to Win,” contains many commonsense funding measures that would appeal to both parties, and which the NAM promotes to Congress and the administration. Read National Association of Manufacturers President and CEO Jay Timmons statement on this topic and "Building to Win."

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Consolidated Funding Application Resources and Workshops

Governor Andrew Cuomo’s REDC Round 9 initiative has been announced, with $750 million in state economic development resources available to fund regional economic development projects through the Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) process. Find out about CFA Workshops and Information Sessions in the Mid-Hudson Region.

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Catching Up with the CI Networks

The Council of Industry network groups are an excellent resource for information and a great way to talk to other people in your field working in a variety of industries throughout the Hudson Valley. Find out what presentations were held in April and what we have in store for the coming months.

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Join Global NY’s Trade Mission to MEDTEC China 2019

Global NY is recruiting up to 10 NYS small businesses to participate in an organized trade mission to MEDTEC China 2019 in Shanghai. MEDTEC China, the leading medical device design and manufacturing exhibition in China, will take place on September 25-27, 2019 at the Shanghai World EXPO Exhibition & Convention Centre. For eligible companies, Global NY’s STEP grant can reimburse a significant portion of your exhibit, travel and accommodation expenses. You also will be eligible to apply for Global NY’s customized Export Marketing Assistance Service (EMAS) in China. Find out more.

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USMCA Passage is Critical for New York Manufacturers and Workers

Congressional passage of the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement will help New York manufacturers grow in the United States, compete globally and support millions of well-paying manufacturing jobs across the country. Find out more in this Fact Sheet from NAM.

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North American Trade – The Importance of the USMCA

More than 25 years under the original North American Free Trade Agreement entered into force, the three countries came together to modernize this decades old agreement resulting in the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement that was signed in November 2018. The NAM strongly supports passage of the USMCA as soon as possible this year to ensure manufacturers can grow with certainty with our most important commercial trading partners—Canada and Mexico. Find out more in this article and links from The National Association of Manufacturers.

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AI in Manufacturing: Nascent, But on a Fast Track

In an attempt to separate the hype from the reality of AI, and to take the measure of where AI and its cousin machine learning stand in manufacturing today, the Manufacturing Leadership Council undertook its first ever survey on manufacturers’ attitudes, plans, projects, and expectations with the technology earlier this year. Read about their findings and more in this article from NAM and the Manufacturing Leadership Council.

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New York State Legislators and Governor Cuomo Agree to a $175 Billion Budget Plan

State leaders announced Sunday they reached a budget deal just in time for the fiscal year that starts Monday.  The $175.5 billion plan includes an array of deals, but leaves a few major decisions undone — such as legalizing marijuana and creating a board to decide how to publicly finance political campaigns.

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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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HR Network Meeting Recap: Drug Testing

The legalization of medical marijuana and the increasing rise in opioid abuse has made drug testing a hot topic for human resource professionals. The Council of Industry HR Network met on March 27th for presentations by Kathryn Russo, Jackson Lewis PC, and Robyn Seidman and Jean Strella, RJS Solutions LLC, on both the legal aspect and the best practices for drug testing and dealing with substance abuse in the workplace. With over 30 attendees this is one of our largest network meetings and Council member Access: Supports for Living hosted and provided a delicious lunch and presentation on the many valuable programs they provide the community.

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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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How to Choose A Fleet Management System: A Practical Checklist

There are many ways in which a fleet management system can benefit your operation. Better security and saving money usually come to mind first, but the right system can bring you other significant advantages as well. How do you choose the right system? In order to thoroughly research fleet fuel management systems, start by evaluating your current situation. The right system is one that will meet all of your needs. Use this checklist to contemplate what’s working well now and what is missing.

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As Governor Cuomo and the Legislature Continue Budget Negotiations – Issues Critical to Manufacturers are in Play

Gov. Andrew Cuomo told reporters earlier this week that this year's state budget negotiations are particularly difficult because of revenue declines, the threat of big federal funding cuts and disputes with lawmakers over spending priorities.  Cuomo said there's still time to agree on a budget before the April 1 deadline but that this budget may prove to be more difficult than past spending plans.

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Compressed Air Systems and COMAIRCO’s Compressed Air Challenge

Read about ways to save money by reducing or eliminating unnecessary use of compressed air from the University of Minnesota's Technical Assistance Program and learn about energy efficiency in compressed air systems with the COMAIRCO Compressed Air Challenge Seminar.

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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 2019 Manufacturing Champions to be Honored at Awards Breakfast on May 17

The Council of Industry will hold it's annual Manufacturing Champion Awards Breakfast on Friday, May 17th at the Powelton Club to honor this year's winners. The Manufacturing Champion Awards recognize individuals and organizations who have worked to strengthen and build the manufacturing sector in the Hudson Valley community. These individuals and organization have through vision, dedication, and hard work helped to overcome some of the many obstacles faced by manufacturers in the Hudson Valley community and in so doing they have made it possible for manufacturers and their employees to prosper.

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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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