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An energy audit thermometer scanner earns award

BY Ken Clark

A new Audit IR Thermometer/Scanner from General Tools & Instruments earned a "top products" award from Building Operating Management.

The scanner, with Star Burst Laser Targeting, was judged on innovation and usefulness, according to the New York City-based manufacturer.

“The IRTC50 was designed with features based on input from building and facility managers,” said Peter Harper, General’s VP strategic marketing. “It’s incredibly gratifying to have experts in this field recognize the product’s ingenuity and practicality."

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NLBMDA opposes “ambush” union elections

BY HBSDEALER Staff

The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) condemned the new "ambush election" union rule issued by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) yesterday, which creates unprecedented and sweeping changes to union election rules in the workplace at the expense of small business owners. The Coalition for a Democratic Workplace, of which NLBMDA is a member, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce immediately filed suit in federal court to stop the rule’s implementation.

"When it became clear that organized labor’s agenda to impose sweeping changes to labor law through the proposed card check legislation had failed in Congress, the NLRB delivered an early Christmas gift to its union allies by finalizing the ambush election law. The law’s only purpose is to make it easier for unions to win elections at the expense of the free speech rights of business owners," said NLBMDA president Michael O’Brien.

The lawsuit, Chamber of Commerce, et al. v. NLRB, has been filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, and challenges the new rule’s requirements that speed up the union election process, restrict how employers can communicate with their employees about the impact of unionization and curbs the rights of employers to challenge proposed representation elections.

"At a time of economic uncertainty for the housing and building industry, this ambush election rule will only make a recovery all the more difficult for building material dealers and other small business owners," O’Brien said.

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Dec-24-2011 03:41 pm

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WHAT HAVE WE GOTTEN OURSELVES INTO? WE ELECT PEOPLE TO GO TO WASHINGTON TO MAKE AND DELETE LAWS AND IF SOMEONE DOESN'T LIKE IT, SOMEONE JUST GOES AHEAD AND MAKE UP THEIR OWN LAWS. DIDN'T CONGRESS VOTE THIS DOWN AND NOW THE NLRB DECIDES IT DON'T HAVE TO FOLLOW THE SAME RULES AS WE DO. WHO IN THE HELL ARE THESE PEOPLE AND WHY ISN'T IT AGAINST THE LAW TO GO AGAINST THE ELECTED OFFICIALS WE SEND TO WASHINGTON. IF ANYONE CAN MAKE THEIR OWN LAWS WHY DO WE ELECT ANYONE WHEN IT DON'T MATTER!!?? MERLE P HIGGINS

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Consumer sentiment keeps rising

BY Brae Canlen

An index of consumer sentiment rose for the fourth month in a row, gaining 5.8 points and reaching its highest level since last June. The Reuters/University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index hit 69.9 points in December, and researchers pointed to falling gasoline prices, mildly better employment prospects, an uptick in the stock market and real income growth. 

IHS Global Insight is forecasting holiday retail sales to rise slightly less than 5.0% above last year’s sales of approximately $453 billion. (Holiday sales are defined as not seasonally adjusted November plus December total retail sales minus autos, gasoline, food services and non-store retailers.)

Retailers can expect strong holiday sales in the final stretch, according to the IHS forecast, although the consumer mood may sour if the political gridlock over the extension of the payroll tax cut and emergency unemployment benefits linger.

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