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Bachmann campaign bus tour stop: Cemen Tech

A tradition of hosting Republican or Democrat candidates on the campaign trail continued last month at Cemen Tech Inc., Indianola, Iowa. Flanked by stationary and truck-mounted Mobile Concrete Dispensers in the company’s volumetric and continuous mixer assembly area, 2012 GOP presidential primary candidate Michele Bachmann told management and staff, “It’s not government that creates lasting jobs, it’s small businesses, like [yours], that are the job creation engine of America. We have to do everything we can to strengthen small business.”

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R.E. Pierson Materials recognizes satellite’s heritage bargaining unit

Following a National Labor Relations Board Region Four (Philadelphia) order to honor a Teamsters Local 331 petition for election to represent approximately 12 drivers at a Pleasantville, N.J., ready mixed plant, Williamstown, N.J.-based Richard E. Pierson Materials Corp. opened contract negotiations with the union — waiving a representation ballot.

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Formwork failure-rooted fatality, injuries draw proposed $160K fine

Officials of Occupational Safety & Health Administration Region 5 (Chicago) have cited Schofield, Wis., concrete contractor Lewis Construction Inc. and Menomonie, Wis., general contractor Cedar Falls Building Systems for failing to adequately brace formwork while pouring a 10-in thick, 10- x 28-ft. concrete wall. The structure was part of a proposed Chippewa Falls, Wis., sand plant for Houston-based natural gas producer EOG Resources; its collapse resulted in the death of one Lewis Construction employee and injuries to three others.

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Agencies seek employer counsel disclosures, shorter union petition–election windows

A late-June, National Labor Relations Board-proposed rulemaking would take steps likely cutting the union representation election period from an average of 45–60 days to 10–21 days, according to Washington, D.C.-based Associated Builders & Contractors, while severely limiting an employer’s ability to effectively communicate to workers the impact of unionization.

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Industry stands firm against proposed Hours of Service rule changes

Editor’s note: The author is the Chief Financial Officer and co-principal of family-owned J.J. Kennedy Inc., a Fombell, Pa., ready mixed producer with six plants and a 32-mixer fleet. This is adapted from testimony he presented on behalf of the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association at “Do Not Enter: How Proposed Hours of Service Trucking Rules are a Dead End for Small Businesses,” a mid-June hearing on Capitol Hill.

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