Workforce Training Grants Available to On-Board and Upskill Staff 

The Vermont Training Program (VTP) helps fund innovative solutions to today’s workforce challenges.  VTP grants can cover up to 50% of expenses related to training and up-skilling staff, including employee wages for time spent training on the job. Training can be on-site or through an outside provider and funds can even be used to establish […]

Trade Updates from A.N. Deringer | Member Contribution

The following is provided by AIV member A.N. Deringer: Rail Congestion in Canada’s Supply Chain Rail hubs and local warehouses in Toronto and Montreal are suffering congestion problems due to a shortage of drayage capacity for receiving cargo from Prince Rupert and Vancouver. As a result, West Coast ports are feeling the pressure, with rail […]

Enforcement of the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA)

The Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA), which bans any articles made wholly or in part in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), went into effect June 21.  U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recently released its enforcement strategy for the UFLPA. Click here. Among other strategies, CBP will utilize the Department of Labor’s List […]

On the Wire | News and Analysis from the Web

Transforming Advanced Manufacturing Through Industry 4.0.  McKinsey 6/27 “The last decade has seen companies operating under increasing levels of disruption. Quickly changing customer preferences, as well as demand uncertainty and disruptions, are challenging planning systems to unprecedented degrees. National security interests, trade barriers, and logistics disruptions are pushing businesses to find alternatives to globalized supply chains. […]

Updated Guidance and Resources from the USDOL/OSHA

Good Jobs Summit USDOL spearheaded the Good Jobs Summit this week. The summit highlighted government policies it believes empower working people. The Departments of Labor and Commerce also released Good Jobs Principles.  Click here to watch the summit, and click here to find the Good Jobs Principles.  To learn more about the Good Jobs Initiative, […]

On the Wire | News and Analysis from the Web

Economic Indicators.  US Census Bureau 6/3 NAM Pushes for Smart SEC Cyber Rule.  NAM 6/3 “The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has proposed a rule that would impose new cybersecurity disclosure requirements on manufacturers—and the NAM is pushing to make those requirements work better. . . .” Productivity and Costs.  Bureau of Labor Statistics 6/2  […]

Trade Updates and Webinars | Member Contribution

The following are provided by AIV member A.N. Deringer: Upcoming Webinars Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act Webinar Part 1.  June 8, 2:00 pm. For more information and registration, click here. Technological Modernization Activities Within Customs’ 21st Century Framework with CBP.  June 15, 2:00 pm. For more information and registration, click here. COVID-19 Exclusions from Section […]

Workforce Shortage? Hire Youth this Summer 

The Governor’s Afterschool Task Force, which is working to create more afterschool and summer programing for Vermont kids, recently launched a new website and survey for Vermont employers offering seasonal or year-round employment opportunities for youth. If your business already offers, or is interested in offering, meaningful employment to youth, please find more information and list […]

Compensation Trends in Manufacturing

The following is provided in cooperation with our national partners and allies at the Manufacturing Institute: In data and conversations, manufacturers continue to recount the difficulties that they are having with attracting and retaining workers. Compensation practices have needed to adapt – sharply for some companies – considering the local and national competition for workers, […]