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Administration Shoehorns Modern Problems into Antiquated Laws

By | Briefly Legal, Manufacturers’ Center for Legal Action, Shopfloor Legal, Shopfloor Main | No Comments

The federal government is now routinely using laws passed before the invention of the fax machine to control dynamic information systems like cloud computing and broadband access. These efforts to regulate and police the innovation economy will loosen constitutional privacy protections and chill technological innovation.

For example, relying on the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986, the Department of Justice has recently sought to search Microsoft customers’ emails. Microsoft has pushed back, alleging that the Justice Department’s orders violate its customers’ privacy and infringe on its right to free speech. Many of these demands prohibit Microsoft from informing customers that their information is being investigated.

Most laws governing government searches were written before the widespread use of digital communications. At that time, if the government wanted to execute a search warrant to look through one’s files, notice was necessary since a search would require entering a home or office to access documents. Now that many Internet users store their information in the cloud, rather than locally on their computers, the government can bypass notification of the customer by directly contacting providers such as Microsoft. Therefore, simply because the location of information has changed, users now experience different legal protections. Microsoft argues this is unconstitutional because Fourth Amendment protections on the reasonableness of searches should not discriminate based on how a citizen stores his or her information.

The privacy and free speech implications of the government’s actions have significant consequences for the greater business community and the innovation economy. When the government treats those who store their information at home differently than those who use the cloud, individuals are less inclined to use this potentially transformative new technology to protect their privacy. When individuals forgo cloud computing services, innovative manufacturers will lose customers.

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) will continue its fight to uphold proper constitutional protections and promote balanced and reasonable resolution through the courts.

Serving Those Who Serve Us: NAM Staff Presented with Employer Patriot Award

By | Shopfloor Main | No Comments

Yesterday, two members of the NAM team were recognized for their support as managers and supervisors to members of our National Guard and reserve services.  NAM Vice President of Energy and Resources Policy Ross Eisenberg and Vice President of Infrastructure, Innovation and Human Resources Policy Robyn Boerstling were presented with the Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Employer Patriot Award for Supervisors.

Robyn and Ross were nominated by Jason Melton, a policy coordinator at the NAM, who also is a technical sergeant with the Nebraska Air National Guard serving for 11 years and with the military for 16 years.

“Ross, Robyn and the National Association of Manufacturers have been vital in enabling me to serve the great state of Nebraska and my country in the Nebraska Air National Guard, said Melton. Moreover, their active support and encouragement has been critical to my success and the mission of the Nebraska National Guard and the security of our country. As supervisors, they go above and beyond in their support for my National Guard duties by providing flexibility and exceptional work accommodations while I am away from the office performing military Guard duties in Nebraska and throughout the world. They are deserving of this award, and I want to thank them for their continuing understanding and support of my service.”

The ESGR is a Department of Defense organization created to work with employers and service members to enhance the understanding of the missions our service members perform. With such a large percentage of the U.S. Armed Forces now being National Guard and Reserve, the employer plays a vital role in our national defense.

Ross Eisenberg and Robyn Boerstling are awarded the Employer Patriot Award for Supervisors by the Department of Defense. The Adjutant General of Nebraska, Maj. Gen. Daryl L. Bohac presented the award. Photo Credit: D. Bohrer, NAM

Robyn Boerstling and Ross Eisenberg are awarded the Employer Patriot Award for Supervisors by the Department of Defense. The Adjutant General of Nebraska, Maj. Gen. Daryl L. Bohac, presented the award. Photo Credit: D. Bohrer, NAM

More than 80 percent of manufacturers report they cannot find people to fill their skilled production jobs. Meanwhile, thousands of service men and women return home each month, possessing not only an unmatched work ethic but also rigorous technical training and experience.

The NAM and The Manufacturing Institute are committed to connecting veterans to the manufacturing community. Get Skills to Work is a coalition of manufacturing companies and community and technical colleges committed to recruiting, training and retaining veterans in long-term careers in advanced manufacturing and other disciplines.

In partnership with Alcoa Foundation, the Institute has also released an employer playbook on hiring and retaining veterans. The guide, From Military Front Lines to Manufacturing Front Lines: Veterans and Your Workforce,” contains tips and best practices for manufacturers on resourcing, hiring and retaining veterans.

Nearly 300 State and Local Associations Stand behind TPA

By | Trade | No Comments

In a letter released this week and coordinated by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and other major trade associations, nearly 300 U.S. state and local organizations urged swift action to renew Trade Promotion Authority (TPA). The organizations that signed the letter represent millions of companies and workers from every sector of the economy, and every state in the country. Read More

Lesser-Skilled Workers are an Essential Part of Immigration Reform

By | Human Resources, Immigration, immigration reform | No Comments

Improving border security is an essential part of immigration reform for the United States. Our current system incentivizes illegal immigrants to remain in the U.S. while providing few opportunities for them to engage in the legal immigration system. As a matter of national security we need to know who is coming into our country and if they pose a threat. Creating a truly functional immigration program for lesser-skilled workers is the most effective way to achieve this important goal. We need to take away the incentive to come to and stay in the United States illegally and the best way to do that is to create a legal framework to manage it. By creating a legal system, we can be assured we know exactly who is here as well as allow temporary workers to return to their native country instead of being forced to live in the shadows for years on end. Under the current system, or lack of one, workers are incentivized to obtain false documents and unable to return home for fear that they will not be able to get back to in the US. Read More

A Fight Worth Having

By | Human Resources, Manufacturers’ Center for Legal Action | No Comments

Unless or until it’s stopped, the National Labor Relations Board regulation that denies employees time to consider whether to join a union by putting union elections on an inappropriately fast track will go into effect on April 14th. This is troubling to manufacturers because there is scant evidence anywhere that the union election process needs to be sped up at all and the regulation would force employers to turn over closely guarded personal information such as an employee’s cell phone number and work schedule. Read More

Facts Matter – Critics Need to Stop Distorting the Facts on America’s Manufacturing Trade Surplus

By | Trade | No Comments

Enough is enough. We’re all for an honest debate, but a small group of trade critics are putting out some whoppers in an effort to derail the momentum behind Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), a longstanding procedural partnership between Congress and the Administration that enables the United States to conclude and implement new Free Trade Agreements (FTA) that open markets for our manufacturers.

Groups like Public Citizen, however, are promoting distorted information about our country’s manufacturing trade surplus with its 20 FTA partners. Read More

Internet of Things Connects to Congress

By | Innovation, Technology | No Comments

The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee will hear from industry and academic experts during a hearing today entitled “The Connected World: Examining the Internet of Things.” One of the expert witnesses participating is Douglas Davis, Vice President and General Manager, Internet of Things Group, of NAM member company Intel Corporation.

Manufacturers are leading the Internet of Things (IoT) revolution and Intel is one of those leaders. Not only is it a company producing the interoperable building blocks of the IoT platform and solutions that we find in many of the connected devices, Intel is a manufacturer leveraging the IoT on their own shop floors. Read More

Manufacturers Win Several Website Design Awards

By | Communications | 2 Comments

The NAM is proud to announce that it has been honored with several awards for its redesign of www.nam.org. Launched in 2010, the website reflects modern manufacturing in America and highlights this critical theme: manufacturing’s vital leadership in innovation, job opportunity, technological progress and economic security. The website is a source of information about policy issues and breaking news affecting all manufacturers in the United States.  The user-friendly site features policy issues, information on how to take action and quick facts on manufacturing in America.

Design & Build Team

Christian Moritz – Vice President, Communications

Jeff Colburn – Vice President, Information Technology

James Skelly – Senior Director, Multimedia

Brian Machi – Senior Director, Information Technology

Ronni Hutchason – Manager, Multimedia

Matthew Preiss – Specialist, Multimedia

Hannah Cheadle – Digital Producer (Digitaria)

 

GD USA Interactive Media Awards Emerging Media Award WebAward The Webby Awards

Meet U.S. Obligations, Raise the Debt Limit

By | Economy, Taxation | No Comments

From The Hill, “Business groups likely to align with president in debt-ceiling fight“:

“We have been very upfront. We support an increase in the debt limit. We need to meet our obligations,” said Dorothy Coleman, vice president of tax and domestic economy policy for the NAM. “There is a huge downside to default.”

NAM remains neutral on the question of attaching a long-term deficit-reduction plan to the debt-ceiling vote.

“We have been neutral on how it gets done. Our interest is that it does get done in a timely fashion,” Coleman said.

Manufacturers Urge Congress to Rein In EPA’s Overregulation

By | Energy, Global Warming, Regulations | One Comment

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) today launched a campaign to put a human face on the unprecedented expansion of federal regulations coming from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Manufacturing is leading the way in America’s recovery, adding thousands of jobs every week. But the flood of regulations pouring down from the EPA will mean higher prices for energy and impose enormous costs throughout the economy.

Manufacturers pay utility bills like everyone else. When residential energy costs go up, families have less money to buy things like clothes and groceries. When energy costs go up for manufacturers, we have less money to invest – and to hire people.

We’re releasing these new ads as Congress considers legislation to block the EPA’s proposed regulating of greenhouse gas emissions. No federal agency should have the authority to simply mandate such a radical, nationwide restructuring of energy use – and force people to pay higher energy prices – without a vote of the elected branch of government, Congress.

Manufacturers already have invested billions of dollars to comply with federal regulations. We embrace common-sense approaches to ensure a clean and healthy environment.

Unfortunately, the EPA’s greenhouse gas regulations are only the biggest, most economically damaging of its many proposals. Whether it’s mining, transportation, farming, or manufacturing, the EPA is rolling out mandates that make it tougher for businesses in America to compete in the global marketplace, and tougher for people to make ends meet.

As our ads asks, “Manufacturing has always provided good jobs that support our local economies. But times are tough. So why is the EPA pushing new regulations that could force businesses to close, making times tougher, increasing costs and prices for goods and services?”

The NAM’s new TV and radio ads are just the beginning of a sustained educational campaign about the EPA’s excessive regulations and their effect on the U.S. manufacturing economy.

To learn more about this campaign and the damaging effects of the EPA’s proposed regulations, please visit www.NoNewRegs.org.

Jay Timmons is President and CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers.

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