California Manufacturers Respond to COVID-19



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July 14, 2020, 4:00 p.m.

HEALTHY BUSINESS CERTIFICATION 

You'll hear about it on this Friday's webinar but we have already completed two online sessions and the manufacturers who participated are well on their way to getting certified for infectious disease prevention in the workplace. The course introduces the basic practices of identifying, reducing, eliminating and reporting hazards associated in the workplace. The 3-hour course will be conducted online through Zoom. There are a maximum of 25 seats per session and we are conducting our third session on July 20th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. You can see information and our training brochure, and REGISTER HERE. Participants will become familiar with the standards and regulations that OSHA, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have set in place to make sure all employees function in a healthy work environment. At the completion of this course and after submission of your business' procedures, a Healthy Business Certification will be issued by the California Manufacturers & Technology Association. Attendance throughout the entire 3-hour online session is required. (Cost: $250 for CMTA members, $500 for non-members)


July 14, 2020, 4:00 p.m.

CONGRESS & BIZ TAX CREDITS FOR MFG 

SURVEY ON SAFELY MAKING CA -- We are gathering as much information as we can to better serve the manufacturing community and the many other industry sectors during COVID19. To that end, we have crafted surveys to inform our decisions on growing the SafelyMakingCA.org PPE exchange.

If you are purchaser of PPE for your workforce, regardless of sector, ANSWER THIS SURVEY

If you are a seller of PPE and a manufacturer listed on our exchange, ANSWER THIS SURVEY


July 14, 2020, 4:00 p.m.

CONGRESS & BIZ TAX CREDITS FOR MFG 

CRITICAL CA LEGISLATION -- SB 1383, a bill by Sen. Hannah Beth Jackson to extend job-protected leave in California to 12 weeks for companies with 5 or more employees, was passed by the State Senate earlier this month with 21 votes -- the minimum number of votes needed to approve a bill. The measure now moves to the State Assembly and a vote is expected when they return from Summer Recess, which has been extended because of COVID19. Even though we were not successful in stopping SB 1383 in the Senate, the robust Floor debate and subsequent minimum vote count demonstrates there still might be an opportunity to secure additional improvements through the Assembly.

Senate Republicans were joined by several Democrats in not supporting the bill. Those Democrats who either voted "No" or Abstained include: Senators Galgiani, Roth, Caballero (spoke in opposition to the measure), Dodd, Hurtado (spoke in opposition to the measure), Glazer (gave passionate speech in opposition to the measure), Umberg, Bradford

Many of those Democrat Members who spoke in opposition cited communications with local small business owners as the reason for their position/vote so your outreach CAN make a difference! We will be asking for additional amendments to make the bill workable. Those amendments include:

(1) Removing the private right of action, (2) Modifying the employee count/number of weeks provision, (3) Eliminating the additional family members that creates a lack of conformity with federal law and allows up to 6 months of time off for larger employer workers, and (4) Phasing in the implementation with the smallest companies having to comply on January 1, 2022.

Contact Nicole Rice at nrice@cmta.net if you'd like to help amplify the bill opposition and support for our amendments.


July 14, 2020, 4:00 p.m.

CONGRESS & BIZ TAX CREDITS FOR MFG 

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) is calling on Congress to allow manufacturers to immediately access general business tax credits as part of the next COVID-19 relief package. We need to build grassroots pressure on policymakers to ensure that your business can benefit from this provision, which is part of NAM's “American Renewal Action Plan.” We’re encouraging manufacturers to contact their elected officials now and ask them to include General Business Tax Credits in the next relief package. Please share this tool with your friends and employees and ask them to take action themselves.


July 1, 2020, Noon

TRAINING REVENUE 

As you saw from previous communications, last Friday was a big day for California manufacturers. At the same moment the Governor was launching our Safely Making CA exchange (SafelyMakingCA.org) at his live press conference, the California Employment Training panel was approving an additional $200k for CMTA's Multiple Employment Training contract to help meet future needs. The ETP also previously approved a $30 million COVID-19 pilot to rapidly support employers and workers in the healthcare and food supply chain that have been at risk. The program will support industries that are critical to the health and welfare of Californians and the reopening of the economy during the pandemic. CMTA will be applying for one of their maximum $200k multiple employer funding rounds next month. We are also implementing our Infectious Disease Prevention certification program this week as part of our overall efforts to keep manufacturers safe through the pandemic. On the legislative front, our advocacy efforts and public campaign also helped shelve a substantial proposal to change California's successful cap and trade program that would have increased costs on manufacturers and working families.

Details on many of these and other items below.

1. SAFELY MAKING CA -- The Safely Making CA (SMC) exchange was officially launched on Friday and the project has taken off. Here are some of the results and developments since Friday:

PPE

More than 180 manufacturers requested to have their PPE products listed in the exchange. (We are still vetting some of these for actual California production) More than 400 companies requested a portion of the state's allocated free PPE for manufacturers. 300 of those since Friday. Site Analytics

On the day of the Governor's launch of our SMC Exchange, more than 15,000 people visited the landing page and our tweets were seen nearly 100,000 times organically. 17,325 total pageviews on SMC landing page 15,629 unique pageviews (users) on SMC landing page During the Governor's announcement, we saw a peak of 3,300 active users on the site at once 82,898 impressions on initial tweet announcing SMC (87,656 total impressions on all tweets today) 1,348 engagements on initial tweet – including retweets by @GavinNewsom, @CAgovernor and @CAGoBiz Original tweet from @CAgovernor:

Media

Most news outlets mentioned the site in their overall piece regarding the Governor's Friday update. The Sacramento Bee mentioned it in their front page piece (subscription). Some even went into detail, like Fox-KTVU's piece HERE. Also here is an opinion piece that we submitted to Comstock's magazine for publication later this month.

Intel & Future

Intel has dedicated two of their employees for six months to help evolve the program into a more dynamic tool and possible fixture program for manufacturers for supply chain needs during crises. Watch for CMTA and Intel's first survey and webinar to help inform the project.


July 1, 2020, Noon

TRAINING REVENUE 

The Employment Training Panel added $200k to CMTA’s existing Multiple Employer Contract (MEC), bringing our total available funds to $950k from $750k.  If you are interested in getting subsidized for training through our MEC please contact Rob Sanger at rsanger@cmta.net.  Remember, we also will soon have an additional $200k from ETP for our round of COVID related training funds.  That's a total of $400k in new funds available.


July 1, 2020, Noon

INFECTIOUS DISEASE PREVENTION TRAINING

The California Manufacturers & Technology Association (CMTA) and Peak Performance Training have partnered to deliver the Healthy Business Certification course to introduce employees to basic practices of identifying, reducing, eliminating and reporting hazards associated with their work. There are a maximum of 25 seats per session and the first 3 sessions are July 6th,13th, and 20th - each from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. This 3-hour training course is designed for any worker that wants to acquire knowledge on workplace health and pandemic repsonse. Participants will become familiar with the standards and regulations that OSHA, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have set in place to make sure all employees function in a healthy work environment. At the completion of this course and after submission of your business' procedures, a Healthy Business Certification will be issued by the California Manufacturers & Technology Association. Attendance throughout the entire session is required. CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS AND REGISTRATION


July 1, 2020, Noon

ALLOCATED PPE

Our first batch of free allocated PPE arrived last week from the Office of Emergency Services (OES). We will get this distributed to our first group of requesting companies and continue to request more from OES.


July 1, 2020, Noon

ILLNESS & INJURY REPORTING

Cal/OSHA issued new guidelines recently on reporting COVID-19 cases on your illness and injury logs. The guidance specifies that those California employers who are currently required to report work-related injuries/illnesses must also do so for COVID-19 cases occurring on the job. Click HERE for the guidance FAQs.


June 4, 2020, 6:45 a.m.

EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK, "SAFELY MAKING CA"

Today we are soft-launching, and giving you one of the first looks, at the SafelyMakingCA.org web portal to connect the State's employment sectors to California PPE manufacturers, to help maintain the economy during the pandemic. CMTA's project is in partnership with the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz), the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (CalOES), and Autodesk.

The objective of this initiative is to connect manufacturers directly to customers of various PPE items in your region — fulfilling a “Californians For Californians” concept of locally-sourced, and locally-used PPE. We will be officially launching at a later date, but we wanted to give you the first look. Thank you to the manufacturers who are stepping up to make and deliver these critical products, truly showing that California manufacturing is the bedrock of our economic stability. We also want to thank our partners who have commented on the need for PPE in their respective industries at The Western Growers Association, the California Restaurant Association, the California Retailers Association, the Agricultural Council of California, the California League of Food Producers, the Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, and others.

This portal will evolve and adapt to meet the needs of manufacturers and customers, and we expect to learn as we go. We will continue to keep you updated and informed along this important journey. Please feel free to provide any feedback you'd like.

Have a look at SafelyMakingCA.org

*If you you'd like to be listed on this portal and have not already answered our survey for entrance, you can answer here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/XQVH78L
*If you have answered the survey, you should have received an invite to upload your product through the Autodesk portal.


June 4, 2020, 6:45 a.m.

EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK, "SAFELY MAKING CA"

Today we are soft-launching, and giving you one of the first looks, at the SafelyMakingCA.org web portal to connect the State's employment sectors to California PPE manufacturers, to help maintain the economy during the pandemic. CMTA's project is in partnership with the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz), the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (CalOES), and Autodesk.

The objective of this initiative is to connect manufacturers directly to customers of various PPE items in your region — fulfilling a “Californians For Californians” concept of locally-sourced, and locally-used PPE. We will be officially launching at a later date, but we wanted to give you the first look. Thank you to the manufacturers who are stepping up to make and deliver these critical products, truly showing that California manufacturing is the bedrock of our economic stability. We also want to thank our partners who have commented on the need for PPE in their respective industries at The Western Growers Association, the California Restaurant Association, the California Retailers Association, the Agricultural Council of California, the California League of Food Producers, the Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, and others.

This portal will evolve and adapt to meet the needs of manufacturers and customers, and we expect to learn as we go. We will continue to keep you updated and informed along this important journey. Please feel free to provide any feedback you'd like.

Have a look at SafelyMakingCA.org

*If you you'd like to be listed on this portal and have not already answered our survey for entrance, you can answer here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/XQVH78L
*If you have answered the survey, you should have received an invite to upload your product through the Autodesk portal.


June 4, 2020, 6:45 a.m.

Cal OSHA GUIDANCE ON REPORTING

CMTA's webinar this Friday will be discussing the new "Safely Making California" online portal to maintain California's economy.

  • REGISTER HERE
  • You will then receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
  • Webinar time: Friday, June 5, 2020 at 2:30 p.m. PST


June 4, 2020, 6:45 a.m.

FUTURE OF WORK PANEL

Today at 10 a.m. CMTA's Lance Hastings will be participating in a CalMatters / Milken Institute panel to discuss the Future of Work and the education pipeline to employment in California's new dynamics — pre and post Covid. Joining him is Senator Connie Leyva and Community College Chancellor Eloy Oakley. The panel will be mostly Q&A and it will be moderated by Cal Matters Mikhail Zinshteyn. If you'd like to watch and participate, register HERE.


May 28, 2020, 6:45 p.m.

CMTA MAKER & BREAKER BILL LIST RELEASED

CMTA released its Manufacturing "Maker" and "Breaker" bill list today, comprising 7 bills that provide a road map for legislators to help grow and retain manufacturing in their local comunities. You can see the press release and list HERE. We ask all manufacturers to support this list with their local legislators and inquire with our advocacy team on when and where they can help with their voice.


May 28, 2020, 6:45 p.m.

COVID TRAINING

CMTA is partnering with the California Employment Training Panel on a COVID-19 hiring credit of up to $2,000 per employee. The employee has to receive four hours of training for the company to receive the credit and it is for select sectors and sub sectors of manufacturing. Details on our program HERE.


May 28, 2020, 6:45 p.m.

NEW RESOURCE

NAM indicated today that the CDC released a new resource with tools and strategies to deploy ahead of office reopenings. It is intended to supplement the regularly updated CDC guidance for businesses and employers. For manufacturing settings, it is vital to continue following the CDC and OSHA’s interim guidance for manufacturing workers and employers, and you can find information for cleaning and disinfecting workplaces here, along with printable resources. You can also refer to the Manufacturing Leadership Council’s “New Operational Practices to Consider in the Time of COVID-19” for ways manufacturers are meeting and exceeding CDC and OSHA guidelines.


May 21, 2020, 5:30 p.m.

WESTERN STATES PACT & CMTA TESTIMONY

Assemblymember Marc Levine, Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on International and Regional Agreements, is holding an informational hearing tomorrow at 10 a.m.to explore the Governor's recently announced Western States Pact with neighboring states to address COVID-19. CMTA's Lance Hastings will testify on behalf of California's manufacturers and he will highlight the importance of keeping a robust supply chain through manufacturing in the western region, and explain how the sector has largely remained operational with stringent safety protocols and innovation.. FULL AGENDA HERE.


May 21, 2020, 7:15 a.m.

NEW POSTER FOR CA MFG FACILITIES

CMTA created a poster for employees to see upon coming to work regarding self screening and facility mitigation efforts during COVID19. You can download the poster HERE and we will send the Spanish version in another update this week once our resident translator gets through it.


May 21, 2020, 7:15 a.m.

FAQs & GUIDANCE ON WORK COMP

California's Department of Industrial Relations has issued Frequently Asked Questions to guide compliance with Gov. Newsom's Executive Order on a presumption for COVID-19 related workers’ comp claims. This initial set of guidance contains 16 points of information but the Department may continue to update the list. Of key interest are questions Number 8 dealing with the use of paid sick leave for these COVID-19 related claims and Number 9 that clarifies the broad scope of the order. Cal/OSHA has also updated its guidance on Illness and Injury Prevention Plan (IIPP) and COVID-19 in the workplace. The revision is more expansive than the previous version of general statements and reminders, and it suggests that changes to your IIPP related to COVID-19 are necessary. Please see this article for more information.


May 21, 2020, 7:15 a.m.

INVIGORATING CA's ECONOMY

Here is an interesting commentary in CalMatters on steps to reinvigorate California's economy. It was written by Ken Monroe, Chair of the Family Business Association of CA, and the Dealer principal of Holt of CA, a local Sacramento Caterpillar dealer.


May 18, 2020, 5:30 p.m.

GOV. ON RE-OPENING CA

Today, Gov. Newsom announced that 24 counties have self-attested and confirmed that they are able to move past California’s current stay-at-home order and adopt variances in their counties. The counties certifying they are ready to move further into Stage 2 reopenings can bee seen HERE. As a reminder, manufacturers in ALL counties are still able to stay open under the Governor's guidelines released a week ago.


May 18, 2020, 5:30 p.m.

STATE ASSEMBLY SPEAKER KEYNOTES CMTA's WEBINAR

Speaker Anthony Rendon is joining CMTA's webinar this Friday to address Legislative efforts on COVID19, as well as the Legislature's ongoing work on Gov. Newsom's May Revise Budget proposal.Among other critical information, CMTA's webinar will also feature a COVID19 workers' comp update from CompWest Claims expert Dave McGowan.

  • REGISTER HERE: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Bxo04xHNQ9acnKcrlGxFpg
  • You will then receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
  • Webinar time: Friday, May 22, 2020 at 2:30 p.m. PST
  • SEND US YOUR QUESTIONS for Speaker Rendon in advance.

  • May 15, 2020, 3:45 p.m.

    LEG UPDATE

    CMTA's advocacy team has been working hard during the COVID pandemic amidst the uncertainty in the State Capitol. Not all active bills have been COVID related. You'll see below in a summary from our advocacy team -- Nicole Rice, Mayte Sanchez, Lawrence Gayden and Ashley Hong -- that there is crucial legislation that required attention. Packaging requirements, product ingredient disclosure mandates, workplace cannabis requirements and Unemployment Insurance benefits are some of the areas for which our team has focused in the Legislature.

    • AB 1080 (Gonzalez) & SB 54 (Allen) -- Single Use Packaging & Priority Single-Use Products -- These 2-year companion bills would mandate single-use packaging and priority single-use products to be recyclable or 100% compostable by 2030. These 2-year bills are still active, however they may be stalled for the year given the economic crisis. CMTA is actively monitoring the measures with an Oppose Unless Amended position.
    • AB 1989 (C. Garcia) -- Menstrual Products -- This bill requires the disclosure of ingredients for menstrual products. CMTA recently removed its opposition to the bill after Assembly Member Garcia accepted amendments that addressed our concerns.
    • AB 2355 (Bonta) -- Medical Cannabis Accommodation -- This measure prohibits the discrimination or termination of an applicant or employee for their status as a medical cannabis user and requires employers to reasonably accommodate the person in the workplace if requested. The author decided to drop the bill for this year. CMTA strongly opposed this measure and repeatedly raised serious concerns and feasibility issues with author staff and sponsors.
    • AB 3329 (Daly) -- Unemployment Insurance: Supplemental Benefits.-- This vehicle automatically increases the state’s weekly unemployment insurance benefit by $100 once all federal supplemental unemployment compensation payments ceases. The bill was pulled from the committee amid opposition from CMTA.


    May 15, 2020, 3:45 p.m.

    WEBINAR NEXT WEEK

    In recognition of the manufacturing community's critical efforts to reopen and scale up operations, we cancelled today's webinar.

    Next Friday's webinar will be critical. California State Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon will provide a keynote address and discussion with Lance Hastings. There will also be important updates from a work comp claims expert with CompWest, and a briefing on COVID testing in the workplace. You won't want to miss it.


    May 15, 2020, 3:45 p.m.

    EMPLOYMENT TRAINING AND COVID 19 PILOT

    California's Employment Training Panel (ETP) approved a COVID-19 pilot this morning to rapidly support employers and workers in the healthcare and food supply chain that have been at risk working through the stay-at-home orders and now need to train newly hired staff. The program will support industries that are critical to the health and welfare of Californians and the reopening of the economy during the pandemic. The following NAICS codes and sectors are eligible:

    • 62 -- Healthcare
    • 44611 -- Pharmacies
    • 3254 -- Medical and Pharmaceutical manufacturing
    • 3345 -- Measuring Device manufacturing
    • 3391 -- Medical Equipment manufacturing
    • 541380 -- Testing Laboratories
    • 11 -- Agriculture
    • 311 -- Food Manufacturing
    • 3121 -- Beverage Manufacturing
    • 3256 -- Soap & Toilet Paper Manufacturing
    • 445 -- Food & Beverage (ie Grocery) Stores
    ETP's total cap on these projects is $200 million for Single Employer Contracts. CMTA will be participating in a COVID Multiple Employer Contract pilot for our member companies. We'd love to help you get training so please contact Rob Sanger if you are an eligible manufacturing sub sector. rsanger@cmta.net


    May 15, 2020, 3:45 p.m.

    NET OPERATING LOSS AND BUDGET

    One of the many proposed cost savings solutions to come out of Gov. Newsom's May Revise Budget yesterday was the suspension of the Net Operating Loss tax benefit for 2020, 2021, and 2022 for medium and large businesses. While unfortunate, the good news is that California is not eliminiating it for those years, but simply forcing companies to aggregate those losses (up to $5 million annually) so they can utilize and collect on them after the 3-year suspension.


    May 14, 2020, 6:45 p.m.

    WEBINAR NEXT WEEK

    In recognition of the manufacturing community's critical efforts to reopen and scale up operations, we are canceling tomorrow's webinar. We are working on some big features for the webinar NEXT Friday, May 22, including important information regarding testing employees, workers' compensation, as well as our confirmed keynote speaker -- CA State Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon. Mark your Calendar for 2:30 p.m. (PST) on Friday, May 22. You won't want to miss it.


    May 14, 2020, 6:45 p.m.

    FEDERAL GUIDELINES / NAM

    The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention and Occupational Health and Safety Administration of OSHA have jointly released comprehensive manufacturing-specific guidance that detail the steps companies need to take to protect their workforce, and you can read the new guidance HERE. Securing these recommendations has been a top priority for the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) because manufacturers need clarity on the best ways to keep workers safe.

    Further the U.S. Small Business Administration released new guidance on the Paycheck Protection Program’s economic necessity certification requirement. To give businesses time to review the new guidance, the SBA has now extended the repayment deadline to May 18 for applicants who cannot certify their loans’ economic necessity. For more information, take a look at questions 46 and 47 on the SBA’s PPP FAQ document. (Hat tip to NAM)


    May 14, 2020, 6:45 p.m.

    STATE BUDGET & GOV.

    Gov. Newsom today announced his May Revision Budget that reflected the ongoing pandemic and the substantial economic impacts. Reporting a $54 billion deficit and an overall 22% decline in projected revenue from the January proposal, with declines of 25.5% in personal income tax, 22.7% in corporate taxes, and a 27.2% decline in sales tax, it provided a stark picture of the State's current situation. Gov. Newsom reported reductions in State spending of course, but probably most important was his announcement that negotiations will commence or continue with the state’s collective bargaining units to achieve reduced pay of approximately 10 percent. The May Revision includes a provision to impose reductions if the state cannot reach an agreement. In addition, nearly all state operations will be reduced over the next two years, and nonessential contracts, purchases and travel have already been suspended.

    Fortunately California still has most of its manufacturing base in tact, so our high wage sector will play a crucial role in our recovery and state revenues to fund government workers and services. CMTA will continue to provide data and policy arguments to the Administration, the Legislature, and our regulatory agencies for high wage manufacturing job growth and protection to get us through this pandemic.br>
    Broadly from the Governor's release: “COVID-19 has caused California and economies across the country to confront a steep and unprecedented economic crisis – facing massive job losses and revenue shortfalls. The May Revision proposes to cancel new initiatives proposed in the Governor’s Budget, cancel and reduce spending included in the 2019 Budget Act, draw down reserves, borrow from special funds, temporarily increase revenues and make government more efficient.”


    May 14, 2020, 6:45 p.m.

    EMPLOYMENT PICTURE

    The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) held a webinar yesterday on national employment numbers for April. You can see their slides HERE (Advance to slide #16 where the data starts). More critically out west, California's April employment numbers get reported Friday next week. Fortunately California seems to have most of its manufacturing base intact as opposed to the devastation in the service sector, but we'll report to you how things are shaping up in California next week.


    May 14, 2020, 6:45 p.m.

    WORK COMP

    In anticipation of next week's webinar we thought we'd remind you of the workers’ compensation Executive Order for employees diagnosed with COVID-19. Last week's Order created a rebuttable presumption that employees who test positive for or are diagnosed with COVID-19 within 14 days of performing work at their place of employment contracted the virus while at work. As of now, this presumption will be in place for a period of 60 days after the initial order dated May 6, 2020. To be entitled to this presumption, an employee must show:

    • the employee was diagnosed with or tested positive for COVID-19 within 14 days of performing work at the employee’s place of employment and under the employer’s direction;
    • the date of injury/illness must occur between March 19, 2020 and July 5, 2020;
    • the place of employment at issue was not the employee’s place of residence; and
    • when the employee was diagnosed with COVID-19, the diagnosis was done by a California board-certified physician and confirmed by further testing within 30 days of the initial
    • diagnosis.
    Please bring your questions to next week's webinar.


    May 13, 2020, 5:15 p.m.

    MFG LIABILITY in COVID19

    Manufacturers across the nation are facing a cloud of shifting rules and requirements nationally that could potentially cost thousands in unfair legal fees. The NAM has set up THIS TOOL to urge your member of Congress to fight for manufacturers so we can continue to lead America's fight against the coronavirus without fear of facing surprise legal fees.


    May 13, 2020, 5:15 p.m.

    MORE ON REOPENING FROM GOV

    Yesterday, Gov Newsom announced that certain counties could move further into Stage 2 if they reached certain criteria with an attestation. The sectors that could further reopen in those counties were dine-in restaurants, car washes and malls, and outdoor museums. Today Gov. Newsom said several counties filed an attestation that they have met the readiness criteria. The counties and their variance at links below:

    Gov. Newsom also used today's presser to provide an update on California's wildfire preparedness, reporting 1,135 wildfires this year since January -- a 68 percent increase from last year's 675 wildfires. Gov. Newsom also announced, despite the State's economic losses, that he will propose $127 million in tomorrow's May Revise Budget for his Office of Emergency Services to monitor wildfires and other hazards. He also will propose $50 million for grants to local counties to help with California's Public Safety Power Shutoff Program.

    As a reminder here are Gov. Newsom's guidelines for manufacturing to reopen, and you can get the comprehensive information for all sectors regarding guidance and county variances here.


    May 13, 2020, 5:15 p.m.

    WEBINAR

    Join us this Friday for our weekly webinar on COVID 19 related items for California Manufacturing.

  • MUST REGISTER HERE: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_cWp7WBMITk6fP_jEbk0Hsw
  • You will then receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
  • Webinar time: Friday, May 15, 2020 at 2:30 p.m. PST

  • May 11, 2020, 5:30 p.m.

    MFG LETTER RE FEDERAL AID

    Virgin Orbit -- a company that sits on Gov. Newsom's Economic Task Force -- is leading an effort to urge Congress to fund a “critical manufacturing grant program” in the next federal stimulus. This program seeks to ensure that our nation’s critical manufacturers are afforded relief provisions to retain their skilled workforce and emerge from this crisis ready to continue their valuable contributions to our economy, infrastructure, and national security. You can download the letter HERE and you can notify Cody Knipfer (cody.knipfer@virginorbit.com) at Virgin Orbit if you'd like to list your company as a co-signatory on the letter. The bill is moving this week so they'd need to hear from you quickly.


    May 11, 2020, 5:30 p.m.

    REOPENING GUIDELINES

    We want to make sure we keep Gov. Newsom's guidelines for manufacturing to reopen prominent, so we are sending again in this email. Also, you can get the comprehensive information for all sectors regarding elements of re-opening, guidance and county variances HERE.


    May 11, 2020, 5:30 p.m.

    GOVERNOR'S PRESSER

    Gov. Newsom announced today that a joint letter between California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada and Colorado was sent to Congressional leadership asking for $1 trillion in Federal COVID-19 aid. His release, and the letter, is HERE. Gov. Newsom will announce more reopening guidelines tomorrow, and he also reported that his administration has spoken with 19 counties about their strategies to reopen.


    May 7, 2020, 6:45 p.m.

    ALL INFO FOR STAGE 2

    Comprehensive information for all sectors regarding elements of re-opening, guidance and county variances for Stage 2 is HERE.


    May 7, 2020, 6:45 p.m.

    CA BUDGET

    This morning, California's Dept. of Finance (DOF) projected 18 percent unemployment as a result of COVID19 and an overall budget deficit of approximately $54.3 billion, of which $13.4 billion occurs in the current year and $40.9 billion in the budget year. Manufacturing, jobs, wages, and supply chain will play a critical role in California's economic recovery and CMTA will be working with the Administration, our regulatory agencies and the Legisalture to drive policies that help the sector grow in the short and long term. You can see DOF's fiscal update HERE.


    May 7, 2020, 6:45 p.m.

    MFG & GOV NEWSOM'S LISTENING TOUR

    CMTA Members Bishop-Wisecarver CEO Pamela Kan and California Steel Industries CEO Marcelo Botelho Rodrigues participated in Gov. Newsom's listening tour this week to share experiences and insights for what recovery can look like in a new pandemic-related economic landscape. There was some great information from both Pamela and Marcelo on protocols they have put in place in their operations. You can view it HERE. MFG & GOV NEWSOM'S LISTENING TOUR -- CMTA Members Bishop-Wisecarver CEO Pamela Kan and California Steel Industries CEO Marcelo Botelho Rodrigues participated in Gov. Newsom's listening tour this week to share experiences and insights for what recovery can look like in a new pandemic-related economic landscape. There was some great information from both Pamela and Marcelo on protocols they have put in place in their operations. You can view it HERE.


    May 6, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

    WORKERS' COMP

    Today, the Governor signed an Executive Order that creates a time-limited rebuttable presumption for accessing workers’ compensation benefits applicable to Californians who must work outside of their homes during the stay at home order. The Order is in effect for 60 days starting today, and it is retroactive to May 19 as well. Executive Order here. CMTA statement here.


    May 6, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

    RE-OPENING THE CA ECONOMY

    We’ve made great strides this week with the Administration, other industry sector partners, and related stakeholders to ensure a supply of PPE to support re-opening the economy. Tomorrow, Gov. Newsom is expected to announce guidelines for each industry sector regarding how/when to re-open operations. CMTA has been involved in that process, and will continue to engage the Administration throughout the next several weeks. Manufacturers will play a critical role in that process, and we would like to host a listening session with the manufacturing community to discuss challenges, opportunities and ways to meet this challenge. We will be using the webinar this Friday, May 8 at 2:30 p.m. (PST) to hear from you and engage in that important dialogue. We will be using the "raise your hand" feature after our update and encourage you to use to ask questions and make suggestions. Register HERE.


    May 6, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

    WORKERS' COMP

    Today, the Governor signed an Executive Order that creates a time-limited rebuttable presumption for accessing workers’ compensation benefits applicable to Californians who must work outside of their homes during the stay at home order. The Order is in effect for 60 days starting today, and it is retroactive to May 19 as well. Executive Order here. CMTA statement here.


    May 6, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

    RE-OPENING THE CA ECONOMY

    We’ve made great strides this week with the Administration, other industry sector partners, and related stakeholders to ensure a supply of PPE to support re-opening the economy. Tomorrow, Gov. Newsom is expected to announce guidelines for each industry sector regarding how/when to re-open operations. CMTA has been involved in that process, and will continue to engage the Administration throughout the next several weeks. Manufacturers will play a critical role in that process, and we would like to host a listening session with the manufacturing community to discuss challenges, opportunities and ways to meet this challenge. We will be using the webinar this Friday, May 8 at 2:30 p.m. (PST) to hear from you and engage in that important dialogue. We will be using the "raise your hand" feature after our update and encourage you to use to ask questions and make suggestions. Register HERE.


    May 6, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

    WORKERS' COMP

    Today, the Governor signed an Executive Order that creates a time-limited rebuttable presumption for accessing workers’ compensation benefits applicable to Californians who must work outside of their homes during the stay at home order. The Order is in effect for 60 days starting today, and it is retroactive to May 19 as well. Executive Order here. CMTA statement here.


    May 6, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

    BIZ CONSORTIUM LETTER

    Today a consortium of California Employer organizations, including CMTA, sent a joint letter to Gov. Newsom highlighting a plan to help him execute his upcoming guidelines in coordination with necessary policy reforms to help restart our economy and grow jobs long term. You can see the letter here and the plan here.


    May 6, 2020, 7:00 p.m.

    SMALL BIZ PPP FUNDING STATUS

    The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is still accepting applications. After exhausting its initial $349 billion of funding in just 14 days, the PPP program received an additional $310 billion thanks to a second round of COVID stimulus funds appropriated on April 24. The Small Businees Administration began accepting PPP applications from lenders for this second round last Monday April 27. So far, about $165 billion of the new PPP loans have been approved from this second round. That means there is about $145 billion of PPP funding still available. And the even better news is that, reportedly, the logjam of pent-up PPP applications that have been clogging up lenders has cleared, and there is currently no serious backlog of unsubmitted PPP. So, if you haven’t yet applied for a PPP loan, you should seriously consider doing so this week while funding remains. It’s pretty well understood by this point that the typical small business is eligible for PPP to plug an 8-week gap in your operating costs (payroll, rent, mortgage interest, and utilities). Contact our partner Jeff Deiss at SBA at jeff.deiss@sba.gov with any questions.


    April 30, 2020, 5:00 p.m.

    WORK COMP

    This from Politico on developments on a potential Executive Order on Workers' Compensation insurance and COVID19 claims for all Essential employees in California:

      "And an executive order that California Gov. Gavin Newsom was said to be considering for a broad swath of workers prompted outcries from business groups, insurers and even cities and school districts. The order has yet to materialize, though a new bill announced Tuesday would cover millions of workers deemed "essential" during the emergency stay-at-home order." ARTICLE HERE


    April 30, 2020, 5:00 p.m.

    CA BUDGET RESTRICTIONS

    California's Dept. of Finance wrote a revealing memo to State agencies and departments regarding steps for immediate savings in contracts, travel, hiring and leave/vacation policies. Of particular note is the prohibition of any new goods or services contracts that are not related to either tele-working or COVID19. See memo HERE


    April 28, 2020, 8:00 p.m.

    GOV. ON RE-OPENING CA

    Gov. Gavin Newsom made critical remarks today at his daily presser, revealing the four stages for re-opening California. The State is still in phase one, largely a planning stage, but stage two would "come in weeks, not months", according to Gov. Newsom, and it would create opportunites for lower risk sectors to adapt and re-open. Those sectors include non-essential manufacturing, and retail, offices, & parks. Personal services such as gyms, spas and salons would not open until the third stage. You can see his press conference and additional details from CA Department of Public Health Director Dr. Sonia Angell HERE. Sac Bee article here.


    April 28, 2020, 8:00 p.m.

    THREE-STATE PACT & MANUFACTURERS

    CMTA joined the California Business Roundtable and our manufacturing counterparts in Oregon and Washington this week in signing a letter to the respective Governors, expressing our principles for reopening our economies and our interest in doing all we can to help. You can see the letter HERE. Politico article here.


    April 28, 2020, 8:00 p.m.

    SENATE PRESIDENT PRO TEM TONI ATKINS & CA TREASURER FIONA MA HIGHLIGHT CMTA WEBINAR

    Senate President pro Tem Toni Atkins and Treasurer Fiona Ma are joining CMTA's webinar this Friday. Respectively, they will address Legislative efforts to address COVID19 and ongoing efforts in the Treasurer's office to help small manufacturers during and after the COVID19 crisis. We will also provide an update on the exciting Essential Protection Gear (EPG) project for manufacturers that we discussed last Friday. Our webinar seats are limited and filling up.

    • REGISTER HERE: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_wD6AG5QKTXGJnjMdt-Ni-Q
    • You will then receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
    • Webinar time: Friday, May 1, 2020 at 2:30 p.m. PST
    • SEND US YOUR QUESTIONS in advance and we will watch for hands-up, to open the lines and engage.


    April 22, 2020, 4:55 p.m.

    NEW SURVEY -- ANSWER 3 SIMPLE NEW QUESTIONS HERE

    There are 2 Q's on repurposing and 1 Q on challenges to reopening, scaling back up, or staying open. Reasons for new questions below.

    We are on the brink of a great partnership to connect manufacturers who need guidance or need to be connected to either supply or demand for non-medical grade PPE. We know there are many on our list that are still looking to be connected. The system will be announced soon and your answers will help drive development.

    We are also working with Oregon and the State of Washington on reopening our economies, and the challenges of manufacturers to get back to full strength. Your answers will help drive our communication with decision makers in the three states.


    April 22, 2020, 4:55 p.m.

    UPCOMING CMTA WEBINAR -- Join us this Friday for our weekly COVID19 update webinar.

  • REGISTER HERE: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ygNMLjrBSrqYwyFVQFvJOQ
  • You will then receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
  • Webinar time: Friday, April 24, 2020 at 2:30 p.m. PST

  • April 22, 2020, 4:55 p.m.

    HEALTH PROTOCOLS

    THIS CHART was sent to us by MANEX this week as a rough outline of cleaning protocols for reopening a manufacturing based business -- both for production facilities and administrative offices.


    April 22, 2020, 4:55 p.m.

    REPURPOSING

    • CMTA 's updated list with 3 new repurposers HERE (Note too the new ALOM description)
    • Great Bay Area repurpose list HERE (Will get this combined with our master list. Hat Tip to Mark Martin)
    • Also note from item #1 the partnership and potential announcement


    April 22, 2020, 4:55 p.m.

    WATCH:

    • Last week's CMTA webinar with Secretary Julie Su HERE. (password: "H0%hYm.N")
    • IndustryWeek webinar on Thursday, April 23 to hear about proven approaches and best practices for manufacturing companies to address and reduce the “Six Big Losses” in an era where workforces are impacted by no travel and required social distancing.
    • Sierra College Training-sponsored COVID19 Employer webinar on April 27 from 1-2 PM with employment attorney Ann Wicks. The series of employer updates is offered by The Training Place at Butte College.


    April 22, 2020, 4:55 p.m.

    GOVERNOR'S BUSINESS AND JOBS RECOVERY TASK FORCE

    CMTA board member President Pamela Kan of Bishop Wisecarver is on the Governor's Task Force, as well as CMTA members Lockheed Martin Corporation, AT&T, and Aera Energy.


    April 16, 2020, 1:45 p.m.

    TOMORROW'S CMTA WEBINAR

    Julie Su, Secretary of the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency will join us to address employer and employee COVID19 issues.


    April 16, 2020, 1:45 p.m.

    PAID SICK LEAVE FOR FOOD SECTOR

    At his press conference today, Gov. Newsom announced an Executive Order requiring 2 weeks paid sick leave for food sector employees if they have COVID19.


    April 16, 2020, 1:45 p.m.

    PPP & EIDL LOANS

    This from yesterday's release from the U.S. SBA, “By law, the SBA will not be able to issue new loan approvals once the programs experience a lapse in appropriations.” Our contact at SBA, Jeff Deiss, tells us the PPP passed the $300 billion mark yesterday against the $349 bllion allocated for in the CARES Act, with over 1.4 million businesses approved for PPP loans so far. (You can urge Congress to fix and expand the funding issue by using NAM's letter tool HERE.)

    Also there was an Interim Final Rule posted on the US Treasury web site yesterday providing guidance on how to properly determine PPP assistance levels for sole proprietors and independent contractors.

    For EIDL applicants wondering about the status of their Loan and/or Advance, the best guidance “SBA loan analysts are currently working to process EIDL and EIDL Advance applications as quickly as possible and money is being disbursed on a continual basis. If you have an application number that starts with a 3, it is recommended you wait for SBA to follow-up. Please note, EIDL Advance funds are being directly deposited into the account identified in the application. If you do not have a number that starts with a 3 please reach out to Disaster Customer Service (800) 659-2955 to make sure they have everything they need from you. You may also apply for EIDL Advance of up to $10,000 through the online application.

    Our SBA contact has heard from some people that Advances have appeared without notice in their business bank accounts. For businesses still trying to find a last-minute PPP lender, the following fintech lenders have been newly approved to offer PPP loans: Intuit, PayPal, Square, Kabbage, On Deck, Funding Circle. Here's a complete list of PPP eligible lenders.


    April 16, 2020, 1:45 p.m.

    REPURPOSING

    • Updated list here
    • Great Story here on AMBayArea using the repurpose list to connect a manufacturer to the John Muir Medical Center for face shields.


    April 16, 2020, 1:45 p.m.

    CALSAVERS DEADLINE EXTENSION TO SEPT. 30

    The Cal Savers Board voted unanimously to extend the deadline for the first round of employers to enroll in the program. Eligible employers with 100 or more employees will now have until September 30, 2020 (instead of June 30, 2020) to register. The news release was posted to the Treasurer’s website yesterday. The deadline extension will take effect once the regulations are formally adopted, expected in May.

    Cal Savers is the state-run retirement savings program that requires employers with five or more employees who do not offer some type of retirement savings vehicle (like a 401(k) program) to register and provide this savings option to their employees. The program will continue to accept and process voluntary enrollments by large employers. You can find updated materials and events in their digital toolkit and on their events page. They will be hosting two informational webinars per week for those employers wanting to learn more about the program and their participation.


    April 14, 2020, 4:55 p.m.

    WEBINAR RECORDING

    Go-Biz Deputy Director Kaina Pereira spoke to California manufacturing repurposing efforts last Friday on our webinar. You can listen to it HERE.


    April 14, 2020, 4:55 p.m.

    GOVERNOR'S PRESS CONFERENCE

    Gov. Newsom's press confrerence today focused on six indicators for modifying California's stay-at-home order. The indicators include:

    • The ability to monitor and protect our communities through testing, contact tracing, isolating, and supporting those who are positive or exposed
    • The ability to prevent infection in people who are at risk for more severe COVID19
    • The ability of the hospital and health systems to handle surges
    • The ability to develop therapeutics to meet the demand
    • The ability for businesses, schools, and child care facilities to support physical distancing
    • The ability to determine when to reinstitute certain measures, such as the stay-at-home orders, if necessary
    Press Release here.


    April 14, 2020, 4:55 p.m.

    MFG NEWS

    Politico 's Katy Murphy is doing a broad story on manufacturers within the context of COVID19. She needs an "Essential" manufacturer to highlight the social distancing measures taken during operations. It's a great way to show how manufacturers can pivot among crisis, stay safe with strict safety protocols and keep an essential supply chain alive. Please contact me if you or your comms people would like to talk with her.


    April 14, 2020, 4:55 p.m.

    MFG NEWS

    A few CMTA Members in the News today amid COVID19:

    • GM -- General Motors says will make 1.5 million masks a month in Mexico Reuters
    • Eli Lilly -- Lost Insurance & Need Insulin? Makers Offer it Free or Cheap NY Times
    • GM -- GM begins production of ventilators for U.S. government Reuters
    • Johnson & Johnson -- J&J eyes 'imminent' coronavirus vaccine production, aims for a billion doses worldwide Yahoo news
    • Johnson & Johnson -- J&J sees medical devices business recovery at end of year after taking coronavirus hit Reuters
    • Honeywell -- Best air purifiers of 2020, according to doctors and experts NBCNEWS.com
    • Novartis -- Vaccines, Antibodies and Drug Libraries. The Possible COVID-19 Treatments Researchers Are Excited About Time Magazine


    April 14, 2020, 4:55 p.m.

    SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

    Jeffrey Deiss at the SBA provided an outstanding FAQ on the Paycheck Protection Program and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program HERE.


    April 9, 2020, 5:20 p.m.

    LEGISLATIVE HEARINGS

    Sen. President Pro Tempore Toni Atkins and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon announced this afternoon in a press release that the Legislature will start holding COVID-19 hearings next week. Details will be forthcoming on how they intend to hold those hearings under continued need for distancing and other related considerations.


    April 9, 2020, 5:20 p.m.

    REPURPOSING

    We added 4 new companies to our repurposing list HERE. A couple important updates on this too:

      1. Our partners at AMBayArea have been working to connect certain manufacturers from this to their local health facilities. We are encouraging folks to do connect locally while the state works through their high level coordination here as well.

      2. The California Association of Wine Grape Growers has asked us to help them get N95 masks to workers in their industry. If you can help please contact Mike Miiller at 916-204-0485 michael@cawg.org.

      3. Our partners at Autodesk have created a site to help manufacturing repurposers that need help with design, open source design, and manufacturing-on-demand HERE.


    April 9, 2020, 5:20 p.m.

    TOMORROW'S CMTA WEBINAR

    We are working on our keynote from the State for tomorrow's webinar. Make sure you register to join us Friday at 2:30 p.m. (PST) for CMTA's Zoom webinar regarding CA manufacturing and COVID19.


    April 9, 2020, 5:20 p.m.

    PhRMA EFFORTS

    PhRMA held a webinar earlier this week, and CMTA's Legislative Manager Lawrence Gayden took some good notes to reflect the industry's positive efforts HERE.


    April 9, 2020, 5:20 p.m.

    REGIONAL PARTNERS

    More Regional Partners' COVID19 resource pages coming together:


    April 9, 2020, 5:20 p.m.

    JOBS
    In March the U.S. lost 18k manufacturing jobs (.01%) and 713k total jobs (.05%) in the private sector. California's state-specific industry job numbers come out next week, which will be telling, along with the next round of U.S. industry numbers next month.


    April 7, 2020, 11:00 a.m.

    URGENT DEADLINE NOW 1:00 p.m. (PST) TODAY. FUNDING AVAILABLE TO EXPAND YOUR MANUFACTURING

    We just heard about this federal funding application and deadline this morning for U.S. manufacturers. We are sorry but we wanted to get it to you as quickly as possible.

    The DOD Joint Acquisition Task Force (JATF) put out a request for proposals in the ongoing effort to address the COVID-19 crisis.

    Funding is available to expand your U.S. based manufacturing capability and capacity of the supplier base for FEMA and the rest of the U.S. for critical needs. Priorities: n95masks, ventilators, and sterilization/decontamination equipment, but please apply if you have other capabilities as well.

    Apply no later than Tuesday, April 7 by 4:00 pm EST. Details HERE

    REQUIRED: DPA Title III Funding Proposal HERE and JATF PowerPoint Template HERE. Please submit both documents to Debra Lilu at debral@ncms.org by 4pm ET TODAY!


    April 4, 2020, 2:00 p.m.

    CALIFORNIA'S NEW INTAKE WEBSITE FOR COVID19 SUPPLIES & REPURPOSING

    At Gov. Newsom's press conference today, he announced the fresh new site for California companies looking to facilitate supplies for hospitals for COVID19.

    You can go here to fill it out and get coordinated: covid19supplies.ca.gov

    ALso , Gov's press release here.

    For those of you on CMTA's repurposing list, you might want to submit to the site to double up on the list we have sent them. It will emphasize and streamline your interest in helping.


    April 3, 2020, 4:30 p.m.

    MEDICAL SPECIFICATIONS ARE HERE

    We received this 11-page document from GO-Biz on California's indentified resource specifications for COVID19. This will help in manufacturers' efforts to repurpose for specific needs.


    April 3, 2020, 4:30 p.m.

    WEBINAR RESPONSES

    Here are CMTA's responses to last week's COVID19 webinar questions. (This not meant to be, nor should it be taken as legal advice.)


    April 3, 2020, 4:30 p.m.

    STATE'S ACTIVITIES

    California's Assembly Business and Professions Committee delivered this comprehensive document today on the state's activities. It includes:

    • Essential Workforce Classification of Licenses Professionals
    • Dept. of Consumer Affairs Waiver Process
    • Continuing Education Requirements
    • Scope of Proactice Changes
    • Interstate Reciprocity Foreign-Licensed Professionals
    • Nursing Issues


    April 2, 2020, 4:00 p.m.

    REPURPOSING

    If you are a manufacturer who wants to talk to your regional hospitals directly about their needs, the California Hospitals Association gave us the following key contacts:

    We have added 5 new companies to our repurposing list HERE to provide to the State.

    Also, here is a list from Sutter Health on their needs:

    • Isolation gowns (Right now (4/2) This is Sutter's Top Need) Must be certified to ASTM or ASII Level-2
    • Powered, air-purifying respirator (PAPR) Hoods (This is our second most needed item at the moment)
    • N95 masks (we are also accepting KN95 masks as Donations)
    • Hand Sanitizer
    • Sanitizing Wipes
    • Surgical masks
    • Procedure masks
    • Paper masks (with ties or elastic)
    • Paper protective gowns
    • Protective glasses/goggles
    • Industrial face shields (e.g., industrial face shields)
    • Painters smocks (impermeable)


    April 2, 2020, 4:00 p.m.

    SMALL BUSINESS ASSISTANCE


    April 1, 2020, 2:45 p.m.

    PAID SICK LEAVE AND FAMILY LEAVE UPDATE

    The Families First Coronavirus Response Act officially went into effect today (April 1). As you continue to review the provisions of this law, please remember to consult the U.S. DOL's Frequently Asked Questions site for updated guidance. The third batch of Q&As (#38-59) were released earlier this week along with notable revisions and clarifications to the previously issued Q&As (#1-37). Along with the new regulation comes a new posting requirement. To help facilitate your compliance in this area, we are sharing this resource with you from The Employers Group, who provided free copies of sample postings translated into 5 different languages: English | Spanish | Japanese | Korean | Chinese


    April 1, 2020, 2:45 p.m.

    REPURPOSING LIST -- ONLINE FORM

    If we haven't heard from you and you want to be part of GO-Biz' and OES' coordination for repurposing, there is now an online form to submit your California operations. Current list here.


    March 31, 2020, 3:35 p.m.

    CA MFG & COVID19 UPDATE WEBINAR

    Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka, who manages the busiest container port in North America joins us on CMTA's next webinar to discuss goods movement during COVID19. Repurposing will also be a part of our agenda. Please join us on Friday at 2:30 (PST) for a Zoom webinar regarding CA manufacturing and COVID19.


    March 31, 2020, 3:35 p.m.

    REPURPOSING LIST

    There are 22 new additions to the repurposing list HERE. Great news from Master Industries (release here) in Santa Ana and Dumont Printing in Fresno for already completely repurposing their operations to make and deliver masks. (Thank you to our regional partner SVMI for working through the Sacramento region with us)


    March 31, 2020, 3:35 p.m.

    SURVEY #4

    This is an important juncture for our 4th survey. Remember, it's completely anonymous and simple. Takes 20 seconds. Our in-webinar survey last Friday still showed 71% operating above 50% capacity.


    March 31, 2020, 3:35 p.m.

    SMALL BUSINESS EO

    Gov. Newsom issued an Executive Order last night providing tax, regulatory and licensing extensions for businesses. View the release and Orderhere.


    March 31, 2020, 3:35 p.m.

    REMINDER ON ESSENTIAL

    The U.S. Dept. of Homeland Secuy issued an UPDATED Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers document this weekend. The Critical Manufacturing portion changed/expanded a bit. See it here.


    March 31, 2020, 3:35 p.m.

    CA BUDGET NEWS

    CA Assembly Budget Chair Phil Ting sent out an update letter yesterday to the Legislature regarding their Budget requests. He informed them that no budget requests are necessary at this point and that they will monitor the COVID19 situation and update the Legislature on the new process as it evolves. See letter here.


    March 31, 2020, 3:35 p.m.

    REMINDER ON ESSENTIAL

    The U.S. Dept. of Homeland Secuy issued an UPDATED Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers document this weekend. The Critical Manufacturing portion changed/expanded a bit. See it here..


    March 28, 2020, 6:15 p.m.

    ESSENTIAL SERVICES UPDATE

    The U.S. Dept. of Homeland Secutiry just issued an UPDATED Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers document. The Critical Manufacturing portion changed/expanded a bit. See it HERE.


    March 28, 2020, 6:15 p.m.

    NITRILE GLOVES NEEDED

    As California's GO-Biz goes over the manufacturing repurposing list they are asking urgently if anyone has capacity to make nitrile gloves. And if you can, what equipment would you need? Let us know.


    March 26, 2020, 6:00 p.m.

    DATABASE OF MFG REPURPOSING

    Here is CMTA's 3rd and updated database of manufacturers who can repurpose for MFG COVID19 items. The Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development (Go-BIZ) and the Office of Energency Services (OES) is now coordinating the state's repurposing of manufacturers and will be contacting accordingly. For manufacturers who want to be on list, please send me your contact info (it will be on the list delivered to Go-BIZ & OES but phone and emails will not be on the one emailed publicly) along with a few lines of your repurposing capacity, so we can make sure you get added. Tweet This


    March 26, 2020, 6:00 p.m.

    ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES

    We are still hearing some confusion among the manufacturing community on essential business definition. Make sure you read the Dept. of Homeland Security's Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce Guidance as a guide for your operations. This is what Gov. Gavin Newsom pointed to in his executive order for operations. If you fit somehow into these industries or you are in the supply chain of any of these industries, and you can keep safe distancing protocols, stay open and/or repurpose to help with this crisis.


    March 26, 2020, 6:00 p.m.

    BAY AREA MFG

    Register now for AMBayArea's exclusive webinar tomorrow for manufacturers. It's a Virtual CEO Roundtable Discussion to share knowledge and explore how manufacturers are continuing to do business amid COVID-19.


    March 26, 2020, 6:00 p.m.

    PRESS STATEMENT

    CMTA's Lance Hastings made this statement to the media yesterday regarding COVID19 and California manufacturing. Tweet This


    March 24, 2020, 2:50 p.m.

    SECOND SURVEY RESULTS

    Our second survey of manufacturing operations and capacity shows 78% of California manufacturers are operating above 50% capacity (and confirming safe distancing and health protocols). This percentage is down from last week's survey that showed 94% of manufacturers operating. A note here that we are reading everyone's survey comments regarding needs and suggestions. We are addressing or will address them. Thank you to all for responding. Next survey likely Friday, and it might have a few new additional questions.


    March 24, 2020, 2:50 p.m.

    CA TREASURER

    Treasurer Fiona Ma put out this helpful guide with links for small business to find assistance through COVID19.


    March 24, 2020, 2:50 p.m.

    GOV. NEWSOM EO's

    Here is information on all 11 of Gov. Newsom's Executive orders (from the Sacramento Bee).


    March 23, 2020, 2:30 p.m.

    SECOND SURVEY

    Please take a quick moment to repond to our second survey so we can understand operational capacity of California manufacturing. Takes literally 15 seconds to respond and it's the same as the last one. We'll add a repurposing question to the third survey later this week. Today's survey will close at 10:00 am tomorrow. Your company name will not be used. (From last survey - 94% were operating above 50% capacity)


    March 23, 2020, 2:30 p.m.

    DATABASE OF MFG REPURPOSING

    Here is a link to view CMTA's database of manufacturers who can repurpose for MFG COVID19 items. We are using in our discussions with California's Office of Emergency Services and with the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development. We hope we'll hear from many more companies who can help "meet this moment." (The pdf also inclues some select comments from manufacturers re their operations last Friday).


    March 23, 2020, 2:30 p.m.

    GOVERNOR NEWSOM

    Gov. Gavin Newsom is enlisting help from Silicon Valley, and all over California as manufacturers commit to retooling factories to produce medical equipment like ventilators and masks. Tesla’s Elon Musk, Apple’s Tim Cook and Bloom Energy’s KR Sridhar were among the business leaders the governor thanked at a news conference this weekend.


    March 20, 2020, 4:45 p.m.

    RECORDING -- CMTA COVID19 CONFERENCE CALL FOR CA MFG

    CMTA hosted a call today to discuss the status of manufacturing operations in California under the coronavirus and the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce guidance. LISTEN HERE


    March 20, 2020, 10:35 a.m.

    CMTA COVID19 CONFERENCE CALL FOR CA MFG

    CMTA will be hosting a call today to discuss the status of manufacturing operations in California under the coronavirus and the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce guidance. All callers will be on mute during the call. Details below:
    • When: 2:15 p.m., TODAY Friday, March 20
    • Who: CMTA President Lance Hastings, CMTA Counsel Dale Stern
    • Call-in number: 1-669-900-6833
      1. Meeting number: 796657988#
        Password: 009761#


    March 20, 2020, 10:35 a.m.

    "WHAT'S CLOSED"

    The Governor distributed this link on their Covid 19 website regarding "Stay at home" guidelines last night. You'll see that it provides some insight on "What's closed" halfway down the page.


    March 19, 2020, 8:20 p.m.

    GOVERNOR'S STATEWIDE ORDER

    Gov. Newsom just ordered a statewide “stay at home” order. It references 16 critical infrastructure sectors in the federal DHS guidance, of which manufacturing is included. The order also states that “the supply chain must continue”. California manufacturers should review the federal guidelines to see where their operations fit in the crtitical infrastructure sectors, all while maintaining proper health protocols to keep their workers safe.


    March 19, 2020, 8:20 p.m.

    GOV's CALL W BIZ LEADERS

    Tonight the Governor’s Office will be conducting a special briefing for California’s business leaders on COVID-19. Please see the call in information below.

    • Time: TONIGHT 8:30PM
    • Call In: 888-946-3803
    • Passcode: 4374730
    You will be muted upon entry to the call and you are encouraged to email questions to LegislativeAffairs@CalOES.ca.gov following the call. (Due to the high volume of emails we are receiving, we will strive to respond within 24 hours. Your understanding and patience is appreciated)


    March 19, 2020, 8:20 p.m.

    CA's CLEARINGHOUSE FOR COVID19

    covid19.ca.gov Updates and guidance will be posted there regularly.


    March 19, 2020, 8:20 p.m.

    COUNTY BY COUNTY

    CA State Association of Counties has good county by county COVID19 ordinance information.


    March 19, 2020, 3:40 p.m.

    CMTA LETTER TO OES RE CA MFG AND SUPPLY CHAIN IMPORTANCE

    Today CMTA's Lance Hastings wrote a letter to Chief Abby Browning of the Office of Emergency Services regarding the state's manufacturers and their efforts to remain operational, and the importance of supply chain to our communities' safety and well being. DOWNLOAD HERE


    March 19, 2020, 3:40 p.m.

    FOOD MANUFACTURER GUIDLINES

    Here is the Department of Homeland Security's guidelines released today to ensure that food manufacturer workers and the supply chain are essential. They identify a number of industries in the document. (Hat Tip to General Mills on this. Thank you for getting over to us.)


    March 19, 2020, 3:40 p.m.

    MASK DONATIONS

    Representative Swalwell is asking companies to donate N95 masks to healthcare facilities in and around his district. His letter here. Let us know if there are other efforts on this front. (Hat Tip to CalCIMA and AMBay Area on this)


    March 19, 2020, 9:35 a.m.

    SURVEY RESULTS

    94% of manufacturing respondents from our first survey (102 of 109) said they were still operating in California (with adherance to social distancing and health guidelines), and almost all were at a capacity of 50% or above. Thank you for responses and we'll do it again in a few days. By staying safe and adhering to strict health protocols, California manufacturers are finding innovative ways to stay open, keep people employed, and keep products moving. (We appreciate those of you who typed additional notes about operations. They are really helpful in painting a realtime picture of CA manufacturing during COVID-19.)


    March 18, 2020, 1:45 p.m.

    SURVEY

    We are implementing a 3-question baseline survey for California Manufacturing operations. You don’t have to enter your company name. We will do this quick survey a few times (and hopefully only a few) over the coming weeks. Please take a moment to answer today when you can. It will be an important piece of information about the state of California Manufacturing through the coronavirus crisis. Please share survey with other manufacturers in your supply chain too.

    ANSWER FIRST SURVEY HERE before midnight tonight.


    March 18, 2020, 1:45 p.m.

    FUTURE OF WORK AND CORONVIRUS

    With Schools shutting down and parents, students and teachers looking for innovative ways to stay productive and continue education, One California Together has never been more important. We have a great opportunity to teach students about the next generation of manufacturing and the future of work, and envision an exciting post coraonavirus future. We are asking manufacturing companies to start working on small videos to share how your things are made. It was an idea from the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development and CMTA is going to work to ramp it up over the coming weeks. The hashtags will likely be #TinyTedTalks and #MakingCA. You will hear more about this from us and probably others. Put your best people on it in your companies. They likely have acces to videos and resources to compile into short two minute educational and exciting videos for parents, teachers and students.


    March 18, 2020, 9:15 a.m.

    URGENT AND POSITIVE INFRASTRUCTURE RELEASE FROM GOV. GAVIN NEWSOM THIS MORNING

    Governor Newsom Signs Executive Order to Allow Timely Delivery of Vital Goods During COVID-19 Outbreak
    SACRAMENTO – Taking action to ensure that key commodities can be delivered to California retailers in a timely manner during the COVID-19 outbreak, Governor Gavin Newsom today signed an executive order to ease restrictions on commercial drivers engaged in support of emergency relief efforts.

    The change comes in conjunction with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s emergency waiver announced last week to ensure the free flow of critical supplies and equipment.

    The executive order also suspends existing law for employers directly impacted by COVID-19 and directs the Labor and Workforce Development Agency to provide guidance to impacted employees.

    The Governor’s full executive order can be found here.


    March 17, 2020, 2:15 p.m.

    SOME IMPACTS WE HAVE SEEN FROM CALIFORNIA MANUFACTURERS

    (All manufacturers that are staying open indicated strict adherance to social distancing guidelines)

  • Food producer in southern California -- Not altering production schedule.
  • Sheet metal manufacturer for HVACS in Los Angeles -- Suspending work for 3 days, and monitoring.
  • Beverage producer -- Doing all they can to ensure production, inventory and distribution to keep pace with high demand.
  • Trailer manufacturer in the Valley -- Trying to stay open but credit is drying up for parts and materials, making it difficult.
  • Hydraulic cylinder manufacturer in Orange County -- No change to production today. Monitoring.
  • Printer in the Valley -- Laying off 7 employees.
  • Manufacturer of parts for the printing industry in northern California -- Office workers working remotely. Keeping production open with staggered shifts for now. Concerned about supply chain.
  • Oil refineries - Staying open
  • March 17, 2020, 2:15 p.m.

    LEGISLATIVE RECESS and FUNDING

    On March 16, Governor Newsom sent a letter to the California Legislature asking for emergency legislative action to address COVID-19. In response, the legislature passed a bill package that allows for up to $1 billion dollars in emergency spending. Additionally, the Legislature approved a resolution to be in joint recess from March 20, 2020 until April 13, 2020. The Legislature can extend the joint recess or recall it if needed by joint proclamation of the President pro Tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the Assembly. Legislative staff were also granted the opportunity to work remotely and were advised to not schedule in-person meetings unless necessary. We will continue to monitor legislative events around COVID-19 and will update you if any significant events take place before April 13, 2020.

    March 17, 2020, 2:15 p.m.

    LABOR REGULATIONS UPDATE

  • California’s Labor Commissioner has issued this FAQs on California’s paid sick leave law.
  • EDD’s website also has this COVID-19 related employment information related to filing umemployment.
  • March 17, 2020, 2:15 p.m.

    IS CORONAVIRUS COVERED UNDER WORKERS' COMPENSATION?
    (from CMTA CompWest provider/broker, Bender Insurance Solutions, and EMS Insite)

    A. For a claim to be compensable under Workers’ Compensation it must satisfy a 2-prong test of AOE/COE. It must Arise Out of Employment and occur in the Course Of Employment. So, the answer could be yes or no, and would be determined on a case by case basis. For example, a Health Care Worker who is caring for patients with the disease and contracts the disease, it could be considered compensable.

    Q. What if my employee says they have contracted Coronavirus, and they want to file a claim?

    A. An employee can allege an injury or illness that must then be investigated, and the facts of the case will determine acceptance or denial. In California, that determination must be made within 90 days of the employer’s knowledge of the claim. Therefore, report the alleged claim immediately and ask your carrier or TPA to “delay and investigate.”

    March 17, 2020, 2:15 p.m.

    WALL STREET JOURNAL ARTICLE ON MANUFACTURING IMPACTS NATIONALLY
    "Corona Virus Pushes Factories to Stagger Shifts, Seperate Workers"
    March 16, 2020, 7:05 p.m. URGENT
    If you are a manufacturer in the Bay Area, PLEASE READ THIS MEMO FROM CMTA PRESIDENT LANCE HASTINGS regarding the uncertainty about manufacturing compliance with the 6-county “shelter in place” ordinances announced today in the Bay Area.

    March 16, 2020, 7:05 p.m.

    ORDINANCE

    Here is a link to the Alameda ordinance. All six county ordinances are the same.


    March 16, 2020, 1:15 p.m.

    IMPORTANT MESSAGE TO CA MANUFACTURERS

    If you are planning to alter production schedules, please let us know by replying to this email. CMTA is working with the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) to bring resources to keep manufacturers operations open and safe. Your information will remain confidential until you officially release the information to be used with government leaders looking to help. Right now, and over the coming weeks, we just need to provide information in the aggregate to the problem solvers in state government. We are exploring all options right now to ensure California’s manufacturing capacity remains robust to help us get through these times. (Thank you to the manufacturers who previously updated us on their status)


    Resources
    Poster (English) Here is a link to download a COVID-19 poster for your employee break rooms and facility floors.
    Poster (Spanish) Here is a link to download a Spanish version of the COVID-19 poster for breakrooms and facilities.
    Employee Benefits Information Employee benefits information from California EDD.
    COVID-19 Clearing house California's COVID19 clearinghouse webpage
    CISA's Workforce Guidance Dept. of Homeland Security's Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce guidance as a guide for your operations.
    Repurposing MFG in CA for COVID-19 Database of manufacturers who can repurpose for MFG COVID19
    Ease restrictions on commercial drivers Executive order to ease restrictions on commercial drivers engaged in support of emergency relief efforts. (underscoring yesterday's distribution on this)
    COVID-19 public awareness campaign (Gov. Newsom) Gov. Newsom's new COVID-19 public awareness campaign "to provide useful information to Californians and inform them of actions they can take to further prevent the spread of the virus."
    Updated COVID-19 case numbers Updated COVID-19 case numbers from CA Dept. of Public Health.