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Missouri governor says he would veto right-to-work bills

A Missouri bill (H.B. 116), which would make Missouri the latest state to adopt right-to-work laws, was passed by the House by a vote of 91-64 earlier this year and is now being considered in the state’s Senate. However, Governor Jay Nixon (D) said he would veto such a law, which would allow workers who choose not to join a labor union to avoid paying the equivalent of dues.

“Right-to-work is wrong for Missouri and it is wrong for America,” noted Nixon. “This is the moment when we stand together, shoulder to shoulder. America, right-to-work stops now in the Show Me State.”

Over 740 attendees contribute to success of SC&RA Annual Conference

The SC&RA Annual Conference, April 14-18, at La Costa Resort & Conference Center, Carlsbad, Calif., attracted over 740 participants from around the world, including 87 individuals from ten nations outside the United States—Brazil, Canada, Germany, Guatemala, Ireland, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. 

SC&RA Elects Slate of Officers for 2015-2016

During SC&RA’s Annual Conference, April 14-18, at La Costa Resort & Conference Center, Carlsbad, Calif., the Association elected Bruce Forster, Rigging Gear Sales, Dixon, Ill., as President. Joining Forster as officers for the 2015-2016 term are:

SC&RA selects four rigging and three hauling Job of the Year winners

This year’s SC&RA Job of the Year competitions featured 28 exceptionally strong entries—15 rigging jobs and 13 hauling jobs. Congratulations to the seven winning entries announced during the Annual Conference Closing Night Awards and Recognition Dinner in Carlsbad, Calif. on Saturday, April 14.

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New event to showcase jobs at SC&RA companies set for June 16-17

SC&RA, KHL Group and the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) are jointly organizing Lift & Move USA, in Chicago, June 16-17, to promote careers in the U.S. crane, rigging and specialized transportation industries to high school students and young people studying at community and technical colleges. The new event will include sessions on types of jobs available, expected salaries, career progression, and opportunities for certification, as well as case studies showing the types of activities in which employers are engaged.

FMCSA to boost fines for noncompliance

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued a final rule on April 3 that specifies inflation adjustments to civil penalty amounts assessed to violators of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations and Hazardous Materials Regulations. Most of these penalties were last adjusted for inflation in 2007, and some have not been changed since 2003.

As summarized by Truckers News, among the increases are:

Construction spending declines in February

Construction spending inched down in February from January levels but increased from a year earlier, according to analysis recently released by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC).  “Private multifamily and nonresidential construction increased on both a monthly and year-over-year basis, while single-family and public construction spending retreated last month but still advanced from year-ago levels,” said AGC Chief Economist Ken Simonson.

NBIS viewpoint: Insurance is a necessary cost of business

Maybe insurance is a dirty word to you. Something you have to deal with once a year. Something you look forward to about as much as an afternoon car wreck. Right up there with heading to the DMV to have your driver’s license renewed. Insurance for the crane and rigging industry is complex. It can be expensive.

ATA Truck Tonnage Index gained 1.1 percent in March

The advanced seasonally adjusted (SA) For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index increased 1.1 percent in March, following a revised drop of 2.8 percent during the previous month, according to a report from the American Trucking Associations (ATA) released on April 21.  In March, the index equaled 133.5 (2000=100). The all-time high is 135.8, reached in January 2015.

Association mails 2015 Membership Directory

SC&RA is pleased to announce that complimentary copies of the 2015 Membership Directory should begin arriving at members’ offices shortly after April 13. Branch locations listed in the directory will also receive a free copy. SC&RA members can purchase additional copies of the directory by clicking here for $50 each. The price for non-members is $115. Also available is a CD/PDF version at $145 for members and $499 for non-members.