Tag: news

  • NSSGA FIGHTS FOR OPERATOR RIGHTS IN CASE AGAINST MSHA’S PATTERN OF VIOLATIONS RULE

    This week, NSSGA and other associations filed a legal challenge against the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration’s Pattern of Violations (POV) rule. The filing was made in the federal District Court in Ohio, and requests that the court hear the case being brought by NSSGA and the other associations. The U.S. Court of Appeals…

    Posted 12/19/14 at 1:12 PM

  • ENZI TO CHAIR SENATE BUDGET COMMITTEE

    Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., will chair the Senate Budget Committee in the 114th Congress.  Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., current ranking Republican on the Budget Committee, was expected to step into the chairmanship when the Republicans take control of the Senate in 2015.  Then, Enzi, who has seniority on the committee, challenged Sessions for the chair. …

    Posted 12/18/14 at 3:51 PM

  • TIME IS RUNNING OUT TO REPORT ON 2014 GRASSROOTS SUCCESSES, TCC FLY-IN DATE SELECTED

    Time is Running Out for You to Provide Your 2014 Grassroots Feedback Time is running out to provide NSSGA with your feedback on the 2014 grassroots contacts that you have had with your elected officials. What lawmakers have you taken on tours of your facilities? Who have you met with to urge action on transportation…

    Posted 12/18/14 at 1:25 PM

  • CONGRESS AIMS TO CUT OFF NRLB’S PRO-UNION “CARD CHECK” AGENDA

    In an ongoing review of the omnibus legislation passed to fund the federal government through Sept. 30, 2015, NSSGA wants to make members aware of the inclusion of a rider intended to halt the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) implementation of “e-Card Check.” This policy would make it easier for unions to organize company employees…

    Posted 12/18/14 at 10:00 AM

  • NLRB APPROVES UNION “AMBUSH ELECTIONS” RULE

    The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a final rule Dec. 12 covering union elections, approved on a party-line 3 to 2 vote, making it easier for unions to organize company employees. While most aggregates operations are not currently unionized, this represents a drastic departure from the current election process that has been in place…

    Posted 12/17/14 at 3:00 PM

  • SENATE COMPLETES WORK; PASSES TAX BILL

    The Senate “limped” out of town Dec. 16 after completing its work and adjourning the 113th Congress but not before extending some important tax relief measures.  Congress passed the so-called “tax extenders” bill.  The legislation reinstates bonus depreciation (up to 50 percent) retroactively for 2014.  It applies to new equipment only.  Also, for this year,…

    Posted 12/17/14 at 12:12 PM

  • MSHA Alliance’s CEO Safety Newsletter Attacks Fatalities Cause

    Tolerance of hazards associated with un-due risk posed by equipment and people is targeted in the latest MSHA-NSSGA Alliance CEO Safety newsletter. The quarterly newsletter is again addressing conditions associated with fatalities in the aggregates sector. The previous newsletter warned of hazards posed when operators fail to properly conduct workplace exams, and provide adequate task…

    Posted 12/16/14 at 4:17 PM

  • NEW SENATE REPUBLICANS SNAG TRANSPORTATION ASSIGNMENTS

    When the 114th Congress convenes in January, there will be several new Republican faces on the Senate’s key committees for transportation policy. If you already have relationships with these members, many of whom come to the Senate from the House where they served on committees with jurisdiction on issues of importance to the aggregates industry, let…

    Posted 12/16/14 at 1:16 PM

  • NOISE AND DUST WORKSHOP TO CO-LOCATE WITH AGG1

    NSSGA’s popular Noise and Dust Workshop will co-locate with the 2015 AGG1 Academy & Expo, said Joe Casper, NSSGA’s vice president for safety. He added, “The Noise and Dust Workshop provides a unique hands-on opportunity for participants to better monitor and mitigate sound and air hazards to protect workers.” Attendees also will learn how to…

    Posted 12/16/14 at 9:49 AM

  • SENATE PASSES FY’15 SPENDING BILL BUT FAILS TO INCLUDE NEW FUNDING FOR HTF

    The Senate approved a $1.1 trillion FY’15 spending bill late Dec. 13 by a vote of 56 to 40, ensuring most federal agencies will be funded without interruption through September 2015.  The “CR-omnibus” included only a short-term extension through February 2015 for the Department of Homeland Security.  The House passed the bill on a close…

    Posted 12/15/14 at 4:10 PM