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MFG Day 2019 was Spectacular!

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on Oct. 13, 2019

Held annually on the first Friday in October, Manufacturing Day helps show the reality of modern manufacturing careers by encouraging thousands of companies and educational institutions around the nation to open their doors to press, students, parents, teachers and community leaders.

Dating back to the Industrial Revolution, much of the United States' economic strength has been built on the back of the manufacturing industry. Manufacturing today has the highest ratio of any economic sector. In California alone, we have wages that average $87k, a manufacturing GSP of over $285 billion and every one manufacturing job supports 2.5 others in the economy.  Beyond the tremendous economic benefits, the innovation and skills you'll find on manufacturing floors in California  is extraordinary and often creates a sense of excitement and real purpose.

California showed off its manufacturing chops this year with more than 275 events. Here's a look at some of the events CMTA attended. Thank you to our members who participated - Bishop-Wisecarver, California Steel Industries, Corteva, General Motors, Northrop Grumman, and more. Even Go-Biz' Lenny Mendonca (top left picture - middle) attended an event to get a sense of the realtime opportunities our manufacturers offer.


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CA MFG will shine on Manufacturing Day 2019

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on Sept. 19, 2019

National Manufacturing Day on October 4 is quickly approaching. There are 170 registered events in California and we are hoping to eclipse last year's total of 250. 

Held annually on the first Friday in October, Manufacturing Day helps show the reality of modern manufacturing careers by encouraging thousands of companies and educational institutions around the nation to open their doors to students, parents, teachers and community leaders.

Manufacturing Day addresses common misperceptions about manufacturing by giving manufacturers an opportunity to open their doors and show, in a coordinated effort, what manufacturing is — and what it isn’t. By working together during and after MFG DAY, manufacturers will begin to address the skilled labor shortage they face, connect with future generations, take charge of the public image of manufacturing, and ensure the ongoing prosperity of the whole industry. MFG DAY is designed to amplify the voice of individual manufacturers and coordinate a collective chorus of manufacturers with common concerns and challenges. The rallying point for a growing mass movement, MFG DAY empowers manufacturers to come together to address their collective challenges so they can help their communities and future generations thrive.

Here are 7 things you can do on #MFGday19.

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LA Biz Fed: Creating a safer Los Angeles County - 5 events

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on Sept. 9, 2019

This is the second in a series of five events around the County in each of the supervisorial districts to explain how businesses can build resiliency and be prepared for earthquakes.

September 25, 2019

Ganahl Lumber Offices, 2600 Del Amo Blvd, Torrance, CA 90503

  • 11:30 AM Registration and Lunch
  • 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM Program

PDF flyer of event 

Topics for Discussion:

  • Update on State/Local Requirements to Upgrade Building Safety
  • Liability Risks for Businesses/Building Owners
  • Expert Engineering and Advanced Technology
  • Best Practices for Keeping Your Building Safe
  • Economics for Earthquake Safety
  • LA County Sustainability Plan
  • LA County Business Preparedness Plan
  • SCAG’s Connect SoCal Plan

Speakers Include:

  • Los Angeles County Office of Sustainability
  • Los Angeles County Office of Emergency Management
  • Southern California Association of Governments
  • US Resiliency Council
  • Optimum Seismic

Mitchell Vieyra · · 949 838 7497

Link to Register

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UPDATE on CA MFG job growth

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on Aug. 20, 2019

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Group files lawsuit against the State over PAGA

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on June 18, 2019

by Tom Manzo -- CABIA

If you are not familiar with PAGA, it stands for the Private Attorney General Act. It was enacted in 2004 and California is the only state in the union that has such a law. These lawsuits are comprised of late lunches, miscalculated incentives or bonuses, inaccurate employee ID numbers, and just about any labor law violation. PAGA deputizes each and every current and former "aggrieved employee" to sue to recover civil penalties on behalf of the State.

The California Business & Industrial Alliance (CABIA) filed a complaint last month against the state to try to fix the situation for everyone involved.

The facts couldn’t be clearer: Rather than helping employees, PAGA has transferred the state’s power to private attorneys who operate for their own personal gain. PAGA was conceived as a means to help employees right workplace wrongs without further burdening the state bureaucracy. Trial attorneys quickly discovered that they could use the law for their own benefit; the penalties from small workplace clerical errors, multiplied across dozens or hundreds of employees, provide big paydays from the plaintiffs’ representatives with minimal effort.

Today, thousands of PAGA complaints are filed annually against large and small businesses, nonprofit charities and even labor unions. The state’s Department of Industrial Relations maintains a database of more than 35,000 PAGA notices filed by trial attorneys between 2004 and present day. The growth in PAGA notices has been astronomical. Between 2004 and 2008, the number of annual PAGA notices more than tripled; between 2008 and 2015, the number of notices tripled again. In 2016, more than 5,000 PAGA complaints were filed — an astonishing 1,440 percent increase from the law’s first year in effect.

Consider a few recent examples: An October 2018 settlement with retail giant Walmart results in $21 million for the attorneys, and a check average of $108 each for the employees; a January 2018 settlement with Uber netted $2.3 million for the lawyers, and $1.08 each for the drivers. And in a $1 million settlement with Google, the attorney got $330k and each employee got $15.50. In our complaint it shows that an error of 2 minutes a day over the course of the year would short the employee $ 28.61 and the penalties would be over $ 69,000. Imagine if you had 30 employees or more?

Labor unions aren’t immune: The United Farm Workers union got hit with a PAGA complaint that cost it $1.3 million — money that is being taken from the dues of farm workers. The Humane Society has been hit; so have the Children’s Homes and the Salvation Army. Even our governor-elect, Gavin Newsom, had a series of PAGA complaints filed against his company PlumpJack Management Group. CABIA's lawsuit isn’t about letting companies skate on wrongdoing; rather, they want the state to do its job and enforce labor law violations.

Tags: PAGA

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