“America’s Business” works hard this Labor Day broadcast with a full report to mark the holiday. Host Mike Hambrick interviews Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao, who discusses the U.S. labor market and “skills gap.” National Association of Manufacturers’ President John Engler highlights the NAM’s Labor Day Report 2006, including how the lack of a domestic energy supply hits workers in the pocketbook. NAM Board Member Frank Wagner adds more perspective on the punishment energy costs have inflicted on his business, Davis Boat Works in Newport News, Va. And a spirited discussion ensues between Richard Bensinger, former organizing director of the AFL-CIO and Rick Berman, head of Union Facts, about the status of labor in America.
We walk the “Factory Floor” at Williams-Pyro in Fort Worth, Texas. And as Ernesto rains down on the D.C. area, be sure to listen to Mike’s interview with the brand manager of Gore-Tex, a discussion that coincides with the release of the Outdoor Industry Association’s first study quantifying the contribution of outdoor recreation to the US economy.
Amid all this, there’s also another provocative discussion with Mike and Renee Giachino of the American Justice Partnership on tort reform and judicial races around the country.