President Obama has taken office as our 44th President, with the pressure on to produce a stimulus bill that can effectively help America’s economy. This week on America’s Business to discuss the stimulus bill is Congresswoman Melissa Bean (D-IL). Rep. Bean argues for a key tax provision relating to net operating losses, which would put money back in the hands of struggling companies.
A highly anticipated and controversial bill is the Employee Free Choice Act. The legislation would take away the secret ballot when deciding if a workplace will unionize or not and replace with a card check system that could lead to worker harassment from union organizers. This week we continue our conversation with Representative John Kline (R-MN) on the bill’s threat to U.S. competitiveness and employee rights.
A healthy manufacturing sector is key to reviving the economy and creating jobs. Mark Tomlinson, Executive Director and General Manager of the Society for Manufacturing Engineers surveys the scene in 2009, including the prospects for manufacturing employment.Another key for economic stability is the recovery of the U.S. housing market. National Association of Realtors Chief Economist Lawrence Yun details the difficulties facing housing and possible steps to improve conditions.
Finding young workers who are interested in joining the manufacturing sector has become a serious problem. Highly skilled jobs are becoming available across the country, but no workers to fill them. The American Society for Quality recently did a survey that showed 85 percent of youth today are not interested in a future engineering career. Cheryl Birdsong-Dyer of Sprint Nextel is on the program to explain the results of this survey.
In our regular segments, NAM commentator Hank Cox recalls “The Way It Was.” And the National Association of Manufacturers President Gov. John Engler will close the program with “The Last Word.”
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