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October 30, 2015   Chamber Website Facebook Twitter YouTube
 
   

S.C. Chamber Applauds House Passage of Ex-Im Bank Reauthorization

   
   

S.C. Chamber President & CEO Ted Pitts recently released the following statement applauding passage of the Ex-Im Bank reauthorization by the U.S. House of Representatives earlier this week. The bill now goes to the U.S. Senate for approval:

“We are glad the House of Representatives has finally acted on behalf of the American people to reauthorize the Ex-Im Bank.  The Bank has supported billions in exports from the state of South Carolina, helping small businesses reach markets they wouldn’t reach otherwise and creating jobs and economic opportunity across our state. This reauthorization is critically important to the business community in South Carolina and I urge the Senate to act quickly to get the Ex-Im bank back up and running.”

The South Carolina Chamber applauds the following members of the South Carolina Delegation who voted for Reauthorization:

  • Rep. Mark Sanford (SC-1)
  • Rep. Joe Wilson (SC-2)
  • Rep. Jim Clyburn (SC-6)
  • Rep. Tom Rice (SC-7)
   
   
 
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OSHA and PIT/Forklift Training Dates Announced

Two back-to-back courses will be led by Wilder H. Allen, a federal OSHA authorized instructor for general industry and construction with more than 30 years of professional experience. He is a former Indiana OSHA compliance officer trainer and president of Safety Management Corporation, one of the leading OSHA training and compliance companies in the nation. 

OSHA and the Maintenance Worker- December 9
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PIT/Forklift Training- December 10
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Both of these trainings have been approved for 5 (HR (General)) recertification credit hours toward California, GPHR, HRBP, HRMP, PHR and SPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute.

Who should attend?

  • Safety directors
  • Personnel directors
  • Safety committee members
  • Supervisors 
  • Maintenance personnel
  • Lead people
 
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Protecting Your Employee’s Right to Work

In light of the National Labor Relations Board’s (“NLRB”) “Quickie Election” rules, a non-union employer must prepare now in order to defend against future union organizing campaigns. The new NLRB rules compress the time between filing a union petition and conducting the union election and require an employer to make important legal decisions and filings within a very short amount of time. The new rules generally help unions, to an employer’s disadvantage. To counter the union’s new advantage, employers should consider taking pro-active steps now. Read Five Steps.

 
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Building the SC Talent Pipeline...One Day at a Time

Governor Haley declared workforce a top priority as she began her second term in office. South Carolina continues to recruit new businesses and see expansions in existing industries at a high rate. One of our goals at DEW is to address the almost 70,000 unfilled jobs in our state and provide a highly skilled workforce to new and existing employers in the state. Read More about what SCDEW is doing.

 
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In Ex-Im’s Absence, Manufacturing Economy Weakens

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) released a white paper last week titled “Ex-Im Lapse Hurting U.S. Manufacturers,” detailing the quantifiable harm the lapse of the U.S. Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank is having on manufacturers of all sizes across the country. 

“This white paper shows the tangible impacts manufacturers are facing every day due to the Ex-Im Bank’s lapse,” said NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons.

Key findings from the paper include the following:

  • The expiration of the Ex-Im Bank’s charter at the end of June has left several thousand small- and medium-sized exporters without adequate access to capital and the financing they need to compete with foreign manufacturers. 
  • While the Ex-Im Bank lapsed, there are still 83 export credit agencies across the globe, many of which continue to close on deals worth tens of billions of dollars.
  • The Ex-Im Bank’s lapse has created a twofold credit and liquidity crunch for small and medium-sized businesses:
  • From September 1 to December 1 of this year, more than 500 U.S. exporters will lose their credit insurance policies, meaning they will be unable to insure their foreign receivables and acquire financing for exports.
  • Users of Ex-Im’s multi-buyer credit insurance cannot add new foreign customers to their policies, thereby reducing their opportunities to expand in overseas markets.
 
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