D.C. Hotline: Not so fast on union posters
A decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia (D.C.) Circuit Court has delayed a new rule — set to take effect April 30 — that required workplaces to post right-to-organize notices.
To be in compliance with the new rule, private employers will have to post an 11-in.-by-17-in. notice regarding employee rights to unionize under the National Labor Relations Act. The requirement was set by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).
A U.S. District Court for South Carolina disagreed, stating that the NLRB does not have the statutory authority to require business owners to post this notice. A District Court in D.C. found the NLRB rule acceptable, but limited how the agency could enforce it.
Both lower courts, along with the NLRB and private employers, will now await a final decision from the Washington, D.C., appellate court.
“This ruling is a big win for NLBMDA members, and we are pleased the courts recognized the administration exceeded its authority regarding the union poster rule,” said Michael O’Brien, president and CEO of the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA). “I hope the decision by the D.C. Circuit will help the NLRB strike a better balance between the rights of employers and unions.”
No comments found
Owens Corning reports mixed results
Building products manufacturer Owens Corning reported net sales of $1.35 billion for the first quarter of 2012, a 9% rise over sales of $1.24 billion during the same quarter a year ago. The company reported a net loss of $46 million for the quarter, which ended March 31, 2012, compared with net earnings of $24 million in the first quarter of 2011.
"Owens Corning delivered results in line with our expectations for the quarter," said chairman and CEO Mike Thaman. "We continue to be confident that we will grow adjusted EBIT in 2012.
"As compared to last year, roofing volumes grew significantly, but margins were compressed due to asphalt cost inflation," Thaman said. "We expect another year of strong financial performance in roofing based on our current outlook for volumes and pricing."
The company continues to believe Insulation will significantly narrow losses in 2012 on improved U.S. housing, according to its outlook.
No comments found
Drain product employs Grip-n-Rip approach
Houston-based PF WaterWorks introduced the DrainEASY No Clog Bathtub Drain Replacement Stopper to eliminate trapping of hair and build-up of clogs in the bathtub drains.
The DrainEASY product eliminates slow and clogged bathtub drains with patented Grip-n-Rip clog prevention technology. DrainEASY Stopper replaces the standard bathtub drain stopper with a unique design that captures and rips the hair that would normally go down a drain and cause a clog. This reduces the possibility of long hairs collecting in the trap and other places. DrainEASY Stopper operates by a simple push of the hand or foot, and require no outside power source.
As a result, the possibility of hair build-up down the line is reduced and ripped hairs easily flow through the drain eliminating the need for additional maintenance with plumbing snakes, dangerous drain cleaners, messy disassembly and associated health, safety and environmental concerns.
This new ‘Green by Design’ plumbing fixture provides a common sense tool to reduce the time, effort and money needed for property maintenance. By eliminating the need for heavy, ecologically unfriendly chemicals and acids, the fixture helps add value to green building projects.
Previously we have witnessed
Previously we have witnessed many changes in plumbing sectors as well as in drain products but here Houston-based PF WaterWorks delivers a positive approach on the matters of bathtub drains and plumbing problems. http://www.crcplumbing.net/