Labor & Employment

Fair, reasonable, and competitive labor and employment laws are vital to ensuring California manufacturers remain competitive. 

 

EPA: Support our manufacturers instead of harming them

OPINION – As California goes, so goes the nation. This saying about how California is a leader in regulations – particularly standards that promote a cleaner environment – has never been truer than today. And while it’s usually a point of pride, there are out-of-touch...

Manufacturing Minute: Update on Key Maker Bill and More

On this week's Manufacturing Minute, Ananda Rochita shares updates on CMTA Maker Assembly Bill 628, Export-Import Bank of the United States Chair and President Reta Jo Lewis in Sacramento, and a look at the second annual CMTA golf tournament. Click on the photo below...

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Manufacturing Minute: Details on Stratolaunch’s Contract with the U.S. Air Force

Find out what’s happening in California’s manufacturing industry on this week’s Manufacturing Minute with Ananda Rochita.

⚙️ Siemens Mobility’s New Project in Sacramento
⚙️ Bayer’s Huge Investment in Berkeley 
⚙️ Stratolaunch’s Brand-New Contract 
⚙️ The CA Manufacturer Awarded Funds for National Hydrogen Hubs

Manufacturing Minute: How the Recent COVID Surge is Impacting CA Manufacturers

Find out what’s happening in the manufacturing industry on this week’s Manufacturing Minute with Ananda Rochita.

⚙️ A new manufacturing grant for a California school
⚙️ How the recent COVID-19 surge is impacting CA manufacturers
⚙️ A new era for a well-known cereal brand
⚙️ When the winner will be announced for the Coolest Thing Made in California competition 

 

Manufacturing Minute: Details on Reyes Coca-Cola Bottling’s $500 Million Expansion

Find out what’s happening in the manufacturing industry on this week’s Manufacturing Minute with Ananda Rochita.

⚙️ Details on Reyes Coca-Cola Bottling’s $500 Million Expansion
⚙️ Where Bosch stands on its move to Roseville, CA
⚙️ What to know about the first-ever MakingCA Conference. Buy tickets here.

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Manufacturing Minute: New Investment by President Biden & Coolest Thing Made in CA Competition

October is just around the corner, which means a busy month showcasing makers for National Manufacturing Month! Check out this week’s Manufacturing Minute to hear the latest manufacturing news from California.

️⚙️ What to know about the Coolest Thing Made in California competition
⚙️ New facility for Reyes Coca-Cola Bottling
⚙️ A look at President Biden’s “Invent Here – Build Here” investment

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English as a Second Language Course Available to Your Frontline Workers

English as a Second Language Course Available to Your Frontline Workers

Sacramento, Calif. – The California Manufacturers & Technology Association (CMTA) has achieved a significant milestone, securing a $500,000 training grant from the state’s Employment Training Panel (ETP). This funding is earmarked for a vital initiative – enhancing employee workforce literacy. The ultimate goal is to establish and expand workplace literacy training, encompassing English proficiency, digital literacy, and math skills to benefit California workers.

Through the help of CMTA’s industry partner, Voxy, learners are set to benefit immensely, gaining access to Voxy’s comprehensive English online platform. This resource is not limited to a self-study avenue but extends to engaging interactive sessions in private and group formats. Moreover, learners can seamlessly engage with this platform across various devices – a mobile phone, computer, or tablet.

The impact of improving English proficiency is far-reaching. Beyond boosting communication confidence, it resonates tangibly across productivity, collaboration, professional growth, training effectiveness, and employee retention. This initiative holds the promise of shaping a more skilled and empowered workforce.

You can start enrolling your workers now! For more information, please reach out to Nathan Daily at ndaily@cmta.net.

 

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About CMTA

The California Manufacturers & Technology Association has advocated for pro-growth laws and regulations before the California legislature and administrative agencies since 1918. The total output from manufacturing in California is $300 billion per year, roughly 10 percent of the total economic output of the state. Manufacturers employ 1.3 million Californians paying wages more than $25,000 higher than other non-farm employers in the state. For more information, visit CMTA’s website.

About Voxy

Voxy is an innovative corporate training solution that has been used successfully by hundreds of corporate clients around the world to upskill their teams.

Our AI-driven platform, accessed both on desktop and any mobile device, allows each learner to follow a fully personalized and highly engaging learning experience. Voxy’s comprehensive content library covers more than 80 technical and soft skill courses and 26,000+ English lessons taken from renowned resources such as Associated Press, the Financial Times, Bloomberg, and more. Voxy courses are accompanied by certified teachers who offer round-the-clock, remote live instruction, empowering people to improve communication, foster collaboration, and grow global businesses. Our scalable solution, facilitated by our comprehensive admin reporting dashboard, results in an effortlessly inclusive program, designed to drive results for modern learners. Backed by leading investors in education and technology, Voxy was founded in New York City and has teams across the US, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Spain, Ireland, Italy, UK, Malaysia and Thailand. For more info, please visit https://voxy.com/.

Manufacturing Minute: Awards Program for Makers & Where CA Ranks with New Jobs

Celebrate Manufacturing Month with CMTA! On this week’s Manufacturing Minute, Ananda Rochita shares the latest manufacturing news you need to know.

⚙️CMTA debuts a new event & awards program for CA manufacturers! Register for tickets here.
⚙️Millions of dollars given in incentives. Details on who benefits.
⚙️ Manufacturing jobs are growing! Where CA ranks compared to the rest of the country.

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EPA: Support our manufacturers instead of harming them

OPINION – As California goes, so goes the nation.

This saying about how California is a leader in regulations – particularly standards that promote a cleaner environment – has never been truer than today. And while it’s usually a point of pride, there are out-of-touch national regulations being planned by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that would significantly imperil our manufacturing base if the agency successfully implements them. If that happens, our manufacturing sector’s decline would harm not just us, but the entire country.

The EPA has proposed a change to the regulations for a particulate matter called PM2.5 that is a common byproduct of manufacturing operations. PM2.5 has been regulated for decades and the manufacturing industry has been able to innovate to both comply with regulations. However, this new regulatory proposal surrounding PM2.5 comes at a time when the impact of implementation would cause severe and far-reaching consequences.

California’s manufacturing base is comparable to some countries. There are 35,000 firms supporting 1.2 million jobs that generates more than $300 billion annually. We have the number one shipping port in the nation for the massive number of exports we send overseas. Over the last three decades, California has become a leader in high-tech sectors such as aerospace, electronics, electric vehicle manufacturing, and even advances in the food and beverage industries. In fact, 16% of aerospace jobs and 28% of IT and analytical product manufacturing jobs in the country are in California. And as a result, California’s manufacturing companies are among the best and the most environmentally conscious in the world.

A new regulatory proposal surrounding PM2.5 comes at a time when the impact of implementation would cause severe and far-reaching consequences.

Because of California’s large manufacturing footprint, our state would be impacted more than any other state. A recent study from the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) details that, if PM2.5 regulations were to tighten, it would create a total economic exposure of more than $30 billion and threaten an estimated 119,000 jobs. That is something the EPA ought to consider in its rule-making process so decisions are not made in a silo.

It’s no secret to anyone reading this that California’s economy got walloped by the pandemic and subsequent supply chain crisis, and these potential compounding issues from this onerous regulation certainly wouldn’t help in our continued recovery. Every sector in the state from agricultural to hospitality to manufacturing struggled mightily, but we proved our resilience and are continuing to recover. But that progress to full recovery will come to an abrupt stop if the EPA’s shortsighted and unnecessary PM2.5 regulation is allowed to move forward.

Even the EPA itself says that the levels of PM2.5 have decreased by 44% since 2000, which means that the current standards are working. In fact, six common airborne particles that are regulated under NAAQS have decreased by 78% between 1970 and 2020. California’s manufacturers are proud to be leaders in this effort, and they will continue to play an integral role in a cleaner environment.

The California Manufacturers & Technology Association believes in a balanced approach to regulations, including those that support cleaner air. But this new rule could cause significant challenges for manufacturers seeking permits for expansions. Additionally, the proposal is likely to negatively impact the construction of new infrastructure projects as funded in the bipartisan infrastructure bill.  Of course, regulations are necessary and improving our air quality is of the utmost importance, but overly burdensome regulations, like the PM2.5 proposal under consideration, harm our members, their employees, their customers, and, by extension, our communities.

The current PM2.5 regulations are working – we know this because the EPA’s own data tells us that. There is no need to push up the regulatory schedule and cause undue harm to companies that are just now finding their footing from the pandemic and fervently trying to ward off another economic slide. We ask that our elected leaders tell the EPA to stop the regulations under consideration and let our manufacturers continue driving a strong economy.

-This OpEd was written by Lance Hastings, CMTA’s CEO & President, and was first published in Capitol Weekly on July 22, 2023.

Manufacturing Minute: California’s Plan for Infrastructure, New Video Series & More

On this week’s Manufacturing Minute, Ananda Rochita shares updates on the following:

  • A new CMTA video series featuring member company, Tri Tool Technologies CEO
  • What Gov. Gavin Newsom’s infrastructure plan will do for California’s aging infrastructure
  • CA’s “Clean Truck Partnership” and how it impacts manufacturers

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Manufacturing Maker AB 52 Passes Unanimously Through California State Assembly Floor, Heads to Senate

California State Capitol and Flag

Sacramento, Calif. – The California Manufacturers & Technology Association (CMTA) is pleased to announce today that Assembly Bill 52 (Grayson) passed the California State Assembly Floor with a 77-0 vote.

“Investing in the future of manufacturing goes hand in hand with our commitment to economic growth,” said Lance Hastings, CEO & President of CMTA. “We applaud the members of the Assembly that supported AB 52. We not only will fuel innovation and productivity but also lay the foundation for job creation and a thriving economy. It is through strategic incentives like this that we can foster an environment where businesses can flourish, driving technological advancements and gearing industries forward.”

The CMTA-sponsored measure is a manufacturing tax credit equal to the local portion of the sales and use tax to purchase qualified manufacturing and R&D equipment. This measure aligns California with 38 other states who already credit or exempt manufacturing equipment, allowing our manufacturers to continue to innovate and produce at the highest levels.

AB 52 will reinvigorate California’s economy, with an estimated 163,000 new manufacturing jobs expected to be created and $1.5 to 3.5 billion in new economic activity if passed, according to the Economic Strategy Institute. This measure supports small and medium-sized manufacturers and will generate millions for services while keeping manufacturers in line with the state’s sustainability goals.

“Every Californian wins when manufacturing grows. Opportunities are created for the middle class, our economy gets stronger, and our state revenues reap benefits from an influx of economic activity,” said Assemblymember Tim Grayson (D-Concord). “AB 52 will benefit cities across the Golden State by keeping manufacturers in California and increasing our competitiveness for new investments.”

AB 52 now heads to the Senate.

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About CMTA

The California Manufacturers & Technology Association has advocated for pro-growth laws and regulations before the California legislature and administrative agencies since 1918. The total output from manufacturing in California is $300 billion per year, roughly 10 percent of the total economic output of the state. Manufacturers employ 1.3 million Californians paying wages more than $25,000 higher than other non-farm employers in the state. For more information, visit CMTA’s website.

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