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CA super tort lawsuits setting dangerous national precedent

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on Aug. 13, 2018

More than 1.3 million Californians work in manufacturing and more than twelve million men and women nationally. We simply can't undermine the fairness of our nation’s legal system, our manufacturing base, and our economy with the emerging and baseless "super tort" lawsuits that have come to the fore in California. To that end, the National Association of Manufacturers' Lindsey de La Torre of their Manufacturing Accountability Project wrote an elucidative piece this week for California Political Review on the impact of these lawsuits and the need for the U.S. Supreme Court to consider and hear these cases - primarily the ongoing lead paint case - to shut the door on this dangerous precedent.


Baseless Lawsuits May Begin and End with California  --   By Lindsey de la Torre - Executive Director of NAM's Manufacturers Accountability Project.

August 10, 2018

Californians may not know it, but their courts are creating an unprecedented “super tort” that could be used against anyone that makes and sells a lawful product. Today, it is paint and tomorrow it could be you or your company.

In February, California’s Supreme Court surprised many experts by declining to review a high-profile case against paint and pigment makers that has been in the state’s court system since the early 2000s. In unprecedented rulings, the lower courts are making three companies pay more than a billion dollars to remove lead paint from all private homes built before 1951 across 10 California counties. The only option left for the companies is to take the case to the U.S. Supreme Court.

To some, this may not sound like a case of national importance, but it is. Lawsuits that seek to pursue businesses for money, regardless of wrongdoing, have been tried for four decades. In the past, state courts have stopped this including in Rhode Island, New Jersey and Illinois. This case is the first time a state high court has allowed this type of deep pocket jurisprudence to stand ... READ MORE ON CA POLITICAL REVIEW





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Nominations now open for 2019 STEP awards for Women in MFG

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on Aug. 10, 2018

CMTA is excited to announce that The Manufacturing Institute's 2019 STEP Ahead Award nominations are now open.

The National Association of Manufacturers' (NAM) Manufacturing Institute designed the STEP Ahead initiative to honor women who have demonstrated excellence and leadership in science, technology, engineering and production (STEP) careers. They hold positions at all levels of manufacturing, from the factory floor to the C-suite and illustrate the widespread impact women have on shaping the industry, whether they are running the company, designing the next big product or testing innovations on the shop floor.

All champions of the manufacturing industry should share this opportunity with their networks and nominate a female peer or colleague so that we can inspire the next generation.

In 2019, the Institute will honor 100 women and 30 Emerging Leaders, a category introduced to recognize women under the age of 30 who have achieved unique accomplishments at the start of their careers.

Visit www.themanufacturinginstitute.org/nominate to nominate someone before the nomination period closes on October 5, 2018.

For any questions or more information, download the Nominations Guide Toolkit or contact the Institute’s STEP Ahead team at STEPahead@nam.org.





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Site Selection magazine wants survey responses on business friendliness

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on Aug. 6, 2018

Site Selection Magazine is working on their annual piece ranking every state's business friendliness.  It's important for California manufacturers to help provide a picture of their challenges and benefits to operating in the state.  Your answers will remain anonymous but will go a long way in painting an accurate picture of what it's like to manufacture a product in California.  Please respond to Gary Daughters at Site Selection Magazine at gary.daughters@conway.com or 770-662-8950 if you can respond to some or all of the following questions:

  1. What part of the state are you in?
  2. What are two top attributes to your company’s location?
  3. What would you change about the business climate where you are?
  4. Has leaving California ever been an option for your company?
  5. How many people do you employ?
  6. What were your reasons for choosing to locate where you are?
  7. Would you be willing to participate in a telephone interview on the business climate where you are?




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ICYMI - Rothrock in the Sac Bee on connecting CA education to advanced workforce needs

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on July 30, 2018

In case you missed it last week, CMTA President Dorothy Rothrock wrote a piece for the Sacramento Bee, outlining just how important it is for California to pick up the pace of its severely neglected career and technology education (CTE) system in our middle and high schools. The combination of a lack of CTE, a technology explosion in manufacturing processes and rapid retirements of baby boomers -- to the clip of 10,000 a day nationally -- is perhaps creating the single most important challenge for manufacturers in California. Rothrock has received many emails of support since the article ran and will be doing a follow up piece on what she's hearing from the community.  See her piece and link to the full Bee article below.

If California wants a skilled workforce, why let career technical education go away?

by Dorothy Rothrock in The Sacramento Bee 

California is justifiably proud of its technologically advanced and diverse manufacturing economy. But the future is at risk if we don’t have a skilled workforce for these high-wage jobs.

California manufacturers already struggle to fill open positions, and the nationwide “skills gap” of unfilled jobs is estimated to reach 2 million by the year 2025. Sadly, the state is not doing enough to fill the pipeline of workers manufacturers will need in the years to come.

Part of the problem is a public education system that has been neglecting career and technical education, or “CTE”, for many decades. In 1987 nearly 74 percent of California high school students participated in at least one CTE class, but by 2009 this had fallen to a paltry 29 percent  

In 2011 alone, the state Department of Education reported that the number of CTE instructors dropped by some 20 percent from the year prior. Instead of acknowledging the crisis, the department decided to disavow their own report and stopped producing similar annual statistics on CTE, sweeping the disturbing trends under the rug ... READ MORE ON SAC BEE

 





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Update on CA MFG job growth vs. the country

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on July 16, 2018





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